ST. LOUIS -- Betsy Tuttle-Newhall, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Division Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, was installed as president of the Association of Women Surgeons at the American College of Surgeons' annual meeting on Oct. 24 in San Francisco.
|Betsy Tuttle-Newhall, M.D.|
Tuttle-Newhall, has been active for many years in the Association of Women Surgeons, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
"Women bring a different and useful perspective to surgery. Currently more than 50 percent of applicants to medical school are women, and more than 30 percent of all surgery residents are women. Surgery, as a field, needs to continue to shed its historically unfriendly image to women-in-training in order to move into a new and productive era in the new millennium. The Association of Women Surgeons is working hard through its efforts with the American College of Surgeons to address any issue that may be perceived as barriers," Tuttle-Newhall said.
To encourage more women to specialize in surgery, we need to see more women surgeons in leadership roles, Tuttle-Newhall added.
"People might be surprised to learn that there are fewer than 35 full professors of surgery who are women in the United States, fewer division chiefs, and certainly, department chairs. The Association of Women Surgeons is helping women to break that glass ceiling by offering mentoring and guidance at any stage in their careers. It is a great organization that has been pivotal in my career. I am proud to be a part of it, and honored to be chosen as its president this year."
Tuttle-Newhall held tenure at Duke University Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Surgery before she joined Saint Louis University's faculty two years ago. She also had been the United Network for Organ Sharing liver transplant program director, transplant surgery fellowship director and attending physician in critical care.
She has been a consultant on organ transplantation for the Department of Health and Human Services, and CMS, as well as a consultant on patient safety for the National Quality Forum, an independent, non-profit coalition. Currently, she is a committee member of the Disease Transmission Advisory Council to the Secretary of HHS/HRSA and is a member of the National Donor Alliance.