Marsha D. Rappley, MD

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Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan

Marsha D. Rappley, MD, is the 2014 Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan honoree in the Education and Research category. The awards were established in 1990 to honor and recognize women whose accomplishments inspire others to achieve their life goals and undertake challenges making a positive difference for individuals, communities, and Michigan.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation. Helping to support women of all ages, including our girls, helping them to see the path and provide opportunities along the way, is near and dear to my heart. Many strong and amazing women did this for me, including my grandmothers and of course my mother, and my sister, my daughter and my son, and my good friends. I have had the benefit of mentors, both women and men, who have believed in me when I did not yet believe in myself,” said Dr. Rappley. “The Michigan Women’s Foundation not only helps to clear the path, but changes the landscape for our women, thereby strengthening our families and our communities. I am proud to be part of this legacy.”

Dean for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since September 2006, Rappley is the first graduate of the College to hold the position. Prior to her appointment, she served the College in roles including acting dean, associate dean for Academic Affairs, and interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. Rappley is a practicing pediatrician and has achieved a national reputation for her research and clinical work in pediatrics, especially concerning the use of medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Rappley holds several professional board positions, including chair-elect for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans, member of the AAMC board of directors, chair of the Policy Committee and member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and serves on the board of directors of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. She is past chair of the Pediatric Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration and a past member of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Pediatrics.

As well, Rappley has received numerous recognitions for her work, among them a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of the American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Athena Award from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce in 2010. 


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