Personal Statement

Bruce Gewertz, MD

Bruce L. Gewertz is Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Interventional Services. He was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Jefferson Medical College, now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, in the combined BS/MD five-year program. He trained in general and vascular surgery at the University of Michigan. He was on the faculty at the University of Chicago for 25 years, serving as the Dallas B. Phemister Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1992 until 2006. Dr. Gewertz is the author of more than 250 original articles, book chapters and books. His principal clinical and research interests include mesenteric ischemia, cerebrovascular disease and human factors in clinical care delivery. Recently, he led a $4 million multi-institutional research project integrating human performance and technology funded by the Department of Defense. Dr. Gewertz has received numerous awards for his basic investigations and teaching and was selected Outstanding Science Alumnus of Pennsylvania State University in 2003 and Alumni Fellow in 2009.

Tara Cohen, PhD

Tara Cohen, PhD, is a human factors research scientist and associate professor of surgery at Cedars-Sinai. In 2013, she received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California. While completing her undergraduate work, Cohen also earned her private pilot's license. In 2017, she earned her doctorate in human factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her research interests involve proactive approaches to patient safety through potential threat identification. Cohen has published her work in a number of peer-reviewed journals including AnaesthesiaAmerican Journal for Medical QualityJournal for Patient SafetyJournal for Medical Systems and the Journal for Healthcare Quality. She has also given a number of presentations at both national and international meetings.

Cohen's interest in human factors is drawn from her background in psychology, passion for aviation and interest in design. Throughout her private pilot training, she became interested in the complexity of systems, how they function and how to better design them for the user. More specifically, she has an interest in understanding how human behavior plays a role in complex environments and what can be done to increase safety and efficiency throughout various systems. Moreover, her most recent research involves investigating the role of intraoperative flow disruptions or events that serve to deviate team members from their current task (e.g., nonessential personnel, poor technology/tool design, layout issues, inefficient planning, etc.) during surgical procedures.

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