Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

MSM President and CEO Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from National Medical Fellowships

Award recognizes commitment to health equity and the elimination of health disparities.

ATLANTA – NOVEMBER 7, 2022Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) President and CEO Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, received the National Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from National Medical Fellowships (NMF) at the organization's first hybrid and national gala in Miami, FL, on Saturday, November 5.

"I am honored to be recognized by the NMF with their National Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award," said Dr. Montgomery Rice. "My lifetime commitment to achieving health equity for all is the backbone of the work we pursue at Morehouse School of Medicine, as we lead the creation and advancement of health equity."  

The NMF National Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award honors NMF alumni who exemplify the NMF tradition of excellence and have achieved outstanding distinction in their life’s work in professional, public, and/or humanitarian service. This award recognizes alumni who are longstanding champions of intentionally marginalized communities and who have a deep commitment to health equity and diversity in health care, and who have dedicated their life’s work to advancing the elimination of health care disparities.

“With a storied career in research, teaching, and patient care, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice’s professional journey is a shining example of excellence that we are proud to honor. She is a stellar role model for medical students in the NMF pipeline,” says Michellene Davis, Esq., President and CEO of National Medical Fellowships. “Add her historic leadership of one of the most important institutions that feed the future of BIPOC doctors, she was an obvious choice to bestow the NMF National Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.” 

Dr. Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the Historically Black Medical School. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011. A Georgia native, 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. All reflect her lifetime commitment to education, service, and the advancement of health equity. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital.

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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.


Jamille Bradfield
Morehouse School of Medicine