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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 Surgery & Robotic Surgery &
Surgical Endoscopy
Director, Center for Digestive Disorders & Pancreatic Cancer
Director, GERD and Esophageal Cancer Center
Director, Advanced Gl And HPB Surgical Fellowship
Digestive Health Institute 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

Alexander Rosemurgy, MD
Professor, College of Medicine University of Central Florida
Digestive Health Institute
Tampa, FL

Alisa Coker, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery
Baltimore, MD

Aurora Pryor, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI Surgery
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Stony Brook University

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

Cristina Ferrone, MD
Director, MGH Liver Surgery Program
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

“CJ” Christopher Burnett
Financial Advisor
Westshore Financial Group
Tampa, FL

Dana Telem, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Chair for Quality and Patient Safety
Director of the Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Darla Hutton, MS
Vice President – US Marketing & Custom Hospital Analytics
Intuitive Surgical
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL

Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

Heather Sinner, MD
Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow
Moffitt Cancer Center

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

Janet E. Tuttle-Newhall, MD
Walter J Pories Distinguished Professorship in Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Transplant Surgeon
Greenville, NC

Julie Ann Sosa, MD
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Department of Medicine
Affiliated Faculty, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California San Francisco-UCSF

Kandace Kichler, MD
Director of Bariatric Surgery
JFK Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Miami/JFK Medical Center
Bariatric Surgeon
Lake Worth, FL

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

Kim Kirkwood, MD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
University of California
San Francisco, CA

Krista Lynn Haines, DO
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Acute and Critical Care Surgery, Duke University
General Surgeon
Durham, NC

Laila Rashidi, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor, MultiCare Health System
Colorectal Surgeon
Galveston, TX

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

Lynn O’Connor, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Hofstra North Shore – LIJ School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Mercy Medical Center and St Joseph Hospital
Colorectal Surgeon
New Hyde Park, NY

Marie Catherine Lee
Professor of Surgery and Oncologic Sciences at USF and Senior Member
Moffitt Cancer Center
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Mary Dillhoff, MD
Associate Professor
Ohio State Division of Surgical Oncology
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Mary T. Killackey, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Tulane University Medical Center
New Orleans, LA

Maureen Ayral, MBA
Managing Director of Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
Tampa, FL

Megan Jenkins, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Associate Director
Surgery Residency Program
New York City, NY

Melissa E. Hogg, MD
Director, HPB Surgery
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Director, Advanced Robotic Training
Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Melissa Lapinska, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Nancy Gantt, MD
Professor of Surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Chair, Association of Women Surgeons Foundation
Co-Medical Director, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, Mercy St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
Youngstown, OH

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

Pamela Hodul, MD
Associate Member and Surgical Oncologist
Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Medical Director of Nutrition at Moffitt Cancer Center
Associate Professor Division of Oncologic Sciences, University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Paresh Shah, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief, Tisch Hospital
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Vice Chair of Quality and Innovation in Surgery
New York City, NY

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

Patricia Sylla, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital
Department of Surgery,
Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
New York, NY

Sandra L. 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

Sanziana Roman, MD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Section of Endocrine Surgery
Director of Learning and Teaching
Dean’s Diversity Leader for Leadership
Equity and Inclusion
San Francisco, CA

Sarah Samreen, MD
Director Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Co-Director Surgery Clerkship, School of Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

Scott F. Gallagher, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke Surgery
Service Line Lead, General & ACS Surgery at DRaH
Director, Duke-Raleigh ACS Program
Director, TPN-Nutrition Services at DRaH
Raleigh, NC

Vedra A. Augenstein, MD
Co-chair of the education committee for Americas Hernia Society and SAGES
Assistant Clinical Professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC

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

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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