Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
As an undergraduate, Doris Gorka majored in biology and was a member of the Phi Sigma biology honor society.
In 1954, she completed her postgraduate training after studying at the Hospital of the Women's Medical College, Jefferson Medical College, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1973, she became the director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she is a Professor of Medicine.
Specializing in endocrinology, Dr. Bartuska's research has covered a variety of areas within that field, including thyroid function, malignant tumor tissue, genetic aspects of endocrine disorders, and the endocrinology of aging.
For more than 40 years, she has been a strong advocate for women pursuing positions of medical leadership. A leader in her professional community at the local, state, and national level; she has served as president of the American Medical Women's Association, been a delegate to the American Medical Association, and participated in the President's Forum on Physicians and Social Responsibility.
She has published significant articles in professional journals and has been honored with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Medal in 1988, the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Educator of America Award.