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Women In Surgery Group

Our Mission

At Weill Cornell we are proud to have a talented group of women surgeons and trainees. The purpose of the Cornell Women in Surgery (WIS) group is to support, encourage, and facilitate female surgeons to achieve their personal and professional goals. WIS is committed to supporting women surgeons at all stages of their career – from medical school through residency, fellowship, and as faculty.

Through yearly activities, WIS provides networking and mentorship opportunities for medical students interested in a career in surgery and for surgical residents. WIS also provides a forum for discussion about issues, challenges, and opportunities that pertain to women in surgery.  WIS is open to all members of the medical community at Weill Cornell.


women in surgery dinner

May of 2019, The 11th Annual Women in Surgery Dinner at The Cosmopolitan Club. View photo albums from previous years here


Surgeon Mentoring Program

Women In Surgery Faculty Mentors welcome opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and camaraderie.

Leslie E. Cohen, M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Rebecca Craig-Schapiro, M.D.

Transplantation Surgery

Kelly A. Garrett, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Tikva Jacobs, M.D.

Vascular Surgery

Angela Kadenhe-Chiweshe, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery

Lea Lowenfeld, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Jennifer L. Marti, M.D.

Breast & Endocrine Surgery

Lisa Newman, M.D.

Breast Surgery

Soo J. Rhee, M.D.

Vascular Surgery

Rache M. Simmons, M.D.

Breast Surgery

Kira Smith, M.D.

Surgical Critical Care

Nitsana A. Spigland, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery

Mia Talmor, M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Heather Yeo, M.D.

Colon and Rectal Surgery


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