Keynote Speaker: Shieva Ghofrany, MD
Shieva Ghofrany, MD FACOG has been in private practice since 2003 at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology in Stamford.
Her coursework helped immensely when she was diagnosed in June 2016 with ovarian cancer and her newfound complementary knowledge improved her mechanisms of coping with her extensive surgical complications and 18 weeks of chemotherapy. Her cancer had arisen in the setting of her long history of endometriosis and her early detection at stage 2 helped solidify her belief that if women and doctors work together, we can STOP erroneously labelling ovarian cancer “the silent killer”.
Since February 2019, she has grown her social media presence (largely on Instagram) so that she can chat openly about “all things female”, focusing mostly on “increasing women’s knowledge to help decrease their anxiety” from 200 followers to almost 35K followers as of April 2022.
2023 Honoree: Seema Bakhru, MD
Seema Bakhru, M.D. is a highly trained and experienced radiologist specializing in body and breast imaging. She has practiced with Connecticut Breast Imaging and Danbury Radiological Associates for more than eight years and more recently with their affiliated practice, Premier Imaging at Norwalk Hospital.
Dr. Bakhru is the Chair of the Department of Radiology at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, the first female to hold this position in the two hospitals’ history. As the recent Assistant Program Director of the Norwalk Hospital Radiology Residency Program, she has worked with many young residents and inspired an upcoming generation of radiologists and breast imagers. Prior to completing her own Breast Imaging Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2013, Dr. Bakhru was the Chief Resident of Diagnostic Radiology at Hartford Hospital. She holds a Medical Degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University and is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Roentgen Ray Society.
She is a resident of Ridgefield, CT, where she lives with her two daughters and husband. Dr. Bakhru is an advocate for breast cancer prevention and early detection.