Woodrow elected WINS treasurer
April 08, 2019
By Leilana McKindra
Sarah Woodrow, M.D., a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center, is serving as treasurer of Women in Neurosurgery, an official section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
An active member of WINS for several years, Woodrow was nominated for the position and elected by the membership.
"Despite significant growth of women in neurosurgery we are still very much in the minority. Moreover, the medical literature suggests that as women we may well bring a different skill set to the table as part of our practice," she said. "I am excited to be part of this incredibly talented group of women who believe in nurturing some of these skills and also recognize the value in fostering a network of like-minded individuals. As I move into my mid-career stage of practice, I think it is important to give back to, encourage and promote those who are following behind me in the ways those ahead of me did for me."
The main goal of WINS, an international organization with members in Asia, Europe and Africa, is to foster a cooperative and supportive environment for women in neurosurgery, including those training to enter the field.
Initially an interest group that evolved into an official section of AANS/CNS, WINS educates, inspires and encourages women neurosurgeons to achieve their professional and personal goals, while also helping the neurosurgery field train and maintain a diverse and balanced workforce. In recent years, the group has become more involved in education programs and leadership training, including offering seminars and courses at each of the national meetings featuring topics such as enhancing mentorship programs, teaching to a diverse population and developing leadership skills.
"WINS has long been a group in which women can network and find mentorship in this field," Woodrow said. "With only 6 percent of neurosurgeons being women, double from when I first started 10 years ago, there is a need for peer support and guidance that sometimes can't be found in one's local environment. It's probably something I didn't appreciate coming out of residency, but I have definitely come to appreciate."
At KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System, Woodrow specializes in complex spine surgery, general neurosurgery, brain and spine tumors, and spinal disorders and diseases. Her one-year term as treasurer began last fall and, according the organization's leadership succession, is expected to advance to secretary, vice president and eventually, president.