Marika Russell, MD and Tania Benjamin, MD Nominated to the 2020 Muriel Steel Society Honor Roll

L-R; Marika Russell, MD and Tania Benjamin, MD

Marika Russell, MD, an Associate Professor at UCSF in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck surgery and Chief of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Tania Benjamin, a PGY-1 resident at UCSF in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery were nominated on June 10, 2020 for the second annual Muriel Steel Society Honor Roll.

The annual Muriel Steele Society Honor Roll celebrates influential and inspiring women faculty, fellows and residents in surgery and surgical sub-specialties.

The Muriel Steele Society (MSS) was established in honor of Muriel Steele, MD, the first woman surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) — now Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG). She was the first woman accepted to Stanford's surgical training program in 1957, the first woman surgeon at what is now Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and the first woman admitted to the Pacific Coast Surgical Association in 1977. Throughout her career, Dr. Steele experienced significant prejudice and overcame enormous obstacles on the road to becoming a phenomenal surgeon.

“It's an honor to receive this nomination,” said Dr. Russell. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to mentor and train so many talented young surgeons who inspire me on a daily basis to be a better physician and role model.”

Dr. Benjamin said, "I am honored to have been nominated to the Muriel Steele Society Honor Roll. Mainly, it is a testament to the outstanding training we receive from our OHNS attendings, who inspire me to always aim to be the best surgeon for our patients and continue to support the next generation of rising surgeons."