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7 June 2018 Caprice C. Greenberg, Presidential Address - Academic Surgical Congress

With the increased diversity of our surgical workforce, we must examine our current practices and ensure that we are allowing for unbiased equality in career advancement. Empirical data identifying the underlying forces driving inequities will be examined, as will successful practices that have mitigated these issues in other disciplines. An important opportunity exists in the increasing diversification of the surgical career path, which requires a personalization of surgical careers that has not been traditionally afforded. The central role of culture will be explored and concrete recommendations to advance these agendas over the next 10 years will be considered

Dr. Greenberg is a tenured Professor of Surgery and the Morgridge Endowed Chair in Health Services Research at the University of Wisconsin. She is a surgical oncologist with a clinical practice in breast cancer and a health services researcher focused on improving patient safety and quality of care. Other leadership roles include Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery and Director of the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research (WiSOR) Program. She completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, as well as a surgical oncology fellowship at the Partners-Dana Farber Cancer Center. Her multi-disciplinary research program includes comparative effectiveness and patient centered outcomes research in cancer care, and performance and quality measurement and improvement in surgery. She has been funded by a variety of agencies, including NIH, AHRQ, and PCORI. Dr. Greenberg is a founder and past President of the Surgical Outcomes Club. She serves on the steering committee for Cancer Care Delivery Research at the National Cancer Institute and chairs the Scholarships Committee for the American College of Surgeons. She served as Recorder and is was the President of the Association for Academic Surgery from 2016-2017.

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