Valerie Montgomery Rice
Published March 7, 2014
Updated April 11, 2021

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Rice is the first woman to lead a freestanding medical school. She is a Harvard-trained obstetrician and gynecologist and a specialist in women’s and minority health issues. She works to advance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners, diversify the physician and scientific workforce, and foster equity in health care access and health outcomes.

Montgomery Rice’s medical expertise spans a wide range of health topics. She is an infertility specialist and researcher whose work focuses on planning initiatives for patient care, research and community engagement. She was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Expertise: Women of color health issues, patient care, HIV prevention, health disparities, obstetrics and gynecology, infertility, academic equity, health care access

Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Contact Info:

Email: vmrice@msm.edu |

Phone: 404-752-1740

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