Nardin Samuel - Trailblazer  (STEM) Award

Cove Neurosciences Inc. - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Samuel is a female minority in a male-dominated field of medicine and has excelled in her research training and made substantial contributions to the scientific literature in oncology, neuroscience, and medical education. Moreover, she leads a successful software start-up and is scaling her influence beyond the academic setting. Through her calm demeanour, kindness, intelligence, and strong work ethic, she undoubtedly inspires others and creates demonstrated change while achieving and sustaining success on her own terms. She has demonstrated a strong and unabated commitment to, and advocacy for, others through multiple initiatives. Most notably, she has been a “mover and shaker” and a real trailblazer in the field of neurosurgery in Toronto being the first female to have children during junior residency and working to implement an equitable parental leave policy to improve the landscape for the next generation of females and mothers in this field. In addition to participating on committees championing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, she has done extensive research and advocacy efforts for equitable parental leave at our institution and across North America, with the goal of expanding this to an international effort through her channels at the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons.. Dr. Samuel first led a study surveying the role of women in Neurosurgery in Canada and providing a historical perspective on the topic. She then led a research team to survey neurosurgical resident physicians across Canada and the US to better understand their experiences surrounding childbearing, fertility, and parental leave in this environment. She prepared this document for publication in the leading neurosurgery journal, the journal of Neurosurgery and the results will also serve as content for a White Paper to support women in neurosurgery. Within her company, Cove Neurosciences Inc., she created an open, inclusive work culture and established junior technology positions for early-career students to work and thrive in the health technology and digital health sphere.

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