July 28, 2021
“There’s a bravado that goes along with the surgical personality,” said Dr. Rangel. “There’s a culture of not asking for help, but this tells us there’s a health risk in it.”
In an article in today’s New York Times, a study shows that women surgeons have a greater risk of miscarriage. Erika Rangel, MD, MS, one of the study’s authors and a gastrointestinal surgeon and surgical intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and her team have produced a large body of research on the experiences of women surgeons in training and beyond related to pregnancy and decisions to start a family. This work has already influenced policy changes on pregnancy, parental leave, and workplace accommodations for surgical residents and fellows.