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Women in Medicine

At Baylor Scott & White, we’re proud to celebrate the women who make us Better every day. Discover stories from the women who are inspiring a future filled with more innovation, opportunity and hope.

Novel treatment gives triple-negative breast cancer patients new hope

For people battling metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), one of the most aggressive forms of the disease, options are often limited. Joyce O’Shaughnessy, MD, an oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas and the holder of the Celebrating Women Chair in Breast Cancer Research, has worked tirelessly to …

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Women Leaders in Medicine: Fighting burnout and empowering female physicians

When Dr. Dawn Sears began her career in medicine, she was often the only female in the room. But as more and more women pursue careers as surgeons, physicians and clinical leaders, that number continues to grow. Today, women in medicine have more hope and opportunity than ever before — but barriers to progress remain. …

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5 things I’ve learned fighting breast cancer in my 20s

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 21 years old. Like most 20-somethings, I was innocent, carefree and just trying to figure out my place in this world. Cancer was nowhere close to being on my radar. But before you start throwing me a pity party, don’t. Being diagnosed with breast cancer at 21 hasn’t …

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Why diversity matters in healthcare: Q&A with Chief Diversity Officer Guwan Jones

In A Leadership Perspective, Baylor Scott & White Health leaders share insights on healthcare industry trends, current issues and best practices. As Chief Diversity Officer for Baylor Scott & White, Guwan Jones is a big believer in the power of listening. In her leadership of our organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts, she makes it her mission …

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11 powerful stories from women who inspire us for the better

Women in medicine — both past and present-day pioneers — charter new territory, drive boundless innovation and inspire thousands of futurists to further advance a lasting legacy. From Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, to the first mother to give birth to a baby born from a living donor uterine transplant in the U.S., …

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Reflections on the medical mission trip that changed my life and nursing career

Motivated by her own experiences with poverty, one registered nurse followed her calling and took her skills overseas on a medical mission trip to serve some of the poorest and least fortunate families in west Africa. Jacqueline Gallegos, RN, spent the holiday season far away from her family and instead, surrounded by strangers in a …

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How this woman’s smartwatch detected her hidden heart arrhythmia

Wearable devices and smartwatches have many practical uses, but did you know they can help detect heart problems lurking beneath the surface? 75-year-old Elizabeth Turner loves gadgets — a love that may have saved her life. Her daily workouts include weights and circuit training, yoga, Zumba and playing golf with her husband, all of which …

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My journey to get better: How I lost weight and overcame chronic pain

I’ve cared for patients in a healthcare setting for the last 16 years, but it wasn’t until my own battle with chronic pain that I had an important realization about health: it starts with you. It takes a will to get better. That willpower is what inspired me to overcome chronic pain on my journey …

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