Dr. Carolyn Meltzer
In her latest article, “Women Leaders: Myths and Challenges” (J Am Coll Radiol, 2018), Dr. Carolyn C. Meltzer takes on gender bias and stereotypes that create a challenging environment for women pursuing leadership positions. Drawing on her history of success as female trailblazer in science, she confronts many of the unpalatable realities that women face in the workforce. Dr. Meltzer identifies the systematic biases that find women between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to leadership, i.e. pitted between the “compassionate” and “analytical” extremes of the gender stereotype spectrum. As you can probably imagine, the former is assumed of women in the workplace, while the latter is an expected and preferred characteristic of leaders who are traditionally male.
Ultimately, all is not hopeless, as Dr. Meltzer imparts her wisdom through strategies that combat such stigmas. She urges women to develop a network of peer support that demonstrates female leadership to other women, as well as attain self efficacy as a tool to achieve career goals while maintaining personal values.
Dr. Meltzer is the William P. Timmie Professor and Chair of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Associate Dean for Research at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician whose translational research has focused on serotonin-mediated brain function in normal aging, dementia, and other late-life neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Meltzer is board certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, with subspecialty certification in Neuroradiology and advanced training in positron emission tomography (PET). She also participated as a Fellow in the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women (ELAM). Under her leadership as Department Chair, the Emory Radiology Leadership Academy was created and has now graduated over 100 professionals.