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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.

Call for Nominations Is Open

We are now accepting nominations for the annual Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award to be presented at Clinical Congress 2018. The award will be presented in recognition of an individual's significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery. Nominations are due by May 31.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery.
  • Nominees must be ACS members—either in active practice or retired.
  • Current members of the WiSC are not eligible to be nominated for this award.
  • The awardee will be expected to attend Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, MA, to accept the award in-person.

How to Nominate a Colleague

All nominations must be accompanied by the following Required 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.

The letter of nomination and CV must be e-mailed to Connie Bura at cbura@facs.org by May 31.

Selection Process

The WiSC Awards Subcommittee will review all nominations and submit a list of the final three nominees for consideration by the full committee. The awardee will be notified by June 30, 2018. The award will be presented during the Clinical Congress 2018 Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 21.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, contact Connie Bura at cbura@facs.org.

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