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Stephanie Linus Has Joined the Ranks of Nobel Laureates as the First Black Recipient of the Esteemed Lennox K. Black Prize For Excellence in Medicine

Stephanie Linus Emerges First Black Recipient of Lennox K. Black Prize in Medicine

As part of the unprecedented recognition of her outstanding contributions to social activism and impact through her work, Stephanie Linus has been honoured with the Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine by Thomas Jefferson University. This remarkable achievement highlights her dedication to societal well-being and marks her as the first Black recipient of this distinguished award.

The Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine is a prestigious accolade awarded by Thomas Jefferson University, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical field, promoting scientific discovery and advancements. Named after Lennox K. Black, a Canadian manufacturing executive known for his philanthropic efforts and service on various boards including that of Thomas Jefferson University, the prize celebrates excellence in medical innovation and contribution to health and medicine globally.

Stephanie Linus, renowned for her activism and impactful work in areas concerning women’s health and rights, including her efforts to combat issues like fistula and gender-based violence, has been instrumental in bringing about social change through her films and campaigns. Her work extends beyond borders, affecting lives and policies internationally, embodying the spirit of the Lennox K. Black International Prize.

On receiving the award, Linus expressed her gratitude and reaffirmed her commitment to using her platform for social good, “This recognition goes beyond me; it is for all the women and girls out there who are fighting for a healthier, safer world. It amplifies our message and our work.” It strengthens my resolve to continue advocating for gender equality, social justice, and improved maternal and reproductive health in Africa.

Thomas Jefferson University, a leader in medical education and research, hosts this award to underscore its mission of improving lives through innovation in health care. The university is proud to honour Stephanie Linus, whose work aligns with Jefferson’s values of creativity, collaboration, and compassion in the pursuit of excellence in medicine and beyond.

“Susan C. Aldunge, Interim President of Thomas Jefferson University, expressed her admiration, saying, ‘It was our honour to recognize the remarkable contributions you’ve made as an advocate for gender equality and social justice. Your ability to educate while humbly addressing the cultural obstacles impeding progress for young women is commendable. Your intelligent, personal take on the necessary changes in human rights has made a deep impact on all of us lucky enough to encounter you. Congratulations once more on this well-deserved award and the acknowledgment of your efforts.'”

The awarding of the Lennox K. Black International Prize to Stephanie Linus not only celebrates her achievements but also signals a broader recognition of the importance of social activism within the realm of medicine and health. Her pioneering efforts continue to inspire and effect change, paving the way for a healthier, more equitable world.