Metrodora Awards


Inspired by the heritage of Metrodora, a Greek physician who wrote the first known medical text to be authored by a woman, the international Metrodora Awards is an initiative designed to recognise women leaders in science and medicine. 

The awards are hosted by the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) together with title sponsor Viatris, to acknowledge outstanding women in science and medicine who have made significant contributions across all disciplines of scientific research, clinical practice, health education, and health policy as well as patient advocacy in key emerging regions of Emerging Asia, Latin America, Africa, Russia/CIS and the Middle East.

Women continue to play a leading role in driving scientific and medical breakthroughs. With each passing year, outstanding women remain committed to dismantling barriers about their participation in science and medicine, especially in fast-growing economies. 

The Metrodora Awards aspire to champion and showcase the achievements of eminent women to drive positive change and inspire more women and girls to follow careers in science and medicine in the years to come.    


Highlights from 2020 Metrodora Awards


2022 Metrodora Awards Winners

At the 2022 awards, four women leaders in science and medicine were awarded for the inroads they have created into their own professional legacies.

  • Dr M. V. Padma Srivastava, Head of Department of Neurology  and the Chief of the Neurosciences Center at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India was recognized as the Clinical Practice Leader in Science & Medicine
  • Dr Liesl Zuhlke, Pediatric Cardiologist and Vice-President of South African Medical Research Council and Director Children's Heart  Disease Research Unit, South Africa was awarded as the Public Health Leader in Science & Medicine.
  • Anita Abu Bakar, Founder and President of the Mental Illness Awareness & Support Association, Malaysia was recognized as the Patient Champion in Science & Medicine.
  • Maryam Noroozian, Professor of Neurology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran was recognized as the Mental Health Leader in Science & Medicine.


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