64068-Tarras, Samantha

Samantha L. Tarras, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

MH - B 233
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Tarras currently serves as Associate Professor of Surgery. Dr. Tarras received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Indiana University, Dr. Tarras completed her General Surgery Residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center followed by her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan.  She then returned to Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center as faculty in the Department of Surgery.

Her clinical focus is Acute Care Surgery which includes caring for those with acute traumatic needs, those critically ill and patients requiring emergency general surgery.  She has additional training in robotic general surgery.

Dr. Tarras’s research focus is in surgical education. She has served as principal author for several peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Tarras is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infection Society and Association of Women Surgeons.

Key Publications

  1. Tarras SL, Thacker J, Bouwman DL, Edelman DA. Effective Large Group Teaching for General Surgery. Surgical Clinics of North America. 08/2021;101(4):565-76. doi:10.1016/j.suc.2021.05.004

  2. Tarras SL, Somerset AE, White MT, Edelman DA. SCORE Usage Correlates with ABSITE Percentile in Surgery Residents. International Journal of Surgery & Surgical Techniques. 06/2020;4(2). doi: 10.23880/ijsst-16000148

  3. Tarras SL, Webber JD, Weaver D, Edelman DA. Feasibility of Real Time Measurement of Technical Skills in Flexible Endoscopy using a Smart Phone Application. Journal of Surgery. 04/2020;5:1296. doi: 10.29011/2575-9760.001296

  4. Tarras SL, Diebel LN, Liberati DM, Ginnebaugh K. Pharmacologic stimulation of the nicotinic anti-inflammatory pathway modulates gut and lung injury following hypoxia-reoxygenation injury. Surgery. 01/2013;154(4):841-8. PubMed PMID: 24074423. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2013.07.018

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Education
    2006 MD Wayne State University
    2002 BS University of Michigan
  • Research

    Dr. Tarras's research area of focus is surgical resident education related to the struggling learner. In addition, she focuses on gender issues that affect surgical training. Other areas include trauma patient outcomes related to critical care throughput and systems-based issues.

    Doximity Profile

  • Professional Organizations
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
    American College of Surgeons
    Association for Academic Surgery
    Association for Surgical Education
    Association of Program Directors in Surgery
    Association of Women Surgeons
    Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
    Society of Critical Care Medicine
    Surgical Infection Society
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care
    American Board of Surgery - Surgery*
  • Clinical Interests

    Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery (Hernias, Colorectal, Biliary Disease)

    Breast Disease

    Endoscopy (EGD, Colonoscopies, PEG)

    Emergency General Surgery

    Trauma Surgery

    Surgical Critical Care

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