Massachusetts Medical Society: Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with The Women’s Health Award

Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with The Women’s Health Award

Cody Stanford

Waltham, Mass. – March 17th – Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., an Obesity Medicine Physician for Adults, Adolescents, and Children at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center and an Instructor in Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Women’s Health Award, an honor recognizing a physician for outstanding contributions that advance women’s health in Massachusetts.  She will receive the award at the medical society’s Women’s Health Forum on April 21 in Waltham.   

In nominating her for the award, her colleagues noted her “immense expertise on the medical and social aspects of obesity,” her “passion and dedication to her patients and her research,” and her abilities as a “phenomenal teacher, role model, research advisor, and mentor.”

Trained in internal medicine, pediatrics, and obesity medicine, Dr. Stanford is also Affiliated Faculty of the MGH Mongan Institute of Health Policy, an Associate Member of the MGH Disparities Solution Center, and a Fellow of The Obesity Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Active with a number of medical and healthcare organizations, Dr. Stanford is a member of the Governing Council of Minority Affairs Section of the American Medical Association, Advocacy Co-Chair of The Obesity Society, Health and Public Policy Co-Chair and a member of the Governor’s Council of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Board of the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity and Young Physicians Section. 

She is widely published in the peer-reviewed medical literature in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Annals of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the International Journal of Obesity, and Obesity. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of medical journals. Since 2013, she has been a general editor for internal medicine, pediatrics, and obesity for EBSCO/Dynamed, a clinical reference tool, and since 2016 as associate editor of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology for Frontiers in Pediatrics. She is regularly featured in media broadcast and print outlets including CNN, PBS, Time, Self, Women’s Health, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, and The Boston Globe. 

The Women’s Health Award from the medical society is the latest of many awards Dr. Stanford has received. Among them are the Gold Congressional Medal from the U.S. Congress; the Paul Ambrose Award, Foundation Leadership Award, and Inspirational Physician awards from the American Medical Association; the Johnson Leadership Award from the American College of Physicians; and the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Stanford received her B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University in Atlanta where she was an Emory MLK Scholar, Georgia Governor’s Scholar, and an inductee into the Emory College Hall of Fame. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and her M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine where she was a Stoney Scholar.  She also earned a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. 

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