Gender Inequality and Leadership in Academic Health Centers

October 20, 2016 

This webinar drew on Oxford’s research into barriers and facilitators to women’s advancement and leadership in academic medicine world-wide, as well as specific interventions to accelerate it in a number of leading European academic health centers, including Oxford (UK), Charité (Germany), Karolinska (Sweden), and Vienna (Austria).

Academic medicine is currently characterized by the underutilization of women’s talent and potential, especially at senior levels and in leadership roles. This adversely affects the tripartite mission of academic health centers. Some areas, such as women’s and children’s health, are less likely to be investigated by men than women. Women physician-scientists spend more time in providing high-quality care, including to underserved populations, than men. Women physician-scientists also spend more time in teaching the next generation of physicians than men. Finally, women are known to have more collaborative leadership styles than men. In order to address social inequalities in wider society, academic health centers need to demonstrate a credible commitment to achieving gender equity within their own ranks.


Pavel Ovseiko, DPhil, Senior Research Fellow, Health Policy and Management, University of Oxford