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Vanessa Dorismond & Valerie Rice

Vanessa Dorismond

Volleyball | United States


Dr. Vanessa Dorismond works as a second year postgraduate physician resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University Hospital. She left Montreal, Canada and her young love for figure skating for the warmer weather of North Carolina. There, with the support of her family, she began her volleyball career. While excelling both academically and on the volleyball court, Vanessa was offered a full scholarship to attend Georgetown University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English. During her time at Georgetown, she was named to the Big East All Conference Second team in her last two years, and to the Pre-Season Big East team in her last year of college. Despite a broken foot that had her miss almost half of her senior year season, Vanessa persevered and finished her collegiate volleyball career with an offer to pursue professional volleyball in Trieste, Italy for a year. After mastering the Italian language and falling in love with Italian cuisine, she sought a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Northumbria University (Newcastle, England) and self-published her first book, all while also playing volleyball for Team Northumbria and for Volleyball England. Retiring after two years abroad, Vanessa attended medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where she served on the medical school council for four years as the organization of student representative for the Association of American Medical Colleges. In light of her passion for women’s health, most especially in underserved populations, Vanessa hopes to further her leadership skills and bring health awareness to the underserved women in the Washington DC metro area.

Valerie Rice

President & Dean MSM

MENTOR | IWF Georgia

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her management skills and strategic thinking to tackle challenging problems, she has a track record of redesigning complex organization’s management infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success.

The sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution, Dr. Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she served since 2011.

Prior to MSM, she served as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president of health affairs at Meharry Medical College where she founded and directed the Center for Women’s Health Research, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, she holds membership in many organizations and boards such as: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and Office of Research on Women’s Health/National Institutes of Health (NIH) advisory councils (2013-present); Society for Women’s Health Research board (2012-2015); March of Dimes board (2012-2016); Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans Administrative board (2012-); Consultant, FDA Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs (2011-2015); President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Regional Panelist Selection Committee (2010); Every Life Matters, Every Dollar Counts Campaign chair, National AIDS Fund board of trustees (2009-2010); National Aids Fund board of trustees (2007-2011); and Wal-Mart External Advisory Board (2006-2008).

Dr. Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades, including the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Women of Impact (2014); YWCA – Women of Achievement (Atlanta-2014 and Nashville-2007); American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011); and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award (2011).

A Georgia native, Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Montgomery Rice has been married to her fellow Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus, Melvin Rice, Jr, for 25 years. They have two children, Jayne, an entering medical student at Harvard Medical School, and Melvin, a senior at Ringling College of Art and Design.

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Vanessa Dorismond & Valerie Rice
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