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40 Fast and Future Leaders of Surgical Services: Tania L. Cheng

December 5, 2019


40 Fast and Future Leaders of Surgical Services: Tania L. Cheng


I know it’s time to go home when… when the sun goes down or when my staff has everything covered and I feel like all other tasks can be handled the next day.

Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s… how you are able to gather your resources and tap into everyone’s strengths. To be a strong leader, it helps to be creative and flexible enough to adapt to change and communicate clearly and often with the team. Overall, everyone plays an important role and can affect the bigger picture, so I believe I am only as strong as those that I surround myself with.

One little thing I pay attention to is… details. All the information you will ever need is right in front of you. Sometimes you just have to open your eyes and pay attention; everything you need will make itself known.

Best advice I ever received… “Leadership is not being in charge, it is about taking care of people in your charge.”

My mentors are… the endless amount of people who come into my life, both professionally and personally, that have instilled their wisdom and experiences on me. I live each day with passion and intention to ensure that those who care about me, would be proud of my choices and actions.

I am here… to make a difference and leave an impact on the future in every aspect of my life: Perioperative Services, the military, and as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The future of surgical services… is in the hands of those who are inspired and choose to reach beyond the norms by lifting others up and being champions of quality patient care. Surgical Services is such a broad and dynamic realm that is being recognized as one of the most innovative departments of the healthcare environment. By combining perioperative foundations with innovation, anything is possible.

The most questionable thing I ever did… was doubt myself and not believe that I can make a difference.

The smartest thing I ever did… was believe that I could be a mentor and a champion of change.

If I hadn’t been a Director of Surgical Services, I would have become a… famous deejay or stand-up comedian. I enjoy music and making people laugh.

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