Scanlan Family

Association of Women Surgeons.

American Journal of Surgeons Best Paper Contest Sponsor

Scanlan proudly supports the Scientific Session at the AWS Conference, which includes the AJS Best Paper Contest Sponsor.

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.

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The American Journal of Surgery

2023 Recipient

Sara Ginzberg, MD, MSHP.

Sara Ginzberg, MD, MSHP is a PGY-6 in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in optimizing the delivery of cancer care and surgical oncology with a particular focus on identifying systems-level changes that will enable better access to screening and treatment for patients from historically marginalized groups. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. During her residency, Ginzberg completed her Master of Science in Health Policy Research degree with a concentration in Healthcare Quality and Safety.

Her paper is titled, “Emergency General Surgery Conditions – Operative vs. Non-Operative Management” received the 2023 Scanlan Family – AWS AJS Top Paper Award.

2022 Recipient

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPH, MA, MBA, FRCS(C), FACS.

Anees is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. She is a busy breast surgeon who participates in clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research, is the Breast Surgery Section editor for UpToDate, the Assistant Director for the START@Yale Program, and co-leads the Yale Global Surgery Faculty Network. She has published over 170 papers, including in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. In addition, she is passionate about leadership development and promoting equity.

Her paper titled, “The Impact of a Virtual Negotiation Training Course on Female Trainees” received the 2022 Scanlan Family – AWS AJS Best Paper Award.

2021 Recipient

Elizabeth Miller, MD.

Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Miller completed her dual undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.D. from Wake Forest School of Medicine. She performed her research during her general surgery residency at the University of Florida. Her research primarily focused on the correlation between the period of prolonged stress after a traumatic event and erythropoietic dysfunction as part of Dr. Alicia Mohr’s basic science and translational research lab. Dr. Miller was supported in her research by an Institutional National Research Service Award from the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences.

2019 Recipient

Kristin Rojas, MD.

Fellowship-trained Breast and Gynecologic Surgeon Maimonides Medical Center

Dr. Kristin Rojas is a Society of Surgical Oncology Fellowship-trained Breast Surgical Oncologist and Gynecologic Surgeon with a passion for comprehensive wellness in women’s cancer care.

As the Director of the Maimonides Urogenital Sexual Health and Intimacy Program (MUSIC), she integrates her breast surgery practice with her background in women’s health. She brings her multidisciplinary training to her surgical and survivorship practice at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Rojas’s paper  “Mastectomy is No Longer an Indication for Postoperative Opioid Prescription at Discharge” received the 2019 Scanlan Family – AWS AJS Best Paper Award.

2018 Recipient

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 Scanlan Family – AWS AJS Best Paper Award.

2017 Recipient

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 Scanlan Family – AWS AJS Best Paper Award.

2016 Recipient

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 Scanlan Family – AWS AJS Best Paper Award.