Published: 11/27/2022

Dr Michele Barry, MD. (Norbert von der Groeben/ Stanford Health Care )

Dr. Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean of Global Health at Stanford and director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, received the Martin S. Wolfe Mentoring Award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene on Sunday, Oct. 30 .

Barry, a passionate advocate for building more equitable and diverse global health leadership, was recognized for her exceptional work in guiding the professional growth of careers in tropical and travel medicine.

ASTMH President Dr. Daniel Bausch noted when introducing Dr. Barry that he suspected half the people in the audience at the awards ceremony were likely mentored by her.

The award was established in 2019 in memory of Dr. Martin S. Wolfe, an inspiring mentor and friend to many in the field of tropical medicine.

Barry, a friend and colleague of Dr. Wolfe herself, said receiving a mentorship award in his memory was a particular honor.

Barry’s contributions to developing and nurturing diverse global health leadership are many. In 2017, she launched WomenLift Health, a global nonprofit, now funded by the Gates Foundation, which is accelerating the advancement of talented women into senior leadership in medicine. As the founder of the Stanford/YaleGlobal Health Scholars Program and a leader of the NIH/Fogarty Global Health Equity Scholars program, she has sent more than 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas.  Barry is also the recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award for mentoring women in the U.S. towards careers in medicine