Women in Surgery Forum
The WinS Forum is made up of both elected and invited members. The Forum meet approximately three times a year to work on a wide range of projects; from developing new guidance to planning events, and raising issues relating to women in surgery. Forum members represent WinS on College Council and at other committees. Many Forum members also work with external groups to help widen access to careers in surgery.
Meet some of our Forum members
Farah Bhatti: I am a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and an elected Council member at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. As Chair of Women in Surgery, it's a pleasure to lead the Forum to encourage, enable and inspire women surgeons across the UK.
Anthea Davy: I am a Consultant Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon at UCLH with an interest in education, training and equality of opportunity, as well as travel and hiking. I value the WinS Network since it is an excellent opportunity to learn and share experiences and advice with women surgeons at this stage in my career, and to encourage and support the new generation.
Nicola Stobbs: I am an ENT Specialty Trainee (ST7) in South Yorkshire about to embark on maternity leave for my first child. I value the WinS network as it opens up opportunities for networking and getting informal but invaluable advice from colleagues at all levels and from all surgical specialties.
Saniya Mediratta: I am a final year medical student at Imperial College London and an aspiring neurosurgeon, soon to join the Cambridge University's Trust as an Academic Foundation Doctor. As well as providing invaluable support to female surgeons across the country, WinS addresses the indispensable need for trainees, medical students and even school students to be exposed to a network of incredible role models. We need to pave the path, encouraging and inspiring more women to venture into STEM and surgical careers.
Wing Sum Lao: I recently completed Foundation training in the West Midlands after graduating from Birmingham Medical School in 2016. In August 2019 I will begin my specialty training in neurosurgery. I am passionate about providing equal opportunities for all to access a surgical career, and I really value WinS for offering a supportive network of like-minded mentors and role models.
Cristina Cernei: I am a Swansea Medical School graduate currently in my FY1 in the Oxford Deanery. I am an aspiring surgeon. WinS is a great platform that joins surgeons together to create more opportunities, find out about the support available to them, network and learn.
Claudia Eichenauer: I am a Foundation Doctor in the North West London Deanery, aspiring to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I graduated from UCL in 2021 after studying cell biology. I am very excited to be able to expand on my previous work as President of the UCL Surgical Society, where I focused on creating an environment where female medical students view surgery as a viable long term career.