Boston Doctors Show Off What a Surgeon Looks Like

Surgeons the world over are replicating a New Yorker cover.

A cover from The New Yorker is spreading like wildfire, thanks to a surgeon named Susan Pitt.

The illustrated cover, created by artist Malika Favre for the magazine’s Health, Medicine, and the Body issue, shows four female surgeons looking down at a patient on an operating table. After it hit newsstands on April 3, Pitt, an endocrine surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, called on fellow doctors to replicate the image, in an effort to show the country and the world that—even in a field dominated by white men—diversity abounds in the OR.

Pitt’s challenge didn’t go unanswered. Surgical teams have taken to Twitter en masse, posting their interpretations of the cover along with #NYerORCoverChallenge and #ILookLikeASurgeon.

The pose has been struck by physicians the world over, including some of our own here in Boston.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Mass Eye and Ear

This, indeed, is what a surgeon looks like.