About the Education Research Sciences Collaborative

ERSC Team

Gurjit Sandhu, PhD

Vice-Chair, Resident Life

Associate Professor, Surgery

Associate Professor, Learning Health Science Division of Professional Education

Dr. Sandhu is a Surgical Education Scientist, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Sandhu completed her B.A. in 1996 at the University of British Columbia, Canada and earned her PhD in 2006 from Queen's University, Canada. She was the Educational Developer for Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen's University before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in November 2013. Dr. Sandhu's research concentrates on progressive entrustment and graduated autonomy in surgical education. More broadly, her work focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically looking at professional education, teaching methods and assessment. Dr. Sandhu also uses her strengths as a qualitative researcher to support her work on social accountability in medical education, health equity and disparities, and physician wellness.

Janice Vallie

Administrative Assistant

Janice has worked in multiple Departments at the University of Michigan prior to coming to the Department of Surgery in the fall of 2018. She was hired as an Administrative Assistant working for the Chairman's Office and the Education Research Sciences Collaborative. In addition to administrative responsibilities, Janice is the department contact for provider enrollment and credentialing process with Faculty Affairs and Provider Enrollment for all sections in the Department of Surgery. She is excited to be a part of the ERSC team and be able to have a hands on experience with surgical education and research. Janice earned her B.S. from Eastern Michigan University in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.

Julie Thompson-Burdine

Julie Thompson-Burdine

Research Assistant

Julie is a research specialist with a background in qualitative research in social and behavioral psychology. Before joining ERSC, she worked as a research assistant in the van Anders Social Neuroendocrinology Lab at the University of Michigan. She conducted research on the social modulation of testosterone; exploring the social phenomenology of testosterone as well as intimacies like sexuality, nurturance, and partnering/pair bonding. Her academic research focused on gender, sex, and sexual diversity informed by biological expansiveness and by lived experiences. Currently, Julie is collaborating with the ERSC on several studies, including: OpTrust entrustment research, gender parity in academic surgery, and surgeon and trainee wellness. Julie received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently completing her Master's degree in health psychology. Julie is energized to be furthering her career as a health and social science researcher with the ERSC by advancing surgical education that serves to better surgeons and patients for generations to come.

Niki Matusko

Niki Matusko

Statistician Senior

Niki is a senior statistician and currently provides statistical consultation, interpretation, and analysis to surgery residents across the Department of Surgery and their faculty mentors. Prior to this, Niki was a Research Area Specialist Senior for the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) within the Institute for Social Research (ISR). During her time at the Institute, Niki developed analytic strategies/plans for NIH R, P, and K series grants, conducted numerous analyses, prepared and managed data for public release, and co-authored manuscripts with have been successfully published in high impact journals. She also brings expertise in health equity and diversity as they relate to patient oriented outcomes. Niki comes to the ERSC with over 17 years of experience in both private and public sectors and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Faculty and APP Collaborators

Jill Cherry-Bukowiec, MD

Michael Englesbe, MD

Jonathan Finks, MD

Samir Gadepalli, MD

Paul Gauger, MD

Paul Gauger, MD

Brian George, MD

Brian George, MD

Jayson Greenberg, MD

Adrianne Haggins, MD

Emily Herriman, ANP-BC

Ronald Hirschl, MD

Ronald Hirschl, MD

David Hughes, MD

David Hughes, MD

Gifty Kwakye, MD

Rishindra Reddy, MD

Rishindra Reddy, MD

Paula Ross, PhD

Pasithorn Suwanabol, MD

Pasithorn Suwanabol, MD

Dana Telem, MD

Seth Waits, MD

Kenneth Woodside, MD

Resident and Fellow Collaborators

Meredith Barrett, MD

Katelyn Bennett, MD

Katelyn Bennett, MD

Anna Boniakowski, MD

Anna Boniakowski, MD

Ana De Roo, MD

Cali Harbaugh, MD

Cali Harbaugh, MD

Arielle Kanters, MD

Arielle Kanters, MD

Alisha Lussiez, MD

Sarah Shubeck, MD

Sarah Shubeck, MD

Joceline Vu, MD

Joceline Vu, MD

Glenn Wakam, MD

Glenn Wakam, MD

Robert Wang, MD

Robert Wang, MD

Ton Wang, MD

Aaron Williams, MD

Medical Student Collaborators

Kenneth Abbott, MS

Kristian Black, BS

Charles Hwang, BS

Lulia Kana, BS

Charles Keilin, BS

Kristen Kolberg, BS

Anderson Lee IV, BS

Carol Noronha, BS

Daniella Ortiz, BS

Jamaal Tarpeh, BS

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Collaborators

Emma Chang

David Lenzi, MS

Akira Nishii

Learn More

Contact Administrative Assistant Janice Vallie at jvallie@umich.edu or at (734) 615-7052 to find out more about our work and how to collaborate with us.