Neurosurgery remains one of the last surgical specialities where women are underrepresented.

#PressForProgress: Closing the gap for Women in STEM

International Women’s Day is a chance for us to celebrate women who have made significant contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In fact, the word scientist was first used in 1834 to describe the research contributions of Mary Somerville.

However, the matter of fewer women pursuing careers in STEM compared to men remains a pressing issue. Today, an event co-presented by University Health Network (UHN), aims to help change that. #PressForProgress: Closing the gap for Women in STEM will bring together an all-female panel with backgrounds in technology, research and entrepreneurship to share their professional experiences and discuss how we can close the gender gap.

Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, the Head of Surgical Oncology at UHN and Program Medical Director of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, will speak at the conference about her experience in the field.

“Neurosurgery remains one of the last surgical specialties where women are underrepresented. Still in North America less than 10 per cent of neurosurgeons are females. There are a number of programs in North America that have actually never taken on nor graduated a female from their residency program,” says Dr. Zadeh.

Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario’s Chief Scientist, will kick off the event featuring Dr. Zadeh, Catherine Wang, VP of Clinical Operations and Diagnostic Partnerships at UHN, Christine Allen, Drug Delivery and Cancer Researcher at University of Toronto, Doina Oncel, CEO of hEr Volution, and Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO and Co-Founder of Canada Learning Code.

For more information, view the event invite here.