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For Immediate Release

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis to Join PHR Board of Directors

Cambridge, Mass. - 02/16/2012

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced that Dr. Catherine (Cathy) D. DeAngelis will join the organization’s Board of Directors in June.

DeAngelis brings almost 50 years of experience in the medical profession to PHR and an extensive background in medical education and publishing. From 2000 to 2011, DeAngelis served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association and nine archives specialty journals, where she was both the first woman and the first pediatrician to serve as editor. She has also edited several other medical journals, including the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Her publications include 11 books on pediatrics and medical education and more than 200 original articles, chapters, editorials and abstracts.

“Cathy is a respected member of the medical community and we are thrilled to have her join PHR’s Board of Directors,” said Robert Lawrence, Chairman of PHR’s Board of Directors. “Her  commitment to women’s health issues and advancing the medical community’s knowledge of important and timely issues makes her a perfect addition to PHR.”

Prior to her appointment at JAMA, DeAngelis was Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While in this role, she helped to expand medical opportunities for women and introduced a new curriculum emphasizing direct contact with patients. 

“PHR has a long history of success in fighting to protect human rights, and it gives medical professionals a unique opportunity to use our skills, authority, and passion to improve lives  around the globe,” said DeAngelis. “I am honored to be chosen as a member of the board.”

DeAngelis has served as an officer of numerous national academic societies, government bodies, and medical organizations, including the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Council on Graduate Medical Education, the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the Advisory Board of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Royal College of Medicine.

In 2008, DeAngelis won the Medical Award of Excellence from the Ronald McDonald House Charities. She used the $100,000 award to establish the Cathy DeAngelis Endowment Fund at Johns Hopkins’ Child Life Program. She was also the 2008 recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Catcher in the Rye Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work leading discussions about conflicts of interest in medicine.

DeAngelis holds an MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition she has been awarded seven honorary degrees.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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