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How do you imagine your experience of cardiac surgery differs from women like Nina Brown-Braunwald?

Sunday 8th March 2020

Betsy Evans - Unfortunately I have to say - not much different. However, being a woman now in surgery there are more females present in the working environment - anaesthetists, intensivists, perfusionists, senior nursing staff and "some" cardiologists.

Karen Booth - I’m inclined to agree. I would imagine that although some experiences are different in terms of the illnesses of patients and research challenges that Nina and I have experienced, I am sure unfortunately how I am addressed and respected as a consultant surgeon remain the same. Our family values are very much the same.Both my husband and I have supported each other to achieve our ambitions since school and made personal sacrifices and teach our children to do the same.

Betsy Evans - My husband and three children are instrumental in my happiness alongside my work which I believe Dr Braunwald and I have in common. Without the love and support of an understanding and forgiving family I would not have been able to pursue my chosen career. And, whilst Cardiac surgery is a male dominated specialty, working within my department I feel privileged to have two female consultant cardiac surgeons. Leeds Teaching Hospitals is breaking down the myth that females struggle to perform within this field!!