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The Alumnae Board is pleased to announce Dr. Emily Blodget as the Distinguished Alumna for 2020-2021.The Distinguished Alumna award is given annually to a graduate who uses her “God-given talents to better her community.”
Dr. Blodget was introduced by several of her La Reina 1991 classmates, Kristy Melton, Beth Henschel and Alia Haddad Teagle, who nominated her for this award. Dr. Blodget is described by her peers as being a beloved member of the class of 1991. “Her laugh and smile and infectious,” said Kristy Melton.
After her graduation from La Reina, Emily Blodget was one of three girls in her class to attend Stanford University; graduating with an AB in Human Biology. She went on to earn her Master’s in Epidemiology and Biostatics at Boston University, and then received her medical degree from University of College Cork in Cork Ireland. Dr. Blodget is currently the Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Blodget's clinical interests include HIV, transplant infections and infectious disease. Her research interests include the incidence and outcomes of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) infection in patients with cirrhosis who are awaiting liver transplantation. She is conducting a large ongoing retrospective study in these patients to determine the risk factors as well as morbidity and mortality of VRE infection. In addition to all of this, Dr. Blodget has also been working with patients with COVID. Her service and goal to help care for people is at her core.
In her acceptance speech, Dr. Blodget shared with our current students how La Reina helped her to find and develop her voice as a woman and shaped her into the physician that she is today. “Don’t be afraid to take chances, have the confidence to move forward and find your passion,” shared Dr. Blodget. She encouraged students to take full advantage of what they have here at La Reina, there are so many opportunities and a fantastic support system.