Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Previous Research Fellows

Mike Wandling, MD (2014–2016)

Mike Wandling, MD (2014–2016)

Dr. Wandling’s research focuses on health services, outcomes, and quality improvement measures in general surgery patients, with a particular focus on trauma and emergency surgery. He is also studying the impact of public reporting on clinical outcomes and quality improvement. Dr. Wandling completed his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his M.D. from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine, where he is working toward a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research. He is also a Clinical Research Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wandling is a general surgery resident at Northwestern pursuing a career in trauma, emergency surgery, and surgical critical care.

Christina Minami, MD (2014–2016)

Christina Minami, MD (2014–2016)

Dr. Minami's research focuses on surgical quality improvement and outcomes pertaining to oncology, with a particular focus on soft tissue tumors (breast, melanoma, sarcoma). She is also studying the effects of state malpractice environment on surgical outcomes. She completed her undergraduate education at Harvard University and received her MD from UCLA. Currently a T-32 postdoctoral fellow at the Centers for Healthcare Studies, she is also working toward a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University.

Richard Matulewicz, MD MS (2015-2016)

Richard Matulewicz, MD MS (2015-2016)

Dr. Matulewicz’ research interests include surgical quality improvement, process measure implementation, and care redesign for complex and rare urologic disease processes. He has a particular interest in utilizing real-time data feedback to drive decision making. Dr. Matulewicz completed a 9-year accelerated degree program (BS, MS, MD) at Tufts University in Boston, MA with a focus on biomedical design and engineering. In addition to his work within SOQIC, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research as part of a supported research year. He is currently a urologic surgery resident at Northwestern and plans to pursue a career in urologic oncology and health services research.

Ravi Rajaram, MD (2013–2015)

Ravi Rajaram, MD (2013–2015)

Dr. Rajaram’s research focuses on surgical quality improvement and outcomes research pertaining to thoracic surgery, in particular thoracic oncology. He is studying the factors associated with readmission in this patient population as well as researching adherence to nationally recommended guidelines in the management and staging of lung cancer. Dr. Rajaram completed his B.A at Washington University in St. Louis and received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is currently a general surgery resident at Northwestern with a career interest in thoracic surgery.

Christine Kinnier, MD (2013–2015)

Christine Kinnier, MD (2013–2015)

Dr. Kinnier’s research focuses on identifying and examining process and quality measures for oncologic surgery. She is currently investigating quality measures of sentinel node biopsies in melanoma. Dr. Kinnier completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and completed medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. She is taking time from her general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA to study surgical oncology quality measurement here at Northwestern University. Dr. Kinnier plans to pursue a career in colorectal surgery and health services research.

Mila Ju, MD (2012–2014)

Mila Ju, MD (2012–2014)

Dr. Ju’s research interests are focused on vascular surgery health services and outcomes research. Dr. Ju received her M.D. from the University of Kansas and her B.S. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the first resident to enter the 0-5 Integrated Vascular Surgery residency program at Northwestern in 2009.

Karen Sherman, MD (2011–2013)

Karen Sherman, MD (2011–2013)

Dr. Sherman’s research focused on examining treatment trends and quality of care for gastric cancer and sarcoma as well as on public reporting of hospital and surgeon quality. Dr. Sherman completed her undergraduate education at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI and completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She is currently a categorical general surgery resident at Northwestern. Dr. Sherman is interested in pursuing a career in surgical oncology.

Morgan Sellers, BS (2011–2013)

Morgan Sellers, BS (2011–2013)

Ms. Sellers’s research focused on integrating quality improvement initiatives into surgical education research. Morgan worked to refine a quality improvement education program for surgical residents whereby the residents complete coursework in quality improvement and then complete a project with the assistance of the hospital’s Process Improvement Department. In addition, Morgan is interested in examining surgical readmission and public reporting of surgical outcomes. Morgan is a 4th year medical student and the University of Pennsylvania and took two years to focus on health services and outcomes research.

Ryan Merkow, MD (2010–2013)

Ryan Merkow, MD (2010–2013)

Dr. Merkow’s research involved several surgical quality improvement initiatives. One of his more important projects involved developing a new quality measurement program for surgical oncology outcomes. Much of his work focused on how to compare hospitals on their oncology outcomes. He has also extensively examined the quality of care in the U.S. for esophageal cancer. Of note, Dr. Merkow had the top-ranked abstract for the 2012 Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting and won the James Ewing Foundation’s Harvey Baker Travelling Fellow Award. Dr. Merkow completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and earned his M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is currently a categorical general surgery resident at the University of Chicago. His career plans and interests are in surgical oncology, surgical outcomes, and health services research.

Mehul Raval, MD (2008–2010)

Mehul Raval, MD (2008–2010)

Dr. Raval was involved in several projects focusing on the quality of care in pediatric surgery. He has helped coordinate the initial testing of the ACS NSQIP Pediatrics module. In addition, Dr. Raval was interested in quality improvement and assisted with the formation of the Illinois ACS NSQIP Collaborative, a group of nine hospitals which work together to address postoperative quality of care. Dr. Raval completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He also completed a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. He is currently a categorical general surgery resident at Northwestern. He will be a pediatric surgery fellow at Ohio State University next year.

Karl Bilimoria, MD (2006–2008)

Karl Bilimoria, MD (2006–2008)

Dr. Bilimoria was a joint research fellow between the American College Surgeons and Northwestern University. His research focused on examining and improving the delivery and quality of healthcare for surgical and oncology patients. Dr. Bilimoria worked extensively with the American College of Surgeons on surgical quality improvement initiatives, in particular the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). Dr. Bilimoria is now a surgical oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is an assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Department of Surgery, the Institute for Healthcare Studies, and the Department of Medicine and the Social Sciences. Dr. Bilimoria obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He also obtained a Master’s degree in outcomes research from Northwestern. Dr. Bilimoria was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then at the American College of Surgeons. He completed his General Surgery residency training at Northwestern and then went on to a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Bilimoria’s clinical practice focuses on melanoma, sarcoma, and breast cancer.

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Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC)
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
633 N. St. Clair Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-695-4853
Fax: 312-503-4401

SOQIC is a collaboration of:

Feinberg School, NMH, Lurie Cancer Center