Linda Brodsky, MD
Linda Brodsky, MD, is among a small number of U.S. women to have achieved the rank of tenured full professor in Otolaryngology and Pediatrics. Currently a practicing physician and surgeon, Dr. Brodsky is an accomplished medical professional, having founded the award-winning Center for Pediatric Quality and working for almost 20 years as the founder and director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
After an almost-ten year legal battle based on her claims of gender discrimination, Dr. Brodsky’s several court cases were resolved in 2008. The incredible difficulties she faced in bringing forward a gender-discrimination-based lawsuit now fuel her commitment to equal rights and act as the basis for her upcoming multi-author book about gender discrimination’s effects on the healthcare system as a whole.
Dr. Brodsky’s upcoming multi-author book will examine the pervasive effects of gender discrimination in healthcare. The stories were collected through a vast social media campaign that garnered support across audiences on Twitter, Facebook, alumni groups and forums. As told by patients, doctors, mothers, wives and men through Dr. Brodsky’s site, these personal stories paint a bleak picture of the future of healthcare in the United States. The manifestations and consequences of gender discrimination in healthcare — are many from overlooked diagnoses attributed to “women’s hysteria” to gender profiling in medical insurance — and until attention is paid, no progress can be made. Dr. Brodsky also shares the personal struggles with gender discrimination that laid the foundation for her work in advocacy.