In honor of National Women Physicians Day, we recognize our female surgeons at University Surgical Associates and share their perspectives on the path to a healthcare career.
National Women Physicians Day
On February 3, we join healthcare organizations around the nation in honoring National Women Physicians Day. The event celebrates the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to earn her medical degree.
At University Surgical Associates, we’re fortunate to have several female physicians on our medical team. They are:
Neelima Katragunta, MD, FACS – vascular surgeon
Julie Koffron, MD, FACS – HPB surgeon
Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, MD, FACS, FASCRS – colorectal surgeon
Lisa A. Smith, MD, FACS – pediatric surgeon
Beth Snell, MD, FACS – breast surgeon
Laura E. Witherspoon, MD, FACS – breast surgeon
To inspire the next generation of female physicians, we asked our surgeons who inspired their career path and what advice they would give to aspiring doctors.
Lisa A. Smith, MD, FACS
Q: Who are the women physicians who most inspire you?
I trained in a time where there were few female surgery residents and even fewer attendings (Dr. Laura Witherspoon joined the group during my residency), so I found a mentor in [USA founder] Dr. [Phillip] Burns. He recognized me as a surgeon first and also a woman. Inspiring women physicians? All of them—it’s tough to be a surgeon, whether you’re a man or woman, so they’re all good.
Q: What advice would you give young women interested in becoming a physician?
There’s always more to do than time to do it, so make your priorities and adjust them as life dictates. You can do it all, just not all at the same time.