Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Nancy Guest Cummings, MD

class of 1943
inducted in 1984

Nancy Guest Cummings, MD


Dr. Cummings has the distinction of having been the first female rotating intern at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia; the first female resident in Internal Medicine at Hospital of the University of Pennsyvania; the first woman Renal Fellow, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston; and the first woman Associate Director, National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. She is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Her current positions include Associate Director for Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases, NIADDK at the NIH; consultant in Nephrology/Medicine, Clinical Center, NIH; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington.

Cummings counts among her several fellowships and honors the 1981 National Kidney Foundation Distinguished Service Award and the November 1975 Robert Abbe Lectureship at
Philadelphia's College of Physicians. She is a member of numerous professional societies and has served on various committees for them. Over thirty medical articles have been authored or co-authored by Dr. Cummings and she is considered an international expert in kidney disease research.

Cummings is active in her church and also serves as a Lay Reader and Chalice Bearer at the "National Cathedral" in
Washington. Many radio, television and community programs have invited her to be their guest speaker. She is married, the mother of three children (oldest son, Yale, 1983; middle son, Yale, 1985; daughter, Princeton, 1987). Dr. Cummings also enjoys cooking, reading, cultural pursuits and various forms of needlework. She is the creator of a prize-winning needlepoint rug.