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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

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.

How to Nominate

The Call for Nominations will open in early 2021. Nominations close at 12pm on May, 31, 2021. Please check back for the submission link when the Call for Nominations opens.

Award Eligibility

The nominee must demonstration significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery and meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery.
  • Must be a member of the American College of Surgeons; either in active practice or retired.
  • Current members of the Women in Surgery Committee are not eligible to be nominated for this award. Please review the WiSC roster to confirm your nominee is not a Committee Member.
  • If selected, attend Clinical Congress to accept the award in-person on Sunday evening at Convocation 

Required Documents for Nominations

All nominations must include the following documents:

  • A letter of nomination outlining how the nominee has contributed to the advancement of women in the field of surgery.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee.
  • Self-nominations are acceptable and should include a letter of reference. 

Award Notification

The Women in Surgery Committee will notify the award recipient and nominator no later than June 30, 2021.

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact Jenny Mohan at jmohan@facs.org.

Recipients

2020—Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS

2019—Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS

2018—Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS

2017—SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

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

 

 
Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS

Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS

2019 Award Winner Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS
Susan Pories, MD, FACS, Chair of the Women in Surgery Committee, and Dr. Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS, 2019 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Award recipient

Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS

2018 Award Winner Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS with Susan Pories, MD, FACS, Chair of the Women in Surgery Committee
2018 Mary Edwards Walker Award recipient Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS

Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS

2018 Award Winner Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, 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