Young Alumni Achievement Award
After graduating from Stevens, Leanne Metcalfe earned a doctorate, developed an expertise in health care, and launched a promising career that is already garnering accolades.
Dr. Metcalfe followed her Stevens degree in electrical engineering with a master’s in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, where in 2008 she also earned her doctorate in biomedical engineering. Her thesis designed Bayesian probability models to understand and predict disease burdens across several population groups. During her senior year at Stevens, she was a Rhodes Scholar finalist.
Currently, Dr. Metcalfe leads the clinical research and strategy teams for Blue Cross Blue Shield across five states, including Texas, where she is based in Dallas. Using innovations in data science and artificial intelligence, Dr. Metcalfe collaborates with clinical, care provider, governmental, and academic partners to improve health care values, wellness programs, and patient quality of life.
Previously, Dr. Metcalfe worked in pharmaceuticals as a systems analyst with Merck. She conducted research and EMR (electronic medical records) implementation with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and she performed analytics for Premise Health regarding more than 30 clients and 100 clinical locations. She was also a research fellow for the George Family Foundation of Minneapolis.
Academically, Dr. Metcalfe has published papers in multiple journals, and at conferences across the country she has presented research findings involving clinical evaluations, health economics, and health policy. Her latest research involves solving health care inequities for disadvantaged populations. She has also been working on technology to identify breast cancer masses more clearly and reduce the number of mastectomies or repeat surgeries for patients.
Dr. Metcalfe is a member of American Society of Clinical Oncology. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce cited her for improving the health of patients with asthma and Crohn’s disease. In 2017, the Dallas chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers highlighted her as an inspirational figure for minority women pursuing STEM careers.
At Stevens, Dr. Metcalfe was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, the Eta Kappa Nu honor society for electrical engineers, the Black Students Union, the Latin American Association, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She participated in the university’s internship program, served as secretary of the Student Council, competed on the swimming and tennis teams, and inspired pride on the cheerleading team.
Dr. Metcalfe emigrated from Jamaica to the United States when she was 18 years old. Her brother, Lee, graduated from Stevens in 1998. In addition to mentoring women and minorities in their careers, Dr. Metcalfe has a passion for physical fitness and is a National Physique Committee bodybuilding competitor.