Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Blog Post

Women Representation in Plastic Surgery Across the Globe: A Cross-Sectional Study of Human Capital and Research Output Using Artificial Intelligence

Women Representation in Plastic Surgery Across the Globe: A Cross-Sectional Study of Human Capital and Research Output Using Artificial Intelligence

The alarm of women under-representation in surgery has been going off for decades. Even in plastic surgery, women have been under-represented among researchers, faculty members, and invited speakers. This study documents country-level female representation among first authors and publications in influential research outlets in plastic surgery. Diagnosing gender disparities across the globe is crucial in promoting equitable representation in plastic surgery research. Our study expands the global evidence base for the barriers women face not only in entering plastic surgery but importantly in publishing as prolifically as men. The results show widespread female under-representation in authors and publications across the world. This suggests that resources, incentives, appetite for publications, and opportunities, which drive research productivity, the emblem of academic success, are unequal for men and women plastic surgeons. Policies and interventions aiming to attract qualified female candidates into plastic surgery research should be coupled with continued support and equitable access to training, mentoring, research networks, and development opportunities.


Co Authors : Georgios Karamitros
Outlet : Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, IF: 4.0, (2023)
Award : Best Poster Award, International Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Annual Meeting 2023
Link : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37130445/