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SUNY Upstate's Patricia J. Numann, M.D., to be featured in national exhibition on pioneering women in medicine

Exhibition opens at SUNY Upstate Jan. 11; ceremony to honor Numann is Jan. 23

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Patricia J. Numann, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University who is recognized nationally as a role model for women physicians, has been nominated by the Central New York community to be featured in a traveling national exhibition on pioneering women in medicine. The exhibition, made possible by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health together with the American Medical Women's Assoication, honors the accomplishments of pioneering women physicians at the national and international level and highlights their accomplishments within their communities.

A portrait of Dr. Numann and information on her trailblazing career will become part of the Changing the Face of Medicine exhibition when it opens in Syracuse Jan. 11 at the Health Sciences Library on the SUNY Upstate campus. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23.

As part of the exhibition's stop in Syracuse, the local community was able to nominate women physicians to be featured in the exhibition. Numann emerged as the overwhelming choice for local legend status.

"Pat Numann's life and career reflects the exhibition's mission: to recognize a woman's strong commitment to the field of medicine, the originality and creativity that make her work truly unique, and her demonstrated willingness to expand her own horizons and those of others," said Sue Stearns, Ph.D., exhibition planning committee chair and SUNY Upstate associate professor of cell and developmental biology. "She is heralded nationally and internationally for her many leadership roles, but her reputation as a excellent surgeon who devotes herself to her patients has made her a 'legend' in Syracuse and throughout Central New York."

An award ceremony honoring Numann will be held Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Health Sciences Library, 766 Irving Ave. The public is invited. To R.S.V.P., please call 315-464-8668.

The exhibition will also feature two lunch and lecture presentations to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Anastasia Rowland-Seymour, M.D., SUNY Upstate assistant professor of medicine, will speak Jan. 30 in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. Mary Jumbelic, M.D., Onondaga County medical examiner, will speak Feb. 10 in 3105 Weiskotten Hall.

Numann's accomplishments in medicine are significant. She became the first women ever to serve on the 12 member Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association and the first women vice chair and chair of the American Board of Surgery. She is a founding member of the Association for Surgical Education and founded the Association for Women Surgeons. In addition to her many board appointments, Numann has served as second vice president of the American College of Surgeons and president of the Association for Surgical Education.

Numann has received dozens of accolades over her career, including the New York State Women of Accomplishment Award, the (N.Y.) Governor's Woman of Distinction Award, the Nina Starr Braunwald Award of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Physician Service to the Community Award (Onondaga County). The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) has honored Numann with a scholarship in her name. The Patricia Numann, M.D., Medical Student Award is intended to encourage and support female medical students pursuing a career in surgery.

Numann's association with SUNY Upstate and University Hospital spans nearly four decades. She received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate in 1965 and completed her residency in general surgery. In 1970 she joined the staff of University Hospital as its first woman surgeon. In 2004, Numann was inducted into the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame

The exhibition and all related exhibition programming are free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

For more information on the exhibit, go to: www.nlm.nih.gov/locallegends

The exhibition's stop in Syracuse is made possible by the office of U.S. Rep James Walsh.