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8th Annual Conference for Senior Women
2007 (Archived)

Leadership: Why We Do It (and Why We Don't)

Guest Facilitator
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS
John F. & Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair
Department of Surgery
The Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas
Professor of Surgery
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Date: May 4, 2007 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: BRB II/III, 14th Floor, Seminar Room 1412
Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, with the support of the School of Medicine, presents the eighth annual conference for Penn women associate and full professors in medicine.

Join us for an enriching half-day conference with our guest faculty presenter, Dr. Barbara Lee Bass. Participate in an interactive conference focusing on the complex issues women faculty experience as they seek and fulfill leadership roles. The morning will combine didactic presentations and facilitated discussion to explore personal attitudes about leadership and to develop strategies that maximize leadership potential.

FOCUS is pleased to be able to offer this unique opportunity to expand your professional network; to explore as a group those issues specific to your evolving professional needs; and, to strategize and group mentor among senior women faculty at Penn.


7:30- 8:00 Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00- 8:20 Welcome & Introduction
Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh
Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD

Vice Chair and Associate Professor,
Department of Emergency Medicine
Executive Director, FOCUS
8:20- 8:40 Topic I   Why Seek Leadership
8:40- 8:55 Small Group Breakouts
8:55- 9:55 Large Group Discussion
9:55- 10:10 Break
10:10-10:30 Topic 2   Recognizing Your Leadership: Claiming Credit for What You Do
10:30-10:50 Small Group Breakouts
10:50-11:30 Large Group Discussion
Working Lunch
11:45-12:00 Topic 3  Developing Your Next Leadership Plan
12:00-12:15 Individual Reflection Exercise
12:15-1:00 Large Group Discussion


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS is the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair, Department of Surgery, at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Professor of Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. In addition to her clinical practice in gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, Dr. Bass has led a funded laboratory program in gastrointestinal epithelial injury and repair for 19 years. More recently, she has held leadership roles in the development of surgical quality initiatives at the national level in both the Veteran Affairs Health Care System and at the American College of Surgeons. A recognized leader in surgical education, Dr. Bass recently completed a 7-year term as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Bass is immediate past president for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and recipient of the Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons. Most recently, Dr. Bass was appointed to the Strategic Planning Group of the NIH National Commission on Digestive Diseases. She serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgery, SURGERY, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and The World Journal of Surgery. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed general surgery training at George Washington University Hospital and during her residency completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal physiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She has held faculty positions at George Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she served as Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair for Research and Academic Affairs.

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