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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

About the Award

The Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award is named in honor of Mary Edwards Walker, MD (1832–1919), for her exemplary inspiration as the first female surgeon employed by the U.S. Army and the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor—the highest U.S. Armed Forces decoration for bravery. After the Civil War, Dr. Walker devoted her life to supporting women's suffrage and was a frequent lecturer on health care, temperance, and women’s rights. Most notably, Dr. Walker was unwavering in her commitment to service to her country and surgical profession, and repeatedly excelled in the face of significant adversity. Through Dr. Walker’s example of perseverance, excellence, and pioneering behavior, she paved the way for female surgeons of today.

The 2018 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award recipient is Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS, from Honolulu, HI. She will be presented with the award during the ACS Clinical Congress Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 21, 6:00–8:00 pm in Hall B2 of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

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Past Recipient(s)

2017—SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

2016—Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS


SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

2017 Award Winner SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS
Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS

Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS

2016 Award Recipient Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS