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Current Fellows

Egide Abahuje

Egide Abahuje

MD
Senior Research Fellow
2020-2023

 

 

Interests: Non-technical skills for surgeons

Dr. Abahuje’s research focuses on Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS), Patient Safety and Global Surgery. As a research fellow at Northwestern University he will focus on exploring factors affecting wellness of healthcare providers, context and needs assessment for NOTSS program, and exploring effective strategies for training surgical care teams Low and Middle-Income-Countries. Dr Abahuje completed his General Surgery training at the University of Rwanda in 2016. He thereafter completed a research fellowship in Simulation Medical Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and master's degree in Health Professions Education at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Brian Brajcich

Brian Brajcich

MD
Research Fellow
2019-2021

 

 

Interests: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Ryan Merkow, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Brajcich’s research interests include surgical quality improvement and healthcare outcomes, particularly in colorectal and oncologic surgery. He is originally from the Seattle area and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and continued on to obtain his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently taking time away from his general surgery residency at Northwestern University to pursue a two-year research fellowship. He is additionally a Clinical Scholar with the American College of Surgeons. During his fellowship, Dr. Brajcich is obtaining a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Matthew Chia

Matthew Chia

MD
Research Fellow
2019-2021

 

 

Interests: Vascular surgery outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Ryan Merkow, Ashley Vavra

Dr. Chia’s research will focus on tracking outcomes in the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), with a particular interest in outcomes of surgically and medically managed aortic dissection. Separately, he will explore methods to understand surgical education at the medical student and resident level. Dr. Chia grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA, before obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. He is taking time away from his training in the integrated vascular surgery residency at Northwestern to conduct his research, and to obtain a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Chelsea Fischer

Chelsea Fischer

MD
ACS Clinical Scholar-in-Residence
2019-2021

 

 

Interests: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Clifford Ko, Anthony Yang, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Fischer is an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar in Residence with her research centering on implementing evidence-based pathways in the Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) program. Her research interests lie in surgical quality improvement and outcomes relating to perioperative care. Dr. Fischer received her Bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art from Bucknell University and her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center to complete her research fellowship at the American College of Surgeons and a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Andres Guerra

Andres Guerra

MD
Research Fellow
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Vascular surgery outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Ashley Vavra, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Guerra is currently a resident in the integrated vascular surgery program at Northwestern. He will be performing two years of dedicated research between his clinical years in addition to pursuing a master's degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine. His research interests include quality outcomes in vascular patients with peripheral arterial disease and critical limb threatening ischemia and he aims to apply what he learns and develops these next couple of years back into the remainder of his clinical training. He is originally from Houston, Texas, was a Division 1 collegiate athlete (diving) at the University of Arizona and obtained his medical degree from UTSW in Dallas, Texas.

Andrew Hu

Andrew Hu

MD
Research Fellow
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Pediatric surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentor: Mehul Raval

Dr. Hu's research centers on Health Sciences Research and delivery of high-quality surgical care to Pediatric Patients. As a Rresearch Scholar for the SOQIC group and the Northwestern Division of Pediatric Surgery, he will be spending two years working on quality improvement and outcomes research for Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Hu has special interests in addressing health care access and quality disparities and is therefore obtaining a master's of Health Services and Outcomes Research through Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Hu holds a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery from the University of Sheffield and completed the first two years of his General Surgery Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to continuing residency at Northwestern University.

Martha-Conley Ingram

Martha-Conley Ingram

MD
Research Fellow
2019-2021

 

 

Interests: Pediatric surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Mehul Raval, Jane Holl

Dr. Ingram’s research centers on Health Sciences Research and delivery of high-quality surgical care to Pediatric Patients. As a research Scholar for Northwestern’s Division of Pediatric Surgery, she will be spending two years working on quality improvement and outcomes research for Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Ingram has special interests in addressing health disparities and inequities in pediatric surgery, and is therefore enrolling in the Certification for Health Services and Outcomes Research through Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Ingram holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, her medical degree from Emory University, and a Master of Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Rachel Joung

Rachel Joung

MD
Research Fellow
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Surgical oncology outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Ryan Merkow, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Joung is a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Research Fellow in Surgical Oncology. Her research focus is in health policy and outcomes and quality improvement in surgical oncology. Specifically, she is interested in health disparities in relation to race and socioeconomic status, adherence to cancer guidelines, and hospital variations in outcomes. She is also interested in utilizing patient reported outcomes to improve cancer care delivery. Dr. Joung was born and raised in South Korea, but spent the majority of her life in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her bachelor's degree in physiology from the University of Western Ontario and medical degree from NYU School of Medicine. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Northwestern University to work as a T32-postdoctoral fellow at SOQIC and obtain a master's in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Bona Ko

Bona Ko

MD, MPH
Research Fellow
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Ryan Merkow, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Ko's research interests include palliative/end-of-life care as well as bioethics informed health services and outcomes research. Specifically she is interested in understanding the drivers of variability in delivery of end-of-life care for terminally ill ICU patients. She grew up in New York City. She received a BA at Vassar College, an MPH at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and received her MD at Case Western University. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Northwestern to focus on her research interests while obtaining a Methodology Certificate in Health Services and Outcomes Research through the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Debbie Li

Debbie Li

MD
Research Fellow
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Vascular surgery outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Mark Eskandari, Ryan Merkow, Ashley Vavra

Dr. Li’s research focuses are in surgical outcomes and quality improvement in vascular and oncologic surgery with a particular interest in health disparities and global health. Dr. Li obtained her bachelor degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and medicall degree from Rush Medical College. She is currently taking time away from her general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center to complete a master’s in Health Services and Outcomes Research and T-32 postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern Undiversity.

Charles Logan

Charles Logan

MD
Research Fellow
2021-2023

 

 

Interests: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: David Odell, David Bentrem, & Ryan Merkow

Dr. Logan’s research focuses on surgical outcomes, health disparities, quality improvement, and patient safety.  He is specifically interested rural health, veteran’s health, surgical oncology, and thoracic surgery.  He grew up in a small town in Alaska and served in the U.S. Coast Guard before obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska and medical degree from the University of Washington. He is currently taking dedicated time away from his clinical training in his general surgery residency at Northwestern to work on research and obtain certification in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern’s Center for Education in Health Sciences.

MeiXi Ma

MeiXi Ma

MD
ACS Clinical Scholar-in-Residence
2018-2021

 

 

Interests: Geriatric surgery outcomes, surgical education

Mentors: Clifford Ko, Yue-Yung Hu

Dr. Ma's research centers on surgical quality and outcomes improvement with particular interests in health disparities, health literacy, and education. She is also an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar, focusing on geriatric surgical standards and outcomes. Dr. Ma obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology and photography at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB), Birmingham. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency, also at UAB, to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and obtain a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research through the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Brian Nasca

Brian Nasca

MD
Research Fellow
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Trauma and acute care outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Yue-Yung Hu, Anne Stey

Dr. Nasca’s research interests lie in surgical quality and outcomes in trauma, acute care surgery, and surgical critical care as well as improvement in resident education and surgical training. Dr. Nasca earned his bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Science Preprofessional studies at the University of Notre Dame, and his medical degree at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is taking time away from his general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center to participate in the SOQIC Fellowship Program, and earn a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University from Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Audra Reiter

Audra Reiter

MD, MPH
Research Fellow
2021-2023

 

 

Interests: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentor: Mehul Raval

Dr. Reiter's research focuses on Health Services and Outcomes Research and delivery of high-quality surgical care to pediatric patients. As a Research Scholar for the SOQIC group and the Northwestern Division of Pediatric Surgery, she will be spending two years working on quality improvement and outcomes research for Pediatric Surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Mehul Raval. Dr. Reiter holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Romance Languages, her Medical Degree, and a Master in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently taking 2 years away from her General Surgery training at Northwestern to focus on her research interests while pursuing the Methodology Certification for Health Services and Outcomes Research through Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Casey Silver

Casey Silver

MD
Research Fellow
2021-2023

 

 

Interests: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentors: Ryan Merkow, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Silver’s research interests lie in surgical outcomes and quality improvement as well as health disparities in surgical care. She grew up in central Massachusetts before obtaining her bachelor degree from Amherst College and then her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center to complete her research fellowship at SOQIC and obtain a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes at Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Gwyneth Sullivan

Gwyneth Sullivan

MD, MPH
Research Fellow
2021-2023

 

 

Interests: Pediatric surgical outcomes and quality improvement

Mentor: Mehul Raval

Dr. Sullivan’s research interests center on surgical quality improvement and outcomes with a special focus in healthcare access and disparities. As a research scholar for the SOQIC group and Lurie Division of Pediatric Surgery, she will be spending the next two years studying and implementing strategies to improve delivery of high quality surgical care to pediatric patients. During this time, she will also be obtaining a certificate for Health Services and Outcomes Research through Northwestern University's Institute for Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a supplementary major in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her Master of Science in Global health at Notre Dame prior to obtaining her medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and she has finished her first two years of general surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center.

Arielle Thomas

Arielle Thomas

MD, MPH
ACS Clinical Scholar-in-Residence
2020-2022

 

 

Interests: Firearm violence and injury prevention

Mentors: Brendan Campbell, Avery Nathens, Anne Stey, Karl Bilimoria

Dr. Thomas’s research interests are in public health and minority populations. She is particularly interested in violence and injury prevention from firearms. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature with Honors with minors in Chemistry and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also obtained her medical degree from the same institution. She took a year off during medical school to complete a master’s degree in public health at Yale University. She is currently taking time away from her general surgery residence at Medical Collegee of Wisconsin to work with the American College of Surgeons as a clinical fellow.

Michael Visenio

Michael Visenio

MD, MPH
Research Fellow
2021-2023

 

 

Interests: Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement

Mentors: Ryan Merkow, Karl Bilimoria, and Anne Stey

Dr. Visenio’s research interests are in minimizing health disparities within surgical populations and in health policy as it relates to access to surgical care. Dr. Visenio obtained his bachelor's degree at Creighton University with a major in Biology and minor in Public Health. He then went on to medical school at University of Nebraska. Between his third and fourth years of medical school, Dr. Visenio revisited the field of public health and earned a Master of Public Health at Harvard University. Following medical school, Dr. Visenio went on to general surgery residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is taking dedicated time from residency to pursue a research fellowship at SOQIC and earn a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University.

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