From Healer to Crusader: Respected Surgeon Becomes Advocate for Women in Medicine

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Following her 10-year gender discrimination battle with two New York State institutions, respected surgeon Dr. Linda Brodsky launches new website and blog to advocate for women in medicine. Her online memoir, resource center and adventure-packed blog entertain and educate.

Women physicians across the country have a new advocate: Linda Brodsky, M.D. A respected pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Brodsky has spent her entire career improving the lives of children, but as a woman in the male-dominated field of surgery, her path was not without obstacles. In 2008, she resolved her claims of gender discrimination with the State University of New York and Kaleida Health after a protracted, hard-fought battle over pay equity and other forms of gender discrimination. Today, Dr. Brodsky embarks on a new phase of her life as a healer with the launch of her brand new website (http://www.LindaBrodskyMD.com), e-book and blog (http://www.TheBrodskyBlog.com). Both are designed to share her personal story while also bringing attention to the ongoing challenges women physicians face in their professional careers and to the harmful effect this has on our health system as a whole. Dr. Brodsky will continue her work as a surgeon through her practice, Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Associates.

Since she first tackled her personal battles, Dr. Brodsky has come to realize that thousands of women physicians across the country have faced similar discriminatory and career-limiting treatment. Now, she is making it her mission to educate the public--and those within the medical field--on these unfair practices and to call public and political attention to the issue.

"To say that I've had a fire lit beneath me when it comes to the issues facing women in medicine would be an understatement," said Dr. Brodsky. "When I discovered evidence and began to believe that I had been treated unfairly for years, I was devastated. But little could I imagine the challenges that lay ahead. My hope is that through advocacy and positive, proactive prevention, I can help current and future generations of women doctors avoid the same issues."

At http://www.LindaBrodskyMD.com, visitors can learn about Dr. Brodsky's experiences. An e-book, which acts as her online memoir (http://www.lindabrodskymd.com/ebook.html), illustrates the very personal elements of her path through medical school and residency on to her work as a surgeon. In addition, visitors can:
         • View letters and artwork from patients, students, residents and colleagues
         • Learn about her past and upcoming speaking engagements
         • Explore the detail-filled "Resource Center" for information on women in medicine, helpful links, and more on how they can get involved.
         • Read press coverage of Dr. Brodsky's work and court cases.

In addition, Dr. Brodsky keeps her readers informed and entertained with regularly updated blog posts on life in the hospital, advocacy work, relevant current events and more at http://thebrodskyblog.com, where she blogs on topics in categories including "Accidental Crusader," "Adventures in Advocacy," "Mentorhood," and "On the Job."

With http://www.LindaBrodskyMD.com, Dr. Brodsky begins her work on her stated mission:

To advocate for the equal treatment of women physicians in order to increase their numbers and advance their prominence in all fields of medicine. With careers that are built on objective, empirical standards for excellence, all women physicians deserve access to the same promotions, funding, honors, and financial support as their male counterparts, yet women are systematically denied them. Linda is committed to employing all avenues--public speaking opportunities, social media, print, broadcast, books and more--to fight for an end to this ongoing inequity. Linda will also work to illuminate the fact that the unfair treatment of women physicians is a public health issue that affects the lives of all men, women and children.

About Dr. Linda Brodsky, MD
Linda Brodsky was a woman who thought she had it all: family, friends and a career of international proportions. She spent 25 years building a well-respected department at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo. She also became the first women ever, in any surgical department to be promoted to tenured full professor of otolaryngology and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At the top of her career, she became aware of information that led her to believe that her she was a victim of gender discrimination, and she spent the next 10 years fighting her way through a legal labyrinth. Since the resolution of her legal battles in 2007 and 2008, she is devoting her energies to changing the status quo for the next generation of women physicians.

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