UC surgeons, students join international photo movement

From bottom, clockwise : Eileen Donovan, Alisa Blumenthaler, Meg Harper, Caroline Couch and Amanda Harrell. UC Health/UC surgeons. Clockwise: Jaime Lewis, MD, assistant professor, UC College of Medicine, breast surgeon; Engy Habashy, MD, urology; Sandra Starnes, MD, associate professor, College of Medicine, thoracic surgeon; Stephanie Streit, MD, trauma surgeon; J. Leslie Khod, MD, general surgeon; Kashi Pulliam, MD, general surgeon (resident); Tiffany Lee, MD, general surgeon (resident); Heather Palomino, MD, thoracic surgeon; Monica Wagner, MD, general surgery (resident); Emily Midura, MD, general surgery (resident); Hannah Lewis, MD, general surgery (resident); Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, professor, College of Medicine, breast surgeon.
From bottom, clockwise : Eileen Donovan, Alisa Blumenthaler, Meg Harper, Caroline Couch and Amanda Harrell. UC Health/UC surgeons. Clockwise: Jaime Lewis, MD, assistant professor, UC College of Medicine, breast surgeon; Engy Habashy, MD, urology; Sandra Starnes, MD, associate professor, College of Medicine, thoracic surgeon; Stephanie Streit, MD, trauma surgeon; J. Leslie Khod, MD, general surgeon; Kashi Pulliam, MD, general surgeon (resident); Tiffany Lee, MD, general surgeon (resident); Heather Palomino, MD, thoracic surgeon; Monica Wagner, MD, general surgery (resident); Emily Midura, MD, general surgery (resident); Hannah Lewis, MD, general surgery (resident); Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, professor, College of Medicine, breast surgeon.

A group of University of Cincinnati medical students decided to try their hand at photos showcasing the number of women deciding to enter surgery. They saw what the New Yorker Magazine did in a story highlighting the issue and wanted to let everyone know there are a growing number of women wanting to be surgeons and also many who are already in the profession.

Cedric Ricks of the UC Academic Health Center, told the Journal-News that an issue of the New Yorker magazine that focuses on “Health, Medicine and the Body,” had a cover portrait that went viral on social media.

Ricks said the photo was shot from the perspective of a patient who was on the operating table - but the hook of the vantage point was that the patient looked up and saw that all of the surgeons performing the operating were women.

“That started a hash tag - #ILookLikeASurgeon,” Ricks said. “Showing that women are breaking through a male dominated profession and becoming surgeons.”

Eileen Donovan, Alisa Blumenthaler, Meg Harper, Caroline Couch and Amanda Harrell are fourth-year medical students at the UC’s College of Medicine who have matched into some surgery residency.

“They will start their training at hospitals local and far away in some cases in July,” Ricks said.

They decided to recreate the New Yorker photo and show solidarity with other women across the country and around the world.

There were 12 women UC Health/UC surgeons and they also posed for a photo to accomplish the same thing and add to the #ILookLikeASurgeon movement.

Dr. Jaime Lewis, assistant professor, UC College of Medicine, and a breast surgeon, said it was good to be able to stand up for something so important and represent the strides women have made in the profession.

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