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Sarasota, FL --  The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) selected Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran to receive their 2016 “Women Leaders in Medicine” award. Dr. Prabhakaran serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

This honor is a unique one and represents the fact that AMSA members personally identified Dr. Prabhakaran as a source of inspiration, leadership, and support during their time in medical training. According to AMSA’s national president, Dr. Deborah V. Hall, an impressive number of applications were received and Dr. Prabhakaran rose to the top.

As the nation’s oldest and largest independent association for physicians-in-training, AMSA created the Women Leaders in Medicine award in 2007 to recognize women physicians and educators who serve as role models and sources of inspiration for women who are currently in their medical training. AMSA hopes to generate awareness about the importance of fostering leadership in medicine that promotes healthy change and equality in care, and professional opportunities for women and men.  Past recipients have included former Surgeons General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Dr. Jocelyn Elders as well as Dr. Marcia Angell,  the first female Editor in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.     

Below is a statement from Dr. Prabhakaran on this recognition:

“I am very pleased to be a recipient of the Women Leaders in Medicine Award.  To be honored by medical students who are the future of our field means so much to me and I am humbled to be part of the amazing women leaders who have previously been recognized. I look forward to continuing our work together in inspiring a new generation of medical leaders.”



Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, began operations in 1966 and provides vital sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education to women, men and teens in Ft. Myers, Immokalee, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Manatee, Naples, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Tampa. The mission of Planned Parenthood is to ensure the right of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy. Go to www.myplannedparenthood.org for information or call (941) 365.3913.


Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida


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May 02, 2016