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There are 12 comments on Jennifer Tseng: From Receptionist to Chief Surgeon

  1. Dr. Tseng is an incredible surgeon and human being. Her medical skills combined with her true sense of compassion is rarity not only in the medical field, but in society in general. BMC is truly lucky to have her lead the Department. She is an inspiration for all who seek to improve the human condition.

  2. An excellent article about an impressive colleague in medicine. Step by step, more smart and kind female doctors (often moms) will find leadership roles. Like Dr Tseng, we will take these positions to the next level .. with intelligence and compassion.
    I’ve been mistaken for a nurse many times too. I just smile about it and carry on with my patients!

  3. How refreshing to wake up to this today. I am in awe of Dr Tseng. Congratulations. If you are speaking in Atlanta , I want to attend. I am fully inspired today. Blessings

  4. As a person who attended BUSM was very inspired by the story and elevated by the writing of Dr. Tseng- especially the close relationship between psychiatry and surgery and the knowledge that a patient is putting their life into a surgeon’s hands and that this is taken very seriously- I had a total thyroidectomy for multifocal thyroid cancer and knew my surgeon, Dr. Newkirk, would do his best for me (as he did).

  5. Congratulations to you, Dr. Tseng. I had worked at University Hospital (BU) as one of the first nurse epidemiologists in the US before going on to Stanford for medical school.
    It is very heartening, and I’m proud of Boston University, for having the wisdom of appointing you. You will most certainly help lead the way for women in medical leadership positions going forward-and in surgery makes it even better!
    Best regards,
    Marilyn Roderick, MD

  6. For Dr Tseng, to achieve this pinnacle of success(while being the child of immigrants, and that too in a field that has precious few women to begin with, let alone “foreign “ones)she had to be head and shoulders better than anyone else…because you see, only then would she be “good enough”.
    Many congratulations to her and many congratulations to the search committee for breaking down barriers, and being bold and brave in selecting such an outstanding surgeon to lead.

  7. Congratulations Dr. Tseng. I trained at Boston City in Pediatrics in 1969–and then taught at the San Francisco General Hospital. Dr Muriel Steele was our chief surgeon there, a remarkable woman surgeon, like Dr. Tseng. Thank you for this wonderful interview.

  8. Dr Tseng has broken the glass ceiling in Boston. Her humanity is obvious. Her all round skills in all areas will inform her management style. Please ask her to keep writing. We all need to hear from her and she will keep her sanity that way. Kudos to the people that hired her. “Will follow her career with interest”. Words spoken to me by Rollins Hanlon, beloved Director of The College of Surgeons, in 1976 , at a Harvard Surgical meeting!!
    Clare Wilmot FACS

  9. What an honour to witness this appointment. I hope that she will be able to mark from a position of influence the importance of humanity compassion honour and integrity while treating patients. So long have we had a sector which focused more on tangible skill and other measures rather than the truly necessary soft skills in medicine.

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