AMWA 109th Annual Meeting Speakers

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Affirmative Action Plenary

Karen Antman, MD

Karen Antman, MD
Provost, Boston University Medical Campus Dean, Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine Professor of Medicine

Karen H. Antman, MD, has been Provost of the Medical Campus and Dean of Boston University School of Medicine since 2005.  Dr. Antman previously served as Deputy Director for Translational and Clinical Sciences at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2004-5) and before that as Wu Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also co-directed the cancer care service line at New York Presbyterian Hospital. 

Dr. Antman was voted 1993 Senior Faculty Teacher of the Year by medical residents. She also served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1979 to 1993 and had hospital appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston where her teams developed new regimens for mesotheliomas, sarcomas and breast cancers.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and served as President of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology and as Chair of the Administration Board of the American Association of Medical Colleges Council of Deans.  She also served on the International Editorial Board of Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association Oversight Committee, and board of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). 

Donna Elliott, MD, EdD

Donna Elliott, MD, EdD
Vice Dean for Medical Education, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Education, Ensign Foundation
Tony Alamo, MD, Endowed Chair in Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Donna D. Elliott, M.D., Ed.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Education and Vice Dean for Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is the holder of the Ensign Foundation and Tony Alamo, MD, Endowed Chair in Medical Education. Dr. Elliott has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards including the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring and the Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also named a Master Teacher at the Keck School of Medicine and elected a faculty fellow in the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Elliott received the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Exemplary Service Award from the AAMC Group on Student Affairs. Dr. Elliott is currently the past chair of the National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors and a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Dr. Elliott was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in Healthcare.

Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH

Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH
AMWA President 2024-2025, AMWA Board of Directors

Full Biography Here

Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd

Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd
Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd serves as Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM). Serving on the Dean’s leadership team, she oversees an Education Council to coordinate education across all programs at PSOM and with other schools in the University. Prior to her arrival in 2018, she was Senior Associate Dean for Education at the University of Connecticut. She also served for 13 years at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in various leadership capacities and previously held positions at Weill Cornell Medical College (1996‐1997) and at the University of Pittsburgh (1990-1996).

She has served in many leadership roles in the AGA including as Education Councillor on the Governing Board. She convened all six GI societies to create end-of-training entrustable professional activities, co-created the first subspecialty Academy for educators in this country, served as co-director of the AGA Future Leaders Program and was appointed Course Director for the Postgraduate Course (2017). Dr. Rose was awarded the AGA Distinguished Educator Award (2016). She completed a two‐year term as co‐chair of the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and served as the chair of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. She received the inaugural NEGEA Distinguished Service and Leadership Award in 2015.

Dr. Rose received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Russian language and literature, followed by a master’s degree in education from Penn. She graduated from Case Western University School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and completed her internship and residency there. Her GI fellowship, including the chief fellow year, was done at The Cleveland Clinic, OH (the first woman Chief Fellow at CCF).

Frank Trinity, JD

 

Frank Trinity, JD
Chief Legal Officer

Chief Legal Officer Frank R. Trinity, JD, provides guidance and counsel to the AAMC Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and staff in support of the association’s activities and long-term strategy. He manages the association’s legal function, oversees its intellectual property portfolio, and coordinates its litigation and enterprise risk management activities. He also serves as the association’s chief privacy officer and chief ethics officer.

Before joining the association in 2010, Trinity was general counsel for the Corporation for National and Community Service, where he received the Harris Wofford Award for Outstanding Public Service. Prior to that position, he was a senior staff attorney for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Trinity received his law degree from Yale Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.

Legal Plenary

Rukhaya Alikhan

Rukhaya Alikhan
General Counsel, Illinois Department of Public Health

Rukhaya has been a practicing attorney in the public sector for more than 15 years. Rukhaya began her legal career in 2007 at the Illinois Department of Public Health working as a staff attorney, assistant general counsel and then deputy general counsel. As Deputy General Counsel, she worked on regulatory matters, ethics compliance, licensing, grants and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2012, Rukhaya went on to serve as General Counsel at the Department on Aging and later worked at the Officer Governor from 2013-2015 as Deputy General Counsel where she oversaw the health and human services agency portfolio advising on a wide array of matters. She returned to the State in 2019 serving as the General Counsel at the Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB) where she advised on compliance matters related to certificates of needs and exemptions. She then returned to IDPH in 2020 to support with the legal response for the COVID-19 pandemic. Rukhaya did her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago graduating with a BA in pre-law in 2000, and graduated with her JD from DePaul University College of Law in 2003. She also has a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2006.

LTG Telita Crosland

LTG Telita Crosland
Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA)

LTG Telita Crosland, Director of the Defense Health Agency Agency (DHA), with headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.

Crosland is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In addition to her Doctor of Medicine, she also holds a Master of Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School. Crosland entered the Army as a Medical Corps Officer in 1993. She is Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a recipient of The Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator.

Crosland has served in a variety of leadership positions including: Officer in Charge, Camp Walker Health Clinic, South Korea; Officer in Charge, Bennett Health Clinic, Fort Hood, Texas; Associate Program Director, Department of Family Medicine, Fort Lewis, Washington; Chief, Soldier Care, Fort Lewis, Washington; Deputy Chief, Department of Family Medicine, Fort Lewis, Washington; Commander, U.S. Army Health Clinic, Grafenwoehr, Germany; Senior Medical Officer, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia; Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany; Medical Corps Branch Chief, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), Falls Church, Virginia; Commanding General, Regional Health Command-Atlantic, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She most recently served as the Army Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Operations) of MEDCOM.

Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Staff Badge and the Parachutist’s Badge. She is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Beki Denman, MD, FACOG

Beki Denman, MD, FACOG
Retired Board Eligible/Certified OB/GYN of 25 years 

Dr. Denman practiced for 25 years in a group practice. They were independent for 15 years and then sold their practice to a hospital group. There are some financial benefits to this, but as many physicians know there are also many pitfalls. Dr. Denman is divorced and has 2 adult sons. She currently lives in the Charleston area of South Carolina, enjoys walking on the beach, eating in the great restaurants, and volunteering at a food pantry.

Swati Desai, CFLS

Swati Desai, CFLS
Managing Partner of Desai Camino, APC

Swati Desai, Esq., a Certified Family Law Specialist, offers over 20 years of legal expertise to clients confronting complex family law matters in California. Holding a Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from UC Irvine, Ms. Desai blends rigorous education with practical experience.

As Managing Partner at Desai Camino, APC, Ms. Desai has concentrated solely on family law since 2001, managing numerous motions and trials. Specializing in diverse areas like divorce, support, custody, and domestic violence, she adeptly handles high net worth and international cases. Recognized as a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of CA since 2015, Ms. Desai is a respected advocate, renowned for her artful litigation.

Engaged in professional associations, Ms. Desai serves on the Orange County Bar Association. With outstanding analytical and communication abilities, she provides tailored solutions and compassionate representation to all clients.

Paulette Dove, JD

Paulette Dove, JD
Senior Associate General Counsel for Healthcare and Litigation, SIU Medicine

Paulette Dove provides legal guidance for SIU Medicine providers regarding adverse events, malpractice litigation, patient privacy matters, compliance concerns, and multiple other aspects of healthcare practice.  Her primary focus is to alleviate as much stress as possible for providers facing legal difficulties.   Paulette has broad experience working with physicians, health insurance companies, and insurance regulators. 

Paulette graduated from the Washington University College of Law at the American University, and completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany.

Anu Murthy, JD

Anu Murthy, JD
Founder at Anu Murthy, esq

Anu Murthy is a healthcare attorney and practice consultant who focuses exclusively on physician, dentist and advance care practitioner employment contracts, partnership agreements and other practice related business matters. With several dozen close family members who are physicians,  she is intimately familiar with the challenges they face. As her clients will attest, she takes pride in her work, and is passionate about positioning them for success while protecting their interests. It is this passion that has compelled her to relaunch one of the most specialized health law advisory practices in the country

Anu has assisted and represented physicians, dentists and their groups in all aspects of their business transactions. She has always believed that the most effective way to help physicians succeed and shield them from liability was through the comprehensive review, negotiation and drafting of their contracts. Teaching the “business of medicine” to Residents and Fellows in training enabled her to expand into a unique consultative advisory role for her clients.

Anu graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law and a BA from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. She offers comprehensive consultative services regarding physician compensation and benefits, contract review and negotiation in all 50 states.

Clinical Hot Topics

Stephanie Ashraf, MD

Stephanie Ashraf, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Stephanie Ashraf is an Assistance Professor of Clinical Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Board certified in both internal medicine and sleep medicine, she is actively involved with graduate medical education at IUSM, serving as mentor and educator with the internal medicine residency program as well as the sleep medicine fellowship program.

Dr. Ashraf’s clinical practice is with Eskenazi Health, the public hospital in Indianapolis, where she is one of only two sleep medicine physicians. She focuses primarily on the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in a subspecialty sleep medicine clinic, working with historically marginalized patients to overcome barriers to testing and treatment. Her passion lies in the education of patients, residents, and other healthcare providers in the recognition and appropriate treatment of common sleep disorders, with a special emphasis on providing tools for primary care providers to maximize their role in caring for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. She is uniquely qualified to approach sleep disorders as both a generalist and a subspecialist, having spent 5 years as a primary care provider and continuing to precept internal medicine residents in their weekly continuity clinic.

Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS

Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS
Professor of Ob/Gyn and Associate Dean for Women’s Health and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Gloria Bachmann is a nationally and internationally recognized physician who has moved health care to the next level in many areas. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she is a Professor of Ob/Gyn & Medicine, the Associate Dean for Women’s Health and the Co-director of the Women’s Health Institute. At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital -New Brunswick, she is the medical director of the PROUD Gender Center of NJ. For the NJ Reentry Commission, that serves previously incarcerated individuals, she is the medical director. As an active advocate for proper/accessible nutrition in all populations, especially the underserved, pregnant, LGBTQ+ and incarcerated/reentry individuals, she serves on the American Medical Women’s Association Food and Nutrition Task Force. In the area of women’s health, she has a long history of being the principal and co-principal investigator on several clinical trials, including federally funded NIH protocols. Data derived from her participation in multiple research trials has added extensively to the literature and to many advances in women’s health care. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Perlman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed her Ob/Gyn residency training at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Cruz, MD, FACOG

Amy Cruz, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Temple University Hospital, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Amy Cruz is an Assistant Professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Temple University Hospital, Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Westminster College in Pennsylvania. She then achieved her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lankenau Medical Center outside of Philadelphia.

Dr. Cruz is a clinician educator and holds several administrative roles within her department, including Medical Director of Labor and Delivery, Patient Safety and Quality Officer, and OB/GYN Associate Clerkship Director. Her primary interests are in resident and medical student education as well as improving maternal safety outcomes. Her research interests involve quality care improvement efforts in Obstetrics and Gynecology, particularly in maternal wellness and reducing severe maternal morbidity.

Mindy Fain, MD

Mindy Fain, MD
Anne & Alden Hart Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, University of Arizona Center on Aging
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Mindy Fain, MD is the Anne & Alden Hart Professor of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Nursing, board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine.  She is the co-Director of the University of Arizona Center on Aging, and the Division Chief of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine in the College of Medicine, at the University of Arizona.

Her areas of expertise include geriatrics and palliative medicine, dementia, frailty syndrome and resilience, interprofessional geriatric education and training, end of life care, caregiver support, and community-based care.  Her goal is to develop and disseminate high value models of health care and advance the health and wellness for older adults through integrated programs in interprofessional education and training, aging-related research, and clinical care. She is the co-director of the NIA R25 MSTEM THRIVE research education grant in aging, focused on supporting a pipeline of diverse students to successful careers in aging-related research.  She is committed to preparing the healthcare workforce to care for the growing numbers of older adults. 

Nathalie Foray, DO

Nathalie Foray, DO
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield Illinois

Dr. Foray is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Foray received her medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She then completed her Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary Medicine fellowship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Foray is certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Amongst Dr. Foray’s practice, she has special interests in Cystic Fibrosis, point-of-care ultrasound, and graduate medical education. Outside of medicine, Dr. Foray enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, experiencing new restaurants, and spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog.

Jessica Fraker, MD

Jessica Fraker, MD
Senior Associate Consultant and Instructor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona

Jessica Fraker, M.D., is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with a clinical focus on breast medicine.

Dr. Fraker attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Banner University Medical Center- Phoenix and was practicing in outpatient Internal Medicine primary care prior to focusing her clinical practice on breast health.

She currently practices in the breast clinic at Mayo Clinic, Arizona, where she is a Senior Associate Consultant in Women’s Health Internal Medicine, and an Instructor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Dr. Fraker’s clinical practice is focused on the care and evaluation of patients with breast concerns, including but not limited to: breast pain, masses, skin changes, nipple changes, nipple discharge, and abnormal imaging. She also sees patients with elevated risk for developing breast cancer and guides decisions regarding early detection and risk reduction for breast cancer.

Lara Hart, MD

Lara Hart, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Dr. Lara Hart is an obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in Athens, GA. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. In 2022 she became the 3rd year OB/Gyn Clerkship Coordinator for the partnership. Dr. Hart has a passion for teaching the next generation of medical providers, as well as interests in maternal health disparities, reproductive health policy, and LGBTQ+ healthcare access. She has provided care to the women of Georgia since graduating residency. Dr. Hart is involved with The Yonkofa Project, an NGO working to provide healthcare education and support to the people of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

Caring for patients at all stages of their reproductive lives is a passion of hers. Dr. Hart is always trying to improve her patient outcomes, while teaching the next generation of physicians how to provide the most compassionate care.

L. Renee Hilton-Rowe, MD, FACS, FASMBS


L. Renee Hilton-Rowe, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Associate Professor of Surgery, Section Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Dr. L. Renee Hilton-Rowe is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Medical Center. She is the Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Director of the Center of Obesity and Metabolism at Augusta University. She is the past ASMBS State Access to Care Representative for the state of Georgia and is currently serving as the President of the Georgia ASMBS state chapter. She will serve as President of GA ASMBS from 2022-2024. She is the Access to Care Committee Chair for ASMBS. She serves on numerous other committees within ASMBS as well as SAGES.

She completed her general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami and then fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Yale University. She serves in multiple leadership roles within the surgery department at Augusta University in addition to being section chief of MIS. She is also a Longitudinal Career Advisor for the Medical College of Georgia and currently advises over 150 medical students.
Her main professional and scientific interests focus on minimally invasive surgery of the foregut, bariatric surgery, complex reoperative bariatric surgery, access to care, adolescent bariatric surgery, racial disparities in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction, and achalasia, access to care, and advocacy.

She currently resides and practices in Augusta, Georgia. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, boating, traveling and pretty much any activity that involves the outdoors. You can find her on X @reneehilton30 and Instagram @reneehilton.md

Lydia Kaoutzani, MD

Lydia Kaoutzani, MD
PGY-6 Neurosurgery Resident at Wellstar MCG Health

Dr. Kaoutzani was born in Athens, Greece and then moved to Nicosia, Cyprus where she received her high school diploma from the Pagkyprio Gymnasium. She then moved to the United States where she received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry: Biochemistry from Boston University. She subsequently completed a master’s degree in Medical Science at Boston University School of Medicine. For the following two years she conducted research at the Department of Gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her medical degree at The University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School. Dr. Kaoutzani then completed two years of preliminary general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Currently she am in her sixth year of neurosurgery residency at Wellstar Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Health.

Rachel Kowal, MD

Rachel Kowal, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Rachel Kowal is a dermatopathologist, educator, mentor, and DEI champion at Indiana University. Dr. Kowal returned to academic medicine after nine years in private practice because she is passionate about medical student and resident education. In addition to signing out dermatopathology cases, she teaches pathology to 1st and 2nd medical students, and is responsible for statewide curriculum content and development for the pathology component of the pre-clinical basic science courses, as well as the director of medical student pathology electives. Dr. Kowal organized the first IU Women in Pathology Networking event, serves on the Executive Steering Committee and co-chair the Promotions Equity Committee for the IU Women’s Advisory Council. She is an appointed member of the DEI Faculty Leaders and Diversity Education in Pathology (DEP) Working Group, Association of Pathology Chairs, and Secretary for the Executive Committee, Central Group on Education Affairs I-DARE (Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, & Equity) Special Interest Group, AAMC.

Lillian Kreppel

Lillian Kreppel
Executive Director, Co-Founder and Cancer Thriver of HPV Cancers Alliance

When Lillian was diagnosed with stage II anal cancer in 2017, her response reflected her personality: “I don’t have time for this cancer. Let’s take care of this. Let’s get it done.”

Lillian and her doctors immediately identified her rigorous treatment program of chemoradiation therapy, and she assembled a huge support team of friends that was with her every step of the way. Her determination, positive attitude, and relentless spirit got her through the ordeal with her critical organs (and sense of humor!) intact.

Lillian’s personal experience with HPV related anal cancer profoundly influenced her to become an activist and a tireless advocate, and in the end a new mission and vision in life was born. She knew that she had a responsibility to empower the public and the medical communities through education, awareness, and advocacy, and that the time was, and is, NOW. Together with actress, Marcia Cross and businessman, Dan Lifton, they founded HPV Cancers Alliance in 2019.

Lillian/HPVCA is motivated, driven and committed to spreading knowledge and saving lives, in Lillian’s own words, “although HPV impacts nearly everyone, no one should die from this preventable virus”. She is a woman with an iron-sharp mission and vision, and the endless energy and dedication to achieve it.

Lillian is funny, outgoing, and a lover of life. She just hit her 5-year cancer free mark & considers herself now, an anal cancer thriver.

Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP

Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP
Medical Officer of Women’s Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Dr. Aasta Mehta, a renowned expert in women’s health, boasts a multifaceted background. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital and earned a Health Policy-focused Master’s from Drexel University. Her public health work is focused on the crossroads of healthcare and policy, particularly in women’s health advocacy.

Currently, Dr. Mehta serves as the Medical Officer of Women’s Health at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, overseeing policies to improve women’s health. She’s also a clinical faculty member in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn Medicine and an Affiliate Faculty at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, where she created a course addressing maternal mortality.

Her roles encompass directing the Philadelphia County Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Program, co-chairing the Pennsylvania State Maternal Mortality Review Committee and Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative Advisory Group. She is additionally Immediate Past President of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia and Secretary of the PA Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Nancy Phillips, MD

Nancy Phillips, MD
Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Research Investigator, IMA Research

Nancy Phillips is a Professor, Department of Obstetrics& Gynecology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey (Volunteer faculty) and member of their Women’s Health Institute. She is employed as a Clinical Research Investigator for IMA Research.  Her clinical and research interest is in vulvovaginal health,  genitourinary syndrome of menopause and vulvodynia as well as hormone therapy and pelvic pain. She is a Fellow in The International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders and serves on their North American Board. She is Senior Editorial Advisor for the journal, Case Reports in Women’s Health and an editor for Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.

Nancy Phillips completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University, Washington, DC, a Medical Degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University.

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD

Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgaber is President Emeritus of AMWATheresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA
AMWA Immediate Past-President 2023 – 2024

A California native, with a bachelor degree in chemistry from California State University, Long Beach, a medical degree from Weill College of Medicine at Cornell and a residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, she has been a teaching faculty member throughout NY and the Midwest. She joined the faculty at AU/UGA medical partnership in March, 2021.

Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber led efforts to improve the health of women with outreach programs, statewide collaborations, and influencing policy decisions. Her leadership positions have included being the first Hispanic woman to serve as president of the American Medical Women’s Association and vice-chair of the American Medical Association Women’s Physician Section. An inaugural Fellow of AMWA Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber has been the recipient of awards that include Outstanding Woman Leader, Innovations in Medicine, Exceptional Mentor, IU Trustee Teaching award, named a Woman of Influence and Excellence in Advocacy.

An internist, her clinical expertise is caring for adults and adolescents with eating disorders, primary care for adults and adolescents especially those with chronic conditions including childhood cancer survivors. Her emphasis is on wellness and the prevention of disease.

Barbara Simon, MD

Barbara Simon, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA

Dr. Barbara Simon is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA. She earned her medical degree from MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and endocrine fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University. She went on to serve as the Section Chief of Endocrinology at Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann Hospital where she also founded and served as Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director. She has a focus on GME and UME education, with clinical and research interests in diabetes. Now back at Thomas Jefferson University, she is the Endocrinology content director for the medical school curriculum, Associate Program Director for the Medicine Residency Program, and a Principal Investigator in several diabetes clinical trials. She has served as President of the Philadelphia Endocrine Society, been selected for Top Doctor, and has won numerous teaching awards.

Kate Stampler, DO

Kate Stampler, DO, FACOG
Division Chair of Gynecology, Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Assistant Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, Einstein Healthcare Network Philadelphia, Jefferson Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Kate Stampler is a Minimally Invasive and Advanced Pelvic Gynecologic Surgeon at Jefferson Einstein in Philadelphia specializing in endometriosis, fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a traditional rotating internship at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. She went on to complete residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lankenau Hospital and Minimally Invasive and Advance Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She currently serves as an Assistant Program Director for the OB/GYN residency at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Division Chair of Gynecology and Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. She also provides gender affirming gynecologic surgical services for their robust Pride Program. She has an interest in medical education, surgical quality and equitable, cost-effective care. She has been involved with AMWA since 2018 when she started as Poster Committee Chair and enjoys mentoring the students through leadership and research.

Hamer Titus, MD

Hamer Titus, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wellstar MCG Health, Augusta, Georgia

Hamer Titus grew up in the rural town of Latta, South Carolina, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She then went on to college at the University of South Carolina where she majored in chemistry- graduating Summa cum Laude. She also received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina. She did her OBGYN residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, and stayed on as academic faculty following her graduation in 2018. Dr. Titus has special interests in high risk obstetrics, infertility, and PCOS. She established the Bariatric Women’s Health Clinic with her surgery colleague Dr. Renee Hilton in September 2020.

Business Plenary & Managed Care Plenary

Wendy Cox-Largent, MBA, CPA

Wendy Cox-Largent, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Wendy Cox-Largent has spent the last 30 years in leadership roles for healthcare, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Currently serving as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer for Medical Home Network in Chicago, Wendy is responsible for the data analytics, compliance and human resources teams and all finance strategies. Wendy has extensive experience in finance strategy, operations, financial performance, and hospital/physician contract negotiations.

Prior to MHN, Wendy served as the CFO for the Rush University Medical Group and held various roles at the SIU School of Medicine, including Senior Associate Provost for Finance and Administration. She also had the opportunity to serve as the CEO for two FQHCs in Chicago. Early in her career, Wendy worked at E&Y and Lurie Children’s Hospital.

She has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University in Bloomington, a MBA, with a Health Care Management Concentration, from DePaul University and is a registered CPA. She and her husband reside in Chicago.

Maria Todd, PhD, MHA

Maria Todd, PhD, MHA
Administrator, Robotic Orthopaedic Institute
Consultant, (Managed Care, Business Development)

Dr. Maria Todd is a distinguished authority in the fields of healthcare business administration, health tourism, and managed care, bringing an impressive track record of over forty years in transforming international healthcare policies, business development, reimbursement strategies, and operational efficiencies.

With an unparalleled expertise, she has contributed extensively to the evolution of healthcare management through her authorship of 23 internationally-published, peer-reviewed textbooks and thousands of insightful articles, establishing her as a leading voice in healthcare reform and management.

As a highly respected speaker, group practice administrator, and international consultant, Dr. Todd is regularly called upon by healthcare organizations and governments across the globe to provide strategic guidance and innovative solutions. Her work not only bridges the gap between healthcare management and clinical excellence but also promotes sustainable healthcare models that prioritize patient care and cost-effectiveness.

Dr. Todd’s contributions have been instrumental in driving forward-thinking approaches in the healthcare sector, making her an invaluable asset to any discussion on healthcare improvement and strategic development.

Sex and Gender Impact on Healthcare

Deborah Gomez Kwolek, MD, FACP, FAMWA, MSCP

Deborah Gomez Kwolek, MD, FACP, FAMWA, MSCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Deborah Gomez Kwolek, MD, FACP, FAMWA, MSCP, is a nationally recognized leader in women’s health and sex and gender based medical education and clinical care. She is the founding lead of the Women’s Health and Sex and Gender Medicine Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and is co-editor of the textbook, “Sex- and Gender- based Women’s Health: A practical guide for primary care”.

Dr. Gomez Kwolek currently serves as the Chair of the AMWA/ Sex and Gender Health Collaborative and oversees their national student project education project to bring women’s health and sex and gender medicine more fully into medical curricula. Dr. Kwolek is the recipient of the 2023 iGIANT Champion award for outstanding contributions to gendered innovation and design, and is committed to mentoring students, trainees and junior faculty with the goal of improving the health of patients through innovations in medical education.

Alyson McGregor, MD, MA

Alyson McGregor, MD, MA, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean of Clinical Faculty Affairs and Development, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine Greenville

Alyson J. McGregor, MD MA FACEP is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and currently serves as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Development at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. Dr. McGregor was the co-founder and Director for the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on biological sex differences and its impact on women’s health and was recently awarded an Honorary Degree in Science by the University of New Hampshire for her life’s work.

Dr. McGregor currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee Research on Women’s Health for the Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health. She is a Co-Founder of the national organization Sex and Gender Health Collaborative and serves on the Advisory Council to the Sex and Gender Health Education Summit series which is designed to establish an integrative sex and gender curriculum for current and future health professionals. In her new role at School of Medicine Greenville, Dr. McGregor is responsible for the development of over 1300 clinical faculty for which she has established novel programs for Emerging Leaders, a Clinical Educator Teaching Academy and recently was awarded an NIH R25 Grant for the project Sex and Gender Curricular Assessment and Revision (SG-CAR).

Dr. McGregor’s TEDx talk, “Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women,” currently has over 2 million views and her award-winning book “Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women’s Health and What We Can Do About It”. Dr. McGregor is excited to have recently published her second book entitled “Why Women Aren’t Wining at Health (But Can)” Published by WorldChangers Media.

Connie Newman, MD, MACP

Connie Newman, MD, MACP, FAMWA
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine

Connie Newman, MD, MACP, FAMWA, an endocrinologist, is MWIA Vice President, North America; Past President, AMWA; Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Medicine; member, FDA Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee; and Chair, Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood, Northern, Central, Southern New Jersey. She advocates for access to high quality reproductive health services for all people. Dr. Newman is a leading proponent of sex and gender- based healthcare and co-edited “How Sex and Gender Impact Clinical Practice: An Evidence Based Guide to Patient Care”, Elsevier 2021. She is an expert in cholesterol management, and chaired committees for the AHA Scientific Statement on statin safety and Endocrine Society guideline on dyslipidemia. She also writes and lectures on reproductive rights, health equity, challenges facing women in medicine, and burnout. Dr Newman has three children and lives in NJ and Oxford, UK.

Kim Templeton, MD

Dr. Templeton is a leading advocate for women's health.

Kimberly Templeton, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, FAMWA 
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, University of Kansas Medical Center-Kansas City

Dr. Templeton is past president of AMWA, and during her tenure she started the work of the Association on physician wellbeing. She is the founding chair of the AMWA Sex and Gender Health Collaborative and co-chair of the AMWA Opioid Addiction in Women Task Force. Dr. Templeton is a member of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health Advisory Committee and is the senior AMWA representative to the AAMC Council on Faculty and Academic Societies. Dr. Templeton was recognized with the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health in 2022. In 2023, Dr. Templeton received NIH funding to host a meeting of musculoskeletal journal editors to discuss ways to improve reporting of sex and gender disaggregated data in orthopaedic research. Dr. Templeton is professor and vice chair of orthopaedic surgery and associate dean for continuing medical education at the University of Kansas in Kansas City.

Janice Werbinski, MD

Janice Werbinski, MD, FACOG, FAMWA
Associate Clinical Professor Emerita of OBGtn, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Board-certified in ObGyn, she practiced gynecology, surgery, and women’s health in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 40 years. During clinical years, she served as Medical Director of Bronson Women’s Center, Borgess Women’s Health, and the YWCA (SANE) Sexual Assault Center. Now Clinical Associate Professor Emerita at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine, she teaches sex and gender specific medicine there, and has written an iBook and several peer-reviewed articles on the topic.

She is a founder of the Sex and Gender Health Collaborative of AMWA, and she served as the 2021 President of AMWA. For over 10 years, she has led the Collaborative in efforts to infuse concepts of sex and gender specific medicine into medical and interprofessional curricula.

Most recent Collaborative efforts have been infused with the enthusiasm of over 200 medical students who are creating peer reviewed educational toolkits with the goal of introducing these into curricula.

GME Symposium

Carol Bernstein, MD

Carol Bernstein, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Faculty Development and Wellbeing
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine;
Past President, American Psychiatric Association
Senior Scholar, Department of Education and Organizational Development, ACGME

Carol A. Bernstein, M.D. is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Wellbeing, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Montefiore Medical Center /Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also a Senior Scholar in the Department of Education and Organizational Development for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She was previously Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry at NYU. From 2001-2011, Dr. Bernstein also served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official for ACGME accredited training programs at NYU. Dr. Bernstein is a Past-President of the American Psychiatric Association and served the Association as Vice-President, Treasurer and Trustee-at-Large and as the chair of multiple committees.

Dr. Bernstein completed medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following an internship in internal medicine at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Center in New York, she completed her psychiatric residency training at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Bernstein is active in many national psychiatric associations in addition to the APA – these include the American College of Psychiatrists where she is currently the Treasurer of the Board of Regents, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, among others.

Natalie Holick, JD


Natalie Holick, JD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Integrity & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer, University of Kansas

Natalie Holick is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Integrity & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer for the University of Kansas, overseeing regulatory compliance for all 5 KU campuses. Natalie has a juris doctorate from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Before becoming the Associate Vice Chancellor for Integrity & Compliance in 2021, Natalie was the Chief Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator for the University of Kansas Medical Center campuses. Prior to her employment with KU, Natalie worked as a labor and employment attorney for 13 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Natalie maintains an active membership with the Virginia State Bar.

Lauren McKown, JD

Lauren McKown, JD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX, University of Kansas

Lauren joined KU as Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX in June 2022; the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX became a One University office in January of 2023, assuming jurisdiction of the University of Kansas Medical Center. She previously served as Title IX Coordinator at Northern Virginia Community College, where she administered the college’s Title IX grievance procedure, provided support measures for reports of sexual misconduct and built Title IX awareness and compliance programs for the institution’s six campuses. In that position, she also volunteered as a search advocate and Acting Threat Assessment Team Chair.

From 2018-2020, Lauren was the Director for the Center of Accommodation and Access/Title IX Coordinator at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where she spread awareness about disability and gender/sex related issues in the classroom and on campus, developed a team Title IX personnel and built a strong network of colleagues. From 2016-2018, Lauren served as the Director for Compliance and Director for Equal Opportunity and Diversity/Title IX Coordinator at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX, where she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the DEA for commitment to the opioid crisis at the border.

Prior to working in higher education, Lauren worked at Boston area family law firms including, Foley & MacAdie, P.C. and Helman & Neustadt. Lauren remains an attorney in good standing with the Massachusetts Bar. Lauren serves as the secretary of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) Diversity Committee.

Kim Templeton, MD

Dr. Templeton is a leading advocate for women's health.Kimberly Templeton, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, FAMWA Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, University of Kansas Medical Center-Kansas City

Dr. Templeton is past president of AMWA, and during her tenure she started the work of the Association on physician wellbeing. She is the founding chair of the AMWA Sex and Gender Health Collaborative and co-chair of the AMWA Opioid Addiction in Women Task Force. Dr. Templeton is a member of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health Advisory Committee and is the senior AMWA representative to the AAMC Council on Faculty and Academic Societies. Dr. Templeton was recognized with the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health in 2022. In 2023, Dr. Templeton received NIH funding to host a meeting of musculoskeletal journal editors to discuss ways to improve reporting of sex and gender disaggregated data in orthopaedic research. Dr. Templeton is professor and vice chair of orthopaedic surgery and associate dean for continuing medical education at the University of Kansas in Kansas City.

Gala

Mary Rorro, DO

Mary Rorro, DO
Chair of AMWA Music and Medicine Committee

Dr. Mary Rorro graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, and received their first ever Performing Arts Prize. She was Chief Resident and Resident of the Year (from Pfizer) during her residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She completed an Addictions Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She is a psychiatrist caring for veterans in the New Jersey Dept. of Veterans Affairs VA Healthcare system and is also a musician, songwriter/composer and poet.

She writes poetry based on themes of posttraumatic stress disorder and war to help veterans in their journey toward healing. Her poetry has been therapeutic for her patients and has been published in numerous journals, and she has been published twice in the Royal Entomological Society Journal “Antenna.”

Dr. Rorro’s music program for veterans, “A Few Good Notes,” is featured on WQXR radio, former classical music station of The New York Times and the WNYC website, the American Psychiatric Association, the Dr. Oz website and AOL‘s Homepage for Heroes. She has presented her work at numerous conferences.

She was instrumental in helping create the Guitar Instruction Group in her VA, which provides free guitars and lessons for veterans, and performs with Veteran musicians on viola.

Dr. Rorro is a featured physician in the book “Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine,” as “The Violin Doc.” Dr. Rorro was inducted into the National Italian American Hall of Fame in the same year with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Samuel Alito, Jr. She received the Bronze Medal of Saints Maurice and Lazarus for charitable works from the Royal Order of Savoy, Italy as a Devotee of Merit.

Dr. Rorro is Chair of the Music and Medicine and Co-Chair of the Humanities Committee of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA.) Dr. Rorro composed and performed the Centennial Theme Song “Physicians, Healers” for the Centennial of the American Medical Women’s Association and Medical Women’s International Association conference in New York, 2019.

She spearheaded the “Humanities and Healing: An Arts in Medicine Journal” along with members of her committee. She has composed Anthems for international organizations, including AMWA, Filitalia, and A Chance in Life. She performs her songs for Veterans at Princeton University Chapel every year. She is invited to present a concert “Songs that Heal and Comfort” of her songs at St. Peter’s University as a benefit concert for Veterans in November, 2024. She has presented her work at international conferences.

She developed several of her songs and “Physicians Healers,” “Answering the Call” and “Meeting the Moment,” in collaboration with her committee members, into a YouTube video to honor healthcare heroes around the world in their mission to care for patients every day, and as they combat COVID-19. She recruited women physicians, medical and premedical students, nurses and other healthcare providers to perform and be featured through photos in their roles as women in medicine and healthcare.

She won the International Planetree Patient-Centered Excellence and Innovation Award. She is the recipient of a Jefferson Award, which is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition program for volunteer/public service, and the official recognition program of the United States Senate.

Dr. Rorro received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award from The White House and President Biden through the American Medical Women’s Association and AmeriCorps for her volunteer work with AMWA and for Veterans.

She was inducted as a Dame into The Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jersusalem at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Investiture Mass by Cardinal Fernando Filoni from the Vatican on October 14, 2023.

Sydelle Ross, MD

Sydelle Ross, MD, D.ABA
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician, New Jersey Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Dr. Sydelle Ross is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist who practices hospice and palliative medicine in the NJ Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Dr. Ross received her medical degree from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Campus, and later completed fellowship training in pain medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

As a, classically trained vocalist, Dr Ross incorporates music into her medical practice as a way of providing comfort to patients who are battling life-threatening illnesses.

She is the host of a podcast Prescriptions In Song which promotes awareness of the healing potential of music. Dr. Ross is a member of the music and medicine committee of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and served on the executive committee for the inaugural issue of the Arts In Medicine Journal- a collaboration between AMWA and Rutger’s University Women’s Health Institute in NJ. Dr. Ross is also a physician contributor to the publication Artists Remaking Medicine – The Practice of Imagination and the Power to Create a Better Healthcare Future.

Workshops

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams
Medical Student, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Elizabeth Adams grew up in northern New Jersey before completing her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University. There, she studied psychology and graduated Summa Cum Laude. When in college, she developed her interest in anti-human trafficking efforts when she began working with survivors of sex trafficking. Prior to starting medical school, Elizabeth dedicated two years to developing her skills in translational and clinical research as a Clinical Research Coordinator at The Ohio State University. When she began medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she continued her work in anti-human trafficking efforts. Today, she serves as the Education and Research Chair in AMWA Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) organization.

Tara Ahmadi, MD, MPH

Tara Ahmadi, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Resident, OB track(PGY-1), Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency, Seattle WA

Tara Ahmadi, MD MPH is a first-year family medicine resident at Swedish First Hill program, in Seattle Washington. Tara received her undergraduate degree in chemical biology from UC Berkeley, and her master’s in Public Health and Biomedical Sciences from Tufts University School of Medicine, where she also did her medical school training.

She is currently finishing a certificate program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Her passions are working with immigrant and refugee populations, building stronger communities, advocacy for LGBTQIA+ communities, working with unhoused populations, incarcerated individuals, the health of individuals identifying as woman or individuals with a uterus and cervix – and reproductive justice. She has done public health research on HIV both locally (MA) and globally (Namibia).

As a former member of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) lab, she did qualitative research on HPV vaccination attitudes and experiences among transgender and gender diverse young adults assigned female at birth (AFAB). She is excited about bringing narrative medicine to her training and using her narrative medicine experience in her medical career. After all, stories are one of the most powerful ways of connecting with one another.

Bisi Alli, DO, MS

Adebisi (Bisi) Alli, DO, MS, FACP, dipABLM
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Principal, WellNEST Medicine
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix
Board of Directors, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
Advance Coach & AMWA Liaison, American College of Physicians (ACP)
ACP National Representative, Women’s Wellness through Equity & Leadership Program
HEAL Scholar & Payor Strategy Subcommittee Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Adebisi (Bisi) Alli is a dual board-certified Internal Medicine & Lifestyle Medicine physician and quality improvement and patient safety expert as a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt.

As Principal of WellNEST Medicine, she is passionate about empowering people and organizations to prioritize lifestyle medicine through quality improvement and culture changes.

Formerly, she was an Assistant Professor for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Consultant for the Division of Women’s Health Internal Medicine.

As a Michigan native, she moved to Arizona for residency training. In continuation of her chief resident year, she served as inaugural medical director for the residency clinic she launched through the Phoenix VA Healthcare System & as an Associate Program Director for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Alli earned her LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt for formalizing and spreading multi-hospital quality improvement and patient safety innovations, including a resident-directed curriculum with system-level interventions with promotion of just and fair culture. This program was recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Association of American Medical Colleges, Joint Commission, Veterans Integrated Services Network, and American College of Physicians. Similarly, she has developed advance care planning initiatives with clinicians across the state of Arizona to prioritize outpatient discussions about goals of care & I-DARE curriculum integration at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine with related peer-reviewed publications, talks, and workshops. Dr. Alli serves as a coach and mentor for underrepresented medical students, residents, and attendings to promote successful career navigation and wellness. Previous awards include the 2021 Arizona Chapter ACP Women in Medicine Award, 2021 Women in Medicine I Stand with Her Award, 2020 AMWA Exceptional Mentor Award, 2019 AMA Inspiration Award, and 2017 ACP Early Career Physician.

She has been proudly re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Women’s Association, represents the American College of Physicians for the national Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership (WEL) Program, and serves on the Payer Strategy Subcommittee of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Puneet Anand, MBBS

Puneet Anand, MBBS 
Physician, Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Dr. Puneet Anand is currently serving as the Education and Research Co-Chair for the American Medical Women’s Association – Physicians Against Trafficking Humans committee. Her commitment to health equity began in medical school when she founded a student-based volunteering organization to improve healthcare access for underserved communities. This experience led to a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by sex workers in accessing healthcare and their reintegration into society. Since then, she has been dedicated to the cause, and working tirelessly for awareness of this human rights issue and uplifting the voices of survivors. Previous leadership roles have allowed her to be a reliable ally and advocate for her patients at risk for harm from trafficking. Through her work as an educator and advocate, Puneet hopes to make a tangible difference in the lives of survivors of trafficking and other forms of exploitation and in reaching a more equitable healthcare system for the most vulnerable in society.

She is currently pursuing a residency in Pediatrics with a focus on enhancing healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations, including victims of child abuse, immigrant communities, and individuals with disabilities.

Paulina Awuah

Paulina Awuah
MS4, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Paulina Awuah is a passionate fourth-year, first generation, medical student at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. As both a recipient and giver of mentorship, she has been fortunate to benefit from the wisdom of experienced mentors, and in turn, has actively contributed to the growth and development of aspiring medical professionals, particularly women. Paulina Awuah has continued her commitment to advancing diversity in medicine as reflected not only in her academic pursuits but also in her role as a mentor. Through her dedicated efforts in her community, she has been able to establish a successful mentorship program that has been reasonable for building lasting mentorship pairs. Additionally, she has been able to work on a national level through The Student National Medical Association to serve as a mentor in research development.

Viv Babber, MD

Viv Babber, MD 
Physician Advisor, Healthcare Innovation, Media and Real Estate

Dr. Viv Babber is an accomplished physician leader and advisor with extensive experience in media, marketing, and real estate. She is deeply committed to healthcare innovation and excels in coaching others to succeed in navigating diverse non-clinical arenas with finesse. Dr. Babber’s passion for education is evident in her impactful mentorship of students, residents, and physician colleagues throughout her career.

Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS

Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS
Professor of Ob/Gyn and Associate Dean for Women’s Health and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Gloria Bachmann is a nationally and internationally recognized physician who has moved health care to the next level in many areas. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she is a Professor of Ob/Gyn & Medicine, the Associate Dean for Women’s Health and the Co-director of the Women’s Health Institute. At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital -New Brunswick, she is the medical director of the PROUD Gender Center of NJ. For the NJ Reentry Commission, that serves previously incarcerated individuals, she is the medical director. As an active advocate for proper/accessible nutrition in all populations, especially the underserved, pregnant, LGBTQ+ and incarcerated/reentry individuals, she serves on the American Medical Women’s Association Food and Nutrition Task Force. In the area of women’s health, she has a long history of being the principal and co-principal investigator on several clinical trials, including federally funded NIH protocols. Data derived from her participation in multiple research trials has added extensively to the literature and to many advances in women’s health care. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Perlman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed her Ob/Gyn residency training at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH

Eileen BarrettDr. Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FAMWA, SFHM, MACP
President-elect designee, American Medical Women’s Association

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, is a rural internal medicine hospitalist and Faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She received her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MD at Georgetown University, and completed internal medicine residency at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. She completed a Rural Faculty Development Fellowship through the University of Arizona in 2009 and a Medical Justice and Advocacy Fellowship through Morehouse School of Medicine and the American Medical Association in 2022. She is a former New Mexico Chapter President and multistate District Chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine, former Advocacy Chair of the American Medical Women’s Association, and former New Mexico Chapter Governor, and current Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians.

Maria Bucco, DO

Maria Bucco, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Maria Bucco has been practicing general Internal Medicine for over 3 decades. She has always cherished the humanities, obtaining a double major in biology and Italian language and literature as an undergraduate. While she completed her premed curriculum and a research project, the studies in the Italian department sustained her soul.

In recent years, with all the changes that have impacted medical care delivery, she was introduced to Narrative Medicine, and has completed the CPA program at Columbia University. Dr Bucco once again found her solace in the humanities, studying various works of art in community with other healthcare givers. She has had the pleasure of doing this work with the hospice team at her institution.

As she now teaches clinical skills at her alma mater, she infuses her instruction with the humanities, offering another perspective to her students.

Caitlin Cavarocchi, MM

Caitlin Cavarocchi, MM
MS1 – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Caitlin Cavarocchi, MM, is a first-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA. With a background deeply rooted in music, Caitlin has spent years fine-tuning her skills as a musician and obtaining a Masters in Vocal Performance at Westminster Choir College. Driven by a desire to blend their love for music with a commitment to helping others, Caitlin has embarked on a journey into the world of medicine. As a first-year student, she currently holds position as Co-President of PCOM’s AMWA Chapter, VP of the ENT Club, and more. In pursuit of a medical degree, Caitlin is eager to combine her passion for music with her newfound knowledge of medicine, seeking innovative ways to use music as a therapeutic tool for patients.

Natalie Crawford, MD

Natalie Crawford, MD
Board certified OBGYN & REI, co-founder Fora Fertility, Affiliate Clinical Faculty University of Texas Dell Medical School, Department of Women’s Health, Austin, Texas

Natalie Crawford, MD is co-founder of Fora Fertility, a boutique fertility practice in Austin, Texas and is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is an Affiliate Clinical Professor of Women’s Health at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Crawford completed her undergraduate education at Auburn University obtaining a degree in Nutrition Science, Medical School at University of Texas Medical Branch, Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Texas Southwestern, and Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of North Carolina, concurrently obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Research. She is passionate about educating and empowering women on Instagram and TikTok @nataliecrawfordmd, twitter @ncrawfordmd, You Tube “Natalie Crawford, MD”, and she is the host of the “As a Woman” podcast. Dr. Crawford is co-founder of Pinnacle, a professional network for women in medicine focused on leadership and education.

Audrey Elegbede, PhD, PCC

Audrey Elegbede, PhD, PCC
Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Enterprise Administrative Director for Education, Training and Mentoring & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center

Audrey M. Elegbede, PhD, PCC currently serves as Enterprise Administrator for Education, Training and Mentoring & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility. She joined Mayo Clinic in 2021 after 25 years in higher education instruction and administration and she holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Medical Education with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. A cultural anthropologist by training, Dr. Elegbede holds subject matter expertise in ethnic studies, gender studies, and disability inclusion. An impassioned educator, Dr. Elegbede is also a credentialed professional coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. She was a Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Scholar with the Institute for Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and AAMC LEAD Fellow 2022-2023. Her research interests include intersectionality; the impact of identity on access to resources and care; neurodiversity and autism spectrum disorders; culturally responsive and liberatory pedagogy; cultural humility; mindful leadership development; and coaching as pedagogy.

Susan Hingle, MD

Susan Hingle, MD
AMWA President-Elect 2023 – 2024, AMWA Board of Directors

Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, is president-elect of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and has served on the Board of Directors for the past four years. Dr. Hingle is committed to advancing women in medicine, changing the culture of medicine, and assuring that women physicians thrive.

As contributor to the AMWA/ Korn Ferry Women in Medicine report, Women in Medicine: Setting the Agenda for Change, Co-chair for AMWA’s 2022 Annual Meeting, and senior author on the ACP policy paper on gender equity in physician compensation and career advancement, Dr. Hingle strongly believes that we must focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as physician well-being and fulfillment, if we are going to be able to reach our full potential as individuals, organizations, and as a profession.

Dr. Hingle is an Internal Medicine specialist and a Professor of Medicine, who serves as Associate Dean for Human and Organizational Potential, Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities, 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 and completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. Dr. Hingle was awarded the AMWA Elizabeth Blackwell Career Award in 2021 and was recognized as an AMWA Inspire Awardee this past September.

Other awards received include the Golden Apple Award, the Excellence in Teaching Outstanding Teacher Award, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Most Influential Faculty Award, and the Chair’s Resilience Award. Dr. Hingle was honored with ACP’s McDonald Award for Young Physicians and was recognized with the John Tooker Evergreen Award for Chapter Innovation. In addition to her commitment to AMWA, 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 the Board of Governors.

Farzana Hoque, MD

Farzana Hoque, MD, MRCP, FACP, FRCP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Farzana Hoque, MD, MRCP, FACP, FRCP is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She also serves as the inaugural Medical Director of Bordley Tower at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Dr. Hoque has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Caring Physician Award, the Attending of the Quarter Award, and the Excellence in Professionalism Award from Saint Louis University Hospital. She was honored with the Clinical Award: Physician of the Year by SSM Health, representing the solo physician selected from all hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri. Additionally, she was recognized as a ’40 Under 40′ honoree by the St. Louis Business Journal. The American College of Physicians has selected Dr. Hoque to receive the Young Achiever Award for three consecutive years.

Dr. Hoque is the President of the Society of Hospital Medicine St. Louis Chapter. She has been invited as a speaker at 60 regional, national, and international conferences.

Christina Kelly, MD, FAAFP

Christina Kelly, MD, FAAFP
Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Christina Kelly, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician and Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

Christina has extensive experience in curricular innovation, leadership development, and change management. As a military spouse, Christina has lived and practiced around the country, providing patient care through various health systems and broadening her understanding of human-centered care approaches. These experiences prepare and inspire her to advocate for and impact change in healthcare for patients and communities.

Christina received her medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her family medicine residency and obstetrics fellowship at Tacoma Family Medicine.

Eve Makoff, MD

Eve Makoff, MD
Regional Medical Director, AltaMED PACE, Los Angeles

Eve Makoff, MD is an internal medicine and palliative care physician, and the Regional Medical Director of the AltaMed PACE program for low-income elderly patients. She has a master’s degree in English and Comparative literature from Columbia, a certificate in narrative medicine from Columbia, and is pursuing her master’s degree in narrative medicine at Keck-USC. She has published in Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Annals of Emergency Medicine, CMAJ, Doximity, KevinMD, OnlySky, PULSE, The Brown Medical Journal of Humanities, The Manifest-Station, and the CAPC blog. She has upcoming publications pending in Narrative, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and the collection “The Perfect Doctor: Stories about the ideals and reality of being a doctor.” She lives in Los Angeles with her family. 

Amarillis Martin, MD

Amarillis Martin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

Dr. Martin is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric intensivist. Her interest in lifestyle, community, and equitable health has led her to provide medical education and care to underserved communities throughout the United States and abroad to countries such as Cameroon, China, Chad, Malawi, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Martin has published research on women, racial, and ethnic disparities in medicine and has been an invited speaker at various avenues.

She is part of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Women in Medicine Valuing Equity (WAVE) group, and has been involved in the Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare CME course provided by Harvard University. Dr. Martin strives to empower children, young medical professionals, and the community at large from all backgrounds to achieve good health and to make a positive difference in their lives and in their communities.

Marion McCrary, MD

Marion McCrary, MD, FACP
Clinical Associate, Department of Medicine, Duke University
Associate Director, GME Professional Development Coaching Program, Duke University

Marion M. McCrary MD FACP is a primary care internal medicine physician at Duke Signature Care in North Carolina. She is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and serves as the Associate Director of the Duke GME Professional Development Coaching program.

In addition to her day jobs, she is a state and national leader with the American College of Physicians (ACP) and serves as the Governor for the NC ACP chapter. She is honored to be Lead Faculty for the AMWA’s ELEVATE and EVOLVE Certificate in Leadership programs for female physicians and residents. She is also an incoming member of the AMWA Board of Directors.

She is the co-founder of the Writers Wellness Workshop, a monthly narrative medicine series open to all doctors and medical students. In addition, she loves amplifying physician stories on ResetMD, a podcast she and several ACP Well-being Champions started in 2020.

Mikayla Mefford

Mikayla Mefford 
Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Mikayla Mefford is a third-year medical student at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine and is currently serving as the Research and Education Co-chair for AMWA-PATH. Prior to her medical studies, Mikayla was part of a specialized team at a diabetes research institute, focusing on pregnancy-related cases. She played a significant role in leading a community-based diabetes education program and volunteered her time at an organization dedicated to providing medical care to underserved communities through pop-up clinics.

Mikayla’s association with AMWA began two years ago when she took the initiative to organize a ‘Learn to Identify and Fight Trafficking (LIFT)’ training at her home institution. Simultaneously, she co-coordinated a leadership retreat aimed at empowering high school women who are underrepresented in the medical field. In the past year, Mikayla has been an active volunteer intern with AMWA-PATH. Her contributions include developing informational flyers on human trafficking reporting laws across various states and assisting other institutions in organizing LIFT trainings. In her current role with AMWA-PATH, Mikayla is driven by her ambition to expand the existing anti-trafficking curriculum across medical schools nationwide. She strongly believes in equipping future physicians with the crucial skills to identify and provide care for individuals affected by trafficking. Mikayla is enthusiastic about continuing her journey in women’s health, contributing significantly to the combat against trafficking.

Pamela Mehta, MD

Pamela Mehta, MD
Owner and founder, Resilience Orthopedics
Co-founder Pinnacle, Women in Medicine
CMO Good Feet

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and founder of Resilience Orthopedics, a concierge Orthopedics practice in San Jose, California. With over a decade of experience post residency at Columbia University, Dr. Mehta is an expert in advanced surgical techniques for the treatment of knee, shoulder, hip, and hand pathology. She is passionate about women designing a life on their own terms when it comes to career and family, is active on her social media platforms and recently started her YouTube channel to promote musculoskeletal education.

Outside of clinical medicine, Dr. Mehta has earned multiple accolades, including being named Chief of Orthopedics and National Orthopedic Director for Surgical Affiliates Management Group from 2016 to 2019. She has also served as medical advisor to several companies. She has been featured in Buzzfeed, Medscape, Well & Good, and on local network television as an expert in athlete injuries.

Pooja Patel, MS

Pooja Patel, MS, BS
Graduate Researcher, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Women’s Health Institute

Pooja K. Patel pursued her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Temple University in 2021. During her early academic years, she delved into researching the neuropathological effects of alcoholism on the blood brain barrier in Dr. Yuri Persidsky’s lab. This pivotal experience, coupled with her postgraduate research on breast and ovarian cancers at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, sparked her multi-faceted interests in research and medicine. Recently, she completed her graduate studies in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University, where she works as a Graduate Intern under the mentorship of Dr. Gloria Bachmann. Pooja is actively involved with the Robert Wood Johnson Women’s Health Institute and the PROUD Gender Center, exploring understudied clinical topics in women’s health and spreading awareness of various LGBTQ+ initiatives, respectively. As Pooja navigates through her professional journey, her dedication to community outreach and health advocacy remains at the core of her vision to serve humanity.

Nancy Phillips, MD

Nancy Phillips, MD
Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Research Investigator, IMA Research

Nancy Phillips is a Professor, Department of Obstetrics& Gynecology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey (Volunteer faculty) and member of their Women’s Health Institute. She is employed as a Clinical Research Investigator for IMA Research.  Her clinical and research interest is in vulvovaginal health,  genitourinary syndrome of menopause and vulvodynia as well as hormone therapy and pelvic pain. She is a Fellow in The International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders and serves on their North American Board. She is Senior Editorial Advisor for the journal, Case Reports in Women’s Health and an editor for Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.

Nancy Phillips completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University, Washington, DC, a Medical Degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University.

Mary Rorro, DO

Mary Rorro, DO
Chair of AMWA Music and Medicine Committee

Dr. Mary Rorro graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, and received their first ever Performing Arts Prize. She was Chief Resident and Resident of the Year (from Pfizer) during her residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She completed an Addictions Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She is a psychiatrist caring for veterans in the New Jersey Dept. of Veterans Affairs VA Healthcare system and is also a musician, songwriter/composer and poet.

She writes poetry based on themes of posttraumatic stress disorder and war to help veterans in their journey toward healing. Her poetry has been therapeutic for her patients and has been published in numerous journals, and she has been published twice in the Royal Entomological Society Journal “Antenna.”

Dr. Rorro’s music program for veterans, “A Few Good Notes,” is featured on WQXR radio, former classical music station of The New York Times and the WNYC website, the American Psychiatric Association, the Dr. Oz website and AOL‘s Homepage for Heroes. She has presented her work at numerous conferences.

She was instrumental in helping create the Guitar Instruction Group in her VA, which provides free guitars and lessons for veterans, and performs with Veteran musicians on viola.

Dr. Rorro is a featured physician in the book “Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine,” as “The Violin Doc.” Dr. Rorro was inducted into the National Italian American Hall of Fame in the same year with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Samuel Alito, Jr. She received the Bronze Medal of Saints Maurice and Lazarus for charitable works from the Royal Order of Savoy, Italy as a Devotee of Merit.

Dr. Rorro is Chair of the Music and Medicine and Co-Chair of the Humanities Committee of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA.) Dr. Rorro composed and performed the Centennial Theme Song “Physicians, Healers” for the Centennial of the American Medical Women’s Association and Medical Women’s International Association conference in New York, 2019.

She spearheaded the “Humanities and Healing: An Arts in Medicine Journal” along with members of her committee. She has composed Anthems for international organizations, including AMWA, Filitalia, and A Chance in Life. She performs her songs for Veterans at Princeton University Chapel every year. She is invited to present a concert “Songs that Heal and Comfort” of her songs at St. Peter’s University as a benefit concert for Veterans in November, 2024. She has presented her work at international conferences.

She developed several of her songs and “Physicians Healers,” “Answering the Call” and “Meeting the Moment,” in collaboration with her committee members, into a YouTube video to honor healthcare heroes around the world in their mission to care for patients every day, and as they combat COVID-19. She recruited women physicians, medical and premedical students, nurses and other healthcare providers to perform and be featured through photos in their roles as women in medicine and healthcare.

She won the International Planetree Patient-Centered Excellence and Innovation Award. She is the recipient of a Jefferson Award, which is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition program for volunteer/public service, and the official recognition program of the United States Senate.

Dr. Rorro received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award from The White House and President Biden through the American Medical Women’s Association and AmeriCorps for her volunteer work with AMWA and for Veterans.

She was inducted as a Dame into The Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jersusalem at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Investiture Mass by Cardinal Fernando Filoni from the Vatican on October 14, 2023.

Ankita Sagar, MD, MPH

Ankita Sagar, MD, MPH, FACP
System Vice President for Clinical Standards and Variation Reduction, Physician Enterprise
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Creighton University
Chair-Elect, Council of Early Career Physicians, American College of Physicians

Ankita Sagar, MD, MPH, FACP, is a board-certified Internal Medicine Physician specializing in ambulatory primary care. As the System Vice President for Clinical Standards & Variation Reduction at CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the US, Dr. Sagar leads with expertise in quality improvement, evidence-based medicine, and clinical program development. Her dedication to improving healthcare management and delivery has driven transformative changes within her organization, positively impacting patient outcomes and clinical team experience. 

Dr. Sagar’s clinical interests encompass ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship, post-COVID sequelae, cancer screening, and continuum of care for cancer survivors. Her knowledge of health and public policy has made her an influential voice in advocating for clinician well-being and equity. And she has earned recognition for her work, including the 2020 American College of Physicians Laureate Award and the INSPIRE Award by the American Medical Women’s Association, celebrating her inspirational leadership, vision, integrity, collaboration, and service. Dr. Sagar has been an invited guest speaker for national and international conferences, including the American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Physicians, and Society of General Internal Medicine. She serves as the Chair-elect for the ACP’s Council of Early Career Physicians, Project Director for Health Volunteer Overseas, an active member of the ACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee, and Co-chair for the CommonSpirit Physician Enterprise Wellbeing Committee. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband and two dogs.

Nicole Sandhu, MD, PhD

Nicole Sandhu, MD, PhD, FACP, FAMWA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Nicole P. Sandhu, MD, PhD, FACP, FAMWA, is a Past President of AMWA and a board-certified internist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Most of her clinical time is devoted to patients with breast cancer, high risk patients, and patients with benign breast conditions. Her academic interests focus on the cardiovascular impact of cancer-related therapy. She is involved in the education and mentoring of students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Sandhu earned her PhD in molecular biology from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and did her Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Sandhu has served in multiple AMWA leadership roles in addition to President and is the Founding Chair of the Antiracism Committee and the current Co-Chair of the Leadership Council.

Dr. Sandhu has an interest in fostering awareness and education about antiracism. She has been engaged in EID efforts in her community and at Mayo and was the recipient of the 2022 General Internal Medicine Champion for Equity Award.

Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH

Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, FAAFP, FASAM
Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine

Dr. Sydelle Ross is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist who practices hospice and palliative medicine in the NJ Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Dr. Ross received her medical degree from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Campus, and later completed fellowship training in pain medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

As a, classically trained vocalist, Dr Ross incorporates music into her medical practice as a way of providing comfort to patients who are battling life-threatening illnesses.

She is the host of a podcast Prescriptions In Song which promotes awareness of the healing potential of music. Dr. Ross is a member of the music and medicine committee of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and served on the executive committee for the inaugural issue of the Arts In Medicine Journal- a collaboration between AMWA and Rutger’s University Women’s Health Institute in NJ. Dr. Ross is also a physician contributor to the publication Artists Remaking Medicine – The Practice of Imagination and the Power to Create a Better Healthcare Future.

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH
Vice President of Partnerships, Intend Health Strategies

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH, is the Vice President of Partnerships for Intend Health Strategies, a non-profit organization committed to improving engagement, collaboration, and connection on healthcare teams through the practice of Relational Leadership. Trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Sarah developed expertise in interprofessional collaboration, health system innovation, quality improvement, and team-based care delivery as a primary care provider at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill, where she maintains an adjunct appointment. At UNC, she served as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and the inaugural Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice in the School of Medicine. She also led Relational Leadership at Carolina, an interprofessional, cross-generational leadership development program responsible for training hundreds of members of the UNC community in the power of authentic human connection in healthcare.

Kristin Stasiowski, PhD

Kristin Stasiowski, PhD
Associate Dean, International Programs and Education Abroad
Associate Professor, Italian Language and Literature

Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University. She is also an Associate Professor of Italian Language and literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

She received her Ph.D from Yale University in Italian Language and Literature and has taught Italian language, literature, cinema, history, and culture in both Florence, Italy and at Kent State.  Her current academic research in Italian is focused on Dante, Boccaccio, and the modern poet Clemente Rebora. She is also a current student in the CPA program for Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. 

Sofia Stitz

Sofia Stitz
Pre-Medical Student, University of Cincinnati

Sofia Stitz is a pre-medical student from Dumont, New jersey. She currently attends the University of Cincinnati, pursuing a degree in both Ballet and Biological Sciences. At the University of Cincinnati, she is a member of the pre-medical branch of American Medical Women’s Association, serving as both Vice President and Treasurer. Sofia hopes to pursue a career in dance medicine, where she will be able to continue her passion for dance through helping other dancers with their injuries. Sofia values the way in which arts can influence medicine and hopes to keep advocating for these values throughout her future career in medicine.

Maria Todd, PhD, MHA

Maria Todd, PhD, MHA
Administrator, Robotic Orthopaedic Institute
Consultant, (Managed Care, Business Development)

Dr. Maria Todd is a distinguished authority in the fields of healthcare business administration, health tourism, and managed care, bringing an impressive track record of over forty years in transforming international healthcare policies, business development, reimbursement strategies, and operational efficiencies.

With an unparalleled expertise, she has contributed extensively to the evolution of healthcare management through her authorship of 23 internationally-published, peer-reviewed textbooks and thousands of insightful articles, establishing her as a leading voice in healthcare reform and management.

As a highly respected speaker, group practice administrator, and international consultant, Dr. Todd is regularly called upon by healthcare organizations and governments across the globe to provide strategic guidance and innovative solutions. Her work not only bridges the gap between healthcare management and clinical excellence but also promotes sustainable healthcare models that prioritize patient care and cost-effectiveness.

Dr. Todd’s contributions have been instrumental in driving forward-thinking approaches in the healthcare sector, making her an invaluable asset to any discussion on healthcare improvement and strategic development.

Soody Tronson

Soody Tronson 
Founding Managing Counsel, STLG Law Firm
Founder & CEO, Presque Medical

Soody Tronson is the founding managing counsel at STLG Law Firm and Founder/CEO at Presque, a wearable health-tech startup in the maternity space. Soody has over 25 years of interdisciplinary operational experience in innovation, technology, law, and advocacy in startups, Fortune 100 companies, and non-profits. She counsels domestic and international clients in intellectual property and technology transactions in various sectors, including medical devices, hardware, software, and alternative energy. Soody lectures on intellectual property, licensing, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship. She serves in board, advisory, and leadership capacities with multiple organizations, including the California Lawyers Association, Association for Women in Science, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Northern California District Export Council. She is the co-author of the book “Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT: Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security for the Internet of Things,” and an inventor of several patents and applications.

Sarah Webb, MFA, CPA

Sarah Webb, MFA, CPA 
Writer/Editor

Sarah E Webb is a teaching artist, Narrative Medicine practitioner, and yoga instructor. She earned her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, and CPA in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University. Sarah works in between the artist and the yoga studio, considering how both spaces can be creative sites of corporeal process and practice. She is a contributing writer and editor for Instruments of Memory: Conversations with Women in the Arts, is on the faculty of TRUYoga, Rochester, NY, guest faculty with Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and  facilitates writing and meditation retreats on Monhegan Island, ME. Her recent curatorial project, unspoken: a collection of abortion stories, explores the connection between narrative, healing, and the ways writing can be integrated into the visual arts. Read Sarah’s newsletter on Substack, narrative threads: from breath to pen. 

Rupa Wong, MD

Rupa Wong, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Managing Partner, Honolulu Eye Clinic

Dr. Rupa Wong is an Ivy League trained pediatric ophthalmologist and the managing partner of Honolulu Eye Clinic for the past 15 years. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Hawaii School of Medicine.

Dr. Wong co-founded the Pinnacle Conference, a multi-specialty women’s medical leadership conference and hosts “It’s Good To See You” , a podcast, focusing on professional and personal growth for working women.

She serves on the Foundation Advisory Board for the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmologists & Strabismus, and is the Vice-Chair of the Digital Education Committee. Dr. Wong is also on the Board of Directors for Make A Wish Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.

Dr. Wong is active on social media where she discusses eye health and work-life balance. She speaks nationally on the topic of using social media in health care, practice management and myopia management in children.