Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D.
Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., is incoming president of Morehouse School of Medicine, effective July 2014, and currently serves as dean and executive vice president. She is the first African-American woman named to lead a freestanding medical school. Dr. Montgomery Rice also serves as professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morehouse School of Medicine, where she has served since 2011. She is a renowned infertility specialist and researcher with expertise in organizational management and public health policy. Her current includes a research partnership with the University of Zambia, which focuses on the development of a vaginal microbicide for the prevention of HIV. Dr. Montgomery Rice founded and is former 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. She has held numerous senior leadership positions at some of the nation's most prestigious academic and health institutions, including administrative and faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine prior to joining Meharry Medical College.