Ryan Ellis, MD (2017-2019)
Dr. Ellis was both a SOQIC research fellow and an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar. His research centered on surgical quality improvement and outcomes research pertaining to complex surgical oncology and hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery. Dr. Ellis also spent time investigating opportunities to improve burnout and well-being in surgical trainees. Dr. Ellis obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He took two years away from his general surgery residency at Northwestern to participate in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine postdoctoral fellowship, during which time he obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University.
Lina Hu, MD (2017-2019)
Dr. Hu was an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar in Residence and worked with the Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) program, which supports the implementation of evidence-based perioperative guidelines in hospitals across the country. Dr. Hu’s research focused on the structure and process elements necessary for surgical quality improvement. Dr. Hu received her bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Rice University in Houston, TX, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is a general surgery resident at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her research time, she also obtained a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University.
Jessica Liu, MD (2017-2019)
Dr. Liu’s research interests broadly include quality improvement research, health disparities, and resident education. She was also an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar in Residence where she worked on the national implementation of enhanced recovery pathways following surgery through the Improving Surgical Care and Recovery program. Dr. Liu obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Florida, a Medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, and a Master’s degree in health services and outcomes research from Northwestern. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Emory University to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at the American College of Surgeons.
Julia Coughlin, MD (2018-2019)
Dr. Coughlin's research interests are centered in surgical quality and related healthcare disparities. Her focus is on identifying pitfalls in accessing the standard of care for the lung cancer population, as well as assessing outcomes and quality improvement in thoracic surgery. Julie received her bachelor's degree from Xavier University and then completed her medical degree at Creighton University. She was currently taking time away from her general surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center to focus on research and to complete a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Issues in Health Services and Outcomes Research.
Eddie Blay, MD (2016-2018)
Dr. Blay had a broad interest in surgical outcomes, quality improvement, and disparities. He was examining vascular surgery quality measures from a structure, process, and outcome perspective. He completed his undergraduate years at Brown University. He spent a year at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, before enrolling at Duke University for his medical education. During medical school, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship to spend one year at Stanford University. He was taking time away from his general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, to complete his postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine during which time he obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research.
Kathryn Engelhardt, MD (2016–2018)
Dr. Engelhardt's research focused on adherence to national guidelines regarding treatment of surgical oncology disease processes, how adherence affects surgical outcomes, and identifying through qualitative research what barriers exist in preventing adherence. In particular, she had a special interest in thoracic oncology. Dr. Engelhardt completed her AB in Classics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and received her MD from University of Cincinnati. She was taking time away from her General Surgery Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina to complete her post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine during which time she obtained a Master's degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research.
Daniel "Brock" Hewitt, MD (2016–2018)
Dr. Hewitt’s research examined general and pediatric surgery quality outcomes specifically targeting infection improvement, readmission reduction, and cost containment. Additionally, he was investigating opportunities to optimize residency surgical training with a focus on general surgery attrition. He completed his undergraduate education at Saint Louis University and a Master’s in Public Health degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston while receiving his MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He was currently pursuing a Master’s in Health Services and Outcomes Research while a T-32 postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern Center for Healthcare Studies.
John Oliver "J.O." DeLancey, MD (2016-2017)
Dr. DeLancey’s research interests included surgical quality improvement, patient reported outcomes and cancer epidemiology, with a specific focus on urologic oncology. He completed his BS and MD at the University of Michigan and MPH at Emory University. He also worked as a cancer epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, where his work focused on racial disparities in cancer incidence and mortality and the role of environmental factors in cancer prevention and development. He was a urologic surgery resident at Northwestern and plans to pursue a career in urologic oncology and health outcomes research.
Richard Matulewicz, MD MS (2015-2016)
Dr. Matulewicz’ research interests included surgical quality improvement, process measure implementation, and care redesign for complex and rare urologic disease processes. He had 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 was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research as part of a supported research year. He was a urologic surgery resident at Northwestern and plans to pursue a career in urologic oncology and health services research.
Christina Minami, MD (2014–2016)
Dr. Minami's research focused on surgical quality improvement and outcomes pertaining to oncology, with a particular focus on soft tissue tumors (breast, melanoma, sarcoma). She was 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 was also working toward a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University.
Mike Wandling, MD (2014–2016)
Dr. Wandling’s research focused on health services, outcomes, and quality improvement measures in general surgery patients, with a particular focus on trauma and emergency surgery. He was 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 MD 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 was also a Clinical Research Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wandling was a general surgery resident at Northwestern pursuing a career in trauma, emergency surgery, and surgical critical care.
Christine Kinnier, MD (2013–2015)
Dr. Kinnier’s research focused on identifying and examining process and quality measures for oncologic surgery. She was 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 was 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 planned to pursue a career in colorectal surgery and health services research.
Sanjay Mohanty, MD (2013-2015)
Dr. Mohanty began his tenure as the ACS/American Geriatrics Society (AGS) James C. Thompson Geriatrics Surgical Fellow in 2013 after completing two years of general surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. During his time at the ACS he worked on several geriatrics-related projects, including developing a set of best practice guidelines for the perioperative care of geriatric patients, determining the risk factors for postdischarge institutionalization following surgery, and understanding the location preferences of patients receiving complex surgical care. He also participated as a member of an AGS-sponsored panel developing Clinical Practice Guidelines on Postoperative Delirium. Dr. Mohanty completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and medical education at Indiana University. His career interests are in geriatric surgical outcomes, quality improvement, and oncology.
Ravi Rajaram, MD (2013–2015)
Dr. Rajaram’s research focused on surgical quality improvement and outcomes research pertaining to thoracic surgery, in particular thoracic oncology. He was 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 BA at Washington University in St. Louis and received his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was a general surgery resident at Northwestern with a career interest in thoracic surgery.
Mila Ju, MD (2012–2014)
Dr. Ju’s research interests are focused on vascular surgery health services and outcomes research. Dr. Ju received her MD from the University of Kansas and her BS in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She was the first resident to enter the 0-5 Integrated Vascular Surgery residency program at Northwestern in 2009.
Jennifer Paruch, MD (2012-2014)
Dr. Paruch began her Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence at the ACS in July 2012 after completing three years of general surgery residency at the University of Chicago. As a Clinical Scholar, she has worked on several surgical quality improvement initiatives, including the ACS NSQIP Risk Calculator, a review of program accreditation, developing cancer quality measures, and evaluating hospital performance for cancer surgery. Dr. Paruch completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and medical education at the University of Michigan. Her career plans and interests are in surgical oncology, surgical outcomes, and surgical ethics.
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 was interested in examining surgical readmission and public reporting of surgical outcomes. Morgan was a 4th year medical student and the University of Pennsylvania and took two years to focus on health services and outcomes research.
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 was interested in pursuing a career in surgical oncology.
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 had 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 MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was a categorical general surgery resident at the University of Chicago. His career plans and interests were in surgical oncology, surgical outcomes, and health services research.
Angie Ingraham, MD (2008-2010)
Dr. Ingraham was an ACS Clinical Scholar-in-Residence from July 2008 to June 2010. Her research focused on patient- and hospital-level outcomes following emergency general surgery procedures using data from ACS NSQIP. She also worked with leaders in surgery to study outcomes following traumatic injuries using the National Trauma Data Bank. Finally, Dr. Ingraham supported various ACS programs and collaborated with numerous ACS staff members; specifically, she assisted with the development of the Trauma Quality Improvement Program, served on the Definitions Committee of the ACS NSQIP, and coordinated the development and publication of the ACS NSQIP Best Practice Guidelines and Case Studies. Dr. Ingraham studied biology at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, and completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL. She was a general surgery resident at the University of Cincinnati, OH, and an acute care surgery fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA. Dr. Ingraham is currently an assistant professor in the division of trauma, acute care surgery, and burn and surgical care at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.
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 that 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 was 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)
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 associate 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 MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Bilimoria’s clinical practice focuses on melanoma, sarcoma, and breast cancer.
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