Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture, 2005

2005 Dr. Marilynne McKay

Dr. Marilynne McKayProfessor Emerita of Dermatology in the School of Medicine presented the seventh annual Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall. In her lecture, “The Vulva Monologue,” she reflected on her own experiences in teaching and clinical medicine. Dr. McKay explored the evolution of a professional career from student to mentor and back again. When considering a direction for our lives-- a decision that affect us all-- she questioned how we choose a particular academic pathway.

Her many publications include articles and book chapters on vulvar disorders for generalists as well as specialists in dermatology, gynecology, and psychiatry. She was elected President of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease and co-edited a classic textbook, Obstetric and Gynecologic Dermatology.

Acclaimed as an informative and entertaining lecturer for audiences around the world, Dr. McKay organized the first forum on teaching techniques at the American Academy of Dermatology and mentored junior faculty both at Emory and for the Women’s Dermatologic Society. At Emory, she was Chief of Dermatology at Grady Memorial Hospital and later the Executive Director of Continuing Medical Education. She also served on the School of Medicine and University committees on the status of women at Emory.

A graduate of the University of New Mexico with an MS from Oklahoma State University, she worked as a medical research technologist before deciding at the age of thirty to go to medical school. After completing her dermatology residency at the University of Miami, Dr. McKay came to Emory as an assistant professor in 1980. Six years ago, she retired and returned to her home town of Albuquerque, where she chaired the dermatology department at Lovelace Health System and pursued her interest in drama, completing a Masters Program in Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNM. In May, Dr. McKay and her husband, Dr. Ronald Hosek, returned to Atlanta, their “Emerald City.” She is looking forward to combining her interests in medical teaching and the performing arts.