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Maihle wins DOD award

Published on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

By: Cynthia Wall

Portrait of Dr. Nita Maihle

Dr. Nita Maihle, professor of medicine and associate director for basic research for the Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, recently received national and local recognition.

A $2.7 million U.S. Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Academy Leadership Award was awarded. As academy dean, Maihle splits the award with assistant dean, Dr. Douglas Levine, a gynecologic oncologist at New York University.

“The keys are collaboration and mentorship,” Maihle said. Those qualities flourish in the OCA, created in 2009. The Academy teams the next generation of young scholars with prominent scientists, who boost their careers, research and professional progress.

“So, one of the goals of this academy is to build a community of practitioners – scientists and physicians – who really understand this disease and can make a significant impact on treatment and early detection,” she said.

At UMMC, the Group on Women in Medicine and Science presented Maihle with the LouAnn Woodward Authentic Leadership Award. 

Named in honor of UMMC’s first female vice chancellor, the award acknowledges a female faculty member who has helped advance, promote and support women; enhanced development of female faculty into positions of leadership and helped sustain women in academic medicine and science.