This focused issue on “Women in Thoracic Surgery” is edited by Dr. Cecilia Pompili, from Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, St James' Institute of Oncology, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; and Dr. Leah Backhus, from Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
This focused issue is a collection of invited lectures presented during the symposium on Global perspectives from Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the past European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) conference in Dublin. This was an important session shared with the Woman in Thoracic Surgery society, involving perspectives from different continents to explore the current situation of female cardiothoracic surgeons across the world.
Cecilia Pompili, MD
Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, St James' Institute of Oncology, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Dr. Cecilia Pompili is a qualified Thoracic Surgeon who works at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds, UK. She is also an applied health researcher of the Patient Centred Outcomes Group (POG) at the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology of the University of Leeds. The research team focuses on the use of Patient Reported Outcomes, which allow patients to self-report adverse events and symptoms online with immediate integration into their electronic records to support their care and improve patient experiences.
She received his MD Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome, Italy and completed his Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona Italy.
Her research focuses on patient-reported outcomes (PRO) measurement and the impact of different Lung Cancer Treatments on Patients Quality of Life.
Leah Backhus, MD, MPH
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Dr. Backhus was trained in general surgery at the University of Southern California and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. She practices at Stanford Hospital and is Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Palo Alto. Her surgical practice consists of general thoracic surgery with special emphasis on thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques. She is Co-Director of the Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Program and has independent grant funding with a VA Merit Award through the Veterans Affairs Administration Health Services Research & Development and an RO1 through the NIH Skeletal Muscle Exercise Physiology Study Section. Her current research interests are in imaging surveillance following treatment for lung cancer and cancer survivorship care. Outside of Stanford, she is a member of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and serves as the Chair of the Women and Lung Cancer Task Group, a member of the AATS, Women in Thoracic Surgery, and board of directors of the STS.
Focused issue outline:
- Perspectives from the US: the WTS experience
- Perspectives from Europe
- Perspective from Africa
- Asian perspective
- Perspectives from South America
- Social Media and the Value of Mentorship
- Debunking myths and identifying opportunities
- From female surgical resident to academic leaders: challenges and pathways forward
- Lesson learned from Industry
- From the male point of view: beyond the #metoo
The focused issue “Women in Thoracic Surgery” was commissioned by the editorial office, Journal of Thoracic Disease without any funding or sponsorship. Cecilia Pompili and Leah Backhus are serving as the unpaid Guest Editors for the focused issue.