Department of Surgery Staff

Our staff work with Department of Surgery faculty in support of UW Medicine's mission to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding patient care and preparing tomorrow's physicians and scientists. We strive to make our Department a Department of Choice and have initiated five core competencies that provide our staff with the pathway:

EXCELLENCE:  We perpetuate the good work that is being done, collaborate to make today the best possible day and innovate to help create the future.

QUALITY OF WORK: We embrace an "error-free" philosophy toward our work and consistently produce thorough, accurate and reliable results and service.

QUANTITY OF WORK: We know what results are important and strive to achieve those results; we work to be organized and efficient and are known for "getting things done."

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS: We successfully foster effective working relationships through effective communication, collaborative teamwork and appropriate self-management.

PROFESSIONALISM:  We adhere to organizational code of ethics and take personal responsibility for actions. We demonstrate integrity, are self-aware and dedicated to life-long learning.

Department of Surgery staff find meaning in our work, which is often fast-paced and complex.  We enjoy working together and infuse a sense of fun into our work.  It is my pleasure to be the Director of the Department of Surgery; please enjoy perusing our website.

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


Our Leadership Team


Finance and Research Administration

Michael Aly, MBA; Associate Director & Chief of Finance

Craig Brownson, MHA; Associate Director, Clinical Programs and Finance & Administrator of Operations, Pediatric General Surgery; Administrator of Operations, Vascular Surgery

Catherine Wicks, Assistant Director, Finance Operations & Research Administration


Department Operations

John Christopher, MHA; Administrator of Operations, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, UW Medical Center-Montlake

Farrah Leland, JD; Administrator of Operations, Healthcare Simulation Science

Kira Martin, MHA, MBA; Senior Administrator of Operations, Plastic Surgery Harborview Medical Center (including Pediatric Plastic Surgery); Trauma, Critical Care & Burn Surgery, & Veterans Administration Healthcare (VAPHS); General Surgery Education

Stacy Nagy, Administrator of Operations, Marketing and Communications

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


Faculty Affairs & Human Resources

Judith Rapp, Assistant Director, Faculty Affairs, Human Resources & Department Communications


Department IT Services

Roland Lai, Director of IT Services



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