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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.

Maura E. Sullivan, MS, PhD, Course Director

Dr. Maura E. Sullivan is a Professor of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar) and the Associate Dean of Simulation Education for Health Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). She has served as the Executive Director of the Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center in the Department of Surgery since 2005. In this role she has led the development of a robust surgical skills simulation program that has grown to include a procedural skills curriculum for residents from all GME programs at LAC+USC, a school-wide procedural skills curriculum for all medical students at Keck School of Medicine and numerous faculty-centered industry courses. In addition, she serves as the Associate Chair of Educational Affairs in the Department of Surgery. She has a joint appointment with the Rossier School of Education at USC where she is an Associate Professor and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Cognitive Technology. Her research interests include Cognitive-Task-Analysis, the development of expertise, technical skills training, faculty development and curriculum development.

Dr. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Fairfield University, her Master of Science in nursing/critical care from the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education at USC. She is actively involved in the Association of Surgical Education where she is the Director of the Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF), a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the grants review committee, Center for Excellence in Surgical Education, Research and Training (CESERT). She holds an appointment with the American College of Surgeons as an ATLS Educator, is the Co-Editor-In Chief for the Resources in Surgical Education peer review online journal and is a member of the leadership team for the development of an online assessment tool to measure readiness on incoming PGY 1 residents to assume clinical duties. In addition, she is a faculty member for the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO) Academic Scholars and Leaders Program. She has served on the Simulation and Interactive Technology Hub (SITH) Board of Directors at USC and served two years as an invited panelist, educational specialist for the grants review committee for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) for the US Army.

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

Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the Departments of Surgery, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics and an adjunct appointment in the Collat School of Business. He has served as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the School of Medicine since 2012 and in this role serves as the co-director of the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy. He was named the UAB Medicine Chief Wellness Officer and was appointed to the ProAssurance Chair of Physician Wellness in 2018. Dr. Rogers 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 completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) program sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education.

Before he began his administrative leadership roles, Dr. Rogers led an active research program in surgical education and served as a surgery clerkship director. He continues to be involved in surgical education and serves as Course Chair of the American College of Surgeon’s Residents as Teachers and Leaders program. He also serves as a co-director of the Association for Surgical Education SERF program. 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 (Med), 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 with a practice in general surgery and endocrine surgery at the main campus of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Phitayakorn is also the MGH Director of Medical Student Education and Surgical Education Research. He is also the Co-Director of the ACS-accredited MGH Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellowship program which has approximately two fellows a year. Finally, Dr. Phitayakorn is the Senior Medical Education Research and Development Consultant for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Phitayakorn also has a master’s degree in medical education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (MHPE). His MHPE thesis was on phone communication preferences of general surgery residents and attendings and won the best thesis award in 2007 and best presentation at the 2008 MHPE medical education conference. He was the first Surgical Simulation Fellow at the MGH Learning Laboratory and completed a certificate in simulation-based teaching from the MGH Institutes of Health Professions in 2011.

Dr. Phitayakorn is an examination consultant for the American Board of Surgery and develops medical education content for the ACS Resources in Surgical Education website. He is also a faculty member for several national medical education courses and institutions, including the Harvard Macy Institute, the ACS Surgeons as Educators course, the Institute of Medical Simulation, the ACS Surgical Education Principles and Practice course, and the Harvard Medical School Office of Global Education.

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 Chief Patient Experience and Provider Engagement Officer. She is also Vice Chairman of Education for the department of surgery. She is a core faculty member for the Medical Education Teaching Innovation and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship 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 on the board of directors for the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. Schindler’s academic interests are in curriculum development and evaluation, faculty development, patient experience, leadership development and mentorship. Dr. Schindler has authored numerous publications and presented extensively on these topics.