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Yale Women’s Housestaff Organization (YWHO)


Established in 2019, the Yale Women’s Housestaff Organization (YWHO) serves residents and fellows across specialties to improve the well-being and advancement of self-identified women at Yale. We create a community for residents and fellows to share their experiences as women physicians and advocate for issues that can specifically affect their training and careers. The YWHO also collaborates with other women and minority organizations on shared issues for women residents and faculty. The organization is funded by the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME).

For the 2021-2021 academic year, the YWHO has created a needs assessment to better understand the experiences of Yale’s women house staff. The organization will be focusing on several activities including supporting mothers in residency, enhancing mentoring and networking opportunities for residents and fellows, organizing leadership workshops to help Yale women house staff excel in their careers.

Join us! There are many opportunities to get involved in leading the organization. Please email the executive board members if you are interested in helping run events or projects!

Executive Board


  • William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Surgery; Associate Cancer Center Director, Surgical Services

    Nita Ahuja, MD, MBA, is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine and chief of surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, effective February 1, 2018. Watch a video with Dr. Nita Ahuja>>Dr. Ahuja obtained her medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine and her training in general surgery at Johns Hopkins. She completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins focused on hepatobiliary malignancies and joined the faculty in 2003. Dr Ahuja's surgical specialization is in management of sarcomas and complex gastrointestinal cancers, including gastric, rectal, and pancreatic cancers. She has developed an international reputation for management of peritoneal cancer metastases with cytoreduction and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which attracts patients from around the world. She is a strong advocate for working with various disciplines to deliver caring and cutting edge treatment to her patients and is honored as a top doctor by multiple organizations. Prior to coming to Yale as chair of surgery, she was the director of sarcoma program and gastric cancer program.Dr. Ahuja is also a passionate advocate of clinician scientist and has run a laboratory focused on developing new knowledge to improve cancer outcomes. Her NIH funded laboratory has been focused on identifying new biomarkers for pancreas and colon cancers using liquid biopsies and stool DNA. She has also led over twenty national and international clinical trials on testing new therapies in gastrointestinal and breast cancers based on concepts identified in her laboratory.She is a national and international surgical leader and surgeon scientist who serves on multiple editorial boards and in national leadership positions including as an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, member of the American Surgical Association, New England Surgical Society, Southern Surgical Association and on the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Faculty and Academic Societies Administrative Board. She has published over 300 papers and book chapters contributing to both the surgical and basic science fields. Her many awards and honors include the William J. Reinhoff, Jr. Scholar Award, the American Surgical Association Fellowship, the Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award, and the Abell Foundation Award: Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development.
  • Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); President and CEO, Yale New Haven Health System

    Marna P. Borgstrom, ’79 M.P.H. began her career at Yale New Haven Hospital over 37 years ago. Her varied roles have taken her form post-graduate fellowship, to various staff and management roles, to her promotion in 1994 to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office at Yale New Haven Hospital. In 2005, she assumed the position of CEO of Yale New Haven Hospital & CEO of Yale New Haven Health and now serves as the CEO of both organizations. Marna chairs the boards of the Healthcare Institute and the Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare and is the past chair of Vizient, a Dallas, Texas-based healthcare company. She serves on several other boards including the Connecticut Hospital Association and New Haven Promise. Marna has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her advocacy and community involvement including the AHA Grassroots Champion Award, the Anti- Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award, The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award and Business New Haven Business Person of the Year. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Quinnipiac University and a Doctor of Business Administration by the University of New Haven. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and was awarded a Master’s of Public Health by Yale School of Public Health.
  • Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Digestive Diseases); Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of the Provost; Emeritus Director of Resident/Fellow Well-being, Graduate Medical Education

  • Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (YSM)

    I received my MD degree from Duke University and completed my residency training in Internal Medicine and my fellowship training in Nephrology and Hypertension at Yale new Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine. My patient care is in both the inpatient setting at Yale New Haven Hospital and in the outpatient setting at the New Haven Primary Care Consortium where I oversee a hypertension referral clinic, precept residents, and provide direct patient care. My entire career has been at Yale where I have served as Program Director of our Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency for 24 years, as Program Director of our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program for 10 years and as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine for 9 years. In 2016 I was appointed Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medicine Education. My research interest is in hypertension education, hypertension management and quality improvement in medical education.


Parental Leave Policy

All Yale House Staff are eligible to take paid parental leave as a part of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Lactation Rooms

We are pleased to announce that resident-only lactation rooms have been opened in the Hunter Building. You can use these rooms on a first come, first served basis.

Parenthood in Residency

Balancing medical training with family planning can feel like an impossible task. One mission of YWHO is to help support housestaff parents (or prospective parents) during a demanding period of their career. YWHO hopes to clarify and create policies regarding lactation at work, parental leave, and call responsibilities that make it easier for housestaff to understand their available resources and better inform their family planning efforts.

YWHO has created a WhatsApp group for Yale housestaff parents (or prospective parents) to share tips, concerns and resources. You can join the WhatsApp group here.

To become a part of YWHO’s parenthood subcommittee, please email