Renee Bobrowski, M.D., ’81 - Medical and Health Leadership
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As a quintessential example of what it means to be a "Woman of the Word,” it would be difficult to top Renee Bobrowski. In both her personal and professional life, Renee exemplifies the core values she internalized during her years at IWA. Although multi-talented and many-faceted, Renee chose theatre as her foremost extracurricular activity at IWA. Her mechanical dexterity assured her a behind-the-scenes role as chief carpenter and cabinet maker, although in her stage debut she acquitted herself admirably playing the tail-end of a horse. Among her fondest memories of IWA are her participation in theatre productions, her membership in the Thespian Society, her speech team activities, and her volunteer activities at the Truman Center. Among the honors she received during her years at IWA was placing first place in Radio Broadcasting at the Missouri State Speech Competition and becoming a member of the National Honor Society for her academic achievements. Excelling in pursuits close to her heart did not end with IWA. Renee matriculated at the Jesuit University of Detroit, which she chose because the school offered a program in nuclear medicine, and she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985. From Detroit, Renee moved to Wayne State School of Medicine, received her M.D. degree in 1989, and has been practicing medicine ever since in such disparate places as Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Connecticut on the North American continent, and Tasmania and Australia elsewhere in the world. In her current position, Renee serves as Co-Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Women's Services at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She has received many awards over the course of her career, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Indiana University; National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education; and selection as one of the "Best Doctors in America” and "America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists” for the past five years. This year, Renee has received the 2010 Tribute to Women and Industry Honoree by the Women and Children's Alliance of Boise, as well as the 2010 Hero Award from the Idaho Chapter of the March of Dimes. Her personal life has also enjoyed a number of "highs.” Renee has her private pilot's license and has enjoyed adventure travel to all seven continents with her husband Jeff. She has reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.) in Tanzania Africa, and successfully competed in a triathlon after learning to swim in 2009. She is certified as a professional photographer from NYIP, and is currently training for a Half-Ironman race to take place in 2011. Truly, this "Renaissance Woman” is well on her way to "achieving her God-given potential” and empowering herself and others to make a positive impact on the world.