2019 Conference

Creating an Impact & Shaping the Future

The 2019 Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference took place December 13 to 14 in Ann Arbor, MI. It featured keynote speaker Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP. The conference focused on themes of race and intersectionality.


Friday, December 13, 2019

  • Registration & Breakfast

  • Session 1: Identifying Bias in Medicine

  • Session 2: Intersectionality

  • Session 3: Intervening on all Levels: Patients, Providers, and Institutional Policies

  • Cocktail Reception

Saturday, December 14, 2019

  • Networking Breakfast

  • Fireside Chat 1: Leading From Your Level

  • Fireside Chat 2: Dealing with Resistance, Pushback and Conflict

  • Fireside Chat 3: Civility and Professionalism

  • Fireside Chat 4: Intentionality

  • Wrap Up and Next Steps

Keynote Speaker

Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP

Dr. Rhea Boyd is a pediatrician and child and community health advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Boyd works clinically at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and she serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211 and the Director of Strategy, Equity and Justice for the California Children’s Trust.

Featured Speakers

  • Carol Bradford, MD, MS: Michigan Medicine

  • Michelle Caird, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Herb Chen, MD: University of Alabama, Birmingham

  • Zara Cooper, MD: Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • Justin Dimick, MD, MPH: Michigan Medicine

  • Dee Fenner, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Paula Ferrada, MD: Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Melina Kibbe, MD: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Rebecca Minter, MD: University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski, BSN, MHSA: JCD Advisors, LLC

  • Christopher Sonnenday, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Julie Ann Sosa, MD: University of California, San Francisco

  • Patricia L. Turner, MD: American College of Surgeons/University of Chicago

  • Sandra Wong, MD, MS: Dartmouth-Hitchcock