Meet our #WomanCrushWednesday of the week- Dr. Lindsey Sward, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology!

Meet our #WomanCrushWednesday of the week- Dr. Lindsey Sward, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology!

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“Also, find good female mentors. They are worth their weight in gold

 

Name:  Lindsey Sward

Specialty: General obstetrics & gynecology

Undergraduate education: University of Arkansas

Medical school: UAMS

Residency: UAMS

Fellowship: n/a

Hometown: Conway, AR

 

Tell us about yourself?

I am starting my 4thyear as staff here at UAMS and my 2ndfull year as the OB/Gyn clerkship director. After I finished residency, I did two years of private practice before coming back “home” to UAMS.

What are some fun facts about you?

I have an almost 5 year old son named Sam who is my constant sidekick when I’m not at work. I am married to my husband Erik of 8 years who happens to be the brother of my best friend from my medical school class. We also have a chocolate lab named Layla and a miniature dachshund named Henry.

I was a competitive gymnast in my younger days (until I tore my ACL!) and then a Razorback cheerleader in college.

What do you love about surgery? Your field?

I love that, in surgery, I get to tackle a problem head-on and fix it. There is a lot of instant gratification in that. I also love that I get to use creative problem solving skills in the OR. And it’s always fun seeing patients back postoperatively; they are almost always so appreciative.

My field is the best! I get to take care of women all day long, and they definitely make the best patients. I also love the diversity that OB/Gyn offers – I get to spend time on Labor & Delivery delivering babies, time in the OR, and time in the clinic building relationships with patients. Every day is different for me, and I love that.

Did you have a career before medical school?

No

What brought you to LR?

I was born and raised in Arkansas and did medical school and residency here. I really missed UAMS during my brief stint in private practice and couldn’t wait to come back! I love my colleagues, and I also love teaching residents and medical students, so UAMS is a perfect fit for me.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the hospital?

I like to spend time with my little family. I also enjoy running. I am an avid reader and can devour a book – fiction or non-fiction – in a weekend.

Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons?

Be confident! Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t as good with your hands as your male colleagues. Also, if something doesn’t come easy, like a particular technical skill, don’t feel defeated. Surgical skills, just like any other skills in life, get better with practice. Keep working at it.

Also, find good female mentors. They are worth their weight in gold.

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Dr. Janina B. Bonwich, MD, – General Surgery

Meet our #WomenCrushWednesday – Dr. Nina Bonwich, MD, – General Surgeon at UAMS

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I love the interface between knowing, thinking, and doing that General Surgery provides.

Name:  Nina Bonwich

Specialty: General Surgery

Undergraduate education: BS Music Education (West Chester U of PA)

Graduate education: MMus in Music Theory (University of Michigan, Go BLUE!)

Medical school: Post-Baccalaureate at Penn, Temple University School of Medicine

Residency: UAMS General Surgery

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

 

Tell us about yourself? I practice General Surgery. The first half of my career was spent in Community Practice in Fort Smith.

What are some fun facts about you? I was a professional musician prior to medical school. I play (at) the bagpipes.

What do you love about surgery? Your field? I love the interface between knowing, thinking, and doing that General Surgery provides. The depth and breadth of a general surgery practice can be staggering and, hence, challenging.

Did you have a career before medical school? I started my first career as musician in the US Marine Corps Band and I have had the privilege to teach at various levels including at the University of Michigan. I spent most of my time as a HS Band and Orchestra Conductor.

What brought you to Little Rock? I matched at UAMS for residency. After graduating and practicing in Fort Smith, I had the opportunity to come back to UAMS on staff.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the hospital? Study and play my bagpipes, read, cook, take pictures, and get beaten at chess.

Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons? Read and study!