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Celebrating Women in Anesthesiology

ABA Diplomates Nominate Female Peers

Each September, the American Medical Association (AMA) celebrates women physicians, showcases their work, and highlights important health issues impacting women patients during Women in Medicine (WIM) Month. This year, we asked our diplomates to help us call attention to the important work of women anesthesiologists by nominating those who have contributed to the specialty and made a difference in the lives of patients.

Here’s just a few of over 70 submissions we received from across the globe and across multiple specialties celebrating the contributions and achievements of our women diplomates.

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Julie Niezgoda, M.D. | Pediatric Anesthesiology

“As her fellow trainee – I can’t stop admiring her commitment and the efforts she takes even out of her way in educating future generation anesthesiologists. She always stands advocating for babies with congenital heart disease and their families.

Her mentor ship is appreciated by one and all throughout the institute. Space limits narrating her virtue from her multiple decades of service in anesthesiology.” – G. Thimmarayan

“Dr. Niezgoda is a fantastic anesthesiologist, she goes above and beyond to make patients and families feel at ease as a pediatric anesthesiologist. She has trained and mentored numerous medical students, residents and fellows, always in the most generous way. She is a patient advocate always thinking about what is best for her patients. She has served on committees at the institutional and national level and has cared for patients in underserved countries.” – P. Castro

Lynne Maxwell, M.D. | Pediatric Anesthesiology

“Dr. Maxwell is among the best read, most practiced pediatric anesthesiologists in the present practice. She is well-published, has attained the rank of full professor at the University of Pennsylvania,

 and is among the best advocates and mentors junior female faculty could ever have. She is skilled not only at advocacy of those who follow in her footsteps, but also at sponsorship, creating concrete opportunities for other academic anesthesiologists and partnering with them to achieve their goals. She is one of the “founding mothers” of pediatric anesthesiology. She blazed trails when almost no other women entered the field, and her legacy is remarkable. She is the winner of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Robert M. Smith award. Throughout, she is not only a remarkable academician, but retains the finest clinical skill set of any anesthesiologist I’ve ever encountered. I cannot imagine a woman more deserving of recognition in the field.” – S. Black

“[She has] contributed immensely to the field of pediatric anesthesiology through a very long and rewarding career.” – K. Sullivan

“[Dr. Maxwell] has a wonderful personal and makes your day brighter.” – M. Parikh

Anuradha Patel, M.D.  | Pediatric Anesthesiology

 “During my Residency, Dr. Patel developed what at that time was a novel idea, which 6 years later I titled “Distraction Anxiolytics”. She implemented the use of Gameboys to distraction pediatric patients, in lieu of medicines.

I utilized this strategy in my practice as a U.S. Naval Officer during my tours of duty overseas. Upon starting my civilian practice, I implemented the same strategy. A decade later, the ASA accepted this strategy as a Quality Metric. Throughout America it has become standard practice to implement distraction anxiolytics with the use of Tablets, Video Players and portable games.” – G. Lawson

Louise Warner, M.D. | Anesthesiology

“Dr. Warner was one of two female graduates from her medical school class of 128, and one of the few female anesthesiologists at the time she entered practice in 1957. After retiring from clinical practice in 1988, 

she performed and published several significant research projects in pediatric anesthesiology.  She also founded an ecological center devoted to environmental education in central Ohio, which serves over 5,000 children annually.  Now approaching her 90th birthday, she still serves as a source of inspiration for her seven relatives (and their spouses) who are anesthesiologists – including two ABA directors.” – D. Warner

Jennifer Maziad, M.D. | Anesthesiology

“Dr. Maziad has proven herself to be a compassionate, exceptional anesthesiologist. Not only does she hold several leadership roles as a partner in her group, she is also a loving mother to three adorable boys.

When her twins had to have surgery, she wanted to put their minds at ease with a story that would describe anesthesia as an adventure. She realized that there weren’t very many children’s books on the subject and decided to write her own. It was a big hit with the twins, and she was motivated to put the work in to have it published. She wanted to empower other families with a relatable book to introduce anesthesia for surgery in a non-threatening way. She is now the proud author of “A Sleepy Tale: My First Surgery.” As an anesthesiologist, I was so excited to read this book to my daughter as a way to introduce her to my career. She requests it almost every night. Dr. Maziad was asked to do a reading of the book at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting in Orlando this October. I believe that reading her book will help make anesthesia and surgery seem less intimidating for children. Not only is she making a difference in the lives of her patients and their families through exemplary care, she has provided them with excellent reading material!” – E. Dudney

Lauren Cornella, M.D. | Anesthesia and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

 “Dr. Cornella is well known to any resident or cardiac fellow who has gone through the Brigham. Hers was the first face new CA-1s saw and she was unfailingly welcoming and kind.

She was no push-over however. She pushed residents to achieve their best, but always tempered any feedback with multiple positive comments so you felt both encouraged and corrected. I was one of those residents, and later a fellow and now a friend. She has been a voice for women in anesthesia, especially cardiac anesthesia, a field in which women have been massively under-represented. I would not be the cardiac anesthesiologist I am today without her gentle but firm guidance, and I have no doubt that scores of Harvard-trained anesthesiologists would say the same.” – C. Guthrie

Lara Zador, M.D. | Anesthesia and Pain Management

“Dr. Zador is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician at the Henry Ford Health System where I am Chair. She has championed physician wellness. Lara has designed a program to mitigate the effects of ‘burnout’ among our Faculty, CRNAS, 

and residents by using common sense constructs.  Following her encouragement, we have introduced personal time to take care of family matters such as parent teacher conferences. Yoga has been introduced into our operating room. She has established a system of groups that meet over food to discuss wellness issues. Presently, she investigating what personal services we can provide on-site (Haircuts, dentistry etc.) that would help address the difficulty we have getting to appointments because of the hours we work. Lara’s efforts in this space will increase provider wellness, with a consequent benefit for our patients. A true hero!” – M. Lewis

Beth Teegarden, M.D.| Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

 “Dr. Beth Teegarden is both board certified in anesthesia and critical care. Although Dr. Teegarden has been practicing for only 4 years, she has made tremendous waves in anesthesia.

She currently serves as Assistant Professor at UTMB and has recently taken on the role as Medical Director of the ICU. Dr. Teegarden’s love for teaching is known by anyone who has met her and many critical care fellows, residents, and medical students have been mentored by her during her time at UTMB. She has also spent time developing curriculum for critical care, mock OSCEs, and POCUS. Outside UTMB she serves on the Committee of Respiratory Care for the ASA and has numerous leadership roles for the National Board of Respiratory Care. Dr. Teegarden has multiple published journal entries ranging from topics of ICU delirium and critical care management. Most recently she has been selected for the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar. Given that Beth Teegarden has done so much so early in her career, it can only be seen that she will continue to do remarkable things in the future.” – J. Pennycuff

Know a woman anesthesiologist deserving of recognition? Share their accomplishments and story in the comments below. We’ll be sharing those nominated women anesthesiologists during the month of September on our social media channels. 

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2 comments

  1. Dr Sara Rabito and Dr Zarin Dadabhoy are perfect example of dedication to education in a an anesthesia residency program
    They both were my attendings when I trained at John Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, IL back in 2005
    They retired a while ago but the hundreds of residents they touched with their dedication gave us a good deal of courage and knowledge to work and be good anesthesiologists
    All my gratitude to them

  2. Thank you Dr. Guthrie for the nomination – it was a privilege to train such a talented cardiothoracic anesthesiologist as yourself. I am honored and humbled to be recognized alongside these amazing women! I must recognize my own female cardiothoracic anesthesia mentors here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Dr. Amanda Fox, Dr. Annette Mizuguchi, Dr. Wendy Gross, Dr. Shannon McKenna, Dr. JuMei Ng, Dr. Alessia Pedoto, and Dr. Teresa Bean. Each of them modeled excellence in CT Anesthesia for me during my own training. Sincerely, Lauren Cornella MD

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