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MSM President and CEO Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice Appointed to President's Committee on the National Medal of Science

ATLANTA – March 23, 2022 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) President and CEO Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, has been appointed by President Joseph R. Biden to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science.

Dr. Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the institution. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Dr. Montgomery Rice joined MSM in 2011 and has also served as dean and executive vice president.

Dr. Montgomery Rice has received numerous honors for her leadership and service, particularly on the issue of health equity. She currently serves on the Georgia Commission on Women, chairs the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Covid-19 Health Equity Council, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Prior to joining MSM, Dr. Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers.  Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

A Georgia native, Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Rush University.

The President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science evaluates nominees for the National Medal of Science, a Presidential Award to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, social, and behavioral sciences. Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 506 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development.

Please click here to learn more about Dr. Montgomery Rice and the MSM Office of the President and CEO.

To read the White House announcement about the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, please click here.

For more about Morehouse School of Medicine, please visit MSM.edu.

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit MSM.edu or call 404-752-1500.


Amanda Magdalenski
Morehouse School of Medicine