Breaking the Glass Ceiling


"Breaking the Glass Ceiling”
Winners Announced

The Association of Women Surgeons is pleased to announce the 2023 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Leadership Education Program Awardees!

  • Dr. Smruti Patel, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Dr. Maria Altieri, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Ming-Li Wang, University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Stephanie Bonne, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Dr. Wing Sze Esther Yung, Loma Linda University


About the Program

The "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Leadership Education program provides up to $10,000 for 2-4 AWS member awardees to attend a leadership conference or course of her choosing (either virtual or in-person). This program is designed for women surgeons in practice who are eager to build their leadership skills in order to prepare for an anticipated or recently appointed leadership position.

Applications closed on June 15, 2023.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Should be a minimum of five years in practice
  • Can be in any practice setting or region


  • Written online application
  • 5-page biosketch or curriculum vitae
  • 500-word cover letter that describes why the selected course will build meaningful leadership skills to impact her career, and how this aligns with the AWS mission
  • One letter of support from the applicant’s chair, division chief, or direct supervisor, discussing their support and explicitly stating that the applicant has time allotted for the course
  • A link to the course website
  • Detailed budget of no more than $10,000 including all proposed costs associated with the course

Award winners will be notified in Summer 2023 and are expected to support a course between August 2023 and January 2024. The applicants will be required to submit photos and a one-page summary of their experience to the AWS Council.

The Breaking the Glass Ceiling Leadership Education program is generously sponsored by a grant from Intuitive.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].


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