Women In Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (WICTA)
Special Interest Group

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Special Interest Group Description

WICTA is a special interest group within the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA). Our mission is to ensure excellence in quality of patient care through promoting a diverse, inclusive and equitable professional community in our specialty. WICTA was created with the purpose of recruiting, developing and promoting women and underrepresented minority physicians as leaders in cardiothoracic anesthesiology.

The purpose of this group is to provide networking and support of women via sponsorship, mentorship and education.

The special interest group reports to the SCA Member Engagement Committee.

The special interest group is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Executive Board, Advisory Board, and WICTA members.

WICTA Speaker Database

If you would like your name and topics/presentations to be added to this database, enroll now!

Those looking for speakers for Grand Rounds, conferences, etc. can submit an inquiry directly to WICTA@scahq.org to be provided with a list of speakers in the content area they specify.


Past Events


Webinar for Fellows & Junior Faculty
Hosted by the SCA’s Member Engagement Committee and the WICTA-SIG

WICTA Professional Development Mentoring Program Presents
Financial Health and Strategic Financial Planning

James Hargrave, Director of Financial Planning My Financial Coach
William L. MacDonald, CEO & Founder of My Financial Coach
Nora Yousif, Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President The Empower Wealth Group of RBC Wealth Management

Choy Lewis, MD, Northwestern University
Gina Linganna, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Agnieszka Trzcinka, MD, Tufts Medica Center


WICTA Professional Development Mentoring Program Presents
Leading From the Heart and Beyond:
Values-Based Leadership in Healthcare

Dr. Saadia S. Sherwani, MD, MS
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Kiran Belani, MD, FACC, FASE      
INOVA Fairfax

Abimbola (Bola) Faloye, MD, FASA, FASE
Emory University School of Medicine

Choy Lewis, MD 
Northwestern University

Daryl Oakes, MD
Stanford University Medical Center

WICTA Professional Development Mentoring Program Presents
Approaching the Job Search and Landing Your First Job as a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist

Dr. Choy Lewis
Dr. Agnieszka Trzcinka

Dr. Kiran Belani
Dr. Diba Daneshrad
Dr. Natalia Ivascu
Dr. Linda Shore-Lesserson
Dr. Marie La Penta McHenry
Dr. Tjorvi Perry
Dr. Stanton Shernan
Dr. Richard Thalappillil

2022 WICTA Webinar Series

July 26, 2022

    April, 21, 2022


    • Anne Cherry, MD | Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology | Duke University
    • Diba Daneshrad, MD, MPH | Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology | Province Cedars Sinai Medical Center
    • Marie LaPenta McHenry | Clinical Associate Professor | Stanford Hospital and Clinics
    • Sophia Poorsatter, MD | Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology | University of California, LA Medical Center
    • Emily Schmidt, MD | Minneapolis Anesthesia Partners | Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbot Northwestern Hospital
    • Preparing for Your First Job: What You Should Know!


    SIG Professional Development Program on Public Speaking

    October 10, 2020

    • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Harriet Hopf (University of Utah)
    • Featured: PDMP Mentees Nazish Hashmi, Chandrika Garner, and Angieszka Trzcinka
    • View Recording