Contributors to Of Doctors By Doctors

Although the editors for this project are the same research team that led the pilot study Of Doctors By Doctors, we are privileged to collaborate with a number of distinguished researchers in this new research anthology.

Below you will find the names of our collaborating researchers and the chapters they are contributing to the project. Each researcher has also been invited to include a brief biography.

Section 1: Context

Introduction: Prof Christine Phillips, Prof Kirsty Douglas, A/Prof Louise Stone

Intersectionality: Prof Petra Verdonk

The History of Women in Medicine: Dr Clarissa Fabre

Gender in Medicine: Prof Christine Phillips

De-Gendering the Medical Curriculum: Dr Deb Colville

Section 2: Interdisciplinary Lenses

Law: Prof Ian Freckelton

Organisational Behaviour: Prof Rosalind Searle

Regulatory Bodies: Dr Alison Reid

Medical Education: Dr Janusz Janczukowicz

The Role of Men: Dr Rachel Roberts, Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Therapy: A/Prof Leslie Flynn, Dr Amber Hastings-Truelove

Integrating Interdisciplinary Lenses: Dr Rachel Roberts, Dr Sanjv Ahluwalia

Section 3: International Perspectives

Nigeria: Dr Dabota Yvonne Buowari

Zambia: Dr Jane Kabwe, Dr Ketty Lubeya

Argentina and Uruguay: Dr Ana Beatriz Cosel Zampieri

Brazil: Prof Claudia Paola Carrasco Aguilar

Mexico: Dr Diana Guizar

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

UK: Dr Clarissa Fabre

Germany: Dr Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

Sweden: Dr Marta Kisiel

Russia: Dr Larisa Skuratovskaya

Austria: Dr Heidi Siller

Australia: Prof Kirsty Douglas, Prof Christine Phillips, A/Prof Louise Stone

South Korea: Dr Bong-Ok Kim, Dr Hyun-Young Shin

Japan: Dr Takashi Watari


Prof Petra Verdonk

Dr Clarissa Fabre

After completing her medical training in Sydney, Australia, Dr Fabre worked for a year in Canada (including work with indigenous Indian and Eskimo children) before moving to the UK (London and then Oxford). Her initial specialist training was in adult medicine and paediatrics, including two years of clinical research in Oxford on perinatal factors affecting child growth and development.

For the last 30 years she has been the Senior Partner in a semi-rural general practice in the UK. She also developed an interest in medical politics, culminating in the presidency of the UK Medical Women’s Federation (2010-2012), and representative of all East and West Sussex general practitioners at the British Medical Association (BMA) in London (2005 to 2012).

Dr Fabre was appointed to the position of Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) representative at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2012. She became MWIA president-elect in 2016, and took up the presidency in New York in 2019. She was closely involved in developing MWIA’s training module on Violence against women and girls, and is particularly interested in the involvement of men and boys in prevention.

Dr Deb Colville

Prof Ian Freckelton

Prof Rosalind Searle

Dr Alison Reid

Dr Janusz Janczukowicz

Dr Rachel Roberts

Rachel is Primary Care Dean, North Central and East London, Health Education England. Her main objectives and interests are the development hand in hand of primary and community care education, workforce, and services for population health. In her role for Health Education England, she assists in management of trainees, educators, and learning environments where complex issues develop, including regulatory and educational issues, supported by the Post Graduate Dean and Complex Cases Team.
She is a clinical skills assessment examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners, and has a keen interest in services for trainees needing additional support. She recently published The CSA Exam: Maximising Your Success, with two other examiners and RCGP recent role player lead. She has a special interest in supporting everyone to achieve their potential.

Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Sanjiv has been Postgraduate Dean for Health Education England’s North Central and East London (NECL) local office since 2016. Prior to taking up this appointment, Sanjiv was Head of Primary Care Education and Development, and has been involved in medical education since 2002.
Sanjiv continues to work as a general medical practitioner in North London. He has completed a doctorate in education from the UCL Institute of Education. His research interests include the role of medical education in improving patient care. He has published extensively in specialty and educational journals.

A/Prof Dr Leslie Flynn

Dr Amber Hastings-Truelove

Dr Dabota Yvonne Buowari

Dr Dabota Yvonne Buowari is a Nigerian anesthesiologist, emergency physician, poet and author. She is member of the Research and Scientific Committee of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) since 2010 and Vice-Chair of the work life balance special interest group in 2019. She is a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace, which triggered her interest in the topic. Dabota was part of the team that conducted the MWIA sexual harassment study. She is a member of the Research Collaboration Network of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria conducting the Challenges of Residency Training and Early Career Doctors in Nigeria Study (CHARTING STUDY).

Dr Jane Kabwe

Dr Ketty Lubeya

Dr Ana Beatriz Cosel Zampieri

Prof Claudia Paola Carrasco Aguilar

Dr Diana Guizar

Graduated from Medical School at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City with “Gabino Barreda” Medal, as well as recognition of the Ministry of Health and Pfizer Scientific Institute to the best 60 students of medicine in the country.

Specialist in Psychiatry and subspecialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry form UNAM and “Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz” National Institute of Psychiatry. Master’s and Doctorate with honorable mention in Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM.

Coordinator of Educational Research of the Subdivision of Medical Specializations for 5 years.

Currently Career Professor of the Department of Physiology and Member of the National System of Researchers of CONACYT.

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.

Dr Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

Dr Marta Kisiel

My name in Marta A. Kisiel. I am a medical doctor and researcher at Occupation and Environmental Medicine at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden. I was born and grew up in Czestochowa, Poland (1984-2002). Then, I studied medicine at Medical University in Warsaw (2003-2009). One school year 2007/2008 I was an Erasmus exchange student at medical school at Lleida University in Spain. Further, I was again awarded and did a 5-month fellowship at the Ear and Nose and Throat Department in Medical Center in Amsterdam, Holland. Since the second year of my studies I have been working in research. After medical school I received a Marie Curie scholarship for young researchers that allowed me to do PhD studies at Uppsala University (Dec 2009- February 2013). I defended my PhD thesis in Tissue Engineering. During my PhD studies I become more interested in different education and opportunities in women and man. When I started work clinical as a doctor, I joined Local Swedish Doctors Society and my field of interest is gender equality in health care. In 2019 I started my specialty at Occupation and Environmental Medicine. In 2020 I received a special residence that I combined clinical work with research (70/30%). Since 2019 I involved in the study investigating gender discrimination of medical students at Uppsala University. Retrospectively I analyzed data on medical student’s gender discrimination between 2003-2013. Last year I conducted a new follow-up study on medical students and data is currently analyzed. Besides my medical work and research, I am a wife and a mother of two boys.

Dr Larisa Skuratovskaya

Dr Heidi Siller

Dr Bong-Ok Kim

Dr. Bong-Ok Kim is a professor-emeritus of Rehabilitation Medicine in College of Medicine, Chungnam National University in Daejeon, Korea and president of the rehabilitation hospital COMWEL Daegu Hospital. She is a past president of Korean Medical Women’s Association (KMWA, 2016~2018), Chungnam National University Hospital (2013~2016), Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (2012~2014). She has been working on sexual harassment in Korean medical schools and hospitals since 2004, as a member of faculty in Medical Education in Chungnam National University medical school and a president of the 1,500 bed training hospital, and played a key role to start a human rights center for medical women in KMWA in 2018 in collaboration with the Korean Association of the Female Lawyers

Dr Hyun-Young Shin

Dr. Hyun-Young Shin is a member of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea. She graduated from the Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine and earned the Bachelor, Master and PhD in Korea. She is the past president of Young Forum of Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA, 2013~2016). She was the spokesperson of the Korean Medical Association (KMA, 2014~2015), the director of legislation of the Korean Medical Women’s Association (2017~2020) and World Medical Association Delegate of KMA (2011~2014). She was elected as the member of the National Assembly in April 2020 to take her current office. Dr. Shin has been advocating for the prevention of the sexual harassment and gender discrimination and supporting the victims since she was a resident physician in family medicine.   

Dr Takashi Watari