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Women in Gastroenterology

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Under the umbrella of the Division of Gastroenterology, we are committed to:

  • Recruitment of women to the field of Gastroenterology
  • Maintaining women faculty in Gastroenterology
  • Career development
  • Educating and encouraging research in women's health issues in Gastroenterology

The committee is comprised of faculty from different tracks, including MDs and PhDs, fellows, research staff/students, and ad-hoc non-GI faculty.

Committee Members

Dr. Kimberly Forde

Kimberly Forde, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, Division of Gastroenterology, Senior Scholar, CCEB, Chair, Women in GI


Faten Aberra

Faten Aberra, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Subspecilaty Interests:  Clinical-Educator,
    • Clinical:  Imflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastrointestinal Infectious Desease, General Gastroenterology
    • Clinical Research:  Inflammatory Bowel Disease Epidemiology, Natural History and Therapy
  • Location:  HUP
  • Email:  faten.aberra@uphs.upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.348.8222

Dr. Chang

Kyong-Mi Chang, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania and ACOS for Research, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

  • Subspecialty Interests:  Physician Scientist: Translational Research in Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease, Pathogenesis, Epidemiology/Natural History, Therapy, Viral Immunology, Immune Regulation
  • Location:  Philadelphia VA Medical Center
  • Email:  kmchang@mail.med.upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.823.5893, 215.823.5800 x 6730

Kathryn Hamilton, PhD, Research Associate

  • Subspecialty Interests:  Intestinal Stem Cells, Colorectal Cancer
  • Location: 910 Biomedical Research Building, II/III
  • Email:  haka@mail.med.upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.898.0157

Kelly A. Whelan, PhD, Research Associate

  • Subspeciality Interests:  esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, eosinophilic esophagitis, autophagy, cancer stem cells.
  • Location:  906 Biomedical Research Building, II/III
  • Email:  whelank@upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.573.1867



University of Pennsylvania Resources

External Resources



Women's Health:

  • Dr. Laurel Fisher, MD, Editor and Dr. Gary Falk, MD, Consultiong Editor of the special issue in Gastroenterology Clinics of North America on Women's Health in Gastroenterology.                         http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1T8XS3AL6M1v6w

Balancing Family and Work:

  • Verlander G. Female Physicians.  Balancing Career and Family.  Academic Psychiatry; Dec 2004, (28): 331-336. [pdf]
  • Carnes M. Balancing Family and Career - Advice from the Teachers.  Annals of Internal Medicine; Oct 1996, 125(7): 618-620. [pdf]
  • Slaughter, AM. Why Women Still Can't Have It All.  The Atlantic. July/August 2012. [article] [previous lecture]

Avoiding Burnout:

  • Spickard A, Gabbe SG, Christensen JF. Mid-Career Burnout in Generalist and Specialist Physicians. JAMA; Sept 25, 2002, 288(12): 1447-1450. [pdf]
  • Sotile WM, Sotile MO.  Beyond Physician Burnout:  Keys to Effective Emotional Management.  Journal of Medical Practice management;  May-June 2003, 18(6): 314-318. [pdf]
  • Robinson GE.  Stresses on Women Physicians. Consequences and Coping Techinques.  Depression and Anxiety;  2003, 17(3): 180-189. [pdf]
  • Linzer M, Visser M, Oort FJ, et al.  Predicting and Preventing Physician Burnout:  Results from the United States and the Netherlands.  The American Journal of Medicine;  Aug 2001, 111(2): 170-175. [pdf]
  • Gundersen L.  Physician Burnout.  Annals of Internal Medicine;  July 2001, 135(2): 145-148. [pdf]
  • Burnout and Suicidal Ideation Amoung U.S. Medical Students.  Annals of Internal Medicine; Sept 2008, 149(5): 334-341. [pdf]

Women in Medicine, Science, Leadership and Equality in the Workplace:

  • Untapped potential in the study of negotiation and gender inequality in organizations. Bowles and McGinn 2008. [pdf]
  • NASPA Journal about women in higher education.  Compton and Palmer 2009 p167. [pdf]
  • Women and the labyrinth of leadership.   Eagly 2007. [pdf]
  • Resource highlights.  FINAL annotated contents. [pdf]
  • The doctor-nurse relationship:  How easy is it to be a female doctore co-operating with a female nurse?  Gjerberga and Kjolsrod 2001. [pdf]
  • Women and the vision thing.  Ibarra and Obodaru 2009. [pdf]
  • Defining, navigating and negotiating success. Kalet et. al. 2006. [pdf]
  • Negotiation in academic medicine.  A necessary career skill.  sarfaty et al 2007. [pdf]
  • Who goes to the bargaining table?  The influence of gender and framing on the initiation of negotiation.  Small et. al. 2007. [pdf]
  • Negotiating workplace equality:  A systemic approach.  Sturm 2009. [pdf]
  • Negotiation.  thompson Wang and Gunia 2010. [pdf]
  • Your Company Doesn't Need a Women's Network. [article]
  • Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students 2012. [article]
  • U.S. Study Shows Unconscious Gender Bias in Academic Science 2012. [article]
  • Sponsorship: A Path to the Academic Medicine C-suite for Women Faculty? 2013. [pdf]
  • When Teamwork Doesn't Work for Women 2016 [article]
  • Sexual Harassment Must Not Be Kept Under Wraps 2016. [pdf]
  • Sex Differences in Physician Salary in US Public Medical Schools [pdf]


Friedman SD.  Total Leadership, Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life.  Harvard Business Press. 2008.

Goldsmith, Marshall. Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It.  Hyperion. 2009. http://www.mojothebook.com

Kegan, Robert and Lahey, Lisa.  Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization. Harvard Business Press. 2009.

Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Knopf. 2013.

Annual Radhika Sirinvasan Women in GI Lectureship

2011: Andrea Reid, MD, MPH
Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist Institution
Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center

2012: Helen M. Sheilds, MD
Associate Master, Oliver Wendell Holmes Society
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

2013: Sheela Crowe, MD
Professor of Medicine, Director of Research
University of California San Diego

2014: Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF

Division Director and Residency Program Director
Division of Gastroenterology, Loyola Medicine

2015: Kim Barrett, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Dean of Graduate Studies
Division of Gastroenterology, University of California San Diego

Women in GI photo

Vandana Khungar, MD, Kimberly Forde, MD, Gail Hecht, MD, Faten Aberra, MD, MSCE

Women in GI photo

Kimberly Forde, MD, Gail Hecht, MD, Kyong-Mi Chang, MD


AAMC Mid-Career Women Leadership Conference

2012: Kyong-Mi Chang, MD

2013: Rebecca Wells, MD

2014: Nuzhat Ahmad, MD  

AAMC Early-Career Women Leadership Conference

2016: Christine Hsu, MD

AGA Women in GI Leadership Conference

2015: Laurel Fisher, MD and Vandana Khungar, MD

2016: Kathryn Hamilton, PhD and Christina Twyman-Saint          Victor,MD, MTR

2017: Faten Aberra, MD, MSCE and Kim Forde-McClean, MD, MHS


For Penn GI Division

23 women/65 women plus men = 35.4%

GI Fellows Pluce Advanced Fellows

8 women/18 women plus men = 44.4%



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