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Signe Braafladt


Interests: Endocrine Surgery, Thyroidectomy in Autoimmune Disease, Quality of Life after Thyroidectomy
Mentors: David Haggstrom, Andrew Gonzalez, Alexandria McDow

Dr. Braafladt is a Surgical Health Services Research Fellow at the Regenstrief Institute. Her research focus is on surgical outcomes and quality of life in patients after undergoing thyroidectomy. She is also interested in the effects of health disparities on surgical patients and is part of the resident DEI council focusing on expanding the quarterly Disparity M&M. She was born and raised in Duluth, MN before attending St. Olaf College where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She then moved to Norfolk, VA where she obtained her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Braafladt is taking time away from general surgery residency to work as a research fellow at Regenstrief and with the SOQIC team. She is also working to obtain a master’s in clinical research through Indiana University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Casey Silver


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.

Michael Visenio


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.