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Women in Surgery Forum

Whether we are conducting research, drafting guidance or planning national events, the RCS is committed to supporting women in surgery. Our Women in Surgery (WinS) Forum work to promote surgery as a career for everyone, regardless of background, and to enable those who have chosen a career in surgery to realise their professional goals. 

Our Women in Surgery Forum meet twice a year. The role of the Forum is to:

  • Develop guidance, networks and events to support women surgeons throughout their career
  • Raise the profile of women surgeons and generate awareness of the issues affecting them
  • Represent the Forum on committees and RCS Council, as well as working groups within and outside the RCS
  • Engage women surgeons of all career grades with surgery and the RCS 

Meet 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.                                                                                            

Scarlett McNally: I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Eastbourne and an elected Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Women in Surgery is a fantastic organisation. Many medical students and doctors do not see women surgeons in their workplace so role models and networking is vital. It also helps ALL surgeons, managers and trainers to see what is needed to avoid inappropriate comments and get through temporary hurdles - to see everyone is welcome to get the best surgeons for the future.

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 specialities.

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.                                       

Praveena Deekonda: I am an Academic Foundation Year one doctor in Southampton, and the current ASiT Webmaster and Bursary Liaison. I value the Women in Surgery network because I believe the way to break down barriers is through mentorship, which is an essential aim of the RCS WinS Forum.

Morgan Bailey: I am an ST6 Trauma and Orthopaedic Trainee in Wessex and the Women in Surgery Representative for BOTA. I think the network is important for driving recruitment of women into surgical specialities, tackling unconscious bias, and making improvements to structures within training and hospital departments to support flexible working and training.

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