The Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) Program

There are only three female surgeons for every 1 million people in low-income countries.

The Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) program is a partnership between ReSurge International and SkinCeuticals, a L’Oreal company, to advance first-generation women reconstructive surgeons in low-income countries across the world.

Together, we created the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) program to support women through surgical training, leadership development, mentorship, and networking. Upon graduation, each PWRS cohort will impact an estimated 162,000 patients over their careers. 

Watch the PWRS Program in Action

We are tackling the gender gap in global surgery by training and mentoring the next generation of female reconstructive surgeons in low-income countries.

We Need More Women Surgeons

Less than 1/3 of surgeons globally are female
Women only make up 7% of the surgical workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa
5 billion people around the world lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical care

Meet the Female Reconstructive Surgeons Who are, Quite Literally, Changing the World

Meet the 2023 Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery Cohort

Dr Khosa

Dr. Armaan Khosa


Dr Thapa

Dr. Swosti Thapa


Dr Khanh

Dr. Tran N Nhat Khanh


Dr Mghase

Dr. Adelaida Mghase


Dr Gaibor

Dr. Karen Gaibor


Dr Nakazwe

Dr. Mildred Nakazwe


Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Matolase Mtonga, 1987 - 2021

The late Dr. Matolase Mtonga of the PWRS program was on track to become Zambia’s first woman reconstructive surgeon. In honor of her perseverance, leadership, and aspirations for a world where no one suffered needlessly due to a lack of access to reconstructive surgical care, ReSurge and SkinCeuticals have established an annual scholarship in her name. The Matolase Mtonga Scholarship for Women in Reconstructive Surgery will be awarded annually to one woman from a low- or middle-income country training in reconstructive surgery.

The Application for the 2024/25 Matolase Mtonga Scholarship will open in April, 2024.

Introducing the Third PWRS Cohort

ReSurge International and SkinCeuticals are proud to announce our third cohort of women reconstructive surgeons in the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) program! Six women from Ecuador, India, Nepal,...

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