Christina Bailey-Hytholt, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Named to 2023 Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Awards


Chemical Engineering

Awards Program Recognizes Women Leaders in Massachusetts Demonstrating Impact, Inspiration, and Innovation across Healthcare Industry


Christina Bailey-Hytholt

Chemical Engineering Professor Christina Bailey-Hytholt will be receiving a 4th Annual Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award from The Women’s Edge (formerly The Commonwealth Institute), the leading nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women leaders. This award is the first of its kind in the nation, reaching across diverse sectors of healthcare – from life sciences, healthcare education and systems, to healthcare foundations, patient care, and public health. It recognizes and celebrates remarkable healthcare leaders in Massachusetts for their outstanding career achievements and resounding impact. 

“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a global leader in the healthcare industry so it is fitting that The Women’s Edge – an organization founded 26 years ago to help women leaders in Massachusetts achieve greater success – would celebrate and honor emerging women leaders in the industry,” said Elizabeth L. Hailer, CEO of The Women’s Edge and EWAH co-Chair. “This award is a testament to the dedication, innovation and influence of each of these extraordinary women leaders.”

Over 150 nominations were received for the 2023 Awards.  Ten finalists were selected for their impact and innovative ways of advancing healthcare, for inspiring and leading others, and fostering diversity in their organizations and the healthcare community through policy, practice, and mentorship. The honorees’ unwavering dedication to improving healthcare and commitment to mentoring others has left an indelible mark on the lives of many and the healthcare community.

The full list of the 2023 Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare in Massachusetts honorees includes:

  • Christina M. Bailey-Hytholt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Mareshia Donald, PhD, Director, Chief of Staff to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Dallas Ducar, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNL, FAAN, CEO, Transhealth
  • Naomi Fried, PhD, Founder & CEO, PharmStars
  • Erin Nahrgang, RN, CCM, Senior Director ACO Complex Care Management, Boston Medical Center Health System
  • Kemi Olugemo, MD, FAAN, VP, Global Clinical Development, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
  • Kristen Palumbo, MHCDS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Innovive Health
  • Viveka Prakash-Zawisza, MD, MS, MBA, Senior Associate Medical Director, MassHealth
  • Darlene Rodowicz, President & CEO, Berkshire Health Systems
  • Sylvia Rosas, MD, MSCE, Director, Latino Kidney Clinic, Joslin Diabetes Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Bailey-Hytholt will be honored at the EWAH awards reception on November 15, 2023. Registration for the celebration event, as well as more information on the awards and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at


The Women’s Edge (formerly The Commonwealth Institute) is a non-profit organization that works with women CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and the rising generation of women leaders to help them build successful businesses, organizations, and careers.  For 26 years, The Women’s Edge has provided a variety of opportunities to propel women leaders to achieve professional and personal success and deliver positive impact within their businesses and communities.