Health and Medicine

Dr. Joann Boughman (Βeta Τau-Indiana) 

Geneticist. Executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics, working with the Human Genome Project. Vice president of the American Board of Medical Genetics. Founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Advisor to the Maryland Science Center. Served on the secretary's advisory committee on genetic testing, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999). Commissioner of higher education for the Sate of Maryland. Named among "Maryland's Top 100 Women" (1997, 1999, 2001).


Dr. Sophie DeAberle Brophy (Lambda-UC/Berkeley) 

First practicing applied anthropologist in the United States. Superintendent of the United Pueblos Agency (1935). Research director at the University of New Mexico. Director of the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Education Survey (1963-67). Executive director of the Commission on the Rights, Liberties and Responsibilities of the American Indian (1959). Elected to New York Academy of Science.


Edris Rice-Wray Carson, M.D. (Delta-Cornell) 

Public health doctor, primarily in Central America and Mexico. Birth control pioneer who headed the first large-scale clinical trials of the birth control pill. Founded Mexico's first family planning clinic, located in Mexico City. Medical director of the Puerto Rico Family Planning Association. Recipient of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award (1978).


Brigid Gray Leventhal, M.D. (Βeta Delta-UCLA) 

One of only six women in Harvard Medical School, 1960. Director of clinical research administration and division of pediatric oncology at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Founding member of Pediatric Oncology Group. President of Women in Cancer Research. Federal Women's Award ('74), Outstanding Career Woman, National Council of Women ('79), Professional Achievement Award, UCLA Alumni Association ('82). Co-authored Research Methods in Clinical Oncology.


Ann Bigby McFarren (Βeta Βeta-Michigan State) 

Lobbyist and public advocate for programs in reproductive health. Developed Alpha Phi's AIDS Peer Education Program. Former executive director, AIDS Action Council, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Dawn Wellington Tartaglione (Theta Gamma-Truman State)

Neurosurgeon practicing brain stimulation for treating Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Chairman of the Cancer Committee at Integris Southwest Medical Center. Former governor of the board for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. 2014 Ursa Major Award recipient.

Dr. Elizabeth Foley Zorn (Psi-South Dakota) 

The first woman to be elected Medical Staff President at Phoenix Children's Hospital in the institution's 27-year history. Earlier in her medical career, she earned distinction as Intern of the Year, Resident of the Year and Chief Resident at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix. Later, she took the position of Medical Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Phoenix Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the largest of its kind in the Southwest and one of the largest in the country.