You are invited to join Women in Thyroidology
of the American Thyroid Association (ATA)

WIT Woman of the Year

Women in Thyroidology (WIT) elects a Woman of the Year who is announced during the Women in Thyroidology yearly gathering held at the Annual Meeting of the ATA. The Woman of the Year is selected based on her long-standing commitment to the ATA and to the advancement of women both within the organization and in the thyroid field. The nominees need not have been recognized for their academic or clinical contributions.

We are pleased to have recognized the following women for their outstanding commitment to mentoring and advancing Women in Thyroidology:

2012 – Carole A. Spencer, PhD
2013 – Virginia D. Sarapura, MD
2014 – Rebecca S. Bahn, MD
2015 –  Stephanie L. Lee, MD, PhD
2016- M. Carol Greenlee, MD
2017 Julie Ann Sosa, MD

The Women in Thyroidology (WIT) group of the ATA is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of a special initiative begun in 2002 to increase participation by women in our wonderful society.

Over the years, the members of WIT have made significant strides in increasing membership of women in the ATA. WIT has also established a Woman of the Year Award, to recognize a person who strives to selflessly fulfill the mission of WIT and who plays an integral role in mentoring of women trainees.

The women in our Association are leaders in thyroidology and eager to serve as mentors for new members.  We would like to encourage women scientists and physicians to participate in the camaraderie and benefits offered by our Association, including the WIT taskforce. The ATA thrives on close ties among members and more so a collegial atmosphere at the annual meeting. If you are new to the ATA, you will find this meeting to be one of warmth and collegiality; we hope that this is the first of many ATA meetings that you will attend.

With kind regards,

Honey V Reddi, PhD, FACMG
Honey V Reddi, PhD, FACMG
President, Women in Thyroidology


GOALS of Women in Thyroidology (WIT):

1. Recruit and retain more women ATA members.

  • More than 50% of graduating medical students and about 50% of endocrine fellows are women, 37% of ATA members are women (up from 10% in 2002).
  • Actively recruit women endocrine fellows, members of other medical and scientific organizations, and authors of ATA abstracts and other publications about the thyroid.
  • Welcome and mentor new women Associate Members to promote collegiality, network scientifically and socially, and encourage progressing to Active Membership.

2. Increase women’s visibility within ATA.

  • Nominate more qualified women to committee and leadership positions.
  • Encourage and promote the nomination of more women for ATA awards.
  • Suggest the names of women to participate in the annual meeting scientific program.

3. Better address women’s thyroid health topics at ATA and other meetings.

  • Increase coverage of autoimmune thyroid disease, maternal hypothyroidism, and thyroid disease and obesity.

4. Engage Women in Thyroidology in technology to promote professional and personal interaction.