The Los Angeles Business Journal has published its “Women of Influence: Health Care” special section, and several Keck Medicine of USC clinicians and administrators were honored, as well as women from throughout the USC medical community. The 2021 honorees include:

  • April Armstrong, MD, MPH, professor of dermatology (clinical scholar) and associate dean for clinical research
  • Tamara N. Chambers, MD, assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology—head and neck surgery
  • Susan Durham, MD, professor of clinical neurological surgery; chief of the Division of Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Rhonda Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Stephanie Hall, MD, MHA, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, associate dean of clinical affairs; chief medical officer at Keck Medical Center of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital
  • Michele D. Kipke, PhD, professor of pediatrics (clinical scholar); vice chair of research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Vivian Mo, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine (clinician educator); interim chief of the division of cardiology, Keck Medicine of USC; chief medical officer of USC Care Medical Group; director of the USC Women’s Cardiovascular Center
  • Theresa Murphy, RN, chief nursing officer, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
  • Neha Nanda, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine (clinician educator); medical director of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship, Keck Medicine of USC
  • Mary Virgallito, RN, associate administrator, quality and patient safety, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

LABJ said of those honored: 

Considering the extremely challenging times we have faced over the last year due to the COVID-19 crisis, it has become particularly evident that solid leadership in the health care sector – which has always been important – has become more essential than ever. Health care professionals help and protect our community … and the leaders of this industry have been tasked with making transformational decisions every day.

There are some particularly stellar health industry stewards in the L.A. region who happen to be women and we’ve alphabetically listed some of the best of them here, along with some key details and information about their careers and recent successes and stand-out moments they’ve achieved.

The PDF of the print edition displays all the honorees, along with information about them and their work.

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A number of women from throughout Keck Medicine also were honored in 2020.