During the month of March, Massachusetts General Hospital is celebrating Women's History Month by highlighting our outstanding women physicians and staff members. Learn more about their journey into health care and why this month is important to them.

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 Massachusetts General Hospital. 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.

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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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