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Maura E. Sullivan, PhD

Title(s)Professor Of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar)
Address1520 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 8040
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    Title(s)Associate Dean of Simulation Education in Health Sciences


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    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

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    1. The American College of Surgeons Entering Resident Readiness Assessment Program: Development and National Pilot Testing Results. Ann Surg. 2020 Jul; 272(1):194-198. Sullivan ME, Park YS, Liscum K, Sachdeva AK, Blair PG, Gesbeck M, Bordage G. PMID: 30870178.
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    2. Educational benefits of an acute care surgery rotation during the medical student surgical clerkship. Am J Surg. 2020 May 20. Chai AL, Matsushima K, Sandhu K, Sullivan ME, Inaba K, Demetriades D. PMID: 32471557.
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    3. Applying the science of learning to the teaching and learning of surgical skills: The basics of surgical education. J Surg Oncol. 2020 Jul; 122(1):5-10. Sullivan ME. PMID: 32251537.
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    4. Practical Bioethics for the Humanitarian Surgeon: The Development, Implementation and Assessment of an Ethics Curriculum for Residents Participating in Humanitarian Missions. J Surg Educ. 2020 Mar - Apr; 77(2):390-403. McDonald VS, Ignacio RC, Kuettel MA, Schlitzkus LL, Sullivan ME, Tadlock MD. PMID: 31889690.
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    5. Acute Care Surgery Education in US Medical Schools: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature and Report of a Medical Student Experience. J Surg Educ. 2020 Mar - Apr; 77(2):316-322. Chai AL, Matsushima K, Sullivan ME, Inaba K, Demetriades D. PMID: 31543409.
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    6. A Preoperative Educational Time-Out is Associated with Improved Resident Goal Setting and Strengthens Educational Experiences. J Surg Educ. 2020 Jan - Feb; 77(1):18-26. Lillemoe HA, Stonko DP, George BC, Schuller MC, Fryer JP, Sullivan ME, Terhune KP, Geevarghese SK. PMID: 31327734.
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    7. Building a Framework for Self-Regulated Learning in Surgical Education: A Delphi Consensus Among Experts in Surgical Education. J Surg Educ. 2019 Nov - Dec; 76(6):e56-e65. Johnson CE, Yates K, Sullivan ME. PMID: 31281109.
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    8. Vascular mechanical ventilation: A novel alternative to conventional cadaver perfusion. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 02; 86(2):370-373. Minneti M, Benjamin ER, Sullivan ME, Demetriades D. PMID: 30531206.
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    9. Preoperative goal setting and perioperative communication in an academic training institution: Where do we stand? Am J Surg. 2019 02; 217(2):318-322. Lillemoe HA, Stonko DP, Sullivan ME, Geevarghese SK, Terhune KP. PMID: 30224073.
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    10. Landmark lecture on surgery: paediatric cardiothoracic surgery - training the next generation of congenital heart surgeons. Cardiol Young. 2017 Dec; 27(10):1986-1990. Starnes VA, Sullivan ME. PMID: 29286272.
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    11. The Development of a Novel Perfused Cadaver Model With Dynamic Vital Sign Regulation and Real-World Scenarios to Teach Surgical Skills and Error Management. J Surg Educ. 2018 May - Jun; 75(3):820-827. Minneti M, Baker CJ, Sullivan ME. PMID: 29037823.
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    12. The American Board of Thoracic Surgery Congenital Fellowship: Have We Lost Our International Heritage? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2017 Jan; 20:77-78. Starnes VA, Sullivan ME. PMID: 28007070.
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    13. The Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education (JCTSE) "Educate the Educators" Faculty Development Course: Analysis of the First 5 Years. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Dec; 102(6):2127-2132. Yang SC, Vaporciyan AA, Mark RJ, DaRosa DA, Stritter FT, Sullivan ME, Verrier ED. PMID: 27847048.
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    14. Pressurized Cadaver Model in Cardiothoracic Surgical Simulation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(3):1118-20. Greene CL, Minneti M, Sullivan ME, Baker CJ. PMID: 26354651.
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    15. Expanding simulation-based education through institution-wide initiatives: A blueprint for success. Surgery. 2015 Nov; 158(5):1403-7. Gardner AK, Lachapelle K, Pozner CN, Sullivan ME, Sutherland D, Scott DJ, Sillin L, Sachdeva AK. PMID: 26013982.
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    16. Workplace bullying of general surgery residents by nurses. J Surg Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec; 71(6):e149-54. Schlitzkus LL, Vogt KN, Sullivan ME, Schenarts KD. PMID: 25433963.
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    17. The use of cognitive task analysis to reveal the instructional limitations of experts in the teaching of procedural skills. Acad Med. 2014 May; 89(5):811-6. Sullivan ME, Yates KA, Inaba K, Lam L, Clark RE. PMID: 24667500.
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    18. Development and verification of a taxonomy of assessment metrics for surgical technical skills. Acad Med. 2014 Jan; 89(1):153-61. Schmitz CC, DaRosa D, Sullivan ME, Meyerson S, Yoshida K, Korndorffer JR. PMID: 24280844.
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    19. A framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. 2014 Feb; 207(2):255-9. Sullivan ME, Trial J, Baker C, Inaba K, Etcheverry J, Nally M, Crookes P. PMID: 24239531.
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    20. Teaching behaviors in the cardiac surgery simulation environment. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Jan; 145(1):45-53. Fann JI, Sullivan ME, Skeff KM, Stratos GA, Walker JD, Grossi EA, Verrier ED, Hicks GL, Feins RH. PMID: 23098747.
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    21. Development of a cardiac surgery simulation curriculum: from needs assessment results to practical implementation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul; 144(1):7-16. Baker CJ, Sinha R, Sullivan ME. PMID: 22502963.
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    22. The results of a needs assessment to guide a vascular surgery skills simulation curriculum. Ann Vasc Surg. 2012 Feb; 26(2):198-204. Woo K, Rowe VL, Weaver FA, Sullivan ME. PMID: 22304862.
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    23. Multi-decadal drought and amplified moisture variability drove rapid forest community change in a humid region. Ecology. 2012 Feb; 93(2):219-26. Booth RK, Jackson ST, Sousa VA, Sullivan ME, Minckley TA, Clifford MJ. PMID: 22624302.
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    24. The use of cognitive task analysis to improve instructional descriptions of procedures. J Surg Res. 2012 Mar; 173(1):e37-42. Clark RE, Pugh CM, Yates KA, Inaba K, Green DJ, Sullivan ME. PMID: 22099596.
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    25. The potential influence of short-term environmental variability on the composition of testate amoeba communities in Sphagnum peatlands. Microb Ecol. 2011 Jul; 62(1):80-93. Sullivan ME, Booth RK. PMID: 21625973.
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    26. Reliability of a procedural checklist as a high-stakes measurement of advanced technical skill. Am J Surg. 2010 Jan; 199(1):110-4. Peyré SE, Peyré CG, Hagen JA, Sullivan ME. PMID: 20103075.
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    27. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication assessment: task analysis as a model for the development of a procedural checklist. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jun; 23(6):1227-32. Peyre SE, Peyre CG, Hagen JA, Sullivan ME, Lipham JC, Demeester SR, Peters JH, Demeester TR. PMID: 19057949.
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    28. Patient-care-related telephone communication between general surgery residents and attending surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Apr; 206(4):742-50. Phitayakorn R, Williams RG, Yudkowsky R, Harris IB, Hauge LS, Widmann WD, Sullivan ME, Mellinger JD. PMID: 18387481.
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    29. Assessing the teaching of procedural skills: can cognitive task analysis add to our traditional teaching methods? Am J Surg. 2008 Jan; 195(1):20-3. Sullivan ME, Ortega A, Wasserberg N, Kaufman H, Nyquist J, Clark R. PMID: 18082538.
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    30. The use of a cognitive task analysis-based multimedia program to teach surgical decision making in flexor tendon repair. Am J Surg. 2008 Jan; 195(1):11-5. Luker KR, Sullivan ME, Peyre SE, Sherman R, Grunwald T. PMID: 18082536.
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    31. The use of cognitive task analysis to improve the learning of percutaneous tracheostomy placement. Am J Surg. 2007 Jan; 193(1):96-9. Sullivan ME, Brown CV, Peyre SE, Salim A, Martin M, Towfigh S, Grunwald T. PMID: 17188097.
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    32. A surgical skills elective can improve student confidence prior to internship. J Surg Res. 2006 Jun 01; 133(1):11-5. Peyre SE, Peyre CG, Sullivan ME, Towfigh S. PMID: 16580692.
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