Dr. Hollands is a Pediatric Surgeon and is board-certified in general surgery. Her clinical and research interests are pediatric minimally invasive and robotic surgery and surgical education. She is the current secretary of the AWS (2013-2015) and serves on national and international organizational committees for the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education, the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, the Society for Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and has served on committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery and has chaired the Faculty Development Committee for the Association for Surgical Education and served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Medical Student Education for the American College of Surgeons. She currently works part time as a pediatric surgeon at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York and University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Hollands is a native of Alabama, earning her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She completed an Internal Medicine Internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a General Surgery Residency at The Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also completed a Pediatric Trauma Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. Dr.
Hollands joined the AWS in 1999. She was awarded the AWS Ethicon Research Grant in 2000. This funding launched her academic career as well as many long-standing personal and professional relationships with surgeons across the country and around the world. She has been active in the AWS, serving on various committees as well as on the AWS leadership council for 10 years representing these committees. She is most proud of her role in guiding the Career Development Resource (CDR) project to completion and transitioning this project into a more formal relationship with the American Journal of Surgery. During her term as Chair of the AWS/AJS Editor Task Force, AWS developed a manuscript submission process for an annual AWS issue of the American Journal of Surgery and instituted a scientific session for the annual meeting from the manuscript submissions.
For many years she has participated in the annual AWS Conference — as an attendee, a session co-moderator, abstract and poster judge for the Student & Resident Poster Contest, served on the conference committee and assisted with the CME process. She finds the networking, mentoring, and leadership experiences to be the most valuable assets of her AWS membership.