Uplifting Minority Women with Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez

Welcome to the Brave Enough Show!  

 Quote: “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it…I want to be an example for other women who need a role model.” 

Episode 34: Uplifting Minority Women with Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez 

In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt and Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, a Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine physician at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Monica and Sasha discuss challenges associated with advancing gender equity and how women can support other women in the workplace. 

Dr. Shillcutt and Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez get real and talk:  

  • Being a voice for gender equity 

  • Speaking up for other women 

  • Balancing speaking engagements with family life 

  • Working in early morning exercise 

  • Sasha’s running struggles haha!   

Grab a cup of coffee & Enjoy!  

BIOGRAPHY

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Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez is an accomplished academic Physiatrist at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston where she is the Vice Chair of Quality, Compliance, and Patient Safety for her department, and is also the Medical Director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She earned her undergraduate degree at Rice University and her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine.  Her specialty is the care of patients with severe traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, and spasticity management.  She has a passion for teaching, wellness, and creating an environment of inclusion.  It may have stemmed from her humble beginnings in one of the poorest counties in the United States, but it now continues in the intersectionality of being a Hispanic female physician leader in a country where only 1.8% of the physician workforce is Latina. She has a passion for advocacy and promotion of women in medicine and her field via social media channels, where she is also Social Media Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  At the McGovern Medical School, she is the immediate past-Chair of the Faculty Senate, and belongs on multiple committees and mentors students, trainees and young faculty. In the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, she is on the Medical Executive Committee at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, and serves as a leader of many hospital and system committees. 

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, bargain shopping, and running all distances (from Master’s track relays to the Boston Marathon) .

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