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Peter Crookes, MD
Joerg Zehetner, MD, MMM
Maura E. Sullivan, PhD, MSN
Josette Etcheverry, RN, MSN
Mary Mather Nally, RN, MSN, FNP
Joann Heralda
Clare Kodama
 
Peter Crookes, MD
Clerkship Director

Peter Crookes, M.D. is Associate Professor of Surgery and the director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at USC University Hospital.  He is an attending on the Emergency Surgical Service and the Foregut Service at LAC/USC Medical Center.  He graduated from medical school in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland and did fellowships in Melbourne, Australia as well as USC before being appointed to the faculty at USC.  His clinical and research interests include esophageal and gastric disease and the physiology of morbid obesity and its surgical correction.  He has had a long history of teaching students and residents, and has been the recipient of numerous awards within the department for excellence in teaching, as well as the prestigious Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching award on three different occasions.  He gives formal lectures in the preclinical years on Weight Loss Surgery, and lectures to the Surgery I students on esophageal diseases in their third year.  He is deeply involved in the Student Surgical Interest Group and gives classes in medical and surgical history.  He is also known for his informal mentorship of students through research projects and other career-enhancing activities. 

peter.crookes@med.usc.edu

Joerg Zehetner, MD, MMM
Clerkship Director Surgery
Joerg Zehetner, MD, MMM, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, with the Division of Upper GI and General Surgery at the Keck Medical Center and the MIS Division at the LAC+USC Medical Center. He is the Associate Clerkship Director for Surgery, and the Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee for Surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center. He is an Austrian surgeon, with an academic and clinical focus on reflux disease, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, paraesophageal hernia repair, bariatric surgery and minimal invasive surgery including laparoscopy, endoscopy and robotic surgery. After finishing medical school in Vienna (Austria) in 1999, he started his general surgery residency in Berne and Lausanne (Switzerland) and finished in Linz (Austria). He is a board certified surgeon in Austria (Europe) since 2007. He moved to the US in June 2008 for a 2 year research fellowship in the Thoracic Foregut Surgery Division at USC, followed by a 1 year Thoracic Foregut Clinical Fellowship as well as a 1 year Bariatric/Minimal Invasive Surgery Fellowship as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the USC Department of Surgery. In addition to his academic and clinical profile he finished the Master of Medical Management (MMM) Program at the USC Marshall Business School in May 2011.

joerg.zehetner@med.usc.edu

   
 
Maura E. Sullivan, PhD, MSN
Executive Director - Surgical Skills Training and Education Center

Dr. Maura Sullivan is the Associate Chair of Educational Affairs and the Executive Director of the Surgical Skills Training and Education Center in the Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  She has a joint appointment with the Rossier School of Education where she is an Assistant Professor and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Cognitive Technology.  Her research interests include Cognitive-Task-Analysis, the development of expertise, technical skills training and curriculum development.

Dr. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Fairfield University, her master of Nursing, Critical Care from the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education at USC.  She is actively involved in the Association of Surgical Education and holds an appointment with the American College of Surgeons as an ATLS Educator

maura.sullivan@med.usc.edu
   
 
Josette Etcheverry, RN, MSN
Clinical Instructor/Medical Student Educator

Josette Etcheverry, a faculty member at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center, Keck School of Medicine, is the Medical Student Educator for General Surgery Clerkship and an ATLS Course Coordinator.  Josette has experience in critical care and emergency nursing.  Prior to joining the medical school, she taught nurses in both of the preceding specialties.  She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau and the Association of Surgical Education.

josette.etcheverry@med.usc.edu
   
 
Mary Mather Nally, RN, MSN, FNP
Clinical Instructor/Medical Student Educator

Mary Mather Nally, a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, is the Medical Student Educator for the Surgical Subspecialty Clerkship and an ATLS Course Coordinator.  She joined the Surgery Clerkship in October 2004.  Mary's background includes work in a variety of settings including neurology, oncology, gynecology, obstetrics and pediatrics.  She has taught both nurses and medical residents as a Clinical Instructor in other facilities.


mary.nally@med.usc.edu
   
 
Joann Heralda
Surgical Clerkship Coordinator
Selective/Elective Coordinator

Ms. Heralda has worked for the Department of Surgery at USC in the position of Clerkship Coordinator since January of 2004.  Joann is a key figure in coordinating the day to day activities of the clerkship and in communicating with the many members of the department.  She coordinates the students’ daily activities, call schedules, and maintains student files.  In addition, Ms. Heralda is the Selective/Elective Coordinator for fourth year medical students.  Ms. Heralda has 13 years of administrative experience with USC.  Prior to joining the Surgery Clerkship, she managed the USC Call Center.

joann.heralda@med.usc.edu
   
 
Clare Kodama
Surgical Clerkship Coordinator

Clare joined the Surgery Clerkship in November of 2012. She serves as the Surgery I Coordinator on a part-time basis. Clare is responsible for coordinating the daily activities of third year students. She also provides assistance with front desk responsibilities. Clare worked many years in the USC Office of Continuing Education before becoming part of the Surgery Clerkship staff.  

clare.kodama@med.usc.edu
   
 
   
 
 
 
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