Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a colorectal surgeon who’s served as assistant residency program director for general surgery and an assistant professor of Surgery. I have been with the medical center since September 2018. I was appointed vice chair of Education on July 1.
I received my medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. I completed my general surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Chicago.
What are your research interests?
My primary research interest is in surgical education. I look at how we can best train the next generation of surgeons. I develop tools and strategies that help teachers and students communicate efficiently and leverage what we know about how people learn best. During my residency, I served as a clinical instructor for general and acute care surgery and as a fellow in surgical education.
What does your role entail?
I oversee all aspects of the department’s educational mission and work with residents, fellows and medical students. I am responsible for maintaining the highest level of accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, coordinating and analyzing the evaluation processes for all faculty and students, coordinating and overseeing research opportunities for trainees, planning and presenting faculty development workshops for departmental educators, and establishing and leading a Department of Surgery Education Council to further grow our fellowship and residency programs.
What is your vision for education?
My interest in and commitment to surgical education extends through my entire career and training, and my background makes this role an outstanding fit for me. I’m excited for this opportunity to lead the department’s education to new heights.