Public Service Award Winner 2001: Saralyn Mark, MD


Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for ten years. As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women’s health on earth and in space.

As a pioneer in women’s health, she designed the first women’s health fellowship in the Nation, helped create the National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, the National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health in academic and community health centers across the country and landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues. Dr. Mark is now President of SolaMed Solutions, LLC. In this capacity, she serves as a medical and scientific policy advisor to organizations and agencies including NASA and the Cook Group.

Dr. Mark is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and had been the civilian representative to the Surgeon General

Physician Advisory Committee. She has chaired or served on over 50 national and international editorial and advisory boards, commissions and task forces including the President’s Interagency Council on Women, the National Institutes of Health Federal Work Group on Bone Diseases, the NASA Medical Policy Board, NCQA HEDIS Measurement Advisory Panel, and the United Nations Global Commission on Women’s Health.

Dr. Mark is an Associate Professor adjunct at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Mark is also an Affiliate Professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. She is an alumna of the New York University School of Medicine and Barnard College of Columbia University and completed her residency, fellowships and first academic appointment at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF).

Dr. Mark has published and delivered over 500 lectures in the United States and abroad. She is the author of Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women’s Health (Brick Tower, 2010). She has made over 150 television, radio, on-line and print appearances including CNN, NBC Nightly News and the Washington Post. Dr. Mark has received many accolades and awards from the federal government and prominent medical organizations such as the Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Public Service, the Assistant Secretary of Health Award for Outstanding Team Performance and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation’s Public Service Award. Dr. Mark continues to foster the development of innovative programs and policies that affect the lives of men and women around the world.


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