Behind Her Scalpel

Cathy Hung, DDS

A Practical Guide to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with Stories of Female Surgeon


Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the surgical arm of dentistry, a unique specialty bridging dentistry and medicine. Women are traditionally underrepresented in this specialty due to different reasons. Dr. Hung has brought together a collection of female surgeons to share their personal stories with the aim to inspire more women to pursue the wonderful and fulfilling specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Behind Her Scalpel includes discussions on diversity and inclusion, women in dentistry and surgery, tips and strategies to prepare to be stronger candidates for residency and fellowship, mentorship, leadership, relationships, and starting a family. Whether you are a student, a resident, or a new or seasoned surgeon, this book will help to illuminate your surgical career by rendering courage, knowledge, and strength every step of the way.

Cathy Hung, DDS

Dr. Cathy Hung is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a solo practice owner in New Jersey. She is a speaker, writer, and Certified Life Coach (CLC) about cultural competency. Her first book, Pulling Wisdom: Filling the Gaps in Cross-Cultural Communications for healthcare providers, is now available at ADA Bookstore as a practice management tool. This book is a result of her participation of American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership program.

Praise for Behind Her Scalpel

“What an amazing compilation of inspiring stories Dr. Hung has put together for us to share in the journey of women through dentistry and surgery! A must-read for any woman considering oral surgery as a specialty after dental school.”

Dr. Mary Jane Hanlon

Associate Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Founder, The Woman in Dentistry Podcast

“Dr. Hung’s perspective as a first-generation immigrant and a woman makes Behind Her Scalpel an inspirational read that provides readers with a look into the unique challenges and opportunities of female oral and maxillofacial surgeons.”

Susan Galvan

Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, American Dental Association

“This inspirational book puts together so succinctly the trials and tribulations of female oral and maxillofacial surgeons and is a must-read for anyone with an interest in surgery, social sciences, or diversity/inclusion.”

Shahid R. Aziz, DMD, MD, FACS, FRCSEd

Assistant Dean, Global Health Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine