Female Chairs of Departments of Surgery

An Update from AWS President Amalia Cochran: State of the Woman Surgeon in 2016.

There are now 16 women heading surgical departments in the United States and Canada. We still have a long way to go, but these women are paving the way for others like them. Their accomplishments exemplify the AWS mission to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. We celebrate their success!

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Nancy Ascher
Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD

Chair, University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2011

 

 

Barbara Bass

Barbara Bass, MD

Chair, Houston Methodist Hospital. Read profile.

AWS Member since 1990

 


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Sharmila Dissanaike, MD

Chair, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Surgery. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2016

 

Diana Farmer

Diana Farmer, MD

Chair, UC Davis Department of Surgery. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2016

 

Amy Goldberg

 

Amy Goldberg, MD, FACS

Chair, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2001

 

 

Mary Hawn

Mary Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS

Chair, Stanford Medicine Department of Surgery. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2016

 

 

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Melina Kibbe, MD

Chair, University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Read profile.

AWS Member since 1997

 

 

Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy, MD, FACS

Chair, Wright State Physicians. Read profile.

AWS Member since 1989

 

 

Anne Mosenthal

Anne Mosenthal, MD

Chair, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2013

 

 

Heidi Nelson

Heidi Nelson, MD

Chair, Mayo Clinic. Read profile.

 

 

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Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS

Chair, University of Arizona Cancer Center. Read profile.

AWS Member since 1990

 

 

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Susan E. Reid, BA, MD, FRCS(C)

Chair, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University Department of Surgery. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2012

 

Patricia Roberts

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Chair, Division of Surgery, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. Read profile.

AWS Members since 2017

 

 

Betsy Tuttle-Newhall

J.E. “Betsy” Tuttle-Newhall, MD.

Chair, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Read profile.

AWS Member since 1997

 

 

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Omaida Velazquez, MD

Chair, University of Miami Hospital. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2015

 

 

Sandra Wong

Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS

Chair, Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Read profile.

AWS Member since 2013

Former Chairs

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Olga Jonasson, MD (1934-2006)

Dr. Olga Jonasson was the first woman in the United States to chair an academic department of surgery. Read profile.

Chair, Ohio State University College of Medicine (1987-1993)

 

 

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Chair, Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery (2003-2015) Read profile.

Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences (2015-present)
Dean, School of Medicine
University of California, Davis

AWS Member since 1990

 

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Carol Scott-Conner, MD

Chair, University of Iowa College of Medicine (1995-2004) Read profile.

Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (present)

AWS Member since 1990