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Faith Robertson is a fourth year student at Harvard Medical School. She is pursuing a career in neurosurgery and will be leading the AWS National Medical Student Committee as the National Chair for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Faith grew up on a farm in Shelby, Ohio and became a first-generation college student at Duke University. At Duke, she cultivated her interests in surgery, oncology, and global health as she conducted breast cancer research and led medical missions in Honduras, Panama and Ghana. Her affinity for oncology inspired her to complete a research fellowship in tumor immunology at the National Cancer Institute before beginning medical school at Harvard. During medical school, she conducted global surgery research in Rwanda and led multiple research and quality improvement projects in neurosurgery. This past year, Faith obtained an MSc in Global Surgery at King’s College London to deepen her understanding of transnational neurosurgical practices and challenges. For her thesis, she worked in the Philippines, where traumatic brain injury from road-traffic accidents is a leading cause of death. Given the tremendous workforce deficits in neurosurgery worldwide, Faith investigated the safety of task-shifting, training general surgeons to perform life-saving emergency procedures where neurosurgeons are unavailable. She aims to incorporate her passions for neurooncology, global neurosurgery, and health-systems research into an academic neurosurgical career.
Throughout this time, Faith has been dedicated to empowering women to realize their surgical goals. She began as a co-president of the Harvard AWS Chapter and graduated to a new position each year by becoming the New England Regional Representative, the Vice Chair of the National Medical Student Committee, and the International Representative during her year in London. She is excited and honored to serve as Chair of the committee this year as AWS continues to affect positive change in the field.