University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Molly Carnes, MD, MS

Also known as: Mary Molly Carnes



MADISON, WI 53715-2634

(608) 263-9770


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York – MD

  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI – Residency in Internal Medicine

  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics – Fellowship in Geriatrics/Gerontology

  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics - Stetler Research Fellowship 

  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – MS in Epidemiology

  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Fellowship in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine

Professional Activities

Dr. Molly Carnes is a faculty member in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology within the Department of Medicine, the Virginia Valian Professor, and the founder and director of the Center for Women's Health Research at UW-Madison. Dr. Carnes has affiliate appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where she is co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) and the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) in the College of Engineering.

Dr. Carnes is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She is the recipient of many national awards in recognition of her outstanding leadership and research, including the Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Gerontological Society of America; the NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award to Promote Scientific Workforce Diversity; the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Leadership Award from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; the American Medical Women’s Association’s President Award; and the Bernadine Healy Women’s Health Visionary Leadership Award, Academy of Women’s Health.

Research Interests

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Dr. Carnes's research focuses on how cultural stereotypes – however unintentionally – perpetuate inequities throughout science, engineering, and medicine. Dr. Carnes has been funded by the NIH (NIA and NIGMS), Office of Veterans Affairs, and the National Science Foundation to develop, test, and implement strategies aimed at changing the culture of academic institutions to be more welcoming and inclusive of all potential talent.  She is currently leading the NIH-funded Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) initiative, a cluster randomized study involving 19 departments of medicine to determine whether a workshop aimed at helping faculty “break the bias habit” is effective in promoting pro-diversity actions, improving department climate, and reducing burnout.