Celebrating National Women Physicians Day 2022

Shivangi T. Kothari, MD, FACG Chair, Women in GI Committee

February 3rd is National Women Physicians Day – the 201st birthday of a woman who was famously allowed to attend medical school as a joke. She proved everyone wrong about her “intellectual inferiority” and became the first woman in America to earn her medical degree. She was Elizabeth Blackwell.

Join me and ACG in celebrating the achievements of all women physicians in gastroenterology. The field of medicine historically has been dominated by men. Because of this, women physicians face challenges and obstacles, including earning less, that make entering and staying in the field difficult. While male doctors still make up the majority of physicians, medical schools have more women than men enrolling.

How ACG is Supporting Women Gastroenterologists

As the chair of ACG’s Women in GI Committee, it’s important to note that the committee supports women by encouraging participation and advancement of female gastroenterologists, promotes research and understanding of the gender differences in gastrointestinal diseases, and more. The committee provides information for women gastroenterologists on academic and private practice positions, work-life balance, pregnancy, books and articles on burnout, glass ceiling, gender inequality, teamwork, leadership, and much more.

Join Me in Recognizing ACG’s Women Physicians

In honor of National Women Physicians Day, let’s recognize the achievements of women physicians on Twitter! Nominate your colleagues to celebrate their role in patient care and the advancement of women in medicine.

Tag your nominee in a tweet and share why they inspire you, using the hashtags #NWPD and #ACGwomen, and include @AmCollegeGastro so we can share it with the GI community! Other suggested hashtags are #IAmBlackwell, #HeforShe, and #SheLeadsGI.

Watch Dr. Amy Oxentenko deliver The American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture at ACG 2021 on Bringing Women into the Scope of GI

Articles of Interest from the ACG MAGAZINE and The American Journal of Gastroenterology

The Need for Allyship in Achieving Gender Equity in Gastroenterology
Mohammad Bilal, MD; Sophie Balzora, MD, FACG; Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG; Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG, The American Journal of Gastroenterology: December 2021 – Volume 116 – Issue 12 – p 2321-2323

Conversations with Women in GI: Dr. Jill Gaidos talks to Dr. Jessica Allegretti on “Being Your Own Best Advocate”
ACG MAGAZINE, Spring 2021

Conversations with Women in GI: Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG on “A Career of Firsts” in Conversation with Jill Gaidos, MD, FACG

Healio 2021 Woman Disruptor of the Year Award

Congratulations, Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG! This award goes to a woman in the field who has emerged as a leader and as an example to younger women of how a successful career can unfold. Read more here.

ACG’s Women Past Presidents

  • Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG (1998-1999)
  • Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, DO, FACG (2007-2008)
  • Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG (2016-2017)
  • Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG (2018-2019)

Board of Trustees

  • Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc (Epid), FACG (Director, ACG Institute)
  • Dayna S. Early, MD, FACG (Vice Chair, ACG Board of Governors)
  • Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG (Co-Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Gastroenterology)
  • Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG (ACG Vice President)
  • Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG (ACG Trustee)

Board of Governors

  • Alyn Adrain, MD, FACG – Rhode Island
  • Aline Charabaty, MD – District of Columbia
  • Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, FACG – New Jersey – Northern
  • Christine Y. Hachem, MD, FACG – Missouri
  • Brenda J. Hoffman, MD, FACG – South Carolina
  • Jami A. R. Kinnucan, MD, FACG – Michigan
  • Joyann Kroser, MD, FACG – Pennsylvania – Eastern
  • Susana I. Lopes, MD, FACG – Portugal
  • Julia F. Massaad, MD, FACG – Georgia
  • Baharak Moshiree, MD, FACG – North Carolina
  • Shireen A. Pais, MD, FACG – New York – Southern
  • Shabana F. Pasha, MD, FACG – Arizona
  • Nikila Ravindran, MD, FACG – Ontario
  • Neelima G. Reddy, MD, FACG – Louisiana
  • Vonda G. Reeves, MD, MBA, FACP, FACG – Mississippi
  • Alison Schneider, MD, FACG – Florida – Southern
  • Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG – Ohio – Northern
  • Anne G. Tuskey, MD, FACG – Virginia

ACG Committee Chairs

  • Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, MACG – Credentials Committee
  • Dayna S. Early, MD, FACG – Membership Committee
  • Christine Y. Hachem, MD, FACG – Patient Care Committee
  • Shivangi T. Kothari, MD, FACG – Women in GI Committee
  • Sarah K. McGill, MD – International Relations Committee
  • Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG – Finance and Budget Committee
  • Yolanda Rivas, MD – Pediatric Gastroenterology Committee
  • Anne G. Tuskey, MD, FACG – Training Committee

The American Journal of Gastroenterology Editorial Board

  • Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, FACG
  • Jessica R. Allegretti, MD, MPH, FACG
  • Christina Y. Ha, MD, FACG
  • Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG – Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Allison R. Schulman, MD, MPH
  • Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG

Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology Editorial Board

  • Violeta B. Popov, MD, PhD
  • Eugenia Shmidt, MD
  • Elena M. Stoffel, MD, MPH

ACG Case Reports Journal Editorial Board

  • Amber Charoen, MD
  • Divya M. Chalikonda, MD
  • Isabel J. Hujoel, MD
  • Katherine A. Falloon, MD – Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Judy A. Trieu, MD – Co-Editor-in-Chief

Young Physician Leadership Women Scholars

  • Manasi Agrawal, MD, MS
  • Akwi W. Asombang, MD, MPH, FACG
  • Bubu A. Banini, MD, PhD
  • Tamara R. Brodsky, MD, MBA
  • Allison M. Bush, MD
  • Jennifer X. Cai, MD
  • Laura Chiu, MD
  • Yakira N. David, MD
  • Chiazotam Ekekezie, MD
  • Thuy-Van (Tina) P. Hang, MD
  • Jennifer Horsley-Silva, MD
  • Nicole J. Kim, MD, MPH
  • Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD
  • Jannel Lee-Allen, MD
  • Susan M. Lou, MD
  • Yael R. Nobel, MD
  • Nicolette J. Rodriguez, MD
  • Jessica B. Rubin, MD
  • Jasmine Sinha, MD
  • Diana L. Snyder, MD
  • Indu Srinivasan, MD
  • Judy A. Trieu, MD, MPH
  • Shifa Umar, MD
  • Samantha Zullow, MD


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