Women in the News

Congratulations to the latest AWS members and non-members on their accomplishments! Read on to find out about their success and celebrate with them.

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, was installed as the American College of Surgeons’ 98th President during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of the annual ACS Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world. Read More >> 

Rebecca Minter, MD, will become the next chair of the department of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Melina Kibbe, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery at UNC School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

“As our numbers increase, so does the awareness that women can be surgeons,” AWS President Christine Laronga, MD, FACS. Read More >>

Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS is the second woman to be named professor of surgery at Harvard from the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Read a synopsis of Women in Surgery in Zimbabwe with Faith Muchemwa, MBChB, PhD, FCS (Plast), Chairperson of Women in Surgery Africa (WISA)

Martha A. Zeiger, MD, has been appointed as the S. Hurt Watts Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Clare Marx, CBE, DL, PRCS (DSc) will receive honorary fellowship at this fall’s American college of surgery clinical Congress in San Diego.

Cheng-Har Yip, MB, BS, FRCS will be inducted into the American Surgical Association as an Honorary Fellow. Read the ASA 2017 Program for Dr. Yip’s bio.

Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM, elected President of Association for Surgical Education.

Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM and Susan Pories MD, FACS elected to American Surgical Association fellowship.

AWS members Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH and Susan Pitt MD, MPHS accept the challenge #NYerORCoverChallenge | Women Are Re-Creating This Magazine Cover To Break Stereotypes Of What A Surgeon Looks Like | BuzzFeed

Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH, has been appointed as Chief of Surgery at BMC and Chair of the Department of Surgery at BUSM, effective July 1.

Lynn O’Connor MD sat down with NBC/News4’s Tracie Strahan to discuss the high rate of African-Americans who get colon cancer and What Can be Done to Prevent it.

The Royal College of Surgeons is working on improving opportunities for women as leaders with The Lady Estelle Wolfson Emerging Leaders Programme.

Surgery isn’t the only field working on breaking the glass ceiling. Here is some Insight From Rushanara Ali, a Member of Parliament in the UK.

Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., MPH, receives the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 2017 Virginia Kneeland Frantz ’22 Award for Distinguished Women in Medicine.

Medical students, residents, and attendings shared their efforts to empower their communities on the inaugural AWS Day of Service #AWSdayofservice.

Julie Freischlag, M.DNamed President and CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. @JFreischlag

Rebecca Sippel, M.D., University of Wisconsin named president of Association for Academic Surgery. @rebecca_sippel

M. Margaret Kemeny, M.D. was featured in this article in the New York Times on the Wider Racial Gap in Cervical Cancer Deaths.

Michelle Brownstein, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been honored with this year’s H. Fleming Fuller Award, given annually to the member of the medical staff who most embodies Fuller’s lifelong commitment to patient care, teaching and community service.

Mary T. Killackey, M.D., was appointed as the first female chair of surgery at the Tulane University School of Medicine as the first woman to be chair of the Department of Surgery.

Jennifer Lawton, M.D., has been appointed as professor and chief of the Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiac Surgery.

University of Arizonia Chair of Surgery Leigh Neumayer, M.D., M.S., named interim senior vice president for University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

Appointments to ACS

  • Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM, named Chair of the ACS Surgeons, PAC Board of Directors
  • Fabrizio Michelassi, Honorary AWS Members, joins the ACS Board of Regents.
  • Diana Farmer, MD, FACS, FRC, named Chair of the ACS Board of Governors
  • Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, inducted into the National Academy of Medicine.
  • Melina Rae Kibbe, MD, FACS, elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
  • Mary C. McCarthy, MD, FACS, installed as ACS Second Vice-President
  • Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, named Vice Chair ACS Board of Regents.
  • Hilary Sanfey, MB, BCh, BAO, MCh, MA, MHPE, FACS, installed as ACS First Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons

Additional highlights from the College include Susan Briggs, MD as the Scudder Lecturer. The full lecture is available via webcast through ACS.

ACS Posters of Exceptional Merit Winners: Tina Fransgaard of Zealand University Hospital, Copenhagen Denmark reported on the reduced risk of recurrence of Colorectal Cancer in patients on metformin, and Dani Gonzalez of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio for her research of benign ovarian neoplasms in pediatric and adolescent females.

Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS is the first recipient, of the American College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Committee Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award. ACS to host reception 10/17/16

Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, FACS and Sharon Stein MD, FACS, FASCRS chosen as the 2016/2017 Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professors. Read More>>

Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS featured in The Atlantic – The Instant Gratification of Being a Surgeon

Stephanie Bonne, MD awarded the 2016 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship.

Joanelle A. Bailey, MD from Rutgers University selected as second recipient for 2016 AAST/AWS Scholarship. Read more >>

Kathy Hughes, MD, FACS is the new vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s women in medicine committee.

Cheryl Taylore Lee, MD appointed Chair, Department of Urology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Lee is one of only a handful of women to chair a department of urology in the United States. Read more >>

Diana L. Farmer, MD succeeds fellow AWS member Mary E. Fallot, MD as the 2016-2017 President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Read more >>

Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS awarded ACS Travelling Fellowship to Australia and New Zealand.

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Surgeon in Chief at the Lahey Clinic was names American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery president – the second in ASCRS history. Read more. Read more >>

Sandra Swain, MD appointed Associate Dean for Research Development at Georgetown University Medical Center. Read more >>

Redonda Miller MD, MBA named 11th president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Read more >>

Susan Galandiuk, MD named first female editor in chief of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, term to begin 2017. Read more >> 

Laura Esserman, MD, MBA named to TIME 100 List of Most Influential People in the World. Read more >>

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director, Division of Member Services, American College of Surgeons (ACS), has assumed her role as President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). Read more >>

Julie A. Freischlag, FACS, Dean of University of California Davis Health System, inducted into Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Read more >>

The University of Michigan Ann Arbor Board of Regents has named Carol R. Bradford, M.D., executive vice dean for academic affairs for the medical school. Read more >>

Ruth L. Bush M.D., J.D, M.P.H.
, vice dean for academic affairs and vice dean for the Texas A&M College of Medicine in Bryan-College Station, was recently elected to the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Council for the American Venous Forum (AVF). She was also elected to Distinguished Fellow status, a recognition given to approximately 24 persons per year. Read more >>

Medical Students Hasina Maredia (Johns Hopkins University) and Kristin Partain (Emory University) were recipients of the SAGES essay contests. Read their award winning essays.

Nancy Gantt, MD Professor of Surgery at North East Ohio Medical University and immediate past president of AWS at was awarded the Liebelt/Wheeler Award for faculty excellence at North East Ohio Medical University. Read more >>

Deborah M. Stein, MD chief of Trauma at the R A Cowley Shock Trauma Center was awarded R Adams Cowley Professorship in Shock and Trauma. Read more >>

Cherisse Berry, MD, Clinical Instructor in Surgery/Acute Care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center was awarded the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Trauma Research Scholarship. View list of recipients.

Vanessa P. Ho, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center received the Mary Hellerstein Junior Professional Development Award at Case Medical Center. Past recipients.

Medical Students Hasina Maredia (Johns Hopkins University) and Kristin Partain (Emory University) were recipients of the SAGES essay contests. Read their award winning essays.

Carol Scott-Conner, MD publishes the second in a series of three books on Medical Writing. Medical Writing: Creative Writing for Clinicians is a greatly expanded version of some material that I posted to the AWS website a while ago. If any of you are aspiring short story, memoir, poetry, or novel-writers – this book may help bridge the gap from technical writing to creative writing. It’s available from Amazon.com and B&N.

Kim Templeton, MD was installed as the 102nd president of the American Medical Women’s Association as of March 12, 2016. Read more >>

Sharmila Dissanaike, MD was recently named the chairman for the department of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Science School of Medicine. Read more >>

Melina Kibbe, MD
 to Lead Surgery Department at UNC School of Medicine. Read more >>

Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, FACS, recently was selected to receive the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2015 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship. Read more >>

AWS Member “Patricia Numann overcame obstacles to become a renowned surgeon, leading change worldwide.” Read full feature >>

Mary Klingensmith, M.D., assumes her role as the vice chair of the American Board of Surgery for 2016-2017. She is the Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery and vice chair of education at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Read more >>

Nicole A Stassen, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Rochester, is the new President of Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Read a message from the 30th EAST President.

Alison Wilson, M.D., was named the director of the Institute of Critical Care and Trauma at West Virginia University. Read more >>

Amy J. Goldberg, M.D., FACS, has been appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), Surgeon-in-Chief for Temple University Health System (TUHS), and Medical Director of Perioperative Services at Temple University Hospital (TUH). Read more >>

UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and School of Medicine Dean frieschlagDr. Julie Freischlag elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS has been named Chair of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Senior Vice President of the Surgical Service Line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Mary Hawn, MD, a surgeon who researches quality and clinical effectiveness, to head Stanford’s Department of Surgery

Gantt Endowed Lectureship in Surgical EducationNancy Gantt, MD, FACS gave a talk for the Debra J. Graham, MD Endowed Lectureship in Surgical Education on October 28, 2015. Her topic was Our Challenge…..Effective Mentoring and Coaching.

Sherry Wren, MD, FACS to be first female President of the Halsted Society.

Shirin Towfigh, MD, FACS elected first female President of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

Clay Cothren Burlew, MD FACS elected President-Elect of Southwestern Surgical Congress

Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, FACS named Professor of Surgery and Director of Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Florida Jacksonville

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Member Services, was re-elected to a four-year term on the AMA Council on Medical Education.  Dr. Turner, who also serves as a clinical associate professor at the University of Chicago, IL department of surgery, is an ACS delegate to the AMA and serves on the board of the AMA Foundation. She previously served as a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs.

AMA delegates also re-elected Maya A. Babu, MD, MBA, Resident Member of the ACS and neurosurgery resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as the resident member of the Board of Trustees.

Leslie J. Kohman, MD, Distinguished Service Professor and medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center at the Upstate Medical University of the State University of New York, was one of 23 individuals to be awarded a 2015 St. George National Award from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Kohman has volunteered with the organization since 2000.

Roberto Sonnino, MD is completing her term as Chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs and will be serving one more year as Past Chair.

Kari Jerge, MD was named Interim Trauma Medical Director at St. John’s State Level I Trauma Center in Springfield, IL.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Named Chair of Department of Surgery (University of Miami)

Dr. VelazquezOmaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been named Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after a thorough search that reviewed the most talented leaders in the surgical field in the U.S. See the full article here.

Dr. Betsy Tuttle Newhall Named First Female Surgery Chair in the Southeast

Betsy TuttleThe Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has named a new chair for its Department of Surgery, making Brody the first medical school in the Southeast to have a female in that position. Dr. J.E. “Betsy” Tuttle-Newhall is the seventh woman to be appointed surgery chair at any of the nation’s 200-plus medical schools, according to the Association of Women Surgeons. See full article here.

Dr. Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS Appointed First Female Head of UA Department of Surgery