Women in Surgery Events

UC San Diego's Department of Surgery is committed to strengthening gender equity—among our residents, faculty and staff—and to creating a work and educational environment that celebrates all of our diverse team members.

Women in Surgery (WIS) was created to connect, inspire and support the professional development of women surgeons.We do this through periodic networking events; our annual lectureship; and supporting our women surgeons to navigate issues of work-life balance; negotiating in the workplace; and leadership.

Read more about our Women in Surgery program

December 13, 2017
Diversifying The Surgical Workforce: The Importance of Leadership

Mary Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS

Mary Hawn, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor and Chair
Stanford Department of Surgery


November 30, 2016
Sex Bias in Biomedical Research

Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, FAHAMelina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, FAHA
Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of North Carolina
Editor in Chief, JAMA Surgery

December 2, 2015
Mentoring for the Next Generation

Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS
Professor and Chair
Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Margaret and Fenton Maynard Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research

November 5, 2014
New Frontiers in Fetal Therapy

Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS
Perl Stamps Stewart Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery, UC Davis School of Medicine Surgeon-in-Chief
UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Health System

November 6, 2013
Effective Advocacy for Surgeons

Patricia J. Numann, MD Patricia J. Numann, MD
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery
President, American College of Surgeons

November 14, 2012
Are We Ready for a Woman in Charge - Maintaining Leadership in Surgery

Julie Freischlag Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS
The William Stewart Halsted Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Read Dr. Freischlag's article, More Women Choose Careers in Surgery

May 23, 2012
Leadership and Diversity: The Changing Face of Women in Academic Medicine

Hannah A. Valantine, MD, MRCP, FACC Hannah A. Valantine, MD, MRCP, FACC 
Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Leadership
Director, Heart Transplantation and Research
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Dr. Valantine's Profile

November 16, 2011
Second Annual UC San Diego Women in Surgery Lectureship
The Eye of a Hawk, the Heart of a Lion, and...

Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

November 10, 2010
Inaugural Women in Surgery Lectureship
Women in Surgery: A Progress Report

Barbara L. Bass, MD Barbara L. Bass, MD
The John & Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair for Surgery
Department of Surgery, The Methodist Hospital
Executive Director
Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education
Houston, TX
Professor of Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY