Department of Surgery Staff

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:

QUALITY FOCUS: 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.

PLANNING & ORGANIZATION: 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.

TEAMWORK & RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: 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.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (EDI): 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.

PEOPLE MANAGEMENT (Supervisor): 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 of Research and Finance

Craig Brownson, MHA, Associate Director of Clinical Programs and Finance

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

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

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



John Christopher, MHA, Administrator of Operations: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery & Vascular Surgery at UW Medical Center-Montlake

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

Stacy Nagy, Administrator for Marketing and Communications

Kate Rimmer, MBA, Administrator of Operations: General Surgery, Plastic Surgery at UW Medical Center-Montlake; Vascular Surgery at UW Medical Center-Northwest; Manager, Research Enterprise; Communications

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


Susan Marx, MBA, PMP
Vice Chair, Finance & Administration