Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Among the key activities of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is addressing the educational and professional needs of women in liver transplantation and promoting diversity within the community.

Key aim:

To promote the engagement of women involved in liver transplantation in all social activities, and to advocate on their behalf both within ILTS and in the wider transplant community.

Key tasks and dates:

  1. Ascertain the educational and professional needs of women in liver transplantation through informal discussion, the annual member survey (September), and work with the ILTS leadership to address these needs.
  2. Develop relevant program content for the ILTS Annual Congress: June-September, submit to program chair (President-Elect) by September 30th.
  3. Review online applications for committee membership annually (January-March) and nominate replacements for members expiring in that year. The process as per ILTS Committees Policy, to be completed four weeks before the Annual Congress.
  4. Meet at Annual Congress (May-July) to review recent activities and member feedback, discuss council input from the most recent Council Meeting and develop an agenda for the following year.
  5. Report twice yearly to ILTS Council: January-February written report for Winter Council Meeting agenda book, May-June written report for Annual Congress Council Meeting agenda book and chair to present in person.

Key performance metrics:

  1. Satisfactory reports to ILTS Council
  2. Participant numbers and feedback re congress events organized by the committee

Committee Members:

  • Nazia Selzner, MD, PhD Chair {2021} University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Claire Francoz, MDVice-Chair {2022} Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy, France
  • Gabriela A. Berlakovich, MD Affiliated Councilor {2022} Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Dieter Adelmann {2022} University of California San Francisco Medical Center, CA
  • Marina Berenguer, MD {2020} Hospital Universitario La Fe, Valencia, Spain
  • Keri Lunsford {2022} Methodist Hospital Houston, Houston, TX
  • Marina Moguilevitch, MD {2021} Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Sher-Lu Pai, MD {2021} Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • Sumana Ramachandra, MD  {2020} India
  • Marieke Van Rosmalen, MD  {2020} Eurotransplant International Foundation, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Kymberly Watt, MD  {2020} Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, MN
  • Tiffany Wong, MD  {2020} The University of Hong-Kong, Hong-Kong, China
  • Qinfen Xie, MD {2022} Zhejiang University International Hospital, Hangzhou, China

*Committee terms end at Annual Congress in year shown in brackets

Committee Members testimonies

Committee Terms of Reference

Chair’s Overview

Nazia Selzner, MD, PhD

The number of women choosing medicine as a career continues to grow. However, the work environment offers little support for female physicians. Women often feel that they have too much to do without enough resources and authority, leading to stress and burnout.

Academic medicine poses added stress on female physicians. Although women are significantly more likely than men to pursue an academic career, the number of women who advance to the senior ranks is significantly lower than the number of men.

Furthermore, with fewer women advancing in medical faculties, there are fewer role models for women and inadequate mentoring. There is a sense of isolation and a lack of a supportive network for women.

Achieving gender equality in science in general and in liver transplantation will require devising and implementing strategies to overcome the political, administrative, financial, and cultural challenges that exist in the current environment. In this forum, we will work on proposals and recommendations to promote gender equality in liver transplantation and stimulate future efforts to level the field.

One of the first steps might be networking and creating a map of liver transplant physicians (hepatologist, surgeons, anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist..) that describes their work environment and research interests. Public speaking is very important for academic advancement in science. Historically women have been underrepresented as speakers in many scientific meetings.