Alice Drew Chenoweth biographical file
- 1903 - 1998
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After graduating, she interned at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York (1932-1933) and did additional training at Johns Hopkins (1933-1934). Chenoweth then became the Assistant Chief Resident at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 1934-1936, and later she was a Research Fellow for the Philadelphia Pediatrics Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1936-1937. Dr. Chenoweth had a private practice of pediatrics in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, from 1938-1942.
During World War II Dr. Chenoweth joined the State Department of Health of Kentucky as Director of Maternal and Child Health, a position she held from 1942 to 1949. She then went on to serve as Chief of the Children's Bureau/Maternal and Child Health Services for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1949-1968. After a career with the government she worked as an Associate Editor for the "Journal of School Health" from 1969-73, and she was President of the American Medical Women's Association in 1968.
Dr. Chenoweth received many awards during her career including the Superior Service Award from the Children's Bureau in 1967 and the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal from the American Medical Women's Association in 1973. She also established a scholarship for medical students at her alma mater, Vanderbilt University.
For more information and pictures, please see the VUMC Online Biography of Dr. Chenoweth or the National Library of Medicine's Biography of Dr. Chenoweth.
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