Opportunities for Women to Excel in Cardiothoracic Surgery (No CME)

Session Description

While it has been an unduly long time in the making, women in surgery are arising to be a force with which to be reckoned. Owing to the historically male-dominated profession, there remain challenges that require addressing to continue to pave the way for the best and brightest in the field of surgery. Cardiothoracic surgery among a handful of other surgical specialties is particularly dominated by males and also is structured in a manner that may make overcoming some hurdles more arduous than other disciplines.

Moderator: Jennifer S. Lawton, MD, FACS, Baltimore, MD

Co-Moderator: Daniela Molena, MD, FACS, New York, NY



“Where is the Surgeon?” Building a Successful Clinical Practice Overcoming Biases from Referring Providers
Elaine E. Tseng, MD, FACS, South San Francisco, CA

Are Women Better at Multitasking or Tasked with More Responsibilities? Tips to Balance Expectations and Goals of Career and Family
Jennifer S. Lawton, MD, FACS, Baltimore, MD

Breaking through the Glass Ceiling: Choosing Mentors and Sponsors Appropriately
Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD, FACS, Boston, MA

Practical Opportunities to Build a Successful Research Plan: Where to Start?
Jessica Scott Donington, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL

The Strength of Networks: Advantages Offered by Women’s Groups in Surgery
Andrea Jean Carpenter, MD, PhD, FACS, San Antonio, TX

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Women in Surgery Committee

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


For questions about the course, please contact elearning@facs.org.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.00 Certificate of Completion
  • 0.00 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Andrea Jean Carpenter MD PhD FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Daniela Molena MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Elaine E. Tseng, MD, FACS - Cryolife, Inc: Clinical Trial funding: Site PI clinical trial; Journal of Heart Valve DIsease: Salary: Editor-in-Chief; NIH: Grant: PI on R01, and Reviewer; ReValve Med Inc: Founding Equity: Founder; UCSF: Innovation Award: PI
Jennifer S. Lawton MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Jessica S. Donington, MD, FACS - AstraZeneca: Honoraria, travel: Advisory board, speaker
Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD, FACS - Canon USA: Sponsored Research Agreement: Project PI; Novadaq Inc: Equipment Loan: Receiving PI

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

This educational activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

Available Credit

  • 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.00 Certificate of Completion
  • 0.00 Self Assessment Credit
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