2020 New Faculty
It is with great pleasure we announce and welcome our new faculty members. Each new faculty member introduces an added level of experience, quality, and service to the Department of Surgery.
Joy Chen, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery
Dr. Chen joins us from the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up and attended college at Stanford University. After completing undergraduate studies, she spent three years working in the laboratory investigating oncogene-initiated tumorigenesis in a mouse model of lung cancer. As a medical student at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Chen pursued her interest in improving access to preventive health and education in local underserved communities. At the same time, she discovered her love for the operating room. Dr. Chen completed her general surgery residency at Stanford University, where she conducted health services research in cancer disparities. She spent this past year completing her colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She brings her passion for minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical approaches and enthusiasm for multidisciplinary, collaborative care of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Chen's primary scholarly interest is institutional partnerships to promote equitable access to colorectal cancer prevention and treatment. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and misses live music. Among the many reasons she is excited to be living in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Chen loves running and is eager to explore the trails. Dr. Chen's UWM provider bio >>
Michelle Cowan, MD, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery
After completing her under graduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Cowan spent three years working at the National Institutes of Health where she studied T-cell development and subsequently attended the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Chicago followed by a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Since then, she has spent the last several years practicing as a colon and rectal surgeon at the University of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain VA Hospital. During that time, she was an active member and invited speaker for the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and was named the Chief of Surgical Endoscopy, helping to develop endoscopy curriculum for general surgery residents. She brings with her an expertise in the care of inflammatory bowel disease, multidisciplinary care of rectal cancer, and minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques for colon and rectal surgery.
As the daughter of Navy officers, Dr. Cowan has moved around quite a bit, however has never lived in the Pacific Northwest and is excited to explore the area with her two Labradors. In her free, time she also enjoys scuba diving and watching ice hockey. Dr. Cowan's UWM Provider Bio >>
Lauren DeStefano, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery
Dr. DeStefano's primary interests are benign and malignant diseases of the breast. She is excited to be joining the Breast team where she will be primarily based out of Northwest Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. After completing her undergraduate training at Fordham University in New York, she completed medical school at Temple University and her General Surgery Residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, both in Philadelphia. She then moved to the West Coast where she completed her Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. DeStefano has had a passion for breast cancer care after seeing her grandmother and mother fight the disease. She is thrilled to be joining UW as her first faculty position, where she can aid in the advancement of the field of breast cancer as well as educate our future surgeons. An East Coast native, Dr. DeStefano is looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest with her 5-year-old son, Aidan. Dr. DeStefano's UWM Provider Bio >>
Sarah Goldsberry-Long, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Goldsberry-Long is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with specialized fellowship training in microsurgery. Her primary areas of interest are oncologic reconstruction of the breast, trunk, and extremities in addition to surgical lymphedema management. Her primary sites of practice are both Montlake and Northwest campuses of University of Washington Medical Center. With the new designation of University of Washington Lymphedema Network of Excellence, she is eager to continue the strong legacy of lymphatic surgery by providing such services to this complex patient population.
Dr. Goldsberry-Long was raised in Southern California. She graduated summa cum laude from Whittier College earning a bachelor's degree in both biology and comparative cultures with an African interest. Her strong interest in other cultures led her to serve as a medical volunteer in Ghana. She then completed a master's degree in nutrition at Columbia University. During her time in New York, she performed research assessing various herbal remedies for chemoprevention of breast cancer while also organizing nationally funded clinical trials. She then matriculated to Keck School of Medicine at USC where she was entered into the AOA honors society prior to graduating. She completed plastic surgery residency and later a microsurgery fellowship at the University of Washington.
She is now eager to expand the presence of plastic surgery on the Northwest campus to make such services more accessible in our community. She is excited to continue exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband, young son, and their English mastiff.
Sarah Greenberg, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric General Surgery
Dr. Greenberg is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon with primary focus on global health and equity. A Pacific Northwest native, she grew up on a small farm in Snohomish, WA. She attended the University of Washington as an undergrad with a major in biology. Medical school was completed in Upstate New York, where she spent time working with newly arriving refugee children. General surgery residency brought her to the Medical College of Wisconsin with the opportunity to work with the pediatric surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the longitudinal collaborations they have developed with pediatric surgical care providers in Peru. She took three years away from formal clinical training to complete a global surgery fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital and Master of Public Health degree at Harvard Medical School. This time was split between helping to develop the surgical system for a new hospital in Haiti's Central Plateau with Partners In Health and working as a Commissioner and author for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. She completed her pediatric surgical training at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH), where she is staying on as faculty with a position that will allow her to spend approximately half of her time working on improving equity in pediatric surgical care delivery in the United States and globally. She currently serves as the liaison between the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery and the Program for Global Surgery and Social Change and is an At Large Director for the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery. Dr. Greenberg's Seattle Children's Hospital Provider Bio >>
Colette Inaba, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery
After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, Dr. Inaba spent a year teaching English in Japan. Once back in Seattle, she developed continuing medical education courses at Swedish Medical Center, then returned to the UW for her medical training. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of California Irvine, where she also spent a year as a research fellow in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Inaba recently graduated from her clinical fellowship at the UW Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery and is thrilled to join the UW Northwest Surgical Services and Hernia Center. Her husband and two children are also delighted to stay in the Pacific Northwest, where they enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Inaba's UWM Provider Bio >>
Jeffrey Keenan, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Keenan's primary area of interest is adult cardiac surgery with a focus in heart failure, including cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He grew up in Baltimore, MD and received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then spent a year working in an immunology laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, before matriculating to the University of Maryland for medical school, where he was elected to the AOA honor society. He spent 9 years at Duke University Medical Center training in general and subsequently cardiothoracic surgery. During this time, he also completed a two-year research fellowship supported by a post-doctoral National Research Service Award from the NIH investigating aspects of mitochondrial quality control in the myocardium and conducting health services research in the department of surgery. Dr. Keenan is excited to join the faculty at UW and hopes to contribute to its rich tradition in cardiothoracic surgery. After spending his entire life on the east coast, he also looks forward to exploring Seattle and the pacific northwest with his wife Allison and their four kids, including 2-year-old triplets. Dr. Keenan's UWM Provider Bio >>
Maziar Khorsandi, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Khorsandi was born and raised in Tehran. He was inspired by his father, an orthopaedic surgeon, and pursued a path in medicine. He completed his schooling in London, England and was admitted to the University of Dundee School of Medicine, Scotland, UK. While in medical school, he dedicated 1 year to full-time research and obtained intercalated Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) with honours. Upon graduating from Medical school (MBChB, 2010), he completed General Surgery residency in Manchester, England. During his general surgery training he developed an interest in cardiothoracic surgery and completed a part-time research master's (MSc) in examining the outcomes of thoracic trauma in England following centralisation of major trauma care in that country. After completion of his general surgical training, he matched into the Scottish training program in cardiothoracic surgery through UK national selection (NTN) and completed a 6-year integrated training. During his specialty training he completed the USMLE exams and undertook a 12-month "Out-of-Program" subspecialty fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Duke University Medical Center, NC, USA. He completed his board certification examination in cardiothoracic surgery and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Cardiothoracic Surgery (FRCS C/Th), 2019. He then completed his specialty training in 2020. He has clinical and academic interest in general adult cardiac surgery and more specifically advanced heart failure therapies. He is the managing editor of the "Oxford Specialist Handbook in cardiopulmonary transplantation and mechanical circulatory support", an international collaboration project, which is currently in the editing process. Dr. Khorsandi is excited to return to the USA and work at UW Medicine for the new stage in his career. He is passionate about outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking. Dr. Khorsandi's UWM Provider Bio >>
David Mauchley, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Mauchley's primary areas of interest are pediatric cardiac surgery, neonatal hear t surgery, mechanical circulatory support in children and cardiac transplantation and his primary site of practice is Seattle Children's Hospital. He grew up in Moscow, ID, and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho, then went to medical school at the University of Washington. Dr. Mauchley completed general surgery and adult cardiothoracic surgery residencies at the University of Colorado-Denver and spent one year completing his training at Children's Hospital-Colorado. During his general surgery training, he spent two years in a basic science fellowship studying the inflammatory mediators of esophageal reflux. After completing his training, he spent 3.5 years as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where the focus of his practice was pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery. Dr. Mauchley is excited to return to the northwest to continue his career closer to home. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, hiking, and snowboarding.
Harveshp Mogal, MD, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery
Dr. Mogal was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He obtained his medical education from D. Y. Patil Medical College, University of Mumbai, after which he completed a surgical residency at Grant Medical College, University of Mumbai. He subsequently moved to the US and completed a general surgical residency at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, and an ACGME accredited complex general surgical oncology fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC. Dr. Mogal was then recruited to the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he led the regional cancer therapy program including HIPEC and completed a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Mogal joined the University of Washington on November 1st and now serves as the Director of the UW Medicine HIPEC Program and Section Chief for Complex Abdominal Cancer. His clinical and research interests are in regional cancer therapy including HIPEC, sarcoma, general GI oncology including small bowel neuroendocrine tumors, and melanoma. Dr. Mogal's Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's Provider Bio >>
Sara Rasmussen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Transplant Surgery
Dr. Rasmussen is trained in Pediatric and Abdominal Transplant surgery. She earned her bachelor 's degree from the University of Virginia and matriculated medical school at West Virginia University, where she earned her MD and PhD. Her doctoral research investigated mechanisms of retroviral reverse transcription and assembly, and she was awarded a National Cancer Institute Pre-Doctoral Training Award.
Following medical school, Dr. Rasmussen obtained General Surgery training at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and she completed her Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins. In 2011, she joined the faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she also completed a fellowship in Abdominal Transplant Surgery.
During her tenure at UVA, Dr. Rasmussen was the Surgical Director of the Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Program, and she worked closely with colleagues in Liver Transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to re-open the pediatric liver transplant program at UVA , where in less than 4 years they successfully transplanted 23 children.
Dr. Rasmussen had a successful research program in methods of Undergraduate Medical Education at UVA before she pivoted back to translational research in the effects of endogenous retroviruses on the pathogenesis of human cancer, using bioinformatics and bench work in her investigations. She was also a clinical and academic mentor to many undergraduate and medical students, and surgery residents.
Dr. Rasmussen is excited to join the Division of Transplant Surgery as the Surgical Director of Liver Transplant at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is joined by her husband, Julian, and her three children Catriona, Gareth, and Rhys Siobhan. Dr. Rasmussen's Seattle Children's Hospital Provider Bio >>
Victoria Roach, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science
Dr. Roach joined the Division of Healthcare Simulation Science at The University of Washington as a Research Assistant Professor in 2021. Dr. Roach is a medical education researcher, with a focus on the Human Factors that govern learning and performance in simulation.
Dr. Roach received her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from The University of Western Ontario. Her dissertation sought to determine if eye movements could serve as an indicator of success in spatial reasoning, and if eye movements associated with successful completion could be applied to strategically train spatial reasoning.
Over the course of her academic career, Dr. Roach has led and lectured in graduate and undergraduate courses in anatomy, histology and research, in both online, and face to face formats. Dr. Roach has also served as a Program Director for the Embark Scholarly Concentration Program at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and has served as a primary research supervisor for twelve medical students, two graduate students, and three surgical residents.
In the context of research, Dr. Roach aims to leverage human factors science to support the cognitive and physical work of professionals and trainees, in an effort to optimize training, working and receiving care in the healthcare setting. Dr. Roach’s research focuses on four domains of human factors science, each of which impact individual and team performance, as well as learning. These domains include Physical Considerations (such as environmental design and layout, equipment design, information displays), Cognitive Considerations (including learning, memory, judgment, decision making, and cognitive workload), Emotional/Motivational Considerations (including burnout, and stress), and Sociocultural Considerations (including teamwork, communication, production pressure, and the interactions between healthcare workers, and their environment).
Dr. Roach has a special interest in professional development in higher education. She presently serves as the Chair of the Committee for Early Career Anatomists, an active subcommittee of the American Association for Anatomy. She is a member of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA), the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), an Affiliate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
Dr. David Rothstein, Professor, Division of Pediatric General Surgery
Dr. Rothstein joined the Division of Pediatric Surgery, with interests in neonatal minimally invasive surgery, the multidisciplinary care of patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancers, as well as general pediatric oncology.
After finishing university, medical school and residency training in New England, Dr. Rothstein completed a surgical critical care fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He held positions at Northwestern University and SUNY-Buffalo before joining the University of Washington in November.
His research interests lie in clinical outcomes, cost effectiveness and transition of care between pediatric and adult surgery.
He spent a decade working for the international humanitarian relief agency, Médecins Sans Frontières, on annual month-long missions to sub-Saharan Africa. Subsequently he began working with local assets in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to improve pediatric surgical infrastructure and care delivery; this project is ongoing.
In spare time, Dr. Rothstein enjoys exploring the great Pacific Northwest outdoors with his family - Dr. Sara Berkelhamer (a neonatologist who completed her pediatric residency at Seattle Children's Hospital) and 2 and 7 year-old daughters, Sam and Alex (and their three-legged, osteosarcoma surviving black Labrador, Maddie). Dr. Rothstein's Seattle Children's Hospital Provider Bio >>
Matthew Smith, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery
After completing his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Matthew Smith attended the University of Utah School of Medicine to complete an MD/PhD with a focus on molecular biology and platelet biodynamics. He completed his general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City followed by a Vascular Surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian-Cornell/Columbia. Dr. Smith has a special interest in carotid disease as well as peripheral vascular disease and limb salvage, and is trained in both open and complex endo-vascular techniques to treat a variety of vascular pathologies including carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Smith is also very interested in education, specifically augmenting surgical training with audio and video study aids. When not in the hospital, he can be found spending time with his family or venturing into the mountains to rock climb, mountain bike and back country ski. Dr. Smith's UWM Provider Bio >>
Mark Sturdevant, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Transplant Surgery
Dr. Sturdevant 's interest lies in adult and pediatric liver transplantation with a particular focus in living donor and split liver transplantation in addition to complex hepatobiliary surgery, including the use of minimally-invasive techniques. He has experience in the resection of abdominal tumors involving the hepatic hilum and inferior vena cava, liver resections requiring vascular reconstructions, and bile duct resections and reconstructions. In addition, Dr. Sturdevant performs both kidney and pancreas transplants, live donor nephrectomy, and general surgical procedures particular to those with end-stage liver (including portal decompression procedures) and kidney disease.
His primary sites of practice will be University of Washington Medical Center-Montlake Campus, Seattle Children's Hospital, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Dr. Sturdevant stayed close to home to complete his bachelor 's degree in biology, his medical degree, and a one-year student fellowship in surgical pathology at the University of Iowa. His general surgery training was completed at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and his transplant training started with an abdominal transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He has since held faculty positions in the Divisions of Transplant at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the University of Pittsburgh, and most recently he spent four years as a Consultant Surgeon in adult and pediatric liver transplantation and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is excited to add in any way to the breadth of the transplant and hepatobiliary care currently offered at UW.
After moving to Seattle from the Arabian Peninsula, he is very much looking forward to taking in the colors and coolness of the Pacific Northwest.
Duane Wang, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Wang's primary areas of interest are breast reconstruction, lymphedema surgery and targeted muscle reinnervation. His primary sites of practice will be University of Washington Montlake and Northwest campuses. He was born in Wisconsin but mostly grew up in Melbourne Australia and Hong Kong. His bachelor's degree was from Duke University and he attended medical school at Ohio State University. Dr. Wang completed an integrated plastic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky and then went back to Ohio State for a one-year fellowship in microsurgery. He is excited to move to the Northwest with his new wife. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, hiking and rock climbing. Dr. Wang's UWM Provider Bio >>
Sara Zettervall, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery
Dr. Zettervall is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery. Born and raised in New England, she earned a dual MD and MPH at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Following medical school, she remained in Washington, DC to obtain her General Surgery training. During her residency, Dr. Zettervall was awarded a National Institute of Health 2-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Harvard-Longwood T32 in vascular surgery. As part of the T32 program, she performed basic science research on arterial calcification in peripheral arterial disease. During this time she also completed extensive work in health services research, with a focus on population outcomes and quality improvement for patients with aortic aneurysms. After residency, she returned to Boston to complete her Vascular Surgery Fellow-ship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Zettervall enjoys all areas of vascular surgery, but has particular interest in aortic aneurysms, mesenteric disease, and carotid stenosis. Her research focuses on the evolving treatment of complex aortic disease. Dr. Zettervall is excited to join the division of vascular surgery and explore the Pacific Northwest. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Zettervall's UWM Provider Bio >>