Career of Stanley surgeon honored with prestigious award

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SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 16 — Esteemed surgeon Ernestine Hambrick, MD, FACS, FASCRS, of Stanley, Va., received the 2022 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award on Oct. 16, 2022, at the Convocation ceremony preceding the opening of the ACS Clinical Congress 2022.

In 1973, Dr. Hambrick became the first woman board certified in colon and rectal surgery by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She practiced surgery for more than 25 years and established the STOP Colon/Rectal Cancer Foundation in 1998 to raise public awareness of colorectal cancer and preventative screenings.

At Sunday’s ceremony, outgoing ACS President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, MAMSE, recognized Dr. Hambrick’s lifelong advocacy for cancer patients and her relentless devotion to providing better patient care.

The Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award is named in honor of Mary Edwards Walker, MD (1832–1919), for her exemplary inspiration as the first female surgeon employed by the U.S. Army and the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor — the highest U.S. Armed Forces decoration for bravery.

After the Civil War, Dr. Walker devoted her life to supporting women’s suffrage and was a frequent lecturer on health care, temperance, and women’s rights. Most notably, Dr. Walker was unwavering in her commitment to service to her country and surgical profession, and repeatedly excelled in the face of significant adversity.

Through Dr. Walker’s example of perseverance, excellence, and pioneering behavior, she paved the way for female surgeons of today.

Past recipients of the award include:

2021—M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS

2020—Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS

2019—Raquel C. Bono, MD, FACS

2018—Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS

2017—SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS

2016—Mary E. Maniscalco-Theberge, MD, FACS

For more information visit the American College of Surgeons website.

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