Women's Microsurgery Group

Women’s Microsurgery Group (WMG)


Our mission is to support women microsurgical and reconstructive surgeons in order to help them achieve their professional and personal aspirations. 


To facilitate networking and mentoring and to foster and promote professional development, as well as to provide a safe forum to help women achieve work-life balance


Open to any female member or candidate member of ASRM.


The WMG Mentorship Program is open to all women medical students, residents, and fellows attending the ASRM meeting.  If you are interested in participating as a MENTEE or MENTOR please select the appropriate link below to participate.  The mentees will meet informally one on-one with their mentors during ASRM at least twice during the meeting. The deadline to submit applications is October 15.

    BE A MENTOR                                       BE A MENTEE    

ViOptix Travel Scholarship:

The purpose of the Women’s Microsurgery Group travel scholarship is to foster early interest in reconstructive microsurgery in women medical students or residents. This year ViOptix will be funding two travel scholarships for the Women’s Microsurgery Group.  Funding by ViOptix includes travel to the ASRM Annual Meeting (coach fare, purchased at least 3 weeks in advance), hotel costs for up to 4 nights, and ASRM meeting registration fees. Awardee will be responsible for food/beverage costs outside of what is provided during the ASRM Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit the application is October 15For additional information regarding the Women's Microsurgery Group ViOptix Travel Scholarship please click here. 

Experience in the Eyes of the WMG Scholarship Recipients!

2019 - Cara Black
"Meeting the many professors, leaders of professional organizations, and innovative researchers in WMG was inspiring and provided me with tangible role models to emulate in the field. This year’s “Defining Career Success and Preventing Burnout” panel allowed me to gain wisdom and tools to make tough choices when prioritizing between career, family, and hobbies.(read more)
2018 - Alexandra Keane
"One of the highlights of the meeting was the Women’s Microsurgery Lunch Series, “Work Life Balance or Juggling Act?” Drs. Joan Lipa, Liza Wu, Anu Bajaj, and Aldona Spiegel discussed their personal approaches to maintaining a balance between their busy surgical practices, family, and hobbies that suits their personality and values. They then fielded questions from an audience of talented and ambitious young female microsurgeons (and aspiring medical students!), and provided candid, insightful, and valuable answers and advice.(read more)
2017 - Dr. Paschalia (Lina) Mountziaris
"Attending the 2017 ASRM Annual Meeting proved to be a truly inspirational and valuable opportunity. I am thankful for the welcoming hospitality of Dr. Lipa and all the members of the Women’s Microsurgery Group, as well as for the generosity of the WMG and ViOptix in funding my trip. I look forward to an academic career combining my interests in tissue regeneration and microsurgical reconstruction, and I am very appreciative of the valuable educational and networking opportunities that I gained by attending the Annual Meeting. Thank you again!" (read more)
2017 - Chao Long, MD Candidate, Class of 2018
"Although I had observed microsurgery cases as a third-year medical student, it wasn’t until I needed to create small defects in rat Achilles tendon-calcaneus constructs for my tissue engineering laboratory experiments that I found myself “operating” behind a microscope." (read more)
2016 - Dr. Katherine Santosa
"It was immediately apparent to me after attending the first few sessions why many attendees regard this meeting as “special” and “one of their favorites.” Given my interest in peripheral nerve reconstruction, I was captivated by the “Mind the Gap” combined panel, in which leaders in microneurosurgery discussed the pros and cons of using autogenous nerve versus nerve substitutes to reconstruct nerve gaps." (read more)
2016 - Dr. Jeanette Man

"Since high school anatomy, I have always seen plastic surgery as the ultimate artwork and this meeting confirmed that microsurgery was the necessary technique. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and cannot express my gratitude enough. I am determined to one day take a more active role in both WMG and ASRM by becoming a mentor to the younger generation, a leader in discovering new research findings, and an innovator of new techniques.(read more)

Previous WMG Scholarship Recipients

2019: Cara Black

Christina Vargas, MD

2018: Alexandra Keane

Stephanie Koonce, MD

2017: Paschalia (Lina) Mountziaris, MD, PhD

Chao Long

2016: Jeanette Man, MD

Katherine Santosa, MD

2015: Siba Haykal, MD

         Irene Pien, MD

2014:  Marquita Kilgore, MD


Committee Members

Aldona Spiegel, MD Chair Aspiegel@houstonmethodist.org
Angela Cheng, MD Member angelacheng@emory.edu
Summer Hanson, MD Member SEHanson@mdanderson.org
Dung Nguyen, MD  Member nguyendh@stanford.edu
Toni Zhong, MD Member toni.zhong@uhn.ca
Melissa Poh, MD Member melissa.poh@gmail.com
Heather Erhard, MD Member heathererhard@optonline.net
Caroylyn De La Cruz, MD Member delacruzc@upmc.edu
Stephanie Caterson, MD  Member sacaterson@yahoo.com


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