Xiaodong (Phoenix) Chen, PhD, MSDr. Chen is a research associate professor in the Department of Surgery Education at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. As the senior director of Education Science, she helps design, implement and oversee educational research and instructional programs within the Department of Surgery. Dr. Chen’s research is focused on strategies for improving quality and efficiency of surgical training and patient care delivery by enhancing education for medical students, resident/fellow trainees, and faculty. She is also interested in artificial intelligence and robotic surgery techniques.


  • Bachelor of Engineering: Guangdong University of Technology
  • Master of Science: University of Nottingham
  • PhD: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Fellowship: Harvard Medical School

Research Interests

  • Surgical education
  • Dual-process (training and patient care) optimization
  • Patient care cost-efficiency and outcomes
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotic surgery

Editorial Boards

  • BMC Medical Education
  • Global Surgical Education

Professional Activities

  • Chair-Elect, Graduate Medical Education (GME) Section in the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Member-at-Large, Award Committee at the Association for Surgical Education
  • Member of three committees at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Affiliate Member of American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked as top 10% reviewer of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2021-2023
  • Ranked as top 10% reviewer of Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 2020

Current Funding

  • AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Grant (PI)
  • Intuitive Training and Education Grant (MPI)
  • Ohio State University Education Research Stimulus Grant (PI)