At the ILTS 2021 Virtual Congress, Selzner and Nancy Ascher discussed how to succeed as a woman in the medical world, particularly in the setting of liver transplantation. Although one might think gender disparity is no longer an issue, experience has taught us otherwise. Nancy Ascher’s incredible career is a true inspiration for breaking down the borders which women still face.
Nancy Ascher has devoted her career to organ transplantation and transplant research. She is the first woman to have performed a liver transplant and has inspired many women in the medical field, especially in transplantation. Nancy Ascher completed a general surgery residency and clinical transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where she later joined the faculty and became Clinical Director of the liver transplant program. She has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation, Surgeon General's Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs and Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, and as Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery for 17 years, greatly increasing gender diversity among faculty and residents.
Nazia Selzner is a Transplant Hepatologist and Medical Director of the Live Donor Liver Transplant Program at the University of Toronto, one of the largest living donor programs in North America. She completed her residency in Gastroenterology/Hepatology at The University of Paris VII, France and a Transplant Hepatology fellowship at the University of Toronto. Nazia Selner is the co-director of Abdominal Organ Perfusion Research Laboratory in Toronto. She is an advocate for access to liver transplantation and living donation and is chairing several committees dedicated to fair access. She promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and is current Chair of the EDI Committee at ILTS.