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 nominee must demonstration significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery and meet the following requirements:
All nominations must include the following documents:
The Women in Surgery Committee notifies the award recipient and nominator no later than June 30, 2022.
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