Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture, 2001

2001 Dr. Kathleen Toomey

Dr. Kathleen ToomeyKathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH, well known for her work in the prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS, as well as women’s health and reproductive health policy, delivered the third lecture in the Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions series. Her talk, titled "The Evolution of Women's Health: What is it Anyway," took place Wednesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Miller Ward Alumni House.

As Director of the Division of Public Health, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Dr. Toomey is responsible not only for providing public health leadership throughout the state, but for setting the state’s public health policies. She heads the agency that is responsible for: maternal and child health, environmental health and injury prevention, outbreak investigations and infectious disease prevention including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; the Women, Infant, and Children’s (WIC) Nutrition Program, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), vital records, epidemiology and health statistics, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and the Public Health Laboratory.

In addition to her duties as Georgia’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Toomey serves as adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and International Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory School of Medicine, and clinical associate professor at Morehouse University School of Medicine.

After receiving a degree in Biology from Smith College and studying as a Fulbright Scholar in Peru, Dr. Toomey received both her MD and MPH degrees from Harvard University.

A Board Certified Family Practitioner, Dr. Toomey has received numerous honors and awards including, the CDC Award for Contributions to the Advancement of Women and the Public Health Service Plaque for Outstanding Leadership. She has served on the boards of many professional and national organizations including the Alan Guttmacher Institute and is currently a member of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Board of the Institute of Medicine.