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Dr. Amalia Cochran received her general surgery training at the University of Utah and her burn/critical care training at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston. Her clinical practice focuses on acute burn care, critical care in burns, and burn reconstruction. Dr. Cochran has a particular interest in advancing the clinical care of frostbite patients and has contributed significantly to the clnical care and body of research in this area in addition to an interest in the use of telemedicine to delivery specialty care in rural and frontier regions. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Cochran is the Vice Chair of Education and Professionalism for the Department of Surgery. She is heavily involved in undergraduate medical education, serving as the Surgery Clerkship Director. Dr. Cochran has completed a Surgical Education Research Fellowship and has won university-wide and national teaching awards. Her research interests lie in the areas of education and clinical outcomes. Her current research projects in education address the impact of gender in academic surgical careers and developing definitions of professionaism disruptive physician behavior. Her current clinical research priorities include management and outcomes in frostbite, optimizing burn shock resuscitation, and telemedicine. Dr. Cochran has a number of leadership roles outside of the University, including serving as President-Elect for the Association of Surgical Eduction and Chair of the American College of Surgeons SurgeonsPAC Board of Directors. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors and the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group. She is also the Past President of the Association of Women Surgeons
Julie A. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On February 1, 2018, Freischlag became the Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, Freischlag was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Freischlag has helped to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty. Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery. She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally, she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves completing assessment of a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, as well as a Triad Power Player in 2017 by the Triad Business Journal. She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.
Monica Miller, MD, is a plastic & reconstructive surgeon who is fellowship-trained in hand & microsurgery.
KMarie Reid MD, MS is an accomplished gastrointestinal surgeon, prolific researcher, patient advocate, and Army veteran of Operation Desert Shield. Her passion is not only taking care of patients, but also teaching them how to be active in their care and achieve better surgical outcomes while making choices that lead to A Better Life. Her award winning research in the treatment of liver and pancreas cancers and in the area of health care policy has made her a respected authority in her field. Dr. Reid Lombardo has over 90 combined peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. A sought after media expert and speaker, she earned her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellowship in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery and a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at Mayo Clinic where she currently practices as an associate professor and surgeon.