Dr. Dorothy M. Barbo '54 - 2009 A Award Recipient
Dr. Dorothy Barbo, class of '54, received the Award in 2009 for her tireless service in the field of medicine in the U.S. and abroad.
She always knew she wanted to study medicine. After following her older brother, Chuck, to Asbury College in 1950, she came under the mentoring of Dr. Cecil Hamann. Dorothy graduated in 1954 and went on to recieve her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1958. She was the first female accepted into the OB-GYN residency at Milwaukee Hospital. After completing a fellowship in GYN Oncology in 1964, she joined the faculty of Marquette University School of Medicine, now the Medical College of Wisconsin.
In 1964 she had her first mission trip to Pakistan to work at Bach Hospital with fellow Asburian, Dr. Phyllis Irwin. Her missionary heart then landed her at the Ludhiana Christian Medical College of Punjab University in India with the United Methodist Board of Global Missions where she taught from 1968-1972. When Dr. Barbo returned to the States, she joined the faculty of the Medical College of Pennsylvania where she taught and practiced for the next 19 years. While there, she established the Center for the Mature Woman, one of the first menopause centers in the United States. In 1991, she left Philadelphia to serve as the Medical Director of the University Center for Women's Health at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. Dr. Barbo became Professor Emerita in 2000.
In 1985, Dr. Barbo was recognized as one of the Best Women Doctors in America, and in 1993, whe was given a Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of OB-GYN. In 1997, she was installed as President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) -- the first woman elected to that office in the 66-year history of CMDA.
Dr. Barbo has served on numerous state and national committees including the Maternal Health and Drug Advisory Committee of the FDA, as an examiner for the American Board of OB-GYN, president of the Philadelphia Colposcopy Society, and as president of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia. Her mission work has taken her to Pakistan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Ecuador. Since her retirement from the University she has continued to teach in medical missions internationlly in Kenya, Thailand, Mongolia and China.
Dr. Barbo recieved an honorary doctorate of science from Asbury College in 1981, and was recognized as the Advancement Department's Volunteer of the Year in 2001 for her work in fundraising for the Kinlaw Library. In 2001, she was honored by CMDA with their Servant of Christ Award. In May 2009, she was the recipient of the Distinquished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association. Dr. Barbo served on the Asbury Board of Trustees for ten years and retired in 2007 after completing her service by chairing the Presidential Search Committee, which resulted in the selection of Asbury College's President, Dr. Sandra Gray.