2022 Conference

Dr. Erika Newman speaking at the 2022 MWSC conference.
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed speaking at the 2022 MWSC conference.
Dr. Erin Perrone speaking at the 2022 MWSC conference.

Advocating for Change: The Strength of Our Voices

The Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative hosted their annual conference in Ann Arbor, MI on April 21-22, 2022. The conference featured keynote speaker Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil, discussing “Toward a Healing Politics: A Call to Physician Advocacy.”


April 21, 2022: Advocating for Our Patients

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Keynote Address

  • Social Determinants of Health Session

  • Addressing Gun Violence for Patients Session

  • Other Examples of Patient Advocacy Session

  • Breakout Session: What is Your “Why”?

  • Networking Gathering

April 22, 2022: Advocating for Ourselves

  • Networking Breakfast: Setting the Stage for the Day

  • Addressing Continued Inequities at the Individual Level Session

  • Addressing Surgeon Health and Wellness at the Department & Institutional Levels Session

  • Utilizing Resources at the Regional & National Levels Session

  • Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. , Dr. El-Sayed previously served as a epidemiology professor at Columbia University and executive director of the Detroit Health Department and Health Officer (2015 to 2017) before running for governor of the State of Michigan. In addition, he is a political contributor at CNN, an author and podcast host.

Featured Speakers

  • Michaela Bamdad, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Michelle Caird, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Devon Cassidy: University of Michigan Medical School

  • Betty Chu, MD, MBA: Henry Ford Health System

  • Dee Fenner, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Julie Freischlag, MD: Wake Forest Baptist Health

  • Marion Henry, MD, MPH: University of Chicago Medicine

  • Yue-Yung Hu, MD, MPH: Northwestern Medicine

  • Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil: Michigan Medicine

  • Cheryl Lee, MD: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

  • Michelle Moniz, MD, MSc: Michigan Medicine

  • Helen Kang Morgan, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Erika Newman, MD: Michigan Medicine

  • Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, MD, MS: Michigan Medicine

  • Alex Peahl, MD, MSc: Michigan Medicine

  • LJ Punch, MD: Bullet Related Injury Clinic, St. Louis

  • Erika Rangel, MD, MS: Brigham & Women’s Hospital

  • Joseph Sakran, MD, MPA, MPH: John Hopkins Medicine

  • Jonathan Scott, MD, MPH: Michigan Medicine

  • Renuka Tipirneni, MD, MSc: Michigan Medicine

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

  • Kim Ross: Michigan Medicine

  • Jina Sawani: Michigan Medicine

  • Valeria Valbuena, MD, MSc: Michigan Medicine