Christine Laronga, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, has been named President of the Association of Women Surgeons. The international organization has more than 1,800 members and represents 21 countries.
“I am thrilled to be in this new position with the Association of Women Surgeons,” said Dr. Laronga. “This is my opportunity to give back to an organization that has offered me so much throughout the years.”
The association was founded in 1981 and is an educational and professional organization. It is committed to supporting women surgeons at various stages in their career, from medical school through retirement. The association offers members programs and services to engage current and future female surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals, empower women to succeed, and encourage them to excel in their aspirations. The 35-year-old nonprofit organization provides mentorship, education, and a networking community to promote contributions and achievements as students, surgeons, and leaders.
At Moffitt, Dr. Laronga treats women with all levels of breast disease, from benign cysts to metastatic breast cancer. Her research efforts include nipple and areola skin-sparing efforts after mastectomy and liposuction for arm lymphedema resulting from breast cancer treatment. She also conducts basic research in proteomics. ■