Anne Simpson, MD
Anne Simpson, MD, director for the UNM School of Medicine Institute of Ethics.
Credit: Paul Akmajian

Anne Simpson, MD., associate vice chancellor for African American Health at the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC)  and director for the HSC’s Institute for Ethics, is being honored by the YWCA with the 2015 “Woman to Be Reckoned With'” award.

“Your work in the community as a leader, innovator and advocate prompted the committee to choose you as the 'Woman to be Reckoned With,” a woman on the move that is courageous and applies her passion to create a positive social change; a woman in the community who has made significant contributions to social and racial justice and the empowerment of women. Someone who has challenged the status quo and moved us beyond what we saw as possible," stated the award letter notifying Simpson of the commendation.

Simpson holds a number of key leadership positions at the UNM Health Sciences Center, including associate vice chancellor for African American Health, professor of Medicine & Geriatrics, Rust Professor of Ethics, director of the UNM School of Medicine Institute for Ethics and executive director for UNM HSC Black Health Resource Center.

The YWCA annually honors a number of women nominated by their colleagues with its New Mexico Women on the Move awards. Additionally, two distinguished women are selected by a committee of community volunteers as 'Woman to be Reckoned With' and 'La Estrella' awardees.

The award will be presented at 6 p.m. on Thursday April 9 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Keynote speaker at the event will be Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.