About Us

Education Research Sciences Collaborative Team

Dr. Gurjit Sandhu

Gurjit Sandhu, PhD

Vice-Chair of Resident Professional Development, Department of Surgery

Associate Professor, Surgery & Learning Health Sciences

Faculty Associate, Michigan Medicine Wellness Office

Dr. Sandhu is a surgical education scientist 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.

Niki Matusko

Niki Matusko, MS

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.

Julie Thompson-Burdine

Julie Evans

Senior Research Associate

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.

Kayla Kaliman, MS

Administrative Assistant

Kayla provides administrative support for ERSC and the Department of Surgery. As an administrative assistant, Kayla works closely to schedule appointments, assist with project goals and timelines, and day-to-day business operations. Kayla holds a Master of Science in Human Performance – Clinical from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University.

Diamond Buchanan, MS

Diamond Buchanan, MS

Research Assistant

Diamond is a research assistant working on the OpTrust project. In this position, Diamond aims to analyze physician-resident dynamics while within the operating room. Diamond holds a Master of Science in Cancer Chemical Biology from the University of Michigan.

Faculty & APP Collaborators

Resident & Fellow Collaborators

Dena Ballouz, BS
Dena Ballouz, BS
Dr. Michaela Bamdad
Michaela Bamdad, MD
Dr. Kristian Black
Kristian Black, MD
Dr. Darci Foote
Darci Foote, MD
Whitney Fu, MD
Whitney Fu, MD
Rebecca (Becky) Gates, MD
Rebecca (Becky) Gates, MD
Dr. Michael Kemp
Michael Kemp, MD
Dr. Alisha Lussiez
Alisha Lussiez, MD
Dr. Richard Maduka
Richard Maduka, MD
Jessica Millar, MD
Jessica Millar, MD
Daniella Ortiz, BS
Daniella Ortiz, BS
Alyssa Pradarelli, MD
Alyssa Pradarelli, MD
Dr. Samantha Rivard
Samantha Rivard, MD
Megan Schultz, MD
Megan Schultz, MD
Dr. Carol (Noronha) Shetty
Carol (Noronha) Shetty, MD
Briana Spencer, MD
Briana Spencer, MD
Dr. Amy Strong
Amy Strong, MD
Dr. Glenn Wakam
Glenn Wakam, MD
Dr. Erin White
Erin White, MD, MBS
Christine Wu, MD
Christine Wu, MD

Medical Student Collaborators

Brandon Ellsworth, MSc
Brandon Ellsworth, MSc
Mariam Maksutova, BS
Mariam Maksutova, BS
Brennan McMichael, BS
Brennan McMichael, BS
Christine Nguyen, BS
Christine Nguyen, BS
Quintin Pedro Solano, MSc
Quintin Pedro Solano, MSc

Graduate & Undergraduate Student Collaborators

Eric Choi

OpTrust Raters

  • Elliot Avis

  • James Bird

  • Nathan Fox

  • Josie Harte

Learn More

Contact kalimank@med.umich.edu to find out more about our work and how to collaborate with us.