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Aussama Nassar, MD, MSc,FACS, FRCSC
Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - General Surgery
BioDr. Nassar holds board certifications in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care across the United States and Canada, demonstrating his unparalleled expertise in the field. Having obtained a Master of Science in Health Science Education from McMaster University in Canada, Dr. Nassar boasts an impressive educational background.
Currently, he serves as the director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program at Stanford University and is also the founder and director of the Surgery Resident Coaching Program. With over 12 years of clinical academic experience in top-tier tertiary care referral academic health centers throughout North America, Dr. Nassar's wealth of knowledge is truly remarkable.
His clinical passions encompass trauma, acute care surgery, critical care, and a specialized focus on abdominal wall reconstruction. As a dedicated clinician-educator, Dr. Nassar is a certified simulation educator an ATLS and ASSET course director. His research pursuits primarily revolve around the enhancement of surgical education, with a particular emphasis on the acquisition of non-technical skills in surgical training programs.
Dr. Nassar is committed to developing innovative assessment tools for trainees and investigating burnout among physicians and other healthcare professionals. With a strong presence both nationally and internationally, his influence in the realm of surgical education continues to grow and shape the future of healthcare.
Postdoctoral Scholar, General Surgery
BioKen Nieser is a postdoctoral research fellow through the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) at the Palo Alto VA and in the Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine. Ken received a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Epidemiology with a minor in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his PhD, Ken developed and applied statistical methods for improving algorithmic fairness of data analyses used to inform screening and treatment of mental illnesses. These projects included development of an approach for detecting sample subsets with differential psychological symptom patterns and a sample representation reweighting method for improving the precision of subgroup-specific treatment effect estimation.
Ken’s current research interests are in health care inequities, quality measurement, and algorithmic fairness. During his fellowship, Ken will be working on investigating the statistical reliability of quality measures and decomposing health care disparities to provide practical information for resolving inequities, with applications in mental health care and surgical care.
Maia Nofal, MD MPH
Postdoctoral Scholar, General Surgery
BioDr. Maia Nofal is a general surgery resident at Boston Medical Center and a post-doctoral NIH-Fogarty Fellow in the Global Health Equity Scholars program at Stanford. Her research interests focus on improving peri-operative surgical care in low-resource settings. She works primarily on adapting implementation and evaluation of the Clean Cut program, a surgical quality improvement program run by Lifebox to reduce surgical site infections through strengthening systems of infection prevention and control. More recently, her work has focused on antibiotic prescribing practices, resistance patterns, and antibiotic stewardship systems at partner hospitals Ethiopia where she is developing quality improvement initiatives to promote evidence-based prescribing practices.
Jeffrey Norton, MD
Robert L. and Mary Ellenburg Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsInterleukin-12 is a Th1 cytokine. It is important in the cell mediated immune response. We are investigating its role as an anti-tumor cytokine to augment the immune response against cancer. We are planning a human trial.