JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and recognizes the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
Throughout history, women have made our Army stronger -- made the U.S. Army’s Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate just as strong contributing to the development and advancements of medical capabilities and technologies moving the U.S. Army forward in its care for Soldiers in war and in garrison.
MED CDID, in San Antonio, recently held a celebration of Women’s History Month, recognizing famous women throughout history and their achievements in ensuring dignity, equality, and human rights for all.
Lt. Col. LaTonya Williams, future operations officer, MED CDID, led the tribute of the accomplishments of women along with recognizing the careers and contributions of Dr. Cynthia Abbott, from the Concepts Division and Karen Bagg from the Computational Science Division to medical modernization and Army Medicine.
“Within the MED CDID, we have a lot of amazing women and this is the month we celebrate them and learn about their accomplishments,” said Col. James J. Jones, director of the MED CDID.
Combined with our celebration of women’s history month MED CDID took an opportunity to recognize and bid farewell to Dr. Barbara Wojcik, whose retirement personifies the theme of providing healing, promoting hope.
Wojcik an emigrate from Lublin, Poland, worked for the Polish Academy of Science for 14 years and in the 1980s taught at Wichita State University and then at the University of Texas San Antonio with a Doctorate in Statistics and Master of Science in Electronic Engineering.
Wojcik transitioned from academia to the U.S. Army Medical Department team, first as a contractor in 1991 and then as a Department of the Army Civilian in 1993.
Spanning a 29-year career in federal service, Wojcik committed her considerable talents and skills to numerous projects for multiple Army Surgeons General and developed statistical models and methodology to support Total Army Analysis and Army level initiatives. She is the first author and a principal investigator of over a hundred published articles, presentations, and technical reports in applied statistics, deployment health-related studies and military healthcare surveillance.
“Dr. Wojcik may be retiring, but her contributions to the Army will live on forever,” said Jones. “Dr. Wojcik and the women in the MED CDID reflect the grit, tenacity and brilliance of women throughout history who have had the strength and courage to overcome obstacles and inspire future generations.”
Wojcik’s work supported studies on important topics such as pancreatic and breast cancer, mental health disorders in military service members, spinal injuries suffered by Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, disease and non-battle injury models based on recent Army campaigns, trauma care in U.S. Army hospitals, and traumatic brain injuries. Additionally, Wojcik has received recognition and accolades from both civilian and military healthcare leaders.