Tania K. Arora, MD, FACS, FSSO
Augusta University Health System
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Assistant Dean of Learner DEI
Dr. Arora is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Augusta University at the Medical College of Georgia and the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. She has completed ABS Certification in General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology. Her clinical interests include breast cancer and complex GI oncology. In surgical education, she is interested in curriculum development, evaluation and methods of coaching. She is working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at local and national levels. She was the inaugural GME subcommittee Chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Health Disparities for Augusta University and now serves as the Assistant Dean of Learner DEI for the Medical College of Georgia. In surgical organizations, she is the Vice Chair of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and a member of the Diversity Taskforce for the Academic Association of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Diversity. She is the Vice Chair for the Association of Surgical Education Committee on Citizenship and Global Responsibility.
Callisia N. Clarke, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Dr. Callisia N Clarke completed her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2013 and a fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2016. She joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology with a clinical practice focused on Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the Pancreas and GI tract, melanoma and sarcoma. With her academic efforts centered on around NET cancer epigenetic regulation and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Academic Surgery.
Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP
Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Designated Institutional Official for the Clinical Learning Environment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A native of eastern Kentucky, she completed her undergraduate training summa cum laude at the University of Louisville and was the Founder\’s Medalist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she served as an Administrative Chief Resident, and completed a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at Brigham and Women\’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Brenessa earned a Masters of Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University and completed Surgical Education Research Fellowships with the Association for Surgical Education and Massachusetts General Hospital. She served as a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Core EPAs for Entering Residency Drafting Panel as well as the Resident Member of the AAMC Board of Directors from 2012-2016 and has worked with the American Board of Surgery to define EPAs for General Surgery. Her research interests are in development and assessment of competency in surgical trainees, resident supervision and autonomy, and evaluation of the learning climate/physician wellness as an academic surgeon.
Thomas K. Varghese, MD, MS
Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Chief Value Officer and Interim Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute; Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, and a Professor (Tenure-track) in the department of Surgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Varghese holds national leadership positions in the Society of University Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA), American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the National Cancer Care Network (NCCN). He serves as the Deputy Editor for Digital Media and Digital Scholarship for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He is a health services researcher who helped create the American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery program (https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/strong-for-surgery and is a co-PI on the National Cancer Institute RO1-funded clinical trial on the role of Precision Exercise Prescription (PEP) for elective lung cancer surgical resection (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03306992 ). Tom spends his free time with his family, as well as actively engaging on social media.
Eugene Kim, MD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Division of Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Dr. Eugene Kim is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Division of Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Kim has clinical expertise in pediatric surgical oncology, the management of chest wall deformities and anorectal malformations. Dr. Kim is the principal investigator of a basic science laboratory focused on novel preclinical therapeutics for the aggressive childhood malignancy, neuroblastoma. His research interests are focused on the mechanisms and pathways responsible for recurrent metastatic disease, the primary cause of death in children with high-risk neuroblastoma.
Colin Martin, MD
I am a surgeon/scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My overall goal is to become a productive researcher using novel approaches to investigate the role of innate immunity in intestinal diseases of prematurity. I trained in general surgery and pediatric surgery at the University of Cincinnati and Vanderbilt Respectively.Colin A. Martin, MD is an Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Cincinnati and Pediatric surgery training at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Martin has a traditional clinical pediatric surgical practice with a specific interest in patients with intestinal failure and serves as the surgical Director of the Children’s of Alabama/UAB Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation. He also has developed a basic science and translational research program that focuses on understanding the effects of environmental influences on neonatal immunity which has been funded by the NIH, American Surgical Association, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS). He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Surgical Research and the American Journal of Surgery. He also holds numerous national surgical societal leadership positions including serving as an executive committee member for the Society for Black Academic Surgeons and the AAS.
Joon Shim, MD, MPH, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Bariatrics/Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery
Bassett Healthcare Network
Joon Shim, M.D., M.P.H., FACS is a fellowship-trained, minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Shim specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, reflux, hiatal hernia and endoscopy. She is the general surgery residency program director at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York.
She earned both her medical degree and her master’s degree in public health from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Massachusetts and a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery at Brown University. She served as an active duty Army surgeon for four years and completed two tours as a combat trauma surgeon for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Kasper Wang, MD, FACS, FAAP
Professor & Clinical Scholar | Department of Surgery | Keck School of Medicine | University of Southern California
Director | Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program | Division of Pediatric Surgery | Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Investigator | Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine | The Saban Research Institute
Kasper Wang, MD, FACS, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California, as well as an Attending Surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Wang’s main clinical interests are in minimally invasive surgery of the chest and abdomen, head and neck tumors of infants and children, and hepatobiliary disease of infants and children. His research interest is in the physiology of liver stem cells and progenitor cells for which he has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Wang has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed publications, including Hepatology, American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Cellular Physiology, Shock, Developmental Dynamics, Developmental Biology, and Journal of Pediatric Surgery. He has co-authored textbook chapters in Surgery of the Colon and Rectum and in Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery.
Dr. Wang earned his bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Stanford University Hospital and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.