The Princess Margaret’s Dr. Gelareh Zadeh to speak at event on closing the gap for women in STEM


While we are celebrating how far we’ve come in gender equality on International Women’s Day, the matter of fewer women pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) compared to men remains a pressing issue. A free event, co-presented by University Health Network (UHN) on International Women’s Day, aims to help change that.

#PressForProgress: Closing the gap for Women in STEM will feature a panel of women with backgrounds in technology, research, and entrepreneurship who will share their professional experiences and ways to start making a shift towards closing this gap.

Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, the Head of Surgical Oncology at UHN and neurosurgeon-scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, will speak at the conference about her experiences in the field. 

“Neurosurgery remains one of the last surgical specialities where women are underrepresented. Still in North America less than 10% of neurosurgeons are females. I am proud of our institution, mentors and colleagues who support building my career and create the opportunities for growth. We need to celebrate and recognize that we have created an environment and culture that is supportive and fosters growth of all talent at PMCC and UHN,” said Dr. Zadeh.

Currently, men are twice as likely to pursue STEM fields at university vs. women and the women who do graduate with bachelor’s degrees in STEM earn just 82.1 % of salaries compared to their male counterparts.

Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario’s Chief Scientist, will kick off the event running Mar. 8 from 5 pm – 8:30 pm at JLABS (661 University Avenue, Suite 1300, MaRS Centre, West Tower) in Toronto. Other speakers will include Catherine Wang, VP of Clinical Operations and Diagnostic Partnerships at UHN, Christine Allen, Drug Delivery and Cancer Researcher at University of Toronto, Doina Oncel, CEO of hEr Volution, and Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO and Co-Founder of Canada Learning Code.