Election 2020 — AMWA Board of Directors


Choosing your leaders is an important privilege of membership. Please review the candidate profiles below.

Open positions include President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and three (3) Member-at-Large Positions. Voting is open until midnight, Friday, December 20, 2019

Contact the management office at associatedirector@amwa-doc.org if you need your ballot re-sent.



Janice Werbinski, MD, FACOG (CV)

If President-Elect of AMWA, I would showcase the achievements of AMWA which make it relevant to the large range of members, whether clinical, academic, student, or retired.

My principal areas of focus would be sex equity in medicine and in physician compensation.

I have been an AMWA member for over 40 years, and since 2009, have worked with AMWA’s  Sex and Gender Health Collaborative, advocating for sex-specific medicine to improve women’s health.

As an Ob-Gyn, I have experience in delivering healthcare to women, and am aware of “gaps” in knowledge which sometimes leave women’s health issues invisible. I believe that pay equity requires transparency of salaries with well-defined parameters of promotion, taking women’s issues into account.

My Leadership Qualities:

  1. Over 10 years experience leading colleagues  toward improving women’s health by advocating for education in sex and gender differences in medicine.
  2. Knowledge of Feminist Principles and the importance of women’s equity.
  3. Knowledge of women’s web-like management styles (surrounding leaders with advisors through a web of interactions), rather than pyramidal, top-down authoritarian styles.
  4. Participation on boards which serve women and girls. (Sexual Assault Program of YWCA, Breast Center, Girl Scouts, Sex and Gender Health Collaborative).
  5. Advocacy for National Policies which promote women and girls’ equity in professional work and health.

I believe that AMWA is a comfortable place in which to share ideas, mentor others, network with other professional women, and feel accepted without needing to prove my “worth” as a professional.


Janice Werbinski, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Certified Menopause Provider who practiced Women’s Health and Gynecology for 40 years in Michigan, retiring from clinical practice in 2013.

She is:

  • Former Medical Director of Bronson Women’s Center, Borgess Women’s Health, and the YWCA Sexual Assault Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Clinical Associate Professor Emerita at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, where she continues to teach, and has written an iBook on Sex and Gender Medicine for students.
  • Executive Director of the Sex and Gender Health Collaborative (SGHC) of AMWA, designed to inform students and clinicians in sex and gender appropriate medicine.
  • A strong advocate for gender equity in physician salaries, fair promotion systems which take women’s issues into account, affordable childcare, and equitable professional re-entry programs after a hiatus from practice.
  • An advocate for national policy that takes women’s issues in health, healthcare, research, and health education into account.
  • An advocate for policies against trafficking of humans, for sane and safe gun policies, and for women’s independence in their reproductive choices.

She has been instrumental in advocating for exciting changes in the medical world which are targeted to change the way that we deliver healthcare to women, taking into consideration the many ways in which women, their health, and their needs differ from men.


Paulette Cazares, MD, MPH (CV)

Personal Statement

During my tenure as a Board of Directors member, I have learned volumes about the mission and vision of AMWA, have participated in its strategic planning, and have founded the Military and Veterans chapter, which continues to grow.   I want to continue to contribute to AMWA’s growth and mission on the Executive Board, where I can share and grow my leadership skills.


  • Attended Boston College undergrad and Drexel University for a MPH.  She commissioned in the US Navy and attended Uniformed Services University (USUHS), graduating in 2004.
  • Completed a Psychiatry Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and became the General Medical Officer onboard the USS Pearl Harbor from 2005-2007.  Following this tour, she completed training in Psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center.
  • 1st  Staff psychiatry tour was at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL), and advanced to the Mental Health Department Head position.  She volunteered to be the initial liaison Psychiatrist to the TBI Clinic.  She taught in the Family Medicine Residency and co–authored an updated resident rotation.
  • Transferred back to NMCSD in 2013 and served as the Division Officer for the Pacific Fleet Mental Health Clinic, and then the Department Head, SARP/OASIS; the largest SARP in the DoD and a tri-service residential PTSD program.   She served as the Chair of the Provider Wellness Committee and expanded its mission.
  • Spring of 2016, she piloted the DoD’s 1st Women’s Mental Health program, leading to the formal creation of a Navy Women’s Mental Health sub-community.
  • In 2017, she was selected as the NMCSD Associate Director for Mental Health, as well as the Chair of the Women’s Health Clinical Community for Navy Medicine. She led creation of the 1st Comprehensive Women’s Health Clinic in the DoD, focusing on the needs of Active duty servicewomen.
  • She meritoriously promoted to Captain in April 2019.  Assistant USU faculty, has lectured nationally, is engaged in research, publishes.


Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH (CV)

Personal Statement

I am deeply committed to AMWA’s mission and view it as an organization that is on the cusp of taking good to great!!  A lot has happened in the past few years, and I very excited for the organization’s future as THE venue female doctors, students, and trainees of the world come together.
A substantial piece of my role as treasurer, if elected, would be helping AMWA to apply an even more strategic approach to its finances in light of the larger growth strategy for the entire organization.
Having previously served on the AMWA board for two years, I had a remarkable time learning from my amazing colleagues and gaining new friends for life! It would be an absolute pleasure to work with them again and do my part to helping the organization continue to grow and expand its position as one of the most important organizations for women physicians and trainees across the country.
I am also very interested in increasing the diversity of the organization, not only with regard to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, etc but also with regard to diversity of career types and paths, and diversity of age and stage in medicine. As a physician who currently works in the pharmaceutical industry, I believe that as treasurer, I would be in a position to bring some of my learning around financial management and strategy to AMWA, as well as helping to continue increasing collaboration between AMWA, academic medicine, and industry in advancing women’s medical careers.


Dr. Elizabeth Garner is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at ObsEva, a women’s health pharmaceutical company based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, she was CMO and Senior Vice President at Agile Therapeutics, also a women’s health specialty pharmaceutical company. She also continues to be a clinical consultant to Agile Therapeutics.

Dr. Garner received her M.D. and M.P.H degrees from Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health.  She was trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospitals and in gynecologic oncology at Brigham and Women’s and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, receiving board certification in general Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.  Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, she was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, practicing academic clinical medicine and basic science research in ovarian cancer.

Dr. Garner is passionate about the advancement of the careers of women in medicine.  She recently served a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Women’s Association, a professional organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine.

Dr. Garner was a 2018 honoree at the Executive Women of New Jersey’s Salute to the Policy Makers gala, honoring executive women leaders across all industries in New Jersey. In 2019, she was selected as one of PharmaVoice’s Top 100 Inspiring People in the industry.


Wendy Bernstein, MD (CV)

Personal Statement

Despite more women in medical school, there remains a discrepancy in the number of females in academic medical leadership roles. Less than 20% of division chiefs, department chairs and hospital CEOs are comprised of women.  It is our responsibility, as members of AMWA to establish a vision and voice to all women in medicine and help them achieve better alignment with these positions of power. As a member of the Board of Directors, I have worked towards achieving this goal.   I am the co-chair of the Gender Equity Task Force, served as a mentor for several premed and medical students, delivered talks on leadership and given lectures to medical students.
I am a full Professor and Vice Chairman of Education at the University of Rochester Department of Anesthesiology.  In addition to being a Cardiac Anesthesiologist, I oversee all of the anesthesiology training programs, medical student clerkships in Anesthesiology, and community outreach efforts to underprivileged high school students.  I have also developed mentoring groups among junior women faculty members, playing an active role in their future career goals, and have increased the scholarly pursuits of our departmental faculty and trainees.
On a national level, I serve as a board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), governance committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, Editorial Board for the Interactive Computer-Based Education, Chairman of the OSCE workgroup for the ASA Simulation Network, and was recently nominated for the Association for University Anesthesiologists, and Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


I am a Full Professor, Vice Chairman of Education, Division Chief for Cardiac Anesthesia and Director of Simulation for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Rochester.  I am a board certified fellowship trained (JHU) cardiac anesthesiologist who has been in clinical practice for close to 20 years.  I have published over 30 peer reviewed publications, more than 15 chapters, over 30 invited lectureships around the globe and approximately 100 presentations.  I am a member of multiple medical societies and am on the Board of Directors for AMWA, Governance Committee for IMSH, Board Examiner for ABA and Editorial Board for computerized simulation for the ASA.  I also serve as the Chairman of the OSCE workgroup for the Simulation Education Network.

Susan Hingle, MD (CV)

Personal Statement

AMWA was the first medical organization that I joined as a medical student in 1989. I believe that women in medicine have enormous potential to influence the profession and society for the better. Nonetheless this potential has been unfulfilled – yet! I have had the privilege of working on issues relevant to women in medicine both locally and nationally through my work at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and with the American College of Physicians. I have begun similar involvement with the American Medical Association as well. In May, I graduated from the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. My experiences with multiple initiatives make me well suited to be able to contribute meaningfully to the AMWA Board. In Robert Coles’ book, “The Call of Service”, he contends that volunteer work can have a transformative influence on those who heed that call. Albert Schweitzer was quoted as saying “I don’t know very much, but I do know that those who are happiest are those who find a way to serve.” This has always resonated with me. Gratitude and service have always been guiding principles in my life. I cannot think of anything else I would like to commit my time and talents to. It is a crucial time for women in medicine, and there is great opportunity in front of us. It is my sincere hope to serve AMWA and assist in its mission of being the vision and voice for women in medicine.


Susan Hingle is an Internal Medicine specialist and a Professor of Medicine, who serves as Associate Dean for Human and Organizational Potential, and Director of Faculty Development at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a medical degree from Rush University Medical College. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. Dr. Hingle recently graduated from the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. She has received several teaching awards including the Golden Apple Award, the Excellence in Teaching Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She has been active nationally in numerous organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine, and the American Medical Association. She served as Chair of the ACP Board of Regents and Chair of Board of Governors. Dr. Hingle was honored with ACP’s McDonald Award for Young Physicians. She was awarded several ACP John Tooker Evergreen Award for Chapter Management and Innovation. She was senior author on the ACP policy paper on gender equity in physician compensation and career advancement. Dr. Hingle strongly believes that women in medicine have enormous potential to influence the profession and society for the better and is eager to share her experiences, expertise, and passion with AMWA.

Tina Schade Willis, MD (CV)

Personal Statement

I underestimated the gift of perspective until later in my career. I was oblivious to the lack of female physician leaders. I was the first member of my family to attend college, I had no role models in leadership, and my perspective was that of a medical student in a class with 50% female representation. I did not seem to have imposter syndrome or doubts about my leadership ability because, to be honest, I did not know any differently. Slowly, my perspective changed. I was hired as the only female member in a division of pediatric intensivists in my first faculty position.  As a junior faculty member, I was elected to the Medical Staff Executive Committee and I sat in my first meeting seeing only male department chairs and being part of discussions that very few female faculty members experienced. My roles over the past 20 years included Chief Resident, Chief Fellow, Faculty Physician, Medical Director, Division Chief, Hospital Quality Administrator, Quality Institute Director, Wife, Mother, Colleague, and Mentor.  This gift of perspective created a drive for hiring, promoting and mentoring female faculty members beyond middle management leadership positions to senior level executive positions.  I have watched colleagues experience burnout and moral distress in healthcare. I have also witnessed mentees with resilience, joy, and well-deserved promotion when they are supported.  I now see mentorship as my most important role and duty in my career and I would be honored to serve on the AMWA Board of Directors.


I am a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Indiana University/Riley Hospital for Children. I have 15 years of experience as a faculty member and specialize in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care.  I have extensive training and experience in successful implementation and spread of quality initiatives and safety programs in adult and pediatric populations.  I am a successful leader, administrator, and mentor in several areas including quality and safety. I recently served as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality at UNC Hospitals, Director of the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement. My academic and administrative strengths involve leading large-scale innovation, quality, and safety programs. I have been successful in many administrative and clinical leadership endeavors in the academic system not directly related to quality and safety programs.

These endeavors include:

Medical Director of the UNC Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS) Program from 2004 – 2012
UNC Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine from 2009 – 2013.  During that time, the pediatric intensive care unit expanded by 20% in bed number and admissions and the number of pediatric critical care faculty and fellows expanded by 20%.

Medical Director of the UNC Pediatric Critical Care Unit 2007 – 2013
Director of the UNC Pediatric Sedation Excellence Program 2007 – 2018 bringing all areas of pediatric sedation together from across the institution to improve the quality and safety of sedation by non-anesthesiologists including the development of a sedation policy, charter, dashboard, and consistently-met annual goals.