AWS celebrates 35 years
of INSPIRING, ENCOURAGING and ENABLING women surgeons to realize their professional and personal dreams.


The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) was founded in 1981 when Patricia Numann, MD, FACS, invited as many women surgeons as she could identify to breakfast at the October meeting of the American College of Surgeons. Over the past 35 years AWS has grown from a mere handful of women who met informally once a year to an internationally recognized organization with members in over 15 countries. AWS has representation on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Surgery and sponsors career development programs at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society of Surgery.

Over the past three decades the AWS Foundation has provided concrete opportunities through our awards, fellowships, grants and visiting professor programs to advance the careers and professional development of women surgeons. A considerable number of the women surgeons who have achieved significant leadership positions are AWS members, and owe their success in part to the mentorship, support and collegiality offered by other AWS members.

We are offering YOU an opportunity to help us continue this important work by making a contribution to the AWS Foundation (AWSF). All donors will be listed on the website: Donor Recognition.

Total Contribution
Bronze $35
Silver $350
Gold $3,500
Platinum $35,000
Diamond $350,000


Platinum (complementary 2 dinner tickets) and Diamond Donors (complementary Table for 10) will receive special recognition at the AWS Awards Dinner in 2017.

Donations may be made monthly if preferred. The level of recognition refers to the total contributions up until the closure of the 35 year Celebration in October 2017.