Department of Surgery Staff


Susan Marx, MBA, PMP

Vice Chair, Finance & Administration

Surgery is a Department of Excellence, guided by our mission of providing compassionate and high-quality patient care, training future generations of surgical leaders, and conducting research in a collegial environment which embraces diversity and promotes inclusiveness.

Diversity Statement: The Department of Surgery strives to dismantle systemic racism, eliminate healthcare disparities, and promote health equity in our work. Racism and intolerance have no place in our community. We celebrate our multitude of intersecting identities and commit to the ongoing effort of creating an inclusive and supportive workplace climate.

Our staff are the backbone of our administration, clinical education and research programs. We recruit and retain staff for excellence, which is demonstrated by the following core competencies:


We strive to deliver the best possible service and results, and continuously seek opportunities for improvement. Key attributes of a quality focus are accuracy, customer service, continuous improvement, problem-solving and self-development.


We complete work in a timely, efficient and resourceful manner. Key attributes planning & organization include priority setting, efficiency, resourcefulness, adaptability and flexibility, organizational awareness, and initiative.


We build and foster positive working relationships with others to achieve shared objectives. Key attributes of teamwork & relationship building are collaboration, communication, emotional intelligence, recognition, accountability and integrity.


We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful work environments including dismantling structures of oppression; we promote and contribute to a culture of access, opportunity and justice. Key attributes of EDI include respect, cultural competence, inclusiveness, advocacy, and commitment.


Empowers and supports staff, fosters a culture of transparency and trust while driving the mission, vision and goals of the Department. Key attributes of people management are: staff support, empowerment, communication, people development, performance management.

If you would like to learn more about becoming part of the Department of Surgery staff, please contact


Susan Marx, MBA, PMP
Vice Chair, Finance & Administration, Department of Surgery



Michael Aly, MBA, Associate Director, Research and Finance

Judith Rapp, Assistant Director, Academic and Staff Human Resources and Communications

Roland Lai, Director of IT Services, Department of Surgery and Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Kate Rimmer, MBA, Associate Director, Clinical Finance and Programs; Interim Administrator of Operations: General Surgery and Plastic Surgery UW Medical Center

Catherine Wicks, Assistant Director, Finance Operations and Pre-/Post-Award Administration



John Christopher, MHA, Administrator of Operations: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery & Vascular Surgery

Erin Carney Fannon, Director of Program Operations, Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE)

Farrah Leland, JD, Associate Director of Finance and Research, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science, WISH, CREST

Kira Baker, MHA, MBA, Senior Administrator of Operations: Plastic Surgery and Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery, Harborview Medical Center; General Surgery, Veterans Administration Healthcare (VAPHS); Surgical Education Programs/Education Division

Stacy Nagy, Administrator of Program Operations for Marketing and Communications

Megan Sherman, MAEdHD, Associate Director of Operations, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science, WISH