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Tanja Gunsberger, D.O. General Surgeon
“Don’t hold back,” states Dr. Tanja Gunsberger, valuable advice for a third year medical student. The first time I met Dr. Gunsberger was at a “Women in Surgery” event at the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) Fall Conference in 2015. I was in Chicago attending the AWS Fall Conference and I was invited to this event last minute. Entering a room filled with accomplished osteopathic women surgeons was a bit unnerving, especially as a medical student. Nonetheless, I took a chance, introduced myself to a table of surgeons and met Dr. Gunsberger. Coincidentally, she is also a member of AWS and possibly the only osteopathic surgeon attending the AWS conference that weekend. We stayed in contact and several months later while I was in Arizona, we met again for dinner. I was amazed by the sincere hospitality that she provided me and the time spent offering advice and sharing her experiences in surgery. Leaving that evening, I realized I could find mentors when I least expect it, especially when I don’t hold back. Dr. Tanja Gunsberger received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. She completed her internship year at University of California Davis School of Medicine from 2002 to 2003 and went on to complete her residency training in General Surgery at SUNY-Downstate/Lutheran Medical Center in 2007. She joined AWS in 2006, had her membership lapse and renewed again in 2011. She is board-certified in General Surgery and currently practicing in Arizona. She has served as a volunteer board member for the Maricopa Medical Society since 2013.
Written By: Aileen Larson is a third year osteopathic medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington.