Women in neurosurgery


  • Lyudmila Verbova Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute, Kiev, Ukraine




women, neurosurgery, role models, society, support


The society in Ukraine is oriented mainly at male predominance in surgical specialities such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, traumatology, etc. Today among neurosurgeons men still dominate.

Today there are 767 neurosurgeons in Ukraine, 55 (7.2%) of them are women. There are 4 assistant professors and 1 professor among Ukrainian women-neurosurgeons.

One of most difficult problems for young neurosurgeons — is lack of appropriate role models. It is rather difficult to be a neurosurgeon for woman because of conflict between work and family obligations that is much more acute for women than for men.

Competent female neurosurgeons will serve as mentors and role models for the recruitment and retention of subsequent female students, interns and practitioners.

For the last years women’s role in society has changed; women need support from family and society.


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How to Cite

Verbova, L. (2011). Women in neurosurgery. Ukrainian Neurosurgical Journal, (1), 77–81. https://doi.org/10.25305/unj.58479