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Current Clinical Scholars

Brian Brajcich, MD Brian Brajcich, MD

Dr. Brajcich is a first-year ACS Clinical Scholar-in-Residence as of July 2019. He is a general surgery resident at Northwestern University. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

Dr. Brajcich’s interest is in surgical outcomes and quality improvement research in the fields of colorectal and oncologic surgery. He is working on the first ACS NSQIP-based randomized trial, which is studying antibiotic prophylaxis for pancreaticoduodenectomy. He is additionally a research fellow at Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Center where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research. After he completes his training, he plans to pursue a career in academic surgery and surgical outcomes research.

Chelsea FischerChelsea Fischer, MD

Dr. Fischer is a first-year ACS Clinical Scholar-in-Residence, as of July 2019. She is a general surgery resident at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Fischer received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and her bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art from Bucknell University. During her research time, she is also completing a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University.

Dr. Fischer’s research interests broadly include surgical quality improvement, clinical outcomes, and surgical education. She plans to pursue a career in academic surgery and hopes to incorporate clinical outcomes and quality improvement research into her future practice. She is currently working on the Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) program, a collaborative developing and implementing evidence-based pathways to guide and improve outcomes in perioperative care.

Meixi Ma, MD

Meixi Ma, MD, MS

Dr. Ma is a second-year ACS/John A. Hartford Foundation James C. Thompson Clinical Scholar-in-Residence and a general surgery resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology and photography at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, after which she spent two years on the New York City art scene—galleries Ramis Barquet and Sebastian + Barquet—before returning to Birmingham for her medical degree through UAB.

During her time at the ACS, she has obtained a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research through Northwestern University and will focus on improving surgical care and outcomes for older adults through the Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) program as well as on surgical education through the SECOND Trial. She plans to pursue a career as an academic colorectal surgeon.

Lindsey Zhang, MDLindsey Zhang, MD, MS

Dr. Zhang is a second-year ACS/ John A. Hartford Foundation James C. Thompson Geriatrics Surgical Research Fellow and a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Zhang received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She then obtained her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. As a James C. Thompson Geriatrics Surgical Research Fellow, Dr. Zhang has been part of an important movement to improve surgical outcomes for the growing elderly patient population.

She recently completed her master’s degree in health services and outcomes research at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Her other interests include public health and surgical education. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in colon and rectal surgery and hopes to continue working in an academic environment.