Women Professors of Ophthalmology

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Established in 2021 by Dr. Rukhsana Mirza and Dr. Misha Syed (both AUPO members), WPO’s mission is to foster the professional growth and advancement for women ophthalmologists in academia through creation of a peer mentoring network of Professors in our field. Through this network, WPO aims to enhance the professional development and equity of women in academic Ophthalmology.

WPO has created a network of mentors available to academic ophthalmologists for all stages of an academic career. This growing organization is intended to help women academic ophthalmologists connect and build relationships to guide and advance their own careers.

WPO coordinates with other organizations that have overlapping objectives to further the mission of WPO by supporting those initiatives that enhance the professional development of women within academic ophthalmology. We host professional development talks and provide networking opportunities at upcoming meetings, including the AAO and AUPO annual meetings.

Please check back regularly for updates!

Questions? Email: womenprofs.ophtho@gmail.com

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The 2024 Women Professors of Ophthalmology program is sponsored by Sponsored by AbbVie

Upcoming Events

Sept 2023 - May 2024 - Career Networking Program

Sept 21, 2023 - Developmental Network Kick off (open to all members)
Oct 5, 2023 - Mentee presentations of developmental network maps (open to previous cohorts)
Nov 16, 2023 - "Next steps"(open to previous cohorts) 
Jan 11, 2024 - CV Review & Biosketches - Led by Christina Flaxel, MD and  Kim Winges, MD
Feb 15, 2024 - Leadership - Led by Sandra Masur PhD and Lynn Gordon MD, PhD (open to all members)
April 18,2024 - Research - Led by ME Hartnett, MD and Susan Culican, MD, PhD (open to all members)
May 9, 2024 - Reflections


Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Mentee cohort on the completion of the WPO Mentoring Program:

  • Tahira Scholle, MD - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Christine Shieh, MD - Vanderbilt Eye Institute
  • Mary Champion, MD - The University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Annie Wishna, MD - University of Kansas
  • Grace Sun, MD - Weill Cornell Med
  • Sangeeta Khanna, MD - University of Michigan
  • Mary Daly, MD - BUSM
  • Merina Thomas, MD - OHSU Casey Eye Institute
  • Amanda Henderson, MD - Wilmer/Johns Hopkins
  • Afshan Nanji, MD, MPH - OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Mentee cohort on the completion of the WPO Mentoring Program:

  • Jennifer Lindsey, MD - Vanderbilt
  • Meghan Berkenstock, MD - Johns Hopkins
  • Aakriti Shukla, MD - Columbia
  • Jessica Randolph, MD - Virginia Commonwealth
  • Nisha Chadha, MD - New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Ujwala Saboo, MD - University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • Divya Srikumaran, MD - Johns Hopkins
  • Lucy Shen, MD - Mass Eye and Ear
  • Kim Winges, MD - Oregon Health & Sciences University

Podcasts – WPO Academia

Welcome to the "WPO Journey into Academia" podcast series. In this inaugural episode, our WPO co-hosts, Thasarat and Cat, interviewed WPO co-founders Drs. Rukhsana Mirza and Misha Syed. Our guests shared their personal and professional journeys and how they collaborated to create WPO as a way to ensure that current and future colleagues could reach their highest potential in their academic careers, no matter the pathway or the phase of one’s journey.

Episode #1: Drs. Rukhsana Mirza and Misha Syed, Co-founders of WPO – Our Journey

In the second episode, our WPO co-hosts, Thasarat and Cat, had the privilege of interviewing two distinguished women professors, Lynn K Gordon, MD, PhD, and Sandra Kazahn Masur, PhD. Our guests shared their journeys, how they overcame the unique challenges they faced and the aspects they have enjoyed the most about being women in academia. As distinguished scientists, they also shared insightful strategies on how to establish successful and fulfilling research careers, while navigating work-life balance as a woman in a demanding profession. Enjoy our highlight video and/or watch the entire interview via the below link.

Episode #2: Drs. Lynn K. Gordon and Sandra Kazahn Masur Highlight Video
Episode #2: Drs. Lynn K. Gordon and Sandra Kazahn Masur Full Interview

Webinar Recordings

The Legacy Mindset: Leaving Your Profession Better than You Found It - October 18, 2023

My Journey to Chair: The Why, The How, and the What Next - October 20, 2022

CV Building and Our Journey in Academia: What We Wish We Had Known Along the Way - October 14, 2021

Recent Events

WPO Reception at AAO Annual Meeting - November 3, 2023 - San Francisco, CA

WPO Reception at AAO 2023

WPO at AUPO Annual Meeting - January 26, 2023 - San Diego, CA

WPO Reception at AUPO 2023


WPO Mentees 2022-2023


WPO at AAO Annual Meeting - October 1, 2022 - Chicago, IL

WPO at AAO 2022

WPO at AAO 2022