Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Valerie Stone is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2020 LGBTQ Health Award

Dr. Valerie Stone is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2020 LGBTQ Health Award

Valerie StoneWALTHAM – Dr. Valerie E. Stone, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2020 recipient of the Society’s LGBTQ Health Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to LGBTQ health.

Dr. Stone serves as the vice-chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Brigham and Women’s. She is a nationally recognized expert on HIV/AIDS who developed and edited a textbook entitled “HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color.” Dr. Stone’s research focuses on disparities in HIV/AIDS care by race, ethnicity and gender.

Prior to her role at the Brigham, Dr. Stone served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital from 2014-2019. Dr. Stone spent most of her career at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she was for many years the Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program and Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Stone also served as Director of the MGH Women’s AIDS Program. When Dr. Stone was promoted to professor in 2011, she was the first African American to become a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in its history.

“Specifically, as an OUT physician and leader, Dr. Stone has mentored dozens of leaders in the field,” said Dr. Carl G. Streed, a physician at Boston Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. “She has created and fostered spaces where trainees could be OUT as LGBTQ-identified health care professionals. She has shattered many glass ceilings for women, women of color, queer women and queer women of color.”

Dr. Stone is a longstanding leader of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) having served on the SGIM Council for six years, and as Chair of the SGIM Disparities Task Force for three years. She serves on the Faculty Advisory Council of the National LGBT Health Education Center. Dr. Stone has received many awards for her work, including SGIM’s Elnora Rhodes Award for exceptional contributions in primary care and the W. Lester Henry Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for advancing diversity and access to care in 2020.

Dr. Stone is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Yale University School of Medicine. She received a master’s degree in public health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


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