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Female Chairs of Departments of Surgery

An Update from AWS Past President Amalia Cochran: State of the Woman Surgeon in 2016.

While there are now a handful of women heading up surgical departments in the United States and Canada, we still have a long way to go. The women below are paving the way for others like them and their accomplishments exemplify the AWS mission to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. We celebrate their success!

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Nita Ahuja, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Yale School of Medicine and Chief of Surgery
Yale New Haven Hospital
AWS Member since 2014

Barbara Bass, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Houston Methodist Hospital
AWS Member since 1990

Sharmila Dissanaike, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
AWS Member since 2016

Jane Eggerstedt, MD

Acting Chair
LSU Health Shreveport
AWS Member since 1997

Diana Farmer, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
UC Davis
AWS Member since 2016

Amy Goldberg, MD, FACS

Chair, Department of Surgery
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
AWS Member since 2001

Mary Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS

Chair, Department of Surgery
Stanford Medicine Department of Surgery
AWS Member since 2016

Melina Kibbe, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
AWS Member since 1997

Mary T. Killackey, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Tulane University
Robert and Viola Lobrano Chair in Surgery
AWS Member since 2005

Anne Meziat-Burdin, MD

Professor et chef, Department of Surgery
Universite de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Rebecca Minter, MD,

Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
AWS Member since 2017

Anne Mosenthal, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
AWS Member since 2013

Heidi Nelson, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Mayo Clinic

Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS

Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Arizona Cancer Center
AWS Member since 1990

Susan E. Reid, BA, MD, FRCS(C)

Chair, Department of Surgery
Health Sciences at McMaster University
AWS Member since 2012

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Chair, Division of Surgery
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
AWS Member since 2017

Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS

Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair, Department of Surgery at University of California at San Francisco
AWS Member since 2016

Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Surgery, BUSM
Chief of Surgery at BMC

J.E. “Betsy” Tuttle-Newhall, MD.

Chair, Department of Surgery
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
AWS Member since 1997

Omaida Velazquez, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Miami Hospital
AWS Member since 2015

Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS

Chair, Department of Surgery
Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock
AWS Member since 2013

Martha A. Zeiger, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Virginia School of Medicine
AWS Members since 2010

Former Chairs

Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Surgery
University of California San Francisco
AWS Member since 2011

Olga Jonasson, MD (1934-2006)

Chair, Ohio State University College of Medicine (1987-1993)

Dr. Olga Jonasson was the first woman in the United States to chair an academic department of surgery.

Julie Freischlag, MD

Chair, Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery (2003-2015)
Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences (2015-present)
Dean, School of Medicine
University of California, Davis
AWS Member since 1990

Mary McCarthy, MD, FACS

Chair, Department of Surgery
Wright State Physicians
AWS Member since 1989

Carol Scott-Conner, MD

Chair, University of Iowa College of Medicine (1995-2004)
Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (present)
AWS Member since 1990