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COVID-19 UPDATE as of 1/27/2021: WTS will continue to monitor the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on our organizational activities, and – most important – the impact on our members and staff. Our top priority is the health and safety of our members and staff. All updates will continue to be shared on the WTS website.

Latest News:

Elizabeth Stephens, MD, PhD & Shanda Haley Blackmon, MD, MPH, representing the 1st woman Cardiac surgeon and 1st woman Thoracic surgeon hired to Mayo Clinic Rochester. “Not an easy path, too many sleepless nights to count, not without sacrifice, but tons of joy.“

    • Check out this fantastic photo of the female faculty and residents from Stanford, shared by WTS’s Leah Backhus, MD.

Female faculty and residents from Stanford University

  • WTS Unconscious Bias Educational Session videos from the STS 55th Annual Meeting in San Diego, now available! Watch featured presentations from Drs. Jessica Donington, DuyKhanh Ceppa, Jane Yanagawa and Robert S.D. Higgins. Experience more of the exceptional content that was presented during the 2019 STS Annual Meeting from the comfort of your home or office. Learn how at sts.org/amonline.
  • Women As One aims to broaden and promote the global talent pool in medicine by providing unique professional opportunities to female physicians.
  • Pictured below, 2019 WTS Intuitive Robotic Fellowship recipients and their surgical assistants attend a didactic session and lab practice in Atlanta.
  • Read the brand new blog in the Residents’ Corner, entitled Accepting Help as a Resident, by Dr. Erin Corsini
  • Check out this link to read about Jessica Hudson’s experience as the recipient of the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award
  • You can request a WTS mentor online, using this simple link and web form! Check it out–there are mentors waiting!
  • Residents and fellows, we now have a corner of our website just for you! Here you’ll find links and articles geared to residents, as well as featured profiles of women CT surgery residents!
  • The WTS would like to share the following resource with our members: Sexual Harassment of Women
    Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018)
  • WTS Contribution to #NYerORCoverChallenge: On April 3, 2017, The New Yorker’s Health, Medicine & the Body Issue this year featured the animated cover “Operating Theatre,” by the French artist Malika Favre.  Since that time, the cover has been replicated by women surgeons all over the world.  Check out these photos of WTS members at AATS recreating the famed New Yorker cover art as part of the social media movement, the #NYerORCoverChallenge! In addition, read more about the movement on CTSNet, at this link!


  • We are excited to share Nora Burgess’s presentation from the STS reception, highlighting 30 years of important WTS history!
  • Check out this great video! We are pleased to share this video, featuring our loved ones, explaining what it’s like to be a CT surgeon.   The video debuted at our 30th anniversary celebration and was a huge hit!

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