February 03, 2021

February 3 is National Women Physicians Day, a day to honor and recognize women in medicine everywhere. Women continue to break barriers and pave the way for future generations to pursue careers as physicians medicine where they diagnose, treat, heal and improve the lives of others. 

Earlier this year, Washington University spine specialist Deeptee Jain, MD, captured a significant moment: an all-female team at work at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Dr. Jain says, “I am so lucky to have a job that I love. Orthopedic surgery has given me they ability to restore function to my patients. I think it is so incredibly important to maintain an active lifestyle, and I have the privilege of helping patients with that endeavor.”

She adds, “I am proud to be a part of Washington University Orthopedics for so many reasons. Every surgeon here is a leader in his/her respective subspecialty, not just in St. Louis, but in the country and even internationally. We strive to be the best and brightest, changing the way we practice musculoskeletal care, ultimately to improve patient outcomes.”

While Dr. Jain is an active contributor to the future of medicine, helping to develop new models of healthcare delivery, she says one of the biggest challenges for women in orthopedics is fighting expectations of stereotypical gender norms. 

“Societal gender norms dictate the interactions we have as humans, and as a result, the consequences are not unique to medicine or the field orthopedics,” explains Dr. Jain. “In my own experience, some have assumed that I don’t care as much about professional success because I have a child or because I have a successful career-oriented husband. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” 

Dr. Jain is the only female spine surgeon at Washington University, and one of only a small group of female spine surgeons in the country. “Here at Washington University Orthopedics, I am so lucky that I have colleagues and mentors who support me. The actions of our department leaders have demonstrated that they truly believe in supporting women in medicine.”

Learn more about Dr. Jain, and why patients choose Washington University Orthopedics.

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