Lucille B. Rosenberg, MD, Fel ’69
“You don’t retire from something. You retire to something,” says Lucille B. Rosenberg, MD, Fel ’69, whose post-practice activities illustrate the same depth of dedication to community that she demonstrated during her career. A child psychiatrist who through the years served many of the most vulnerable populations in southern Wisconsin, Dr. Rosenberg has maintained an ambitious schedule, working with youth-oriented agencies in Milwaukee.
Her input also has been particularly valuable to the Medical College of Wisconsin in its development of Women in Science, an annual lecture series and support organization that benefits from her lifetime of experience as an advocate for women in health care.
Since 2007, Women in Science has organized luncheon presentations featuring women faculty members from the Medical College who discuss their work and career paths. Membership is open to the public, and each lecture is an opportunity for the community to meet outstanding female scientists and physicians and learn about their research and its impact on health. Women in Science also provides financial support for women scholars at the Medical College to advance their research.
“My philosophy is that we need to mentor and support women,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “I think Women in Science has done that and draws attention to women’s many roles. Women have a unique perspective in medicine.”
A member of the Women in Science Advisory Committee since its inception, she has sought to emphasize the involvement of community members, particularly practicing physicians, as well as showcase the contributions women are making to research and medicine. Women in Science also models the value of mentoring women medical students so they reach their aspirations. History informs Dr. Rosenberg’s opinion that these are important efforts, and her career journey includes moments dedicated to making a difference.
Dr. Rosenberg began medical school at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1946, a year that saw a noticeably high number of women matriculants nationwide. Because of this critical mass, Dr. Rosenberg and her peers were able to reconstitute a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Iota, the national women’s medical sorority. It was one of her first women’s advocacy efforts, but not her last.
Dr. Rosenberg was already a mother when she finished her pediatrics residency and eventually had five children, so she knows well the juggling of responsibilities required by professional women. She became the first woman President of the Milwaukee County Medical Society, and then advocated at the state level for a session just for women physicians, which drew more than 200 members to its first meeting.
The effort led to the creation of Women in Medicine, a collaborative organization for women physicians in Milwaukee and Madison that hosted seminars on subjects that resonated with women professionals, like work-life balance, and helped raise awareness of women’s accomplishments in medicine. The organization served as a template for the Medical College’s Women in Science program.
“We started Women in Medicine to help communication among women in practice and with women medical students so they felt like they had mentors,” she said.
Dr. Rosenberg is a former member of the pediatrics and psychiatry faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She practiced at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in a psychiatric outpatient setting and also served as Medical Director at Curative Care Network, working primarily with children with multiple disabilities.
In the 1980s, Dr. Rosenberg joined Sinai Samaritan as Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. She retired in 1997. Throughout her career, she found the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary setting to be among the most gratifying aspects.
“We can always learn something from one other,” she said. “I’ve certainly learned much from my colleagues.”
About Women in Science
Women researchers and physicians at The Medical College of Wisconsin are making discoveries that are saving lives and improving treatments for patients with injuries and complex diseases. The mission of Women in Science is to showcase outstanding research and provide financial support for women scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
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