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Research Team

Our mission is to become the destination department for surgeon-scientists and scientists in surgery.”

Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Research and Innovation

We help each resident develop an individualized plan that includes faculty mentors, funding, advanced degrees or certification, and other career development activities. We are committed to recruiting and training the best of the next generation of leaders in academic surgery.”

Karen J Ho, MD
Director of Resident Research

James Burns

Research Administrator, Transplant Surgery

james.burns( at )northwestern.edu

Supports PIs in the Comprehensive Transplant Center

Lynnette Dangerfield

Research Project Manager, Vascular Surgery

l-dangerfield( at )northwestern.edu

Supports PIs: Ho, Jiang, Eskandari and Vascular Surgery

Mike Doran

Senior Research Administrator, Surgery

mike.doran( at )nm.org

Supports PIs: Bethke, Clare, Hansen, Khan, Kulkarni, Bentrem, Bilimoria, Elaraj, Ghomrawi, Gordon, Johnson, Avella Patino, Bharat, Garza-Castillon, Kim, Kurihara, Lung, Odell, Issa Posluszny, Shapiro, Tatebe

Jazmin Ledesma

Research Administrator, Surgery

jazmin.ledesma( at )nm.org

Supports PIs: Abbass, Halverson, Hungness, McGee, Mueller, Nagle, Poylin, Strong, Stulberg, Teitelbaum, Dumanian, Ellis, Galiano, Jordan, Kim, Ko

Kelly Memmer

Assistant Director of Research and Finance, Comprehensive Transplant Center

k-memmer( at )northwestern.edu

Supports PIs in the Comprehensive Transplant Center

Tanikka Mitchell

Manager of Research Administration, Surgery

tanikka( at )northwestern.edu

Supports PIs: Grady, Malaisrie, McCarthy, Hu, Merkow, Raval, Sturgeon, Wayne, Yang, Alam, Schwulst, Stey

Melanie Mkrdichian

Director of Research Operations, Surgery

mblaszak( at )nm.org

Melanie Mkrdichian oversees both the research administration and NU finance teams.

Brittany Palmer

Associate Research Administrator, Transplant Surgery

brittany.palmer( at )northwestern.edu

Supports PIs in the Comprehensive Transplant Center

Kashmeen Raza

Sr. Finance Administrator, Surgery

kash.raza( at )northwestern.edu

Kash is responsible for payroll management, financial management of non-sponsored accounts, and aids in the annual budget process.

Rhiannon Weathers

Program Assistant IV, Surgery

rhiannon.weathers( at )nm.org

Rhiannon supports the Vice Chair of Research and the Department of Surgery

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