Foundation: Programs

Call for Applications for the 2014 Visiting Professor Program - Deadline June 6, 2014

AWS FoundationKim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program

This program provides medical schools with the opportunity to request top women surgeons as speakers and receive funding from the AWS Foundation. Opportunities to lecture heighten the visibility of women surgeons while encouraging women medical students to pursue similar careers. In addition, the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program promotes dialogue between practicing surgeons and the academic community. The program was recently named in memory of Dr. Kim Ephgrave (1956-2012), who served in the AWS Leadership from 1997 - 2002 and as AWS President in 2000/2001.

Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professors have an opportunity to share professional and personal experiences with Department Chairs, Faculty, Residents and Students through grand rounds, walk rounds, lecture and research presentations and other arranged opportunities.

Medical Centers provide the platform for the experience by hosting the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor at a breakfast, luncheon and/or dinner meetings and arranging for clinical experiences.

The 2013/2014 Visiting Professors are:

Betsy Tuttle-Newhall, MD, FACS (click the link for more information on Dr. Tuttle-Newhall)
Saint Louis University
Professor of Surgery

Host Site: The Cleveland Clinic

Possible topics for Lecture include:

  • Consequences of Public Disclosure of Quality Data: Lessons Learned from Transplant
  • Pediatric Renal Transplantation: There is a Kidney for Every Patient
  • Stewardship of Your Transplant Programs in the New Healthcare Era
  • A Woman Surgeon looks at 50: Transitioning to Leadership

Carmen C. Solorzano, MD, FACS (click the link for more information on Dr. Solorzano)
Vanderbilt University
Professor of Surgery

Host Site: Gundersen Health Systems in Wisconsin

Possible topics for Lecture include:

  • Parathyroidectomy -- Have We Made Progress?
  • Controversies in Thyroid Cancer Management
  • The Incidental Adrenal Mass and the Surgeon
  • Familial Endocrinopathies

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I had dinner...with the six female residents. For me, this was the real heart of the visit...before we were done with salads, we were all surgeons together, laughing and trading experiences. It is clear that these young women are comfortable in their positions and well-integrated into the program and the department.

Carol Scott-Conner MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
2012-13 Visiting Professor

I found myself learning from every conversation and encounter. There are women in surgical training today who have an insight into both the field of surgery and life that I feel that I am still learning. I am so very grateful to you all for sharing with me.

Catherine Wittgen, MD, FACS
2010-2011 Visiting Professor

Past Visiting Professors and Hosts:

  • 2012 - Carol Scott-Conner MD, PhD, MBA, FACS (click the link on her name for her bio)
    University of South Carolina
  • 2012 - Martha A. Zeiger MD, FACS, FACE (click the link on her name for her bio; click here for her final report.)
    host:  Massachusetts General Hospital (click here for their final report.)
  • 2011 - Mary A. Hooks, MD, MBA, FACS (click the link on her name for her bio)
    host:  Emory University in Atlanta
  • 2010 - Therese M. Duane, MD, FACS (click the link on her name for her bio)
    host:  University of Arizona
  • 2010 - Catherine Marie Wittgen, MD, FACS (click the link on her name for her bio)
    host:  University of Wisconsin
  • 2009 - Karen J. Brasel, MD, MPH
    host:  Louisiana State University
  • 2008 - Margaret Dunn, MD, FACS
    University of Connecticut
  • 2008 - Pamela Lipsett, MD, FACS, FCCM
    University of California, Davis
  • 2007 - Linda Phillips, MD, FACS
    host: New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • 2006 - Mary McCarthy, MD, FACS
    University of Texas, Houston
  • 2005 - Nancy Harthun, MD, FACS
    host: The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2005 - Kathryn Spanknebel, MD
    host: Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • 2004 - Amy Friedman, MD
    host: Medical College of Georgia
  • 2004 - Rosemary Duda, MD, MPH
    host: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • 2003 - Leslie Kohman, MD
    host -
    University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • 2003 - Myriam Curet, MD, FACS
    host -
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • 2002 - Susan Mackinnon, MD, FACS
    host -
    Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
  • 2002 - Margaret Kemeny, MD, FACS
    host - Duke University Medical Center
  • 2001 - Julie Ann Freischlag, MD
    host -
    University of Louisville

"Being selected as the AWSF Visiting Professor was clearly a career highlight, and I was extremely excited to find out that Louisiana State University was selected as the host institution. The AWS has always been synonymous with outstanding mentorship in my mind and experience, and the chair at LSU is a mentor from fellowship days. Chip is an enthusiastic supporter of female surgeons, as I knew from experience and had the chance to once again observe firsthand. It was a jam-packed two days, [and] I came away. . .impressed with the residents, faculty, administration, and program at LSU. More than that, I came away energized -- in particular by the one-on-one and small group interactions with the residents and faculty. I clearly gained more than I gave, and once again am indebted to the mentorship opportunities provided by the AWS."

- Karen Brasel, MD, FACS 2009/10 AWS Foundation Visiting Professor

AWS Foundation Fellowships

Since 1996, the AWSF/Ethicon, Inc. Fellowship has supported a number of women surgeons by funding original research in topics of flexible GI endoscopy, laparoscopy, minimal access techniques or related emerging technology. Click here for a list of past Ethicon, Inc. Fellowship recipients. 2014 AWSF/Ethicon Fellowship Recipient: Heather Yeo, a Surgical Oncology Fellow/Clinical Instructor, and a Robert Woods Johnson Clinical scholar at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Cornell NYP.

A Fellowship grant from Genomic Health was awarded from 2007 to 2010. The fellowship was awarded for topics in the area of cancer-related research. Click here for a list of past Genomic Health Fellowship recipients.

Mentoring and Networking Programs

Mentoring and Networking Programs are supported by the AWS Foundation to provide forums for young women surgeons to meet with peers, attend educational programs, and enhance their professional and personal lives. A searchable mentor database has been developed for members and AWS supports networking breakfasts throughout the year.