DoctHERS Annual Symposium

A Time to be Bold: Women at the Forefront of Change

An evening of networking, empowerment and education about leadership in a time of unrest for women in healthcare and the sciences. Our theme, "A Time to Be Bold: Women at the Forefront of Change," will highlight stories and lessons learned from our speakers in regards to both the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice.

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Keynote Speaker

Gale Burstein, MD.

Gale R. Burstein, MD '90, MPH
Commissioner, Erie County Department of Health
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Jacobs School
Research Professor, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Dr. Burstein has been the Commissioner of the Erie County Dept of Health since 2012. During her tenure, Burstein works with the community to address the region's most urgent health issues.

Burstein administers the community health assessment and health improvement plan for Erie County, co-leads the opioid task-force, spearheads the county's childhood lead toxicity prevention program, and most recently, leads the county's response to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside local government.


Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, BS '81.

Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, BS '81, MS, MHA, FACHE
Chief Integration Officer, Catholic Health System

McCormick-Boyle is a highly decorated member of the United States Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral this past year after 38 years of military service. She began her military career as a surgical and critical care nurse before rising through the ranks as a Navy nurse executive. Prior to retiring, she served as Deputy Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Commander of Navy Medicine Education and Training.

After returning to Buffalo, McCormick-Boyle was appointed to a new leadership role to provide executive oversight for the implementation of the health system's 2025 strategic plan. During the COVID-19 pandemic response in WNY, McCormick-Boyle helped to transform St. Joseph's Hospital into the region's only coronavirus specific treatment hospital.

Ashley Jeanlus, MD.

Ashley Jeanlus, MD
PGY-4, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jacobs School
Founder of White Coats for Black Lives at UB

Dr. Jeanlus is a fourth year medical resident at the University at Buffalo, after receiving her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from Commonwealth Medical School.

Jeanlus, while treating COVID-19 patients in WNY, organized a demonstration of over 250 students, residents, faculty and staff from the Jacobs School called "White Coats for Black Lives" on June 5. The march of solidarity was in response to racial injustices across the United States and the recent George Floyd killing. As a medical student, Jeanlus organized demonstrations in response to the Eric Garner killing in 2014 at the hands of the NYPD.

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