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Women in Medicine: Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA

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Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, originally from California, has been on the faculty at IUSM since 2007. An Internist and Adolescent Medicine specialist, she provides care at the Women’s Center of Excellence @ Eskenazi Health where her focus is on the health and wellness of Hoosier women and their families, the the emphasis on preventive care. Her interest encompasses those with diseases of childhood who are now adults and includes primary care for childhood cancer survivors, congenital heart patients, lung disease, endocrine diseases, and others. Her administrative role at Eskenazi is Chief Physician Executive for the WCOE.

Caring for adults with eating disorders, she can be found at the IU Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders. A unique condition, Eating Disorders can begin in adulthood or be a continuum of disease from youth.

As the Executive Director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, her desire to improve the lives of the women of Indiana and their families and communities, reaches beyond the state borders.

Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber was the first Hispanic woman to serve as the president of the American Medical Women’s Association and is proud to continue to be an active member, leading the local medical student and physician groups.

Raising three intelligent and productive children, she met her husband in medical school and they have been each others best support.

This blog will discuss, among other things, Women In Medicine and the journey we all take.

Her study into whether women physicians consider credentialing concerns when they have emotional distress or suicidal thoughts, noted that indeed, over 70% of the women surveyed did take into account the effect that seeing mental health assistance might impact their ability to practice medicine.

Women currently make up almost 50% of the medical school class. In the late 1980’s we made up about 25-30%. Almost 30 years later, we are not 25-30% of the Deans, Professors, ¬†Chairs, or Executives. This is not just a pipeline issue.¬†https://www.aamc.org/members/gwims/

Promoting, encouraging, retaining women physicians in the workforce is key.

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