"We were the group that was there in medicine when medicine became a science."
Helen M. Ranney (1920– )
BC 1941, MD 1947
Helen Ranney's landmark research into hemoglobinopathies, or disorders of the blood, helped establish a link between certain genetic factors and sickle-cell anemia. In 1972, she was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Achievement Award for her work in hemoglobin chemistry. She was also the first woman to chair a university department of medicine (University of California, San Diego, 1973-86), to serve as president of the Association of American Physicians (1984-85), and to become a Distinguished Physician of the Veterans Administration (1986-91).