The USA: Dr Christine Heisler, Dr Melissa Blaker, Dr Elizabeth Stephens, Dr Michael S Sinha, Dr Kate Walsh, Dr Pringl Miller, Dr Sarah Temkin

Dr Christine Heisler

Christine A. Heisler, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and holds dual appointments in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology. Dr. Heisler has direct professional experiences with gender bias, as well as having served as a resource for students, residents, colleagues and organizations. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and an international textbook chapter on gender equity. In addition, Dr. Heisler has received invitations to present her research at regional and national conferences. Her work on gender equity policies and statements in professional surgical societies was awarded the Association of Women Surgeons Best Diversity Paper in 2020. Committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, Dr. Heisler continues to identify barriers and promote solutions for gender equity in surgery.

Dr Melissa Blaker

Melissa Blaker, DO, is a board-certified Pediatrician and an active-duty Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. After serving in Germany as the Director of Pediatrics, she returned to training in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Blaker has direct experience with gender disparities and draws on this to council others exposed to similar bias. She is also a founding member of Physician Just Equity where she serves as a resource for peer-support. Dr. Blaker has co-founded the Voices Unheard podcast which amplifies the stories of individual physicians and surgeons experiencing inequities in healthcare in order to cultivate cultural change. She is committed to providing solutions to gender disparities in surgery and medicine in order to reshape the inclusivity trajectory for future generations.

Dr Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic. She is a Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon and is board-certified in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She received her PhD from Rice University in Bioengineering. Her minority status in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery has exposed her directly to the challenges of gender in medicine and particularly the surgical subspecialties. She has had a long-standing interest in education having served as the president (and first female president) of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Association, the resident representative for the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery and has served on numerous other education-related committees within her field. Dr. Stephens has over one hundred peer-reviewed publications, many addressing educational and gender-related issues.

Dr Michael S. Sinha

Michael S. Sinha, MD, JD, MPH, is a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. A nationally recognized speaker on gender equity in law and medicine, his gender equity publications can be found in PM&R, EClinicalMedicine, JACS, and the Doximity blog. He co-authored and shepherded the passage of comprehensive gender equity policy at the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and is working with the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) to pass similar gender equity policy across all state medical societies. Dr. Sinha serves as faculty on the Harvard Medical School CME course “Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare” and is a member of AMWA, the AMA Women Physicians Section, the MMS Women Physicians Section Governing Council, and the Harvard Medical School Joint Committee on the Status of Women.

Dr Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh, PhD, is a tenured Associate Professor in the Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies Departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research program addresses the assessment and prevention of sexual violence in different contexts (e.g., college, military) as well as treatment for a range of sequelae (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, suicidality, substance use disorders) among survivors of sexual violence. She is particularly interested in identifying malleable environmental and institutional characteristics associated with sexual violence and developing, implementing, and evaluating tailored prevention programs. Dr. Walsh has published 75 peer-reviewed papers and 6 chapters on sexual violence and related issues and her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Department of Justice.

Dr Pringl Miller

Pringl Miller, MD, is board-certified in General Surgery and Hospice & Palliative Medicine with additional fellowship training in Clinical Medical Ethics. The intersectional inequities she has faced during her 25-year career have inspired and informed the need for a dedicated service that provides physicians and surgeons support and advocacy. Dr. Miller, therefore founded and is the President of Physician Just Equity (PJE) a 501c3 nonprofit foundation. PJE provides peer-support and resources to trainees, physicians, and surgeons who are experiencing workplace conflicts.  Dr. Miller’s scholarly work focuses on bringing awareness and interventions to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion in surgery and medicine. Additionally, Dr. Miller is a leader in the surgical palliative care movement which seeks to integrate palliative care into the standard management of seriously ill surgical patients.

Dr Sarah Temkin

Sarah M. Temkin, MD, is a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist. Dr. Temkin earned her medical doctorate from Georgetown University. She completed her residency with Mount Sinai Medical School in New York and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the State University of New York, Downstate, Brooklyn. Her primary clinical expertise includes the surgical and medical management of gynecologic cancers and has been recognized with several awards for excellence in patient care. Dr. Temkin serves on multiple national committees related to gynecologic cancer care and clinical trials. She is a prolific author with dozens of peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Temkin is well respected for her thoughtful contributions to national conversations about population health, cancer prevention and equity in cancer care. More recently she has translated this interest in equity towards the surgical and gynecologic workforce.