2017 Conference

Dr. Obi and Dr. Park taking part in a group discussion at the conference
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#MWSC17: Becoming Who You Want to Be

The 2017 Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference was the first annual conference held by the Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative in Ann Arbor, MI. It brought together women surgeons from across the country to discuss experiences and challenges in the field of surgery as a community, in addition to personal and professional development strategies. The conference was sponsored by the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery.


Friday, November 10, 2017

11:00 am: Registration

12:15 pm: Welcome and Community Building Lunch

1:15 pm: Setting the Stage

1:30 pm: The Michigan Promise

2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker

3:00 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Session 1 - From Surviving to Thriving!

5:15 pm: Hotel Check In/Free Time

6:00 pm: Reception and Dinner

Saturday, November 11, 2017

7:30 am: Breakfast

8:30 am: Session 2A - Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness

10:00 am: Break

10:15 am: Session 2B - In-Depth Leadership Learning

12:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm: Session 3A - Coaching for Productive Conflict

2:45: Session 3B: In-Depth Conflict Learning

4:45: Tying it All Together and Next Steps - Open Forum Discussion

5:15: Closing Remarks

Featured Speakers

Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski

Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski, BSN, MHSA

Janet is the President/Founder of JCD Advisors, LLC, an executive coaching and organizational development consulting company based in Ann Arbor. Her work is exclusively focused on supporting C-suite executives and physician leaders in becoming more intentional about their leadership presence and effectiveness. Janet will be providing leadership coaching during the conference.

Julia Lee

Julia Lee, PhD

Dr. Lee is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She instructs BBA, MBA, and executive education courses focusing on negotiation, leadership, and organizational behavior. Her research examines how employees address challenges in the workplace by utilizing their relationships, interpreting negative events, and changing implicit beliefs. She also researches the positive outcomes related to emphasizing best self concepts.

2017 Guest Faculty

Amalia Cochran

Amalia Cochran, MD, MA

Associate Professor of Surgery

Vice Chair of Education and Professionalism

University of Utah

Julie Freischlag

Julie Freischlag, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Melina Kibbe

Melina Kibbe, MD

Zach D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery Chair, Department of Surgery

University of North Carolina

Rebecca Minter

Rebecca Minter, MD

A.R. Curreri Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Aurora Pryor

Aurora Pryor, MD

Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

Chief, Bariatric, Foregut, and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery Division

Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center

Stony Brook School of Medicine

Heena Santry

Heena Santry, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Director, Trauma Outcomes Research and Quality Assessment

UMass Memorial Medical Center

Julie Ann Sosa

Julie Ann Sosa, MD

Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery

Director, Surgical Center for Outcomes Research (SCORES)

Professor of Surgery & Medicine

Duke University

Sandra Wong

Sandra Wong, MD, MS

Chair of Surgery

Senior Vice President of the Surgical Service Line


2017 Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery Faculty Speakers

Dawn Coleman

Dawn Coleman, MD

Handleman Research Professor of Vascular Surgery

Associate Professor, Vascular Surgery & Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Program Director, Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency and Fellowship

Justin Dimick

Justin Dimick, MD, MPH

Division Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery

George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery

Professor, General Surgery

Director, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy

Associate Chair for Strategy & Finance

Michael Mulholland

Michael Mulholland, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Surgery

Frederick A. Coller Distinguished Professor of Surgery

Erika Newman

Erika Newman, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgery

Edith Briskin Emerging Scholar

Associate Chair of Faculty Development

Gurjit Sandhu

Gurjit Sandhu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Assistant Professor, Learning Health Science Division of Professional Education

Dana Telem


Associate Professor, General Surgery

Director, Michigan Comprehensive Hernia Program

Jennifer Waljee

Jennifer Waljee, MD, MPH, MS

Associate Professor, Plastic Surgery & Orthopaedic Surgery

Vice Chair, Faculty Life

Bringing Your Best Self to Work Keynote Speech Visual Abstract

For more information about the sessions at the conference, please browse the visual abstracts for conference presentations created by Chelsea Harris, MD. These visual abstracts were created and tweeted out through the as the presentations were happening with our hashtag #MSWC17.

#MWSC17 Twitter Numbers

Graphic showing Twitter data from #MWSC17 during the conference (19.276M impressions, 3,098 Tweets, 668 Participants)
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