American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Research and Development Committee


Erica L. Mitchell, MD, FACS
Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS


Mark Aeder, MD, FACS


Christopher S. Awtrey, MD
Timothy C. Brand, MD, FACS
Lars Enochsson, MD, PhD
Teodor P. Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS
R. Eric Heidel, PhD
Matthew Lineberry, PhD
Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA
Philip H. Pucher, MD, BSc, MRCS
Richard M. Satava, Jr., MD, FACS
Malachi G. Sheahan, III, MD
Mika N. Sinanan, MD, PhD, FACS, Consultant
Amber W. Trickey, PhD, MS, CPH
Boris Zevin, MD, PhD, FRCSC


Allison C. Anderson, MS, RRT, CHSE
Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, ACS Staff Consultant
Melissa Gesbeck, PhD, ACS Staff Consultant
Kathleen A. Johnson, EdM, ACS Staff Consultant
Gyusung Isaiah Lee, PhD


The Research and Development Committee of the Consortium of American College of Surgeons-accredited Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) facilitates and governs the conceptualization, development, and implementation of multi-institutional research programs across the AEIs.


  1. To establish an active and meaningful forum for Consortium of AEI Members to develop, catalogue, coordinate, and analyze collaborative research studies.
  2. To serve as a core leadership group to develop research concepts and interface with funding agencies and industry around shared research and development interests, evaluation of new technologies, and other opportunities.
  3. To help leverage the collaborative power of the Consortium of AEI Members to more rapidly answer research questions relating to the domain of simulation-based surgical education.
  4. To enhance communication among Members of the Consortium of AEIs and between the AEI Members and the ACS Division of Education around investigative efforts.
  5. To develop, with the input of all AEI Consortium Members, a dynamic global strategy (vision) for the direction of research in simulation-based surgical education.
  6. To encourage individual AEI Members to participate in multi-center collaborative research by offering each AEI the opportunity to initiate or participate in at least one multi-institutional research study annually.
  7. To facilitate implementation of uniform curricula and outcomes measures and standardization of devices, to support simulation-based surgical education and training.
  8. To designate research studies approved by the AEI Research and Development Committee as ACS AEI Sponsored for grant support, presentations, and publications, in order to enhance the credibility and impact of the studies.