Dear Members of the SIOP Women Leaders Network,

The field of Paediatric Oncology has been transformed by unstinted efforts of many exceptional women. These women, despite innumerable obstacles, have broken through the proverbial ‘glass ceilings’ and achieved great success in advancing our understanding of childhood cancer. The 2024 SIOP Almanac of Women Leaders profiles many such women leaders and seeks to celebrate and honour their contributions.

Today’s profile is of Dr. Simone Abib, former IPSO President, and an accomplished paediatric oncology surgeon:

And here is Dr. Simone Abib’s advice to those who follow in her footsteps:

“Do your best as it is now given the circumstances. Be aware of what life brings as signs and opportunities. You have choices to make and build your life as you wish.”

Other profiles from the 2024 Almanac are available here:

Follow us on social media: Twitter/X: @PedOnco_Women and join the private LinkedIn Group:

Feel free to email the SIOP Women Leaders Network Steering Group leaders ( with any suggestions for activities or events that the Network can offer in 2024.


Warm regards,

Steering Group of the SIOP Women Leaders Network:


Dr. Sarah Cohen-Gogo, Canada (Co-Chair)

Dr. Faith Gibson, UK (Co-Chair)

Dr. Adedayo Joseph, Nigeria, Steering Group Member

Dr. Amita Trehan, India, Steering Group Member

Dr. Eman Al-Shamsi, UAE, Steering Group Member

Dr. Giselle Saulnier-Sholler, USA, Steering Group Member

Dr. Monica Cypriano, Brazil, Steering Group Member

Ms. Arliette Sulikhanyan, Steering Group Member

Ms. Liz Sniderman, Steering Group Member