Beatrix Hamburg

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Beatrix Hamburg (born October 19, 1923[1]) is an American psychiatrist whose long career in academic medicine advanced the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Hamburg was the first African-American to attend Vassar College, and was also the first African-American woman to attend Yale Medical School. Hamburg held professorships at Stanford, Harvard, Mt. Sinai and—most recently—at Weill Cornell Medical College. She was on the President's Commission on Mental Health under President Jimmy Carter. Hamburg was formerly president of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has done research on early adolescence, peer counseling, and diabetic children and adolescents.[2] She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.[3] She received a Foremother Award for her lifetime of accomplishments from the National Research Center for Women & Families in 2012.[4]

Hamburg is married to David A. Hamburg, an academic physician who has done mental health research. In 2007 they received the 2007 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Award in Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine for their long careers in medicine and public service.[5][6] Their daughter, Margaret Hamburg, is a physician who also works in public health, and has been commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since May, 2009.[7]


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  6. ^ Gold, Lauren Gold (Oct 25, 2007). "Sarnat Award recognizes David and Beatrix Hamburg". Cornell Chronicle. Cornell University. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Commissioner's Page". About FDA. United States Food and Drug Administration. 2011-07-19. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.