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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

The American College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the annual Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award to be presented at Clinical Congress 2019. The award will be presented in recognition of an individual's significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery. 

Individuals for consideration must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery.
  • Nominees must be members of the American College of Surgeons; 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 2019 in San Francisco, CA, to accept the award in-person.
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 should be e-mailed to Carol Christian at cchristian@facs.org by May 31.

Selection process:

  • The awardee will be notified by June 30.
  • The award will be presented during the 2019 Clinical Congress Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 27 in San Francisco, CA. The awardee will also be recognized at the WiSC reception on Monday, October 28. The awardee will be a guest of the WiSC committee at the AWS dinner that follows the reception.

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact Carol Christian at cchristian@facs.org.

Recipients

2018—Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS

2017—SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

2016—Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, 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