Association of Women Surgeons

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The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is a non-profit educational and professional organization founded in 1981. With over 2,000 members in 21 countries, both women and men, AWS is one of the largest international organizations dedicated to supporting, enhancing the interaction, and facilitating the exchange of information between women surgeons at various stages in their careers. The organization's mission statement reads: "To inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to achieve their personal and professional goals".

AWS actions aim to: ENGAGE current and future women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. EMPOWER women to succeed. EXCEL in those aspirations through mentorship, education and a networking community that promotes their contributions and achievements as students, surgeons and leaders.

History[edit]

1981–1990[edit]

The AWS was founded in 1981 when Dr. Patricia Numann posted a sign inviting any woman surgeon to a breakfast at the October meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in the San Francisco Hilton Hotel.

  • The AWS was incorporated in 1986.
  • The first AWS newsletter was produced by Dr. Joyce Majure and was distributed to all AWS members.
  • AWS initiated an awards program.
  • AWS produced a poster for the ACS Clinical Congress exhibits that described the history of women surgeons and AWS.

1991–2000[edit]

  • First AWS Strategic Planning Session, focused on obstacles to career advancement for women surgeons. This plan resulted in a strategy of promoting suitably qualified women for membership on the American Board of Surgery and American College of Surgeons committees.
  • Former AWS President Dr. Joyce Majure created, compiled and edited the first of five editions of the AWS Pocket Mentor, designed to ease the transition from medical student to surgical resident and from resident to surgeon. The Pocket Mentor has been endorsed by the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and distributed to the majority of training programs in the USA. It has been translated into Spanish and adapted for use in Asia and in Africa. It is currently in its fifth edition. Over 50,000 copies have been distributed. It is now available electronically.[1]
  • AWS earned a seat on the ACS Board of Governors. Dr. Mary C. McCarthy was elected to serve as the first AWS Governor in 1995.
  • An annual Research Fellowship Grants program was established in partnership with Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. for women surgeons performing original surgical research.
  • The AWS Foundation was established by Dr. Christine Haycock for recognition of outstanding women surgeons and surgical residents.
  • The video Women Pioneers in Surgery was produced by Dr. M. Margaret Kemeny, in conjunction with US Surgical.
  • AWS began sponsoring networking breakfasts at various national meetings. These now occur annually at many major surgical meetings including the Association for Surgical Education, the American Surgical Association, and the Association of Academic Surgeons Annual Meetings.
  • "Strategies for Success" became the first freestanding summer AWS meeting for professional development. The program was held in the summer of 1992 in Park City, Utah.
  • With the untimely death of Dr. Nina Starr Braunwald, the first woman cardiac surgeon, AWS instituted an award in her name endowed by a generous gift to the foundation from her husband, Dr. Eugene Braunwald. Dr Nina Starr Braunwald has also been honored with a biography in the National Library of Medicine Project; Changing the Face of Medicine.[2]
  • AWS produced a resource book regarding issues of sexual harassment and gender bias.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. M. Margaret Kemeny, the AWS collaborated with the National Institutes of Health to produce a 24-minute video entitled Women Are Surgeons. This video encourages young women to take math and science courses throughout their schooling, and to consider surgery as a viable career. This was distributed to women in junior high schools throughout the country.
  • AWS initiated the Outstanding Woman Resident Award to recognize residents who demonstrate great potential as future leaders in a surgical field.
  • The ACS established a Committee on Women's Issues in response to a proposal from AWS to Dr. Olga Jonasson. This was renamed as the Women in Surgery Committee in 2008.
  • AWS Connections was established as an electronic publication sent six times a year to AWS members.
  • In 2000, Dr. M. Margaret Kemeny was named the second AWS Governor to the ACS

2001–2010[edit]

  • A Code of Conduct was published in collaboration with the ACS. The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations endorsed this as the standard of practice for transplant surgeons.
  • The AWS Visiting Professor program was established to allow prominent women surgeons to share their expertise with medical students and residents across the country.
  • An annual medical student award was initiated in honor of our founder Dr. Patricia J. Numann. The award permits a student to attend the Annual ACS Clinical Congress and the AWS meeting.
  • Four discussion list-serves were created to facilitate interaction and networking among members.
  • AWS partnered with the American Journal of Surgery (AJS). AWS has three representatives on the AJS Editorial Board; each serves a three-year term. In October 2015, the first annual dedicated AWS issue of the AJS was published.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Vivian Gahtan, AWS created the Career Development Resource, a series of articles describing different types of surgical practice. The series has been published in the AJS and is also available online.
  • AWS partnered with the ACS, the American Surgical Association, and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery to conduct a national survey to explore interest in flexible training in surgery resulting in two publications:
    • Saalwachter-Schulman AR, Freischlag JA, Sawyer RG, Sanfey HA. Part Time Training In General Surgery: Results of A Web Based Survey. Arch Surg 2006; 141:977.
    • Saalwachter AR, Freischlag JA, Sawyer RG, Sanfey HA. The Training Needs and Priorities of Male and Female Surgeons and Their Trainees. JACS 2005; 201:199.
  • The ACS Governor's Committee on Chapter Activities recommended that an AWS representative be appointed to every ACS Chapter Council.
  • AWS successfully lobbied the American Board of Surgery to change their training requirements and allow residents an additional 2 weeks off for maternity leave during their residency without impeding their ability to graduate on time.
  • AWS developed two maternity/family leave policy guides: one for Practicing Surgeons and one for Residents.
  • A strategic planning meeting was held in the summer of 2003 leading to a restructuring of the AWS Council. This led to the establishment of AWS committees to increase member participation at a national level and an AWS executive committee to provide Council oversight.
  • Resident and medical student representatives joined the AWS Council.
  • The first AWS chapter was established in Virginia in 2003, with the leadership of Dr. Hilary Sanfey. A second chapter was established in Georgia by Dr. Fatima Cody.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Pat Numann, AWS partnered with the International Surgical Society to establish a joint educational networking venture for women surgeons. The first symposium took place in Durbin, South Africa in 2005. Subsequent collaborative events occurred in Montreal (2007), in Adelaide Australia (2009), in Yokokama, Japan (2011), in Helsinki (2013) and in Bangkok (2015)
  • The ACS and AWS jointly established the Early Career Women Faculty Mentorship Program.
  • AWS Collaborated with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, and the American College of Surgeons to establish The Claude Organ Traveling Fellowship.
  • A collaboration was established between the AWS and the Japanese Association of Women Surgeons (JAWS). AWS participated in a research study led by Dr. Kazumi Kawase, the Jikei University School of Medicine, comparing the career development of Japanese and American women Surgeons.
    • Kazumi Kawase, Ava Kwong, Kyoko Yorozuya, Yasuko Tomizawa, Patricia J Numann, Hilary Sanfey. The attitude and perceptions of work-life balance: a comparison among women surgeons in Japan, USA, and Hong Kong China. World J Surgery 2013; 37: 2 – 11.
  • AWS expanded to members in 15 countries, including: Australia, Beirut, Canada, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the Unites States.
  • International members joined the AWS council. The first was Dr. Debrah Wirtzfield from Canada, followed by Dr. Ava Kwong from Hong Kong.
  • A mentoring program for junior faculty was established as a collaborative effort between the AWS and the ACS Women in Surgery Committee, initiated by Dr. Hilary Sanfey and Dr. M Margaret Kemeny.
  • A surgeon scientist mentoring program for minority residents interested in surgical oncology was established as a result of collaboration between Dr. Selwyn Vickers, Chair of Surgery at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Hilary Sanfey.
  • The Past Presidents of the AWS established an honorary member award to recognize non-members who support the goals of AWS. All AWS past presidents of AWS have contributed to support this award.
  • The ACS Web Portal was established for women surgeons under the leadership of Dr. Rosemary Kozar as the Portal Editor.
  • The Medical Student and Resident Committees established the competitive Starr Award Scientific Poster Program for the annual AWS meeting.
  • AWS was invited to appoint a liaison to the ACS Women in Surgery Committee. The first liaison was Dr. A.J. Copeland.
  • The ACS Resident and Associate Society were invited to appoint a liaison to the AWS Council. The first liaison was Dr. Rachel C. Danczyk from Oregon Health and Science University.
  • AJS dedicated an issue to Dr. Olga Jonasson. Dr. Jonasson was also honored with a biography in the National Library of Medicine Project; Changing the Face of Medicine.[3]
  • A number of additional AWS members were honored with biographies in the National Library of Medicine Project; Changing the Face of Medicine.[4]
  • Dr. Patricia Numann & Dr. Hilary Sanfey were invited to speak about the AWS at the Centenary Celebration of the first woman fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

2011–2018[edit]

  • Patricia Numann MD, AWS Founder, served as the President of the American College of Surgeons. She was the 2nd woman to serve in this prestigious role.
  • AWS partnered with Sharona Ross MD to collaborate with the International Women in Surgery Symposia in Baltimore (2012), San Francisco (2013), Washington DC (2014) Tampa (2015) and Orlando (2016).
  • Publication of "Navigating your Career: The AWS Guide to Success". Edited by Susan Pories MD, Nancy Gantt MD, Christine Laronga MD, Dixie Mills MD.
  • AWS moved management from ASGI to Bostrom
  • The AJS published its first AWS dedicated issue in October 2015.
  • The AWs launched a new website
  • AWS created a Communications Committee with a particular focus on the use of social media to share the AWS mission. Facebook and Twitter presences (followers); campaigns in which we have had a leadership role were the 2016 #ilooklikeasurgeon and in 2017 #NYerORCoverChallenge.
  • AWS was the first organization of women surgeons to sign the Bangkok Global Surgery Declaration under the leadership of Hilary Sanfey MD.
  • AWS generated a pay parity statement published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
  • AWS collaborated with SAGES to offer reduced membership to SAGES members

Standing committees[edit]

  • Clinical Practice Committee – Focuses on information relevant to women surgeons in their clinical practice
  • Communications Committee – Develops and implements the AWS communications strategy, including social media presence on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/womensurgeons/), Twitter (@womensurgeons) and Instagram (womensurgeons)
  • Conference Committee – Develops content and organizes CME for the AWS Annual Conference
  • Grants & Fellowship Committee – Reviews applicants and determines winners of AWS grants
  • Medical Student Committee – Develops student programs and addresses student issues
  • Member Services Committee – Discusses, plans, and implements programs to benefit members of AWS
  • Publications Committee – Works with the American Journal of Surgery (AJS) editors on all aspects of preparing the annual AWS issue of the AJS and scientific session presentations during the AWS Annual Conference
  • Resident & Fellow Committee – Develops resident and fellow programs and addresses issues of these groups

Chapters[edit]

The association counts with five local chapters:

  • Arizona
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • Virginia
  • Washington DC Metro

In addition, there are over 50 AWS Medical Student Chapters nationally and internationally. Many institutions also have institutional chapters for their women surgical residents.

Key collaborations and partnerships[edit]

  • Association for Academic Surgery – A liaison position exists between the Council of both organizations; this member plans the biennial Women Surgeons luncheon during the Academic Surgical Congress.
  • American College of Surgeons – In addition to having a Governor from the AWS to the ACS Board of Governors, the AWS has a liaison to the ACS Advisory Council on General Surgery, the ACS Women in Surgery Committee, and the ACS Resident and Associate Society Council. The reception prior to the annual AWS Awards Dinner is co-sponsored by the ACS Women in Surgery Committee.
  • WiSA (Women in Surgery Africa) – AWS leaders, particularly Drs. Patricia Numann and Hilary Sanfey, provided guidance for the launch of WiSA in 2015 and have provided mentorship for leaders of WiSA.
  • International Surgical Society – During the biennial World Congress of Surgery, the AWS works with international women surgeons to develop educational panels and social events.

Past presidents[edit]

1981 – 1988 – Founder, Patricia Numann

1988 – 1990 – Tamar Earnest

1990 – 1992 – Mary McCarthy

1992 – 1994 – Linda Phillips

1994 – 1995 – Margaret Dunn

1995 – 1996 – Joyce Majure

1996 – 1997 – M. Margaret Kemeny

1997 – 1998 – Leigh Neumayer

1998 – 1999 – Beth Sutton

1999 – 2000 – Dixie Mills

2000 – 2001 – Kim Ephgrave (deceased)

2001 – 2002 – Myriam Curet

2002 – 2003 – Susan Kaiser

2003 – 2004 – Vivian Gahtan

2004 – 2005 – Susan Stuart

2005 – 2006 – Hilary Sanfey

2006 – 2007 – Patricia Bergen

2007 – 2008 – Mary Hooks

2008 – 2009 – AJ Copeland

2009 – 2010 – Rosemary Kozar

2010 – 2011 – Marilyn Marx

2011 – 2012 – Betsy Tuttle-Newhall

2012 – 2013 – Susan Pories

2013 – 2014 – Danielle Walsh

2014 – 2015 – Nancy Gantt

2015 – 2016 – Amalia Cochran

2016 – 2017 – Christine Laronga

2017 – 2018 – Celeste Hollands

2018 – 2019 – Sareh Parengi

Annual meeting[edit]

In 1992, the AWS held its first summer meeting in Park City, Utah. The theme was Strategies for Success.

Starting in 2004, the AWS has held an annual conference held in conjunction with the ACS Clinical Congress. The conference features a one day conference with scientific session, key note speakers or panels; a Presidential award dinner and a networking breakfast.

2018 (Boston) – Theme: Dare to Be You

2017 (San Diego) – Theme: Better Together

2016 (Washington DC) – Theme: Sailing with Es: Engage, Empower, Excel

2015 (Chicago) – Theme: Leaning In without Stressing Out

2014 (San Francisco) – Theme: Thriving Amidst Change

2013 (Washington DC) – Theme: On Point

2012 (Chicago) – Theme: We Are the World

2011 (San Francisco) – Theme: Celebrating 30 Years

2010 (Washington DC)

2009 (Chicago)

2008 (San Francisco)

2007 (New Orleans) – Theme: Women as Leaders

2006 (Chicago) – Theme: Women as Surgeons: Past, Present and Future

2005 (San Francisco) – Theme: Challenging Paradigms: Defining and Redefining Success

2004 (New Orleans) – Theme: Transitions in a Surgical Career

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  • AWS/ Ethicon Fellowship – $27500 unrestricted research grant awarded annually to an AWS member.
  • Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Award – provides academic institutions the opportunity to host leading women surgeons as speakers using funding from the AWS Foundation.
  • Nina Starr Braunwald Award (1993—present) recognizes a member or nonmember surgeon in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery.
  • Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award (1990–present) is given annually to an AWS member who through outstanding mentorship enables and encourages women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals.
  • Past Presidents' Honorary Member Award (1990–present) is awarded annually to non-members who are supportive of AWS goals and mission. Of note, 16 of the recipients of this award have been male surgeons.
  • Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Woman Resident Award (1999–present) recognizes outstanding women surgical trainees who demonstrate potential as future leaders in surgery.
  • Patricia Numann Medical Student Award (2003–present) was established to encourage and support female medical students pursuing a career in surgery.
  • Women Surgeons in Low & Middle Income Countries (2016–present) was established to enable a woman surgeon in a low or middle income country to attend a surgical meeting or to participate in a workshop or other career development/ educational opportunity.

Nina Starr Braunwald Award

Named in honor of Dr. Nina Starr Braunwald, the first woman cardiac surgeon and a Deputy NIH Director, this award was established with an endowment from Dr. Eugene Braunwald. This is the most prestigious award granted by AWS and is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery.

Leigh Anne Neumayer, MD FACS (2017)

Diana Farmer MD FACS (2016)

Rosemary Kozar MD FACS (2015)

Hilary Sanfey MB BCh FACS (2014)

Joyce Majure MD FACS (2013)

Valerie Rusch MD FACS (2012)

Margaret Dunn MD, MBA, FACS (2011)

Julie Freischlag MD, FACS (2010)

Susan Miller Briggs MD, MPH, FACS (2009)

M. Margaret Kemeny MD, FACS (2008)

Nancy Ascher MD, FACS (2007)

The American College of Surgeons (2006)

Karin Muraszko MD, FACS (2005)

Barbara Lee Bass MD, FACS (2004)

Mary C. McCarthy MD, FACS (2003)

Susan M. Love MD, FACS (2002)

Linda G. Phillips MD, FACS (2001)

Anna Marie Ledgerwood MD, FACS (2000)

Patricia Numann MD, FACS (1998)

Leslie J. Kohman MD, FACS (1997)

Patricia K. Donahoe MD, FACS (1996)

Kathryn D. Anderson MD, FACS (1995)

Olga Jonasson MD, FACS (1994)

Claude Organ MD, FACS (1993)

Distinguished Member Award

This award is given to the individual who as an AWS member exemplifies the ideals and mission of the organization. Since 2006, it has been named in honor of Dr. Olga Jonasson, the first woman to chair an academic Department of Surgery.

Karen Brasel MD, MPH, FACS and Kazumi Kawase, MD, PhD (2017)

Sherry Wren MD FACS (2016)

Patricia Turner MD FACS (2015)

Barb Pettitt MD FACS (2014)

Hilary Sanfey MB BCh FACS (2013)

Susan Kaiser MD FACS (2012)

Pauline Chen MD, FACS (2011)

Gayle Woodson MD, FACS (2010)

Kimberly Ephgrave MD, FACS (2009)

Dixie Mills MD, FACS (2008)

Myriam Curet MD, FACS (2007)

Leigh Neumayer MD, FACS (2006)

Patricia Lowery MD, FACS (2005)

Linda Brodsky MD, FACS (2004)

Adrienne Krausz MD (2003)

Lena M. Napolitano MD, FACS (2002)

Margaret Dunn MD, MBA, FACS (2002)

Mary McCarthy MD, FACS (2001)

Sylvia Ramos MD, FACS, PC (2001)

Julie Ann Freischlag MD, FACS (2000)

Karen S. Guice MD, FACS, MPP (1999)

Joyce Majure MD, FACS (1998)

Gloria Sarto MD, PhD (1998)

Barbara Lee Bass MD, FACS (1997)

Carol Scott-Connor MD, PhD, FACS (1997)

Maria Allo MD, FACS (1996)

Barbara Kinder MD, FACS (1996)

Frances K. Conley MD, FACS (1995)

Sally Abston MD, FACS (1994)

Tamar Earnest MD, FACS (1994)

Jessie Ternberg MD, PhD, FACS (1994)

Hughenna Gauntlett MD, FACS (1993)

Nina Starr Braunwald MD (1992)

Olga Jonasson MD, FACS (1992)

Alma Dea Morani MD, FACS (1992)

Patricia Numann MD, FACS (1991)

Christine Haycock MD, FACS (1990)

Past Presidents’ Honorary Member Award

The Honorary Member Award is given to individuals supportive of the goals of AWS. It was named in honor of Dr. Claude Organ from 2007 to 2010. In 2011 it was re-named the AWS Past Presidents’ Honorary Member Award in acknowledgment of an endowment from all of the Past Presidents of AWS.

Keith Lillemoe MD, FACS(2017)

Fabrizio Michelassi MD FACS (2016)

John Atkinson MD FACS

Linda Richetelli-Pepe (2014)

F. William Blaisdell, MD (2014)

Marsha Moses PhD & Keith Amos MD, FACS (posthumously)(2013)

George Sheldon MD, FACS (2012)

Margaret Tarpley MLS & John Tarpley MD, FACS (2011)

Lasalle D. Leffall, Jr. MD, FACS (2010)

John Davis MD, FACS (2009)

Carlos Pellegrini MD, FACS (2009)

Michael Zinner MD, FACS (2008)

Frank R. Lewis, Jr. MD, FACS (2007)

Averil Mansfield CBE, FRCS, FACS (2006)

Morris Kerstein MD, FACS (2005)

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr. MD, FACS (2004)

Ajit Sachdeva MD, FACS (2003)

Karen Licitra (2002)

Monica Maillet PhD (2001)

John T. Preskitt, Sr. MD, FACS (2000)

David Majure (1999)

Debra A. DaRosa PhD (1998)

Judith Keel (1997)

Linn Meyer (1995)

Marlys Witte MD (1994)

Janet Bickel, MA (1992)

Ellen More PhD (1992)

Judith Briles PhD (1990)

Outstanding Woman Resident Award

The Outstanding Resident Award is given to a surgical trainee who demonstrates potential as a future leader in surgery. In 2010, this award was named in honor of Dr. Hilary Sanfey in acknowledgement of her generous endowment of this award.

Meredith Barrett MD (2017)

Kristy Rialon, MD (2016)

Robin Petroze MD (2015)

Sepideh Gholami, MD (2014)

Meera Kotagal MD (2013)

Stephanie Chao, MD (2012)

Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD (2012)

Maureen Tedesco MD (2011)

Elizabeth David MD (2010)

Victoria Stager MD (2010)

Nancy Cho MD (2009)

Lesly Dossett MD (2009)

Traci Hedrick MD (2009)

Amy Vertrees MD (2009)

Jennifer Waljee MD (2009)

Jennifer LaFemina MD (2008)

Erika Adams Newman MD (2007)

Louisa L. Pecchioni MD (2006)

Leora Balsam MD (2005)

Gretchen P. Purcell MD, PhD (2004)

Patricia Turner MD (2003)

Melina Kibbe MD (2002)

Anna Santos-Quinones MD (2001)

Carol Sawmiller MD (2000)

Janice Cormier MD, MPH (1999)

Patricia Numann Outstanding Medical Student Award

Named in honor of the founder of AWS, this award was established to encourage and support women medical students pursuing a career in surgery. The winner is chosen based on her expressed interest in surgery, potential leadership qualities or research contributions to the field of surgery, her personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

Mary Shen (2017)

Jessica G.Y. Luc (2016)

Hillary Braun (2015)

Christina Grassi (2014)

Jamie Anderson (2013)

Sophia McKinley (2012)

Rajshri Mainthia (2011)

Shelly Choo (2010)

Juliet Emamaulee (2009)

Aminata Sallah (2008)

Rebecca Snyder (2007)

Ann Vaughters (2006)

Erika Manning (2005)

Kelley Hutcheson (2004)

Sudha Jayaraman (2003)

AWS Visiting Professors and Host Institutions

The AWS Visiting Professor Program provides medical schools with the opportunity to request top women surgeons as speakers and to receive funding from the AWS Foundation. Opportunities to lecture heighten the visibility of women surgeons while encouraging women medical students to pursue similar careers. The host institution is indicated in parentheses.

Geeta Lal MD, FACS (2018)

Ann Rogers MD, FACS (Houston Methodist Hospital 2017)

Marie Crandall MD, MPH, FACS (East Carolina University 2016)

Sharon Stein MD< FACS, FASCRS (University of Alabama Birmingham 2016)

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPA, FACS, FRCSC (Ohio State, 2015)

Carla Pugh MD FACS (Oklahoma University, 2015)

Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM, (Washington University, 2014)

Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS , (Tulane University, 2014)

Betsy Tuttle-Newhall, MD, FACS (The Cleveland Clinic, 2013)

Carmen C. Solorzano, MD, FACS (Gundersen Health Systems – WI, 2013)

Carol Scott-Conner MD, PhD, MBA, FACS (University of South Carolina, 2012)

Martha A. Zeiger MD, FACS, FACE Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012)

Mary Hooks MD, MBA, FACS; (Emory University,2011)

Catherine Wittgen MD, FACS; (University of Wisconsin, 2010)

Therese Duane MD, FACS; (University of Arizona, 2010)

Karen Brasel MD, MPH, FACS; (Louisiana State University, 2009)

Pamela Lipsett MD, FACS; (University of California, Davis, 2008)

Linda Phillips MD, FACS; (New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2007)

Mary McCarthy MD, FACS; (University of Texas at Houston, 2006)

Kathryn Spanknebel MD, FACS; (Tufts New England Medical Center, 2005)

Nancy Harthun MD, FACS; (The Mayo Clinic, 2005)

Rosemary Duda MD, MPH, FACS; (University of Texas at Galveston, 2004)

Amy Friedman MD, FACS; (Medical College of Georgia, 2004)

Myriam Curet MD, FACS; (University of Texas at San Antonio, 2003)

Leslie Kohman MD, FACS; (University of Hawaii, 2003)

M. Margaret Kemeny MD, FACS; (Duke University Medical Center, 2002)

Susan Mackinnon MD, FACS; (Northwestern University, 2002)

Julie Ann Freischlag MD, FACS; (University of Louisville, 2001)

AWS Grant Recipients

The Association of Women Surgeons and the AWS Foundation have provided funding for original surgical research since 1996. Since that time Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. has provided support for these grants. In 2007 through 2011 Genomic Health also provided support allowing for two individual grants during those five years.


Smita Sihag MD, MPH (2018) in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Nasreen Vohra MD (2017) in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Genevieve M. Boland MD, PhD (2016) in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Leslie Tyree MD (2015 in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Heather Yeo MD(2014) in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Anna Leung, MD (2013) in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Erin W. Gilbert MD (2012), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Katie S. Nason MD, MPH (2011), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Nancy L. Cho MD (2011), in partnership with Genomic Health

Jacqueline S. Jeruss MD, PhD, FACS (2010), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Nanette R. Reed MD (2010), in partnership with Genomic Health

Ai-Xuan Holterman MD, FACS (2009), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Tari A. King MD, FACS (2009), in partnership with Genomic Health

Christina Roland MD (2008), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Ann M. Rogers MD, FACS (2008), in partnership with Genomic Health

Geeta Lal MD, FACS (2007), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Kimberley Eden Steele MD, FACS (2007), in partnership with Genomic Health

Anjali Kumar MD, MPH (2006), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Asha Bale MD, FACS (2005), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Lori Wilson MD, FACS (2004), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Rebecca Aft MD, PhD, FACS (2003), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Katie Nason MD, MPH (2002), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Celia Divino MD, FACS (2001), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Celeste Hollands MD, FACS (2000), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Danielle Walsh MD, FACS (1999), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Aphrodite M. Henderson MD, FACS (1998), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Alicia Silva MD, FACS (1997), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Karen Horvath MD, FACS (1996), in partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery

Starr Award AWS Poster Contest

Named in honor of Dr. Nina Starr Braunwald, annual awards are given to the winners of the Annual Medical Student and Resident Poster Competition. This program facilitates interaction and idea exchange between students interested in surgery, surgical residents, and faculty members of various institutions.

First Place Resident Award Winners

Vernissia Tam (2017)

Jing Li Huang MD (2016)

Holly Mewhort MD (2015)

Fariha Sheikh MD (2014)

Holly Mewhort MD (2013 )

Sepideh Gholami MD (2012)

Irena Gribovskaja-Rupp MD, (2011)

Elizabeth Malm-Buatsi MD (2010)

Jennifer Steiman MD (2009)

Mara Antonoff MD (2008)

First Place Student Award Winners

Josephine Coury (2017)

Vusala Snyder (2016)

Elizabeth Kudlaty (2015)

Martha Henderson (2014)

Avianne Bunnell (2013)

Joelle Straehla (2012 )

Analise Thomas, (2011)

Eva Vertes (2010)

Stephanie Chang (2009)

Amy Fielder (2008)

Claude Organ Traveling Fellowship

The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr, MD, FACS established an endowment through the American College of Surgeons Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding surgeon who is a member of any one of the following organizations: Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.

Kakra Hughes MD, FACS (2017)

Stephanie Bonne MD, FACS (2016)

Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, FACS, (2015)

Catherine J. Hunter, MD, FACS (2014)

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPA, FACS, FRCSC (2013)

Keith D. Amos, MD, FACS (2012)

Carla Pugh MD, FACS (2011)

Melina Kibbe MD. FACS (2010)

Bridget Fahy MD, FACS (2009)

Patricia Turner MD, FACS (2008)

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