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Surgeons as Educators Faculty

Paul J. Schenarts, MD, FACS, Course Chair

Dr. Schenarts is a professor of surgery, the vice chair for academic affairs, and the chief of trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. A native of Connecticut, he graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut, where he also completed a postsophomore fellowship in anatomic pathology, and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Schenarts completed his general surgery residency at Maine Medical Center, during which he also completed a two-year NIH trauma research fellowship in the investigational intensive care unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After residency, he completed a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University and then served as co-medical director of Vanderbilt Life Flight. He was then recruited to East Carolina University School of Medicine, where he spent the next 12 years. While at East Carolina, Dr. Schenarts served as director of the general surgery residency, assistant dean for clinical academic affairs, and director of the surgery clerkship.

Dr. Schenarts is a nationally known surgical educator and has won numerous teaching awards, including the University Board of Governors Award as one of the best teachers within the entire University of North Carolina system consisting of 17 colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of the Master Educator Award, the Jones Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Best Clinical Educator Award, and has also received the National Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education. Similarly, his research interests are focused on surgical education and leadership.

In addition to his academic and clinical pursuits, Dr. Schenarts was a Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and has served four deployments in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. He has served as commander of forward surgical teams and chief of surgery at combat support hospitals. He has received the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal for his actions in Afghanistan. In July 2012, he assumed the role of chief of trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency surgery at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He also serves as the physician medical director for the City of Omaha Fire Department.

Debra A. DaRosa, PhD, Course Director

Dr. Debra DaRosa is a professor emerita of surgery and medical education in the department of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSOM), where she served as the vice chair of education for 16 years. She began her academic career in surgical education in 1980 and has dedicated the majority of that time to developing and delivering faculty development programs, pursuing educational research and consulting with clinical departments, hospitals, and professional societies. She has published over 100 abstracts, papers, and book chapters, and has presented her research, keynote addresses, and faculty development programs at regional, national and international forums.

Dr. DaRosa serves as the Course Director of the ACS Surgeons as Educators course and has since its start in 1993. She is the program director of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO) Academic Scholars and Leaders Program which graduates approximately 23 academic scholars per year. She consulted on the design of the ACS Resident as Teacher and Leader course and serves on the faculty. Each year Dr. DaRosa teaches several other national faculty and resident teacher development programs for various surgical organizations and institutions. Dr. DaRosa was the first nonclinician elected President of the Association for Surgical Education, an organization comprised of over 900 surgeon members. This same organization honored her with the Distinguished Educator Award in 2001. Dr. DaRosa served on the editorial boards of the AAMC’s journal, Academic Medicine and the ACGME’s Journal of Graduate Medical Education until her semi-retirement in 2014.

Dr. DaRosa was made an honorary member of the Association of Women Surgeons and is one of two nonsurgeons awarded an honorary membership to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

David A. Rogers, MD, MHPE, FACS, FAAP

Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the departments of surgery, medical education, and pediatrics and is the senior associate dean of faculty development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Georgia. He subsequently completed his pediatric general surgery training at the University of Tennessee and a pediatric surgery oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He received a master of health professions education degree (MHPE) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has also completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship program sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education. He has been involved in a number of research programs related to medical and surgical education.

Outside of his research and clinical activities, Dr. Rogers has served in a number of educational administrative roles and is currently the Course Chair of the ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders course. A recipient of numerous departmental and institutional teaching awards, Dr. Rogers is a 2012 recipient of an Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award.

Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE, FACS

Dr. Roy Phitayakorn completed his residency training in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 2011. He is currently an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS) with a clinical practice in general and endocrine surgery at the main campus of MGH. Dr. Phitayakorn is also the MGH director of surgical education research and the co-director of the ACS-accredited MGH Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship program. Finally, Dr. Phitayakorn is the senior medical education research and development consultant for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Phitayakorn also has a masters degree in medical education (MHPE) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His MHPE thesis was on phone communication preferences of general surgery residents and attendings. It won the best thesis award in 2007 and also best presentation at the 2008 MHPE medical education conference.

Dr. Phitayakorn is the associate editor for medical education for the Journal of Surgical Research. He is also an examination consultant for the American Board of Surgery and reviews medical education content for the ACS Resources in Surgical Education (RISE). He is also a faculty member for several national medical education courses and institutions, including the HMS Office of Global and Continuing Education, the Harvard Macy Institute, the ACS Surgeons as Educators course, the Institute of Medical Simulation, and the ACS Surgical Education Principles and Practice course.

Nancy Schindler, MD, MHPE, FACS

Dr. Nancy Schindler is a clinical professor of surgery in the department of surgery at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a senior attending vascular surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She attended Case Western Reserve University for undergraduate and medical school and completed her general surgery training at Northwestern. She completed a vascular fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital and a masters in health professions education at University of Illinois at Chicago. 

She is currently the E. Kurtides, MD, Chair of Medical Education at NorthShore where she also serves as vice president of physician development for NorthShore Medical Group. She is also chairman of the Patient Engagement Committee and vice chairman of education for the department of surgery. She is a core faculty member for the Medical Education Research, Teaching, Innovation, and Scholarship (MERITS) Fellowship and Training Programs at the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators. Dr. Schindler has won numerous teaching awards including the Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award. She has served as chair of the Awards Committee and the Graduate Surgical Education Committee and sits on the board of directors for the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. Schindler’s academic interests are in curriculum development and evaluation, faculty development and mentorship. Dr. Schindler has authored numerous publications and presented extensively on these topics.