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Women in Surgery Committee

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.

Meet Our Members

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 composed of five subcommittees.

The new Statement on the Importance of Parental Leave has been developed by the ACS Women in Surgery Committee to support surgeons who choose to have children. The statement will be published in the April ACS Bulletin and is available online now.

Learn More about Our Activities

Leadership Initiatives

The WiSC supports the advancement of women surgeons into leadership positions of the College. The Leadership Guide provides an overview of the various leadership roles within the College. The committee is developing a series of podcasts to highlight women surgeon leaders in the College describing how they achieved their leadership role.

Interview 1 features Annesley W. Copeland, MD, FACS, and Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS discussing their roles as members of the ACS Board of Governors. Interviewer: Heena Santry, MD, FACS

Annesley W. Copeland, MD, FACS Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS Heena Santry, MD, FACS

Interview 2 features Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, and Rebecca Britt, MD, FACS, who hold leadership roles in the Young Fellows Association (YFA) and encourage young surgeons to get involved with the group as early as they can. The YFA’s mentorship program matches members with College leaders who can assist them as they build their careers. Interviewer: Shannon Acker, MD

Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS Rebecca Britt, MD, FACS  Shannon Acker, MD

Interview 3 features Heather Logghe, MD, and Kathryn A. Hughes, MD, FACS, discussing the #ILookLikeaSurgeon campaign. The episode also addresses issues faced by female surgeons and the growing surgical community on social media. Interviewer: Shannon Acker, MD

Heather Logghe, MD Kathryn Hughes, MD, FACS  Shannon Acker, MD

Women in Surgery Community

The ACS Communities allows you to connect, engage, and share information with your fellow members. You can share best practices, ask advice, and share your experiences. Check out the latest discussions in your community!


Women in Surgery Committee Roster

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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