April 10, 2014
Riya V. Anandwala

SLU Family and Community Medicine Physician Receives Woman of Distinction Award

Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D. will be honored at the Missouri Athletic Club Luncheon on April 11

ST. LOUIS – Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University, will be recognized for her contribution to the community by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC).

Denise Hooks-Anderson
Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D., has also received the
National Health Service Corp award.

Hooks-Anderson is one of the six recipients of the 2014 MAC Woman of Distinction award and will be honored at MAC luncheon on April 11.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by being chosen as a recipient of this distinguished award,” she said. “I enjoy serving my community and feel it is my obligation to do so. I was raised to believe that – to much is given, much is required.”

Hooks-Anderson, a SLUCare family medicine physician, is an advocate for the uninsured and has worked extensively with the community. She has received the National Health Service Corp award for her commitment to serve an underserved area that includes her work with Community Women Against Hardship, a local non-profit organization where she held workshops. She’s also a community speaker on women’s health issues, health care disparities, wellness and the medically underserved.

She provides career and clinical mentorship to women medical students and serves on the Office of Multicultural Affairs Steering Committee. Hooks-Anderson is also a faculty volunteer at the Health Resource Center, a free clinic in north St. Louis operated by Saint Louis University medical students under the guidance of SLU physicians.

“We nominated Dr. Hooks-Anderson because she has made significant contributions to medicine in the areas of public health, private health care and medical education,” said John Chibnall, Ph.D., professor of neurology and psychiatry, and a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee that nominated her for this award. “She is a role model and she has done all of this while maintaining her own well-being, commitment to her family, and concern for others.”

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: infectious disease, liver disease, cancer, heart/lung disease, and aging and brain disorders.

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