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Elizabeth Cherot '88

Elizabeth Cherot '88

President and CEO of March of Dimes




Johns Hopkins University, University of Rochester



Marching on

As the president and CEO of March of Dimes—as well as the first physician leader in the organization’s 85-year history—Dr. Elizabeth Cherot ’88 is one of the nation’s premier voices on maternal and infant health. When she reflects on a life dedicated to medicine and public health, she is quick to trace her journey back to where it all began: the halls of her alma mater.

“Dana Hall is at the foundation of who I’ve become,” she says. “Whether it was speaking in front of the school as All-School President or motivating the field hockey team through a tough practice, so many of my skills were honed here.”

Dr. Cherot began her career as a practicing OBGYN, and eventually decided to take her expertise from the bedside to the business side. “I wanted bigger platforms to make a bigger difference,” she says. “That led to me earning my MBA and serving in leadership roles at national institutions.”

In many ways, the path from clinical practitioner to the head of one of the nation’s oldest nonprofits exemplifies her Dana Hall education. “Dana Hall encourages us to learn new skills, take on new roles, and strive to make a difference in our lives and careers,” she says. “Great leadership should always reflect growth and continuous improvement—and a bit of fearlessness.”