Women in Transplantation

Nazia Selzner, MD – Chair {2020} Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Claire Francoz, MDVice Chair {2020} Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy, France

Patrizia Burra, MD – Affiliated Councilor {2019} Universita Degli Studi di Roma, Padova, Italy

Marina Berenguer, MD  {2020} Hospital Universitario La Fe, Valencia, Spain

Gabriela Berlakowitch, MD  {2020} Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Marina Moguilevitch, MD {2021} Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Sher-Lu Pai, MD {2021} Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Sumana Ramachandra, MD  {2020} Medenta The Medicity, Gurgaon, 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

*Committee terms end at annual congress in year shown in brackets

Committee Terms of Reference

Key aims:

To promote the engagement of women involved in liver transplantation in all society 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. Process as per ILTS Committees Policy, to be completed four weeks before 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:

  • Satisfactory reports to iLTS Council
  • Participant numbers and feedback re congress events organized by the committee

Chair’s Overview

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.