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NLM Launches a New Exhibition

March 4, 2019

Online Exhibition and Banner Display Open March 18, 2019

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians, a banner exhibition and companion online adaptation. The exhibition opens March 18, 2019 in commemoration of Women’s History Month.

Rise, Serve, Lead! highlights the lives and achievements of over 300 women physicians who have made a difference through their medical practice and research, work as activists, service as administrators, and mentorship to the next generation of physicians. It presents a selection of the physician biographies featured in the 2003 NLM exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians, showcasing the work of these doctors to connect to a contemporary audience.

The online adaptation of Rise, Serve, Lead! includes an education component featuring a new K-12 lesson plan and a digital gallery of works from NLM Digital Collections. These books and journal articles were authored by some of the doctors profiled in the exhibition and give a view into both their scientific research and experiences in a male-dominated field.

The banner exhibition will be on display through the month of March in the Rotunda of the first floor of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Building 38 on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health.


Visitor Information

Located on the Bethesda, Maryland, campus of the NIH, the U.S. National Library of Medicine is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to all onsite NLM exhibitions is free. For more information, visit: To arrange a group tour, call 301.827-6479.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman to earn an MD degree from an American medical school

Courtesy U.S. National Library of Medicine

Surgeon General of the U.S.

Surgeon General of the U.S., March 9, 1990

Courtesy Antonia C. Novello, MD, MPH, DrPH

Banner Exhibition

Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physician banners

Courtesy U.S. National Library of Medicine


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Last Reviewed: March 4, 2019