I am the Section Chief of Surgical Critical Care, Program Director for the Traumatology & Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Vice Chair for Diversity & Inclusion, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also the Medical Director of the Trauma & Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. I am a board-certified Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery for both Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
I received my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and my Medical Doctor degree from the Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson. I then completed a General Surgery Residency at Thomas Jefferson University and a fellowship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to my current faculty appointment at PENN, I spent five years on faculty at Thomas Jefferson University.
I have clinical, educational, and research interests that involve caring for injured and critically ill surgical patients. More specifically, I focus on innovating clinical trials and outcomes research in clinical efficacy, quality, and safety. In these endeavors, I have served as primary investigator in numerous clinical trials and performed extensive retrospective outcomes work. I have partnered with many collaborators including outside institutions, foundations, and industry. I have been formally included in over 15 funded grants, many as primary investigator. I have presented my research work to numerous national & international organizations and published in a variety of prominent medical journals. Currently, I have over 87 peer-reviewed publications.