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The Olga M. Jonasson Lecture

Olga JonassonThe Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC), the friends and colleagues of Olga Jonasson, and women in surgery throughout the country established this lecture in 2007 to honor the memory of Olga M. Jonasson, MD, FACS, who died in August 2006. Dr. Jonasson was a true pioneer and trail blazer. She was a leader in academic surgery, exemplified by her becoming the first woman Chair of Surgery in U.S. history. She was a devoted teacher and mentor to countless numbers of surgeons, both men and women. 

This lectureship should be a testimony to leadership and education in surgery and a reflection of the capacity of women to reach academic pinnacles. Nominations for the lecture come from the WiSC.

The 2016 lecture, The Journey: Becoming a Neurosurgeon and Back Again, was delivered in Washington, D.C. on October 18 by Alexa Canady, MD, FACS.

Lecture History

Year Lecturer Title
2007  Dr. Nancy L. Ascher, San Francisco, CA The Ultimate in Surgical Translation: Transplantation
2008 Dr. Anna Marie Ledgerwood, Detroit, MI Myths in Surgical Care
2009 Dr. Karin M. Muraszko, Ann Arbor, MI Leadership Development and Mentoring in the Age of Restricted Work Hours
2010 Ms. Nina Totenberg, Washington, DC Women in the Professions
2011 Dr. Patricia J. Numann, Syracuse, NY Effective Advocacy
2012 Carol-Anne Moulton, Toronto, ON, Canada Peeking Behind the Curtain—Surgical Judgment Beyond Cognition
2013 Pauline W. Chen, Haverhill, MA Conduct Unbecoming
2014 Barbara L. Bass, Houston, TX Our Lives As Surgeons: Finding a Sense of Place and Purpose
2015 Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA Resilience
2016 Alexa Canady, MD, FACS, Pensacola, FL The Journey: Becoming a Neurosurgeon and Back Again
2017 Kathryn D. Anderson, MD, FACS, Eastvale, C