Svetkey kicks off new lecture series on female leaders in public health

On Feb. 6, Laura Svetkey, MD, professor of medicine at Duke University, will give the inaugural speech in the Women Leaders in Public Health Career Lecture Series at Washington University. The goal of the series, sponsored by the university’s Institute for Public Health, is to offer broad perspectives from female leaders about their careers in diverse fields related to public health.


Svetkey is director of the Duke Hypertension Center and vice chair for faculty development and diversity in the Department of Medicine at Duke. In her role as vice chair, she implements a wide range of programs to enhance the experiences and advancement of faculty and trainees, with particular emphasis on underrepresented minorities and women.

Svetkey’s talk, “Strategies to Enhance Faculty Development and Diversity: Duke Department of Medicine” will be at noon Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center’s Holden Auditorium, 520 S. Euclid Ave.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine. The institute plans to organize three to four lectures per year as part of the new series.