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Women in Gastroenterology

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New York Times
PNAS 2012 Moss Racusin



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

Kim 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

Kyong-Mi 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, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Subspecialty Interests:  Intestinal Stem Cells, Colorectal Cancer
  • Location: 655 Clinical Research Building
  • Email:  haka@mail.med.upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.898.0157

Marie-Pier Tetreault, PhD, Research Associate

  • Subspeciality Interests:  Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, reflux esophagitis, tumor microenvironment, angiogenesis, inflammation
  • Location:  909 Biomedical Research Building, II/III
  • Email:  mariepie@upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.573.1866

Kelly A. Whelan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Subspeciality Interests:  esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, eosinophilic esophagitis, autophagy, cancer stem cells.
  • Location:  946 Biomedical Research Building, II/III
  • Enail:  whelank@upenn.edu
  • Contact:  215.573.1867



University of Pennsylvania Resources

External Resources



Women's Health:

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]


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.



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