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Dr Nancy Klimas to be given Women's Health Award
Monday 20 June 2011
Daring to Dream: Building a Feminist Future
Speakers & Honorees
Dr Nancy Klimas
The NOW Foundation will present its second annual Victoria J. Mastrobuono Women's Health Award to Nancy Klimas, M.D., at the 2011 National NOW Conference. A Professor of Medicine, Psychology, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Klimas has worked on behalf of women and women's health care for more than a quarter of a century.
After years spent in HIV/AIDS research and clinical care, Dr. Klimas was drawn to care for patients with an often maligned and misunderstood illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). One female patient after another described to her the humiliating and demeaning interactions they experienced with doctors as they sought answers for this painful and debilitating condition.
Since she began treating these early patients, Dr. Klimas has worked tirelessly to advance the understanding of diseases predominately affecting women and to improve women's access to health care. A national and international leader in the treatment and research of CFS/ME, she heads a large interdisciplinary research program and has published over 150 scientific articles, 18 book chapters and three books on the disease. Dr. Klimas strives to educate the public by writing about CFS/ME for the lay media, including articles for Ms. Magazine and The New York Times health blog.
Dr. Klimas served two terms as president of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and has been repeatedly honored for her work. Currently she serves as an advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and has influenced health care policy in Europe and Canada as well as the U.S. Through her work, she brings a feminist perspective to clinical access, to quality care and to a better understanding of women's health issues. Dr. Klimas has been an active member of NOW for 30 years, and has served NOW as an advisor on health care policy issues.
The above originally appeared here.
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