About the Episode

When Sareh Parangi, MD, witnessed her first operation in medical school, she knew immediately that she wanted to become a surgeon. Now years later, Dr. Parangi is one of the first women to become a full professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. However, she recognizes the challenges that a career in surgery can present to young women. A recent study showed that over one-third of women consider leaving residency because of the difficulty balancing their demanding careers with pregnancy and motherhood, and one-quarter of female surgeons end up leaving the field eventually. In this episode, Dr. Parangi discusses the seriousness of gender disparities that come with a career in surgery and why she has become an advocate to help female surgeons overcome barriers to do what they love, while also raising a family.

About the Guest

Sareh Parangi, MD:  Making Surgery a More Sustainable Career for Women

Sareh Parangi, MD, director of the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship and Thyroid Cancer Research Laboratory at Mass General, is a dedicated endocrine surgeon who is passionate about giving compassionate and personalized care to patients with thyroid cancer. She has expertise in molecular biology and applies this knowledge in investigating tumor growth in thyroid cancer.

Dr. Parangi is the inaugural co-director of diversity and inclusion in the Department of Surgery and is a vocal advocate for women in surgery and is focused on encouraging young women to enter surgery and helping them advance within the field. As a leader in her field, Dr. Parangi is a mentor for women hoping to enter surgery and is leading efforts to reduce attrition rates for female surgeons who are also raising families.

In 2018, Dr. Parangi was only the second woman to become a full professor of surgery at Mass General, and she currently serves as the president of the Association of Women Surgeons. In 2015, she was named the Australia/New Zealand Travelling Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Parangi earned her BA from Barnard College and her MD from Columbia University.


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