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Welcome New Governing Council Members

Please give a warm welcome to several new members to the YFA Governing Council who represent a diverse cross section of surgeons.

Shubhada Dhage, MD, FACS
New York, NY

Shubhada DhageShubhada Dhage, MD, FACS, is an assistant professor of surgery and the associate director of diversity in cancer research, as well as the co-director of the Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities at New York University School of Medicine. Her research is in cancer disparities and cancer genomics. She is passionate about patient advocacy and serves on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Young Survival Coalition. She has served on the ACS Committee on Diversity Issues and the Board of Governors Surgical Training workgroup. Outside of her surgical career, she is the mother of three boys and enjoys hiking and playing soccer with her family.


Amalia J. Stefanou, MD, FACS
Detroit, MI

Amalia StehanouAmalia J. Stefanou, MD, FACS, is a colon and rectal surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, where she is active in residency education and outcomes research. Dr. Stefanou is originally from the metro Detroit area and attended the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital, followed by a colon and rectal surgery residency at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL. She has been active in the ACS both as a representative to the YFA, and also locally as a counselor in the Michigan ACS Chapter. Dr. Stefanou is also a member of the American Society of Colon Rectal Surgeons and the Association of Women Surgeons.


Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS
Newark, NJ

Stephanie BonneStephanie Bonne, MD, FACS, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of trauma and critical care at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Dr. Bonne completed her undergraduate work at Kalamazoo College, MI; her medical degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; and her general surgery training at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group. She then trained in surgical critical care and acute care surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She has benefitted from ACS membership as a Women in Surgery Committee mentee, a recipient of the Claude Organ Traveling Fellowship, and a participant in the Future Trauma Leaders program of the Committee on Trauma. Dr. Bonne sits on the council of the Association of Women Surgeons and serves as the communications co-chair, and is active in a number of surgical specialty organizations. She is interested in violence prevention and advocacy for firearm violence prevention initiatives. Outside of her surgical career, she is married to her wonderful husband, Jeremy, and they have three young children: Evan, Colin, and Charlotte.


Maya Babu, MD, MBA
Rochester, MN

Maya BabuMaya Babu, MD, MBA, is chief resident in neurologic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She will pursue a neurotrauma fellowship following completion of her residency. She was re-elected in 2015 for a second term on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. Dr. Babu is Immediate-Past Chair of the Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS) and serves on the ACS Advisory Council for Neurologic Surgery. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Resident Matching Program and was named a Visiting Scholar for 2015–2016 by the American Board of Medical Specialties. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2005 with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and a bachelor’s in psychology, earning summa cum laude with highest distinction honors in both programs. She graduated from Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA cum laude, and Harvard Business School in 2010.


Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS
Baltimore, MD

Joseph SakranJoseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS, is an assistant professor of surgery and director of emergency general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. After a comprehensive general surgery residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Dr. Sakran completed his fellowship in traumatology, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His past involvement in resource-poor settings, working with underprivileged and minority high school students, public health background, and personal experience as a victim of gun violence has provided him with a well-rounded background to take on the challenges of improving care among vulnerable populations both domestically and abroad. Dr. Sakran recently completed a one-year educational sabbatical at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA, where he developed a unique skill set that includes public policy, economics, and leadership development. He is a Past Chair of RAS-ACS, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the International Subcommittee for Operation Giving Back.