Women in Surgery


The Annual Women in Surgery Luncheon will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2022, during the Annual SCCACS Scientific Meeting at the The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara.

Enjoy this opportunity for students, residents, fellows and attending surgeons to not only learn, but also to meet and network with other female surgeons in a number of specialties!  The committee is very pleased and excited this year to have another distinguished guest speaker, Jo Buyske, MD, DABS

Women in Surgery: Tools for Promoting and

Amplifying Your Colleagues

Dr. Jo Buyske has been on staff at the ABS since 2008, initially as an associate executive director and director of evaluation. She was named executive director in 2017, and president and chief executive officer in 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Buyske was chief of surgery and director of minimally invasive surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Still clinically active, she remains on staff at the university as an adjunct professor of surgery. Her clinical experience focuses on applications of minimally invasive surgery to all areas of general and gastrointestinal surgery.

Originally from New Jersey, she attended medical school at Columbia University and completed her general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She began her career at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, before coming to Philadelphia.

Dr. Buyske is a past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and a former ABS director. She was elected to the ABS in 2006, serving on the board of directors for two years before being hired as associate executive director. Dr. Buyske is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), ensuring that the voice of the surgical community is heard in ABMS deliberations. She is certified by the ABS in general surgery.

You won’t want to miss this amazing event! Please make plans now to attend the Annual Women in Surgery Luncheon. Seating is limited, so you must sign up and pay in advance. Select this event when you register for the meeting! This is an optional event and has an additional event fee of $35 if paid for by December 17, 2021. 

Mark your calendars and make sure you RSVP for this event!