Stacy Wentworth: Opening Doors for Talented Women

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Stacy Wentworth, MD, is a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of Cancer Survivorship at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a “Triple Deac,” having graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2004, then completed her radiation oncology residency in 2009. She returned in 2018 as faculty. Stacy provides compassionate, evidence-based radiation oncology services to cancer patients and leads our growing cancer survivorship program.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to spotlight the often unknown or unacknowledged contributions of women. Although we see more women in leadership roles, women are most of the healthcare workforce and provide most of the direct patient care across our system. I am inspired by the women around me and love to be on a team full of women.

Women’s History Month celebrates and reflects on the contributions of women to United States history. Who is a leader that inspires you and why?

As a central Illinois native, I have always been inspired by Abraham Lincoln. My father used to quote President Lincoln when I was upset about some injustice that I witnessed or suffered: “Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” As a leader, I remind myself when presented with new information to check my feet to see if I need to move and then stand firm.

At Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, we create a space where ALL Belong. How do you see Wake Forest Baptist fostering an environment where ALL Belong?

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist has provided the opportunity for me to realize my dream of a dedicated cancer survivorship program. I look around at the diversity of our workforce, of my team and our leadership, and I see women in the room at every level. The challenge is to keep opening doors for the talented women coming behind me.