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The mission of the Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) is to enable women surgeons of all ages and practice types to develop their individual potential as professionals; promote an environment that fosters inclusion, respect, and success; develop, encourage and advance women surgeons as leaders; and provide a forum and networking opportunities to enhance women’s surgical career satisfaction.

The committee meets four times each year—twice in person at the Leadership Summit and Clinical Congress, and then via conference call. The subcommittees meet regularly via conference call.

Committee Activities

The WiSC includes representatives from a variety of specialties, medical students, and representatives from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors, Resident and Associate Society, and the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), and is comprised of six subcommittees.

Two new statements have been developed by the ACS Women in Surgery Committee this year to include the Statement on the Importance of Parental Leave and the Statement on Gender Salary Equity.

Learn more about our activities

Women in Surgery Community

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Women in Surgery Committee Roster

2018 ACS Women in Surgery Committee

ACS Staff

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS
Connie Bura

The Women in Surgery Committee welcomes your comments. Please write to the committee's staff liaison, Connie Bura, at

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