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Valerie Montgomery Rice
Title Dean and Executive Vice President
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree MD
Institution Morehouse School of Medicine
Department Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clusters Women's Health and Reproductive Biology
720 Westview Drive SW
City Atlanta
State GA
Postal Code 30310
Telephone 404-752-1720
Fax 404-752-1594
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2006 Ebony Magazine Feature; "Movers and Medical Shakers"
2006 Women in NAACP, Bridge of Honor Award (Tennessee Chapter)
2007 Tennessee Ladies of Distriction Service Award
2009 Exhibited for HBO "Black List Project II" Profile
2010 The Links, Inc. "Woman of Excellence in Health Service" Award
2011 American Medical Women''s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Award
2011 Ebony Magazine Power 100 List
2011 WNBA 2011 Atlanta Dream Inspiring Women Award
2012 Grio List of 100 Most Influential People
2012 Most Influential African American Doctors (Black Health Magazine)
2013 National Medical Association Council on Concerns of Women Physicians - Women in Medicine Award
2013 National Medical Association Presidential Award

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  A Macon, Georgia native, Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D .F.A.C.O.G., renowned infertility specialist and researcher, is the dean and executive vice president for Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Montgomery Rice is credited with founding 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. She began working with Dr. Hildreth at Meharry in his research around HIV, a collaboration they continue today. Together, using her expertise in clinical trial development, they are evaluating the therapeutic usage of BCD; working to implement clinical trials with the University of Zambia, Morehouse School of Medicine and UC Davis. Dr. Montgomery Rice currently serves on the FDA Advisory Panel for Reproductive and Urological Drugs and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Society for Women’s Health Research. Her acumen and the many contributions in women’s health and research have earned national and international recognition, particularly, through her unwavering commitment to eliminating disparities in women’s healthcare.

Dr. Montgomery Rice completed her undergraduate degree at Georgia Institute of Technology, medical degree from Harvard Medical School, internship and residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit.

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1. Rida P, Ogden A, Ellis IO, Varga Z, Wolff AC, Traina TA, Hatzis C, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB, Lehmann BD, Nanda R, Montgomery Rice V, Brawley OW, Torres MA, Rakha E, Aneja R. First international TNBC conference meeting report. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb 08.
2. Gangula PR, Dong YL, Al-Hendy A, Richard-Davis G, Montgomery-Rice V, Haddad G, Millis R, Nicholas SB, Moseberry D. Protective cardiovascular and renal actions of vitamin D and estrogen. Front Biosci (Schol Ed). 2013 Jan 01; 5:134-48.
3. Rice VM, Maimbolwa MC, Nkandu EM, Hampton JF, Lee JE, Hildreth JE. Cultural differences in acceptability of a vaginal microbicide: a comparison between potential users from Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and Kafue and Mumbwa, Zambia. HIV AIDS (Auckl). 2012; 4:73-80.
4. Rice VM. Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta. J Med Assoc Ga. 2012; 101(1):14-5.
5. Eltom SE, Tchounwou PB, Rice VM. Bringing new minds and new methods to bridging health disparity and equity. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011; 22(4 Suppl):3-4.
6. Carson SA, Eschenbach DA, Lomax G, Rice VM, Sauer MV, Taylor RN. Proposed oocyte donation guidelines for stem cell research. Fertil Steril. 2010 Dec; 94(7):2503-6.
7. Zhang D, Al-Hendy M, Richard-Davis G, Montgomery-Rice V, Sharan C, Rajaratnam V, Khurana A, Al-Hendy A. Green tea extract inhibits proliferation of uterine leiomyoma cells in vitro and in nude mice. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar; 202(3):289.e1-9.
8. Zhang D, Al-Hendy M, Richard-Davis G, Montgomery-Rice V, Rajaratnam V, Al-Hendy A. Antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects of epigallocatechin gallate on human leiomyoma cells. Fertil Steril. 2010 Oct; 94(5):1887-93.
9. Norris KC, Baker RS, Taylor R, Montgomery-Rice V, Higginbotham EJ, Riley WJ, Maupin J, Drew-Ivie S, Reede JY, Gibbons G. Historically black medical schools: addressing the minority health professional pipeline and the public mission of care for vulnerable populations. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009 Sep; 101(9):864-72.
10. Jones KM, Niaz MS, Brooks CM, Roberson SI, Aguinaga MP, Hills ER, Rice VM, Bourne P, Bruce D, Archibong AE. Adverse effects of a clinically relevant dose of hydroxyurea used for the treatment of sickle cell disease on male fertility endpoints. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2009 03; 6(3):1124-44.
11. Son DS, Parl AK, Rice VM, Khabele D. Keratinocyte chemoattractant (KC)/human growth-regulated oncogene (GRO) chemokines and pro-inflammatory chemokine networks in mouse and human ovarian epithelial cancer cells. Cancer Biol Ther. 2007 Aug; 6(8):1302-12.
12. Khabele D, Son DS, Parl AK, Goldberg GL, Augenlicht LH, Mariadason JM, Rice VM. Drug-induced inactivation or gene silencing of class I histone deacetylases suppresses ovarian cancer cell growth: implications for therapy. Cancer Biol Ther. 2007 May; 6(5):795-801.
13. Curran EM, Tassell AH, Judy BM, Nowicki B, Montgomery-Rice V, Estes DM, Nowicki S. Estrogen increases menopausal host susceptibility to experimental ascending urinary-tract infection. J Infect Dis. 2007 Mar 01; 195(5):680-3.
14. Kaunitz AM, Miller PD, Rice VM, Ross D, McClung MR. Bone mineral density in women aged 25-35 years receiving depot medroxyprogesterone acetate: recovery following discontinuation. Contraception. 2006 Aug; 74(2):90-9.
15. Lobo RA, Bélisle S, Creasman WT, Frankel NR, Goodman NE, Hall JE, Ivey SL, Kingsberg S, Langer R, Lehman R, McArthur DB, Montgomery-Rice V, Notelovitz M, Packin GS, Rebar RW, Rousseau M, Schenken RS, Schneider DL, Sherif K, Wysocki S. Should symptomatic menopausal women be offered hormone therapy? MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2):1 p preceding 35.
16. Lobo RA, Bélisle S, Creasman WT, Frankel NR, Goodman NF, Hall JE, Ivey SL, Kingsberg S, Langer R, Lehman R, McArthur DB, Montgomery-Rice V, Notelovitz M, Packin GS, Rebar RW, Rousseau M, Schenken RS, Schneider DL, Sherif K, Wysocki S. Should symptomatic menopausal women be offered hormone therapy? MedGenMed. 2006; 8(3):40.
17. Rice VM. Strategies and issues for managing menopause-related symptoms in diverse populations: ethnic and racial diversity. Am J Med. 2005 Dec 19; 118 Suppl 12B:142-7.
18. Roby KF, Son DS, Taylor CC, Montgomery-Rice V, Kirchoff J, Tang S, Terranova PF. Alterations in reproductive function in SRC tyrosine kinase knockout mice. Endocrine. 2005 Mar; 26(2):169-76.
19. Rice VM. Post menopausal hormone therapy today. Ethn Dis. 2005; 15(2 Suppl 2):S34-9.
20. Bigby JA, Caine VA, Rice VM. Plenary session 2: Improving quality. Making a difference at the individual, business, and community levels. Ethn Dis. 2005; 15(2 Suppl 2):S68-73.
21. Rice VM. Effect of moderate-intensity exercise in alleviating menopausal symptoms. Menopause. 2004 Jul-Aug; 11(4):372-4.
22. Rice VM. Optimizing the dose of hormone replacement therapy. Int J Fertil Womens Med. 2002 Sep-Oct; 47(5):205-10.
23. Rice VM. Conventional medical therapies for endometriosis. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Mar; 955:343-52; discussion 389-93, 396-406.
24. Montgomery Rice V. Hormone replacement therapy: optimising the dose and route of administration. Drugs Aging. 2002; 19(11):807-18.
25. Montgomery Rice V, Limback SD, Roby KF, Terranova PF. Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibition of follicle-stimulating hormone-induced granulosa cell estradiol secretion in the human does not involve reduction of cAMP secretion but inhibition at post-cAMP site(s). Endocrine. 1999 Feb; 10(1):19-23.
26. Montgomery Rice V, Limback SD, Roby KF, Terranova PF. Differential responses of granulosa cells from small and large follicles to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) during the menstrual cycle and acyclicity: effects of tumour necrosis factor-alpha. Hum Reprod. 1998 May; 13(5):1285-91.

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