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Dr. Sharona Ross, MD, Chair, Women in Surgery Career SymposiumSharona B. Ross, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, University of Central Florida
Director, Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy
Director, Center for Digestive Disorders & Pancreatic Cancer
Director, Mickle Center for Esophageal Reflux and Cancer
Director, Advanced GI And HPB Surgical Fellowship Program
Digestive Health Institute, AdventHealth Tampa


Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVSJulie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS
CEO, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
President, American College of Surgeons
Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, Atrium Health Vascular Surgeon
Winston-Salem, NC

Nita Ahuja, MD
William H Carmalt Professor of Surgery and Pathology
Chair, Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief, Yale New Haven Hospital
Chair, Yale Medicine Faculty Practice Plan Board
New Haven, CT

Adnan Alseidi, MD
Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery at University of San Francisco
Division of Surgical Oncology
Vice Chair for Education
Department of Surgery
San Francisco, CA

Maria S. Altieri, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Section Chief, GI Surgery Section, Pennsylvania Hospital

Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ

Maureen Ayral, MBA
Managing Director- Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors

“CJ” Christopher Burnett
Financial Advisor
Next Step Planning Group
Tampa, FL

Alisa M. Coker, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Robotic Surgical Education
Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Lucy M. De La Cruz, MD
Chief of Breast Surgery
Director of Ourisman Breast Health Center
Co-program Director of Breast Fellowship
Medstar/Georgetown University Hospital

Tanuja Damani, MD
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Surgical Director, Center for Esophageal Health
Program Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Fellowship
Associate Professor of Surgery, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
NYU Langone Health

Rahila Essani, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Texas A&M University
Temple, TX

Vivian Gahtan, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Loyola Medicine
John P. Igini MD Professor of Surgery, Loyola University
Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Scott Gallagher, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery; Duke Department of Surgery
Lead Physician, DRAH ACS Program & General Surgery
Director, DRAH TPN-Nutrition

Nadine Hachach-Haram, MD
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Director of Clinical Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
CEO and Founder, Proximie

Krista Haines, DO
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery
Medical Director of Ethics, Duke University Health System
Chair of Ethics Committee, Duke University Hospital
Durham, NC

Caitlin Halbert, DO
Chief of Surgical Services, Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital
Medical Director, Christiana Care Bariatric Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Pamela J. Hodul, MD
Senior Member
Dept of GI Oncology, Surgical Oncologist
Pancreas Disease Site Lead
Medical Director, GI Clinic
Chief Operating Officer, GI Department

Melissa Hogg, MD
Division Chief GI & General Surgery
Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago

Caitlin Houghton, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Marybeth S. Hughes, MD
President, Association of Women Surgeons
Chief and Professor of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

Darla Hutton, MBA
Vice President
Commercial Operations and Marketing

Leena Khaitan, MD
Professor of Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine
Division Chief, General Surgery, University Hospitals
Director, Esophageal and Swallowing Center, Digestive Health Institute
Director, Bariatric Surgery Program, UH Digestive Health Institute
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery, UH Regional Hospitals Geauga Campus
Chardon, OH

Marina Kurian, MD
Clinical Professor of Surgery
NYU Langone Health

Christine Laronga, MD
Past President, Association of Women Surgeons
Professor of Surgery, University of South Florida
Senior Member, Department of Women’s Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center

Anne Lidor, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
Director, Advanced GI/MIS/Bariatric/Foregut Fellowship
Department of Surgery/University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD
COL (Ret), US Army
General Surgery
Recipient of the ACS Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award
Reston, VA

John Marks, MD
Chief of Colorectal Surgery, Main Line Health System
Executive Committee National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer
Program Director, Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgical and Rectal Cancer Management Fellowship
Lankenau Medical Center
Wynnewood, PA

Kellie McFarlin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Senior Staff Surgeon, Henry Ford Health
Detroit, MI

Jessica Minesinger, CMOM, CMPE, FACMPE
Founder & CEO
Surgical Compensation & Consulting
MGMA Consultant
Troy, Ohio

Melissa Mora, ESQ
Division Chief Legal Officer
AdventHealth Tampa

Leigh Neumayer, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville

Kim-Phung Nguyen, MD
Colorectal Surgery Specialist
AdventHealth Medical Group Digestive Health
Tampa, FL

Patricia Numann, MD
Founder of Association of Women Surgeons
Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus
Upstate Medical University State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Endocrine Surgeon
Syracuse, NY

Lynn M. O’Connor, MD
Director, Colon & Rectal Surgery of New York
Chief, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Mercy Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital
Assistant Professor
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Andrea Pakula, MD
Medical Director of Robotic Surgery
General, Bariatric and Hernia Surgery
Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery
Adventist Health
Simi Valley, CA

Ana M. Parsee, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery & Surgical Critical Care
Assistant Director HVICU UPMC Central

Silvana Perretta, MD
Professor of Surgery,
Department of Digestive and Endocrine Surgery,
University of Strasbourg, France
Vice-President, IRCAD France

Melissa S. Phillips, MD
Professor, General Surgery,
University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Knoxville, TN

Aurora Pryor, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
System Chief, Bariatric Surgery, Northwell Health
Professor of Surgery, Hofstra University
Ann Arbor, MI

Alia Qureshi, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Program Director
Division Head of Bariatric Surgery – Interim
Division of General & GI surgery: Foregut Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Laila Rashidi, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Washington State University
Medical Director- Colorectal Surgery
Chair, MultiCare GI tumor board and Robotic Committee
Program Director, Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery
Founder, Women in Northwest Surgery (WINS)
Seattle, WA

Linda Richetelli-Pepe, MBA
Senior Director of Healthcare Economics, Policy and Reimbursement for Medtronic
Executive Director of Medtronic’s Women in Surgery
Past Adjunct professor/lecturer in business at both Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University

Sanziana Roman, MD
Professor of Surgery and Medicine
Director of Procedural Specialties Learning Environment
Dean’s Diversity Leader and Faculty Equity Advisor

Jana Sacco, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Sarah Samreen, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Minimally Invasive and Foregut Surgery
Director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Surgery Clerkship Co-Director, John Sealy School of Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

Lana Schumacher, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Medicine
Director, Thoracic Robotic Surgery
Program Director, Robotic Surgery Education
Faculty for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation Robotic Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital Network
Boston, MA

Moran Slavin, MD
Advanced GI/HPB Fellow
Foregut and HPB Division, AdventHealth Tampa
Tampa, FL

Jennifer Snider
President and CEO
AdventHealth Medical Group West Florida

Mark Soliman, MD
Chief of Colorectal Surgery and Program Medical Director
AdventHealth Digestive Health and Surgery Institute

Julie Ann Sosa, MD
Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Department of Medicine
Affiliated faculty, Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Alexa Soult, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

Iswanto Sucandy, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Central Florida – College of Medicine
Digestive Health Institute, AdventHealth Tampa

Patricia Sylla, MD
System Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System
Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Surgery
Associate Director, Surgery Fellowship Program
President-elect of SAGES
New York City, NY

Jennifer Tseng, MD
Chair and Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief, Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Janet E. Tuttle-Newhall, MD
Walter J Pories Distinguished Professorship in Surgery
Senior Policy Fellow, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Transplant Surgeon
Greenville, NC

Omaida Velazquez, MD
Professor of Surgery, Radiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Alice C. Wei, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill-Cornell Medicine
Associate Attending Surgeon, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Service
Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Co-Director of Surgical Initiatives, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Sandra Wong, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery
Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Senior Vice President, Surgical Service Line Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH



Faculty Disclosure
The Society of Women in Surgery adheres to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of the Society of Women in Surgery that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity; that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved; and that speakers disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course materials.

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