General Surgery Residency Faculty

Program Leadership

Steven E Ross, MD, FACS, FCCM

Steven E Ross, MD, FACS, FCCM

Program Director, General Surgery
Teaching Faculty
Michael E Kwiatt, MD

Michael E Kwiatt, MD

Associate Program Director, General Surgery
General Surgery Teaching Faculty - Colorectal Surgery
Rohit A Patel, MD, FACS

Rohit A Patel, MD, FACS

Associate Program Director, General Surgery
General Surgery Teaching Faculty - Bariatric Surgery

Core Faculty Members

Umur M Atabek, MD, FACS

Umur M Atabek, MD, FACS

Core Faculty
General Surgery Teaching Faculty - Oncologic Surgery
Catherine E Loveland-Jones, MD, MS

Catherine E Loveland-Jones, MD, MS

General Surgery Teaching Faculty - Breast Surgery

About Me

My teaching philosophy expands upon the “see one, do one, teach one” idea. In the beginning stages of learning, the resident is best served by listening and observing. For example, I will explain a patient’s diagnostic workup or demonstrate a surgical technique. As the resident develops, he or she is expected to be able to answer theoretical questions and also demonstrate surgical skills under direct guidance. In the final stages of his or her formal surgical education, the resident will ask advanced theoretical questions and also be able to perform aspects of an operation independently. This is the stage in which the senior resident is able to teach junior residents and medical students.

My research philosophy is to first focus on an area of personal interest in which there are still unanswered questions. Then, a research question that can reasonably be expected to be answered in light of one’s resources should be developed. This is followed by a thorough literature review, development of the methodology, discussion of the project with mentors, and recruitment of a team that will assist in completing the project.

Lisa M Reid, MD

Lisa M Reid, MD

Core Faculty
General Surgery Teaching Faculty - Oncologic Surgery
David D Shersher, MD

David D Shersher, MD

Core Faculty
General Surgery Teaching Faculty - Thoracic Surgery

About Me

I view myself as a mentor and a coach above anything else. Surgical education is not just about the technical specifics of suturing or cutting through tissue, but it is much more so how to build a safe and competent surgeon out of a trainee. This process takes time, experience, and directed mentorship. I try to identify unique aspects of every trainee, build on their strengths, and work specifically through repetition to improve their weaknesses. On our service, I expect the chief to run the service, and I will support them as they become more familiar and comfortable with thoracic issues.

My hope is to help impart a thorough knowledge of thoracic surgery on all cooper surgery trainees, which will hopefully help them in whatever specialty they choose to pursue.

Ju-Lin  Wang, MD

Ju-Lin Wang, MD

Teaching Faculty
Salina  Wydo, MD, FACS

Salina Wydo, MD, FACS

Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Teaching Faculty

About Me

Dr. Wydo serves as the Associate Program Director of the Surgical Critical Fellowship, as well as is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and clerkship director at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Her teaching philosophy revolves around the understanding that learners take many forms.  From students to fellows, family members to patients - all members of the care team need to be incorporated in the learning process.  Making material accessible to learners of all experience levels is a difficult but rewarding task. Additionally, she is an active mentor to students, residents and fellows, and serves as the faculty advisor for the local chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons.