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Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Dr. Walsh is board-certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery. Her clinical and research interests are pediatric surgical disorders including birth defects, cancer and abdominal and thoracic surgery, as well as, minimally invasive surgery. She served as President of the Association of Women Surgeons 2013-2014, and serves on national committees for the American College of Surgeons, The American Pediatric Surgical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She serves as Director of Surgical Quality for Maynard Children’s Hospital and is part of an AMA grant to transform medial education at East Carolina University. She is also the mother of two children.
Dr. Walsh earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. She completed an internship and general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She also completed a fellowship in fetal surgery and research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
She chose to become active in the Association of Women surgeons as a resident and enjoyed to opportunity to have a voice in a professional organization. Through more than 15 years of involvement in the AWS, she has appreciated the opportunity to mentor, be mentored, and to enhance the lives of women surgeons just like her.
The growth of the AWS through enthusiastic and energetic women committed to making the profession better for others is a tremendous source of joy. As president, her charge to the council was to spread our reach to women outside the US who still struggle for parity and to ensure our membership had a 12 month “curriculum” for advice on personal and professional development at every level of their career. During her term, the AWS transitioned to a new management company, a new organizational database, saw the Pocket Mentor translated into Spanish, had expansion of the number of state and medical student chapters, and plans were developed for a new and improved website for all.