AWS Resident and Student Starr Research Forum
Scanlan proudly supports the Scientific Session at the AWS Conference, which includes the AWS/American Journal of Surgery Top Paper Award and the Starr Research Forum.
The Association of Women Surgeons is an international not-for-profit professional organization whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals.
Anna Weiss, MD
Dr. Anna Weiss is currently a Breast Surgical Oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Center, and an Executive Officer for the Alliance for clinical trials in oncology.
Dr. Weiss completed her undergraduate and medical school training at Case Western Reserve University and her General Surgery Residency at the University of California, San Diego. There she was an Administrative Chief Resident, the residency’s Chief Quality Improvement Officer, and President of UCSD’s Resident Physician Council. She is a recent graduate of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship. She was peer-selected to be a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology’s Inaugural Fellows Subcommittee, for which she is currently Vice-Chair, incoming Chair.
Her current research and clinical interests include management of patients at increased risk for breast cancer, either by family history, high risk lesions, or genetic mutations; and breast cancer sub-type specific surgical management of the axilla.
Dr. Weiss’s paper “Assessing the Domino Effect: Female Physician Industry Payments Fall Short, Parallel Gender Inequalities in Medicine” received the 2018 AWS Top Paper Award sponsored by Scanlan International.
Sandra DiBrito, MD
Dr. Sandra R. DiBrito is a general surgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Originally from Colorado, she earned a B.S. from the University of Denver, and her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. She is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Investigations at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses primarily on clinical outcomes, quality improvement, and surgical education. Following her PhD, she intends to pursue a trauma/acute care surgery fellowship. Dr. DiBrito is supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Dr. Sandra DiBrito’s paper “A Comprehensive Choosing Wisely Quality Improvement Initiative Reduces Unnecessary Transfusions in an Academic Department of Surgery” received the 2017 AWS Top Paper Award sponsored by Scanlan International.
Dr. Fiona Webster, PHD
Dr. Fiona Webster is an Associate Professor with the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto. She was the Interim co-Lead of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Division of the DLSPH in 2016-2017. She is a Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Medical Education Research and a fellow of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ). She teaches 2 graduate courses in qualitative research methodologies and methods. She was a member of the BRIDGES Executive Committee and led their Qualitative Research Committee in the evaluation of interventions for patients with complex needs. Her formal training is in sociology and specifically institutional ethnography. She has worked extensively as an embedded scientist in clinical settings. Her current CIHR funded research program focuses on the social organization of education, care delivery and policy management of chronic pain in family medicine.
Dr. Fiona Webster’s paper “The Erasure of Gender in Academic Surgery: A Qualitative Study” received the 2016 AWS Top Paper Award sponsored by Scanlan International..