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.

Janice Vallie

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.

Faculty & APP Collaborators

Resident & Fellow Collaborators

Dr. Michaela Bamdad
Michaela Bamdad, MD
Dr. Meredith Barrett
Meredith Barrett, MD
Dr. Katelyn Makar
Katelyn Makar, MD
Dr. Kristian Black
Kristian Black, MD
Dr. Ana De Roo
Ana De Roo, MD
Dr. Darci Foote
Darci Foote, MD
Dr. Michael Kemp
Michael Kemp, MD
Dr. Alisha Lussiez
Alisha Lussiez, MD
Dr. Richard Maduka

Richard Maduka, MD

Dr. Carol (Noronha) Shetty
Carol (Noronha) Shetty, MD
Dr. Samantha Rivard
Samantha Rivard, MD
Dr. Katherine Santosa
Katherine Santosa, MD
Dr. Amy Strong
Amy Strong, MD
Dr. Glenn Wakam
Glenn Wakam, MD
Dr. Robert Wang
Robert Wang, MD
Dr. Ton Wang
Ton Wang, MD
Dr. Erin White
Erin White, MD, MBS

Medical Student Collaborators

Kenneth Abbott, MS
Kenneth Abbott, MS
Dena Ballouz, BS
Dena Ballouz, BS
Michael Broderick, BS
Michael Broderick, BS
Alexandra Highet, BA
Alexandra Highet, BA
Sunjong "Sunny" Ji, BS
Sunjong "Sunny" Ji, BS
Lulia Kana, BS
Lulia Kana, BS
Charles Keilin, BS
Charles Keilin, BS
Anderson Lee IV, BS
Anderson Lee IV, BS
Christine Nguyen, BS
Christine Nguyen, BS
Daniella Ortiz, BS
Daniella Ortiz, BS
Jamaal Tarpeh, BS
Jamaal Tarpeh, BS

Graduate & Undergraduate Student Collaborators

Emma Chang
Emma Chang
Eric Choi
David Lenzi, MS
David Lenzi, MS
Akira Nishii
Akira Nishii

OpTrust Raters

  • Keegan Brown

  • Neddie Byron

  • Sarine Carroll

  • Eric Choi

  • Zac Curtis

  • Ania Dow

  • Stephanie Erickson

  • Katharine Estell

  • Elizabeth Fraser

  • Haikel Haile

  • Phaejare Jamerson

  • Nikit Kapila

  • Hannah Kimmel

  • Rebekah Kopesky

  • Danielle Leander

  • Nicolas McNellan

  • David Lenzi

  • Kaylyn Lilly

  • Mark-Anthony Lingaya

  • Claire Mattson

  • Christine Nguyen

  • Akira Nishii

  • Anshul Puli

  • Casey Singler

  • Alexandria Sullens

  • Josh Richmond

  • Miranda Viars

  • Michael Wang

  • Micah Wildes

  • Daniel Winfield

Learn More

Contact Administrative Assistant Janice Vallie at jvallie@umich.edu to find out more about our work and how to collaborate with us.