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Annual Conference

Dare to Be You at the AWS Annual Conference

Held in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons' Clinical Congress, the AWS Annual Conference, October 20-23 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, will empower and engage women surgeons and their allies through educational programming and social events. Designed around the theme Dare to Be You, the conference program will bring together influential women leaders in surgery and develop attendees' leadership skills, confidence, and autonomy with the goal of avoiding burnout and increasing job satisfaction.

The meeting features original scientific presentations, expert panels, a poster session, and for the first time, a negotiation boot camp taught by Harvard Law Professor Robert Bordone. There will time to connect at social events like the Networking Breakfast and celebrate achievements at the AWS Awards Dinner.


Empower Level

Networking Breakfast Sponsor


Educational Grants

Thank you for the generous support from the following companies:

Karl Storz Endoscopy America
Neurovision Medical Products


Conference Supporter



Au Pair America
CBLPath, A Sonic Healthcare USA Company
Charles Schwab
Clovis Oncology
Genomic Health
Myriad Genetic Laboratories
PenBlade, Inc.
Plasma Surgical Inc.
Silbiotech, Inc.


Diamond Supporters

Dr. Timothy Eberlein
Washington University St. Louis
Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Martha Zeiger
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Platinum Supporters

Dr. Michael L. Blute
MGH Department of Urology

Gold Supporters

Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Allan Douglas Kirk
Duke University
School of Medicine Department of Surgery
Dr. Jeffrey Matthews
The University of Chicago Medicine
Dr. Leigh Neumayer
University of Arizona
Dr. Michael Edwards
University of Cincinnati
Dr. Timothy Billiar
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. J. Wayne Meredith
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Silver Supporters

Dr. Gerard Doherty
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Keith Lillemoe
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Jeffrey Drebin
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Alfonso Torquati
Rush University Department of Surgery 
Dr. Mary Hawn
Stanford University
Dr. William Cioffi
University Surgical Associates
Dr. R. Daniel Beauchamp
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Bronze Supporters

Dr. Douglas Evans
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Mary Killackey
Tulane University School of Medicine
Dr. Keith Lillemoe
Boston, MA
Dr. William C. Mackey
Tufts Medical Center Department of Surgery
Dr. Kelly McMasters
University of Louisville
Dr. Rebecca Minter
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Dr. Russell J. Nauta
Mount Auburn Hospital
Dr. Patricia Roberts
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Dr. Marc S. Rubin
North Shore Medical Center
Dr. Samuel Snyder
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Julie Ann Sosa
University of California San Francisco
Dr. Jennifer F. Tseng
Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Gilbert Upchurch
University of Florida
Dr. Sandra Wong
Dartmouth - Hitchcock Medical Center


Dr. Robert C. Shamberger
Boston Children's Hospital