Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, is the 2005 recipient of the Woman In Medicine Award. The award, presented on behalf of the Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians of the National Medical Association, is given to a woman who demonstrates exemplary service in the field of medicine.
Dr. Heron will be honored at the Women In Medicine luncheon on Sunday, July 24 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City during the annual National Medical Association Convention, where noted author Dr. Maya Angelou will be the guest speaker.
Dr. Heron says she is honored to receive the award.
I don't just see this as my award, but rather a testimony to women and the work of and by women," says Dr. Heron, who is associate residency director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. She also serves as an attending physician at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, and Emory University Hospital. "In my work, I have strived to focus on issues that affect women. I am grateful that my work makes a difference and positively impacts women's lives."
Dr. Heron was nominated for the award by her good friend and colleague, Patricia Baines, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University and assistant medical director of the Emergency Care Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Baines says she immediately thought of Dr. Heron when she learned of the award.
"In addition to being my dearest and best friend, Sheryl is a great physician," says Dr. Baines, who has known Dr. Heron since 1989. "She is one of the few people who, no matter when you see her, is always upbeat, positive and encouraging. She makes time for patients, students, residents, faculty, and whoever else needs her time. I always say that she's in the army of service. She inspires others to do and be their best."
Dr. Heron currently serves as chair of the emergency medicine section of the National Medical Association. She has focused her efforts on domestic violence research, specifically intimate partner violence, and the education of medical professionals on this very important topic. She is a board member of the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Decatur, Secretary of the Health Ministry at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, class of 2002. She was also recognized in Georgia Trend magazine's October 2002 issue as one of the "40 under 40" rising stars in Georgia. She is also the recipient of the 2003 Partnership Against Domestic Violence Hearts of Hope Award. The award is sponsored by the Atlanta-based Partnership Against Domestic Violence, which supports women and their families in their efforts to live violence-free.
This spring, Dr. Heron was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society at the Howard University School of Medicine. She currently serves as an international co-ambassador to Jamaica on behalf of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and is a member of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Heron is a graduate of Tufts University. She received her medical degree from the Howard University School of Medicine in 1993. She also has a master's degree in public health from the Hunter University School of Health Sciences in New York City. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles Drew Medical Center in 1996. Dr. Heron completed an injury control fellowship at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health in 1997.