Each year the American Medical Women’s Association chooses a public health issue to address. This year AMWA President, Dr. Gayatri Devi, designated the prevention of human trafficking of women and girls as AMWA’s 2012 public health initiative. AMWA Board Members, Dr. Suzanne Harrison and Dr. Eleni Tousimis championed the cause and will be assembling a task force to develop an advocacy plan. If you are interested in joining the task force email email@example.com.
|Suzanne Harrison, MD, FAAFP
Associate Professor and Education Director, Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine & Rural Health
Florida State University College of Medicine
Dr. Suzanne Harrison is the Education Director for Family Medicine. In this role, she develops, implements and evaluates the family medicine curriculum, including the required Family Medicine Clerkship during Year Three and Advanced Family Medicine Clerkship in Year Four. In addition, she serves as a small-group facilitator in the Doctoring courses, and provides occasional lectures for Doctoring, Medicine & Behavior, and the Honors Medical Seminar. She also teaches in the Clinical Learning Center for both Doctoring 1 and Doctoring 2. Dr. Harrison provides patient care and precepts medical students at Jefferson County Health Department, Neighborhood Health Services and Refuge House. Dr. Harrison has developed a free clinic at the Refuge House in Tallahassee. She is the faculty advisor for the FSU chapter of AMWA.
Prior to joining the FSU College of Medicine in April 2005, Dr. Harrison was a faculty member at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed her family medicine residency at Valley Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. Following her training, Dr. Harrison spent 10 years in Walla Walla, Washington, practicing the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics. During that time she served as department chair of pediatrics and obstetrics at St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Harrison was involved in clinical teaching while in private practice through the University of Washington MEDEX program and Whitworth College.
After completing her surgical oncology training at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in 2002, Dr. Tousimis joined the academic faculty at Cornell University, New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is a board certified General Surgeon who specializes in Breast Cancer Surgery and women’s health issues. She has been specialty trained in minimally invasive treatments of breast cancer. In addition to a busy clinical practice, she publishes extensively on the surgical management of breast cancer, serves on the leadership council of the Metropolitan Breast Cancer Society of New York City, as well as the International Women’s Health Coalition, and the medical advisory board of Women’s Voices for Change. She is a section editor of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal.
As an academic surgeon, she is passionate about education amongst medical students and residents. After receiving the teaching award at Cornell Medical College, she was asked to become the Associate Program Director of Surgical Education. This position has taught her the importance of mentorship at all levels from student to attending. Being a female surgeon in a male dominated field has exposed the issues that face all women in medicine.
|Eleni Tousimis, M.D.
Associate Program Director Surgical Education
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Cornell Breast Center
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