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Past Fellows

Mehul Raval

MD, MS
2008-2010

Focus: Evaluation of pediatric surgical quality in the US
Current Position: Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University

Angie Ingraham

MD, MS
2008-2010

Focus: Assessment of emergency surgical care in the US
Current Position: Faculty, Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Ryan Merkow

MD, MS
2010-2013

Focus: Evaluation of surgical and oncologic quality and outcomes
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University

Karen Sherman

MD, MS
2011-2013

Focus: Surgical oncology outcomes
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Duke University

Morgan Sellers

MD, MS
2011-2013

Focus: Surgical education
Current Position: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellow, University of Colorado/Denver Health

Jennifer Paruch

MD, MS
2012-2014

Focus: Surgical quality improvement
Current Position: Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Oschner Medical Center, New Orleans

Mila Ju

MD
2012-2014

Focus: Vascular surgery quality and outcomes
Current Position: Vascular Surgeon, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Ravi Rajaram

MD, MS
2013-2015

Focus: Evaluating national policies seeking to improve quality
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Thoracic Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Sanjay Mohanty

MD, MS
2013-2015

Focus: Surgical oncology outcomes; surgical care of older adults
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Colorectal Surgery, Indiana University

Christine Kinnier

MD, MS
2013-2015

Focus: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Michael Wandling

MD, MS
2014-2016

Focus: Health care delivery, outcomes, and quality improvement in surgical patients
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Critical Care, University of Texas

Christina Minami

MD, MFA, MS
2014-2016

Focus: Surgical oncology outcomes, health policy evaluations
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Breast Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Richard Matulewicz

MD, MS
2015-2016

Focus: Urologic oncology outcomes
Current Position: Assistant Attending Surgeon, Urologic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John Oliver DeLancey

MD, MPH
2016-2017

Focus: Health policy evaluations
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Urologyist, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Daniel Brock Hewitt

MD, MS
2016-2018
Focus: Surgical education; surgical oncology outcomes

Current Position: Complex Surgical Oncology Fellow, The Ohio State University

Kathryn Engelhardt

MD, MS
2016-2018

Focus: Thoracic oncology outcomes; surgical education
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Thoracic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina

Eddie Blay

MD, MS
2016-2018

Focus: Vascular surgery outcomes
Current Position: Critical Care Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Melissa Hornor

MD
2016-2018

Focus: Geriatric surgery outcomes; Trauma/acute care quality improvement
Current Position: Acute Care Surgeon, Loyola University Medical Center

Ryan Ellis

MD, MS
2017-2019

Focus: Surgical oncology outcomes; surgical education
Current Position: Complex General Surgery Oncology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jessica Liu

MD, MS
2017-2019

Focus: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement
Current Position: Endocrine Surgery Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rhami Khorfan

MD, MPH
2018-2020

Focus: Surgical outcomes and quality improvement
Current Position: General Surgery Resident, St. Joseph Hospital

Cary Jo Schlick

MD
2018-2020

Focus: Surgical oncology outcomes and quality improvement
Current Position: Surgical Oncology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Tarik Yuce

MD
2018-2020

Focus: Surgical outcomes and quality Improvement
Current Position: MIS Fellow, The Ohio State University

Lindsey Zhang

MD, MS
2018-2020

Focus: Geriatric surgery outcomes; surgical education
Current Position: General Surgery Resident, University of Chicago

Egide Abahuje

MD
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

MD
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

MD
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

MD
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

MD
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.

Rachel Joung

MD
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

MD, MPH
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 Certificatein Health Services and Outcomes Research through the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Debbie Li

MD
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 medical 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 University.

Charles Logan

MD
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.

Brian Nasca

MD
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.