Current Stories


Sarah Abernethy

Sarah Abernethy Oo, MSW

From teaching in Northern Thailand to counseling a shelter in Tokyo, Sarah Abernethy Oo, MSW, senior director of Community Health Improvement at the Mass General Chelsea HealthCare Center, has led a life trying to help others. Today, she is leading a team of community health workers to help address social health issues, like access to care. Read Sarah’s story.

Marianna Bei

Marianna Bei, DMD, PhD

Dr. Marianna Bei’s mentor was her mother: a high school principal who showed incredible leadership skills and who was beloved by her community. Through her dedication and continuous efforts to excel, she inspired Dr. Bei to follow her dreams and to choose a path where her actions can improve someone’s life. Today, Dr. Bei is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Mass General. Read Dr. Bei’s story.

Geneviere Boland

Genevieve Boland, MD, PhD

Dr. Genevieve Boland, director of the Melanoma Surgery Program at Mass General, always knew she wanted a career through which she would contribute to the greater good. She believes she has the best job in the world and thanks her father for showing her the true definition of a leader. Read Dr. Boland’s story.

Amy Colwell

Amy Colwell, MD

Dr. Amy Colwell, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Mass General, learned from her mother and entered the surgical field because of the mental, physical and technical challenges she knew she could overcome. She hopes to inspire the next generation of women who choose medicine and surgery as their career. Read Dr. Colwell’s story.

Leigh Anne Dageforde

Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH

From accompanying her father on his hospital rounds and his international medical trips, Dr. Leigh Anne Dageforde, MPH, transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon at Mass General, felt empowered to become a surgeon from a very young age. She is thankful to have the opportunity to follow in her dad’s footsteps and provide patients with hope. Read Dr. Dageforde’s story.

Alison McManus

Alison McManus, DNP, FNP-BC

Alison McManus, DNP, FNP-BC, clinical research nurse manager and principal investigator in the Alzheimer’s Clinical Translation Research Unit of the Arnold Lab at Mass General, says that her inspiration comes from many generations in her family, especially her grandmother who was a midwife. Despite many challenges that she faced, Alison knew she wanted to make herself and her family proud by becoming a nurse. Read Alison’s story.

Sophia McKinley

Sophia K. McKinley, MD, EdM

After tragedy struck in her youth when she lost her father to cancer, Dr. Sophia McKinley, EdM, surgical education research and simulation fellow at Mass General, developed a strong interest in medicine. From seeing how the nurses and doctors cared for her father, she knew she wanted to grow up to treat patients with the same kindness her father received. Read Dr. McKinley's story.

April Mendoza

April Mendoza, MD, MPH

A loving family and a female mentor were the reasons why Dr. April Mendoza, instructor in the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Mass General, achieved her dreams. Now, she has the opportunity to mentor and encourage a new generation of women entering the medical field. Read Dr. Mendoza’s story.

Adriana Mocan

Adriana Maria Mocan

Adriana Maria Mocan, certified medical interpreter at Mass General, says her mother, a nurse in Romania for more than 35 years, is her inspiration. Adriana’s using her language skills in Spanish and Romanian to help patients and providers communicate better. Read Adriana’s story.

Leila Mostafavi

Leila Mostafavi, MD

Dr. Leila Mostafavi, research fellow in the Department of Radiology and Imaging, draws her passion for health care from her grandmother who worked as a philanthropist in Iran for half a century. Today, Dr. Mostafavi is following in her grandmother’s footsteps by helping people and making a difference. Read Dr. Mostafavi’s story.

T. Oseni

T. Salewa Oseni, MD

Dr. T. Salewa Oseni, surgical oncologist in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Mass General Cancer Center, has been influenced in her career by her family. Through their mentorship, she was able to accomplish her dreams while helping other women live a healthier and happier life. Read Dr. Oseni’s story.

Kaissa Oulhadj

Kaissa Oulhadj

Born and raised in North Africa, Kaissa Oulhadj, phlebotomist in the Diabetes Clinic at Mass General, wanted to become a nurse like her mother. It was very hard for her to enter this field in her home country, so she jumped at the chance to move to the United States to make her dreams come true. She feels lucky that she can make a difference with her patients every day. Read Kaissa’s story.

Maria Yolanda Parra

Maria Yolanda Parra

Working in health care has given Maria Yolanda Parra, clinical supervisor and manager at the Mass General Chelsea HealthCare Center, an opportunity to make a difference. She can treat others with empathy and have the ability to improve many people’s lives. Read Maria’s story.

Joan Quinlan

Joan Quinlan

Joan Quinlan, vice president for the Center for Community Health Improvement, has led an inspiring life fighting for women’s rights and serving as Governor Michael S. Dukakis’ advisor on women’s issues. Today, her work allows her to continue her mission to achieve social justice. Read Joan’s story.

T. Oseni

Peggy Settle, RN, PhD, NE-BC

After witnessing the care and empathy from a nurse who took care of her sick grandmother, Peggy Settle, RN, PhD, NE-BC, nurse director in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, knew she wanted to provide support and comfort to families who needed her. Read Peggy’s story.

Antonia Stephen

Antonia Stephen, MD

Dr. Antonia Stephen, surgeon in the Division of Endocrine Surgery at Mass General, is leading by her mother’s example and proving that women can be trailblazers in medicine. Read Dr. Stephen’s story.

Tatiana Sultzbach

Tatiana Sultzbach

When Tatiana Sultzbach, director of International Services at Mass General, saw her mother receive medical care in her native home of Colombia, she was inspired to pursue a career in health care. Her determination and dedication led her to where she is today: pursuing her passion. Read Tatiana's story.

Maryanm Bita Tabrizi

Maryam Bita Tabrizi, MD, FACS

Dr. Maryam Bita Tabrizi, FACS, director of the North Shore Medical Center Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, was raised by a single mother and grew up watching her mother’s strength, despite the many challenges she faced. Dr. Tabrizi wants to bring these same qualities that she learned from her mother by making her patients feel safe, loved and at peace. Read Dr. Tabrizi’s story.

Crystal Yeo

Crystal J. J. Yeo, MD, PhD

When Dr. Crystal J. Yeo, neuromuscular medicine fellow at Mass General, decided to become a doctor, she didn’t think it was unique to be a woman in medicine. Strong family role models inspired her and she hopes to provide that same guidance to others. Read Dr. Yeo’s story.

Danielle Zine

Danielle Zine

Danielle Zine, financial clearance manager in the Department of Radiology and Imaging at Mass General, knew she wanted to work in a hospital at a young age. She was inspired to join the health care industry from her mother and has loved every second of it. Read Danielle’s story.

Past Stories


Leslie Aldrich

Leslie Aldrich, MPH

Leslie Aldrich, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). Getting to contribute to one of the hospital's core missions—to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve—is what excites her the most. Read Leslie's story.

Susan Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS

Susan Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS, is a senior surgeon and director of the International Trauma and Disaster Institute at Mass General. She has been on the front lines helping victims and participated in numerous national and international disasters. Read Dr. Briggs's story.

Allison Bryant, MD

Allison Bryant, MD, is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. She also serves as the vice chair for Quality, Equity and Safety for the OB/GYN Department. Read Dr. Bryant's story.

Debra Burke, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Debra Burke, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is the chief nurse and senior vice president for Patient Care at Mass General. Debbie encourages young people to take advantage of the observational experiences available at Mass General to learn more about the opportunities in science. Read Debbie's story.

Sylvia Chiang, MD, MPH

Sylvia Chiang, MD, MPH, is the director of the Revere CARES Coalition at Mass General's Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI). She began her career at Mass General as a Spanish medical interpreter, where she was exposed to incredible stories of immigration and the challenges of living in a new country. Read Dr. Chiang's story.

Christyanna Egun, MA

Christyanna Egun, MA, is the director of Partnerships at the Center for Community Health Improvement. Christyanna loves having the opportunity to create inspirational opportunities for young people and their families every day. Read Christyanna's story.

Cristina Ferrone

Cristina Ferrone, MD

Cristina Ferrone, MD, is the surgical director of the Liver Program in the Division of General Surgery. She is also an associate professor of surgery. Read Dr. Ferrone's story.


Tricia Gordon, NP

Tricia Gordon, NP, has worked in many different nursing roles at Mass General throughout her 11 years. When asked about becoming a nurse, Tricia reflects back on her own mother (also a nurse) and caring for ailing grandfather when she was a young girl. Read Tricia's story.

Amelia Henning, CNM, MSN

Amelia Henning has been a midwife in Mass General's Obstetrics service for over 13 years. At Mass General, she values the opportunity to guide women through the great transition of having a baby. Read Amelia's story.

Marilyn Heng, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Marilyn Heng, MD, MPH, FRCSC, is a member of the Mass General Orthopedic Trauma Service. Dr. Heng discusses the women who influenced her on her journey into health care. Read Dr. Heng's story.


Daphne Holt, MD, PhD

Daphne Holt, MD, PhD, is co-director of the Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program. She is also an investigator in the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Her mother was an atomic physicist whose passion for work inspired her to follow a similar path. Read Dr. Holt's story.

Pamela Jones, MD

Pamela Jones, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Mass General. She says her job is "everything she could have hoped for as a young girl hoping to be a doctor." Read Dr. Jones's story.


Elizabeth Lancaster, MBA

Elizabeth Lancaster, MBA, is the executive director of the Department of Surgery at Mass General. For Liz, "the people and collaborative culture make Mass General an incredibly special place." Read Liz's story. 


Stephanie Lankford, MSN, CRNA, CPT

Stephanie Lankford, MSN, CRNA, CPT, works in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She served in Afghanistan and won many medals. Read Stephanie's story.


Stella Lee, MD

Stella Lee, MD, is a fellow with the Orthopedic Oncology Service at Mass General. Learn how she is exposing women and girls into the field of surgery. Read Dr. Lee's story.


Julie Levison, MD, MPH, MPhil

Julie Levison, MPH, MPhil, is a physician investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and an infectious disease physician at the Mass General Chelsea HealthCare Center. Read Dr. Levison's story.


Sareh Parangi, MD

Sareh Parangi, MD, is a professor of surgery at Mass General. She became the second ever female professor of surgery in the history of Mass General. Read Dr. Parangi's story.


Natalia Richey, CNM, MSN

Natalia Richey, CNM, MSN, is a new midwife in Mass General's obstetrics service. While she's new to Mass General, she has quickly come to love it. Read Natalia's story.


Natalia Rost, MD, MPH

Natalia Rost, MD, MPH, is the director of the Mass General Acute Stroke Service and associate chief of the Stroke Division. Since joining the Neurology faculty in 2007 after completing her training at Mass General, she has made significant contributions to the field of cerebrovascular disease. Read Dr. Rost's story.

Maryanne Senna, MD

Maryanne Senna, MD, is a general medical dermatologist and the co-director of the Mass General Hair Loss Clinic. She has a clinical and research interest in hair loss disorders, especially those affecting women. Read Dr. Senna's story.

Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD

Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD, is the associate chief of the Infection Control Unit and assistant physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mass General. She is inspired by her mother, a pathologist who immigrated from Argentina, as well as her dedication and pride in her work. Read Dr. Shenoy's story.

Jennifer Smith, MD

Jennifer Smith, MD, is a fellow in the Sports Medicine Center in the Orthopedics department. Learn more about her work in health care and why she believes more women and girls should be encouraged to enter the sciences. Read Dr. Smith's story.

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, is the chief of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Mass General. Her commitment to improving the health of those in underserved populations through research and clinical care is what drives her throughout her career. Read Dr. Taveras's story.

Read more women in medicine and science stories from MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Kara Warner, JD, NP

Kara Warner, JD, NP, is a nurse practitioner in the Brain Tumor Center in the Neurosurgery department. Before entering the health care field, Kara was an editor and attorney. Read Kara's story.

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