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Muriel Steele Society Spotlight Series

Spotlights are a way for medical students to meet and interview female surgery faculty at UCSF

Dr. M. Margaret “Peggy” Knudson

M. Margaret “Peggy” Knudson, MD, FACS had a high-impact career with notable positions as Professor of Surgery at UCSF and Chief of Surgery at the San Francisco General Hospital. An academic trauma surgeon, she worked closely with the military to treat battle-wounded service members during the Iraq and Afghanistan War, helped curate a strong partnership between the military health system and American College of Surgeons, and conducted research on a variety of topics, including the prevention of blood clot complications in trauma patients. Throughout her career and in the role of Medical Director of the Military Health System Strategic Partnership American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS), Dr. Knudson spearheaded educational initiatives to prepare present and future military surgeons to care for critically injured service members during conflict. During her 33-year-long career at UCSF she has also treated trauma victims in disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2013 Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash. Outside of her successful medical career, Dr. Knudson is a mother to twin daughters and is an avid cyclist.

This interview was conducted on November 1st, 2023, by Rachel Huynh, a medical student at UCSF.

Dr. Nancy Ascher

Interview with Dr. Nancy Ascher performed by medical student Anya Greenberg. Dr. Ascher is a transplant surgeon and former Chair of the Department of Surgery at UCSF.

Dr. Kathryn Chu

Interview with Dr. Kathryn Chu by medical student Phoebe Miller. Dr. Chu is a general and colorectal surgeon who graduated from UCSF's medical school and general surgery residency program. She is now the director of Global Surgery at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. 

Dr. Sandy Feng

Interview with Dr. Sandy Feng performed by medical student Alice Tang. Dr. Feng is a transplant surgeon at UCSF and Vice Chair for Research

Dr. Gomez-Sanchez

Interview with Dr. Clara Gomez-Sanchez performed by medical student Jackie Lin. Dr. Gomez-Sanchez is a vascular surgeon at UCSF.

Dr. Jade S. Hiramoto, M.D.

Interview with Dr. Jade Hiramoto performed by medical student and incoming vascular surgery resident Iris Liu. Dr. Hiramoto is a vascular surgeon and the current President of the UCSF Medical Staff.

Dr. Sandhya Kumar

Dr. Kumar specializes in minimally invasive and robotic procedures, as well as surgeries of the foregut (esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine). She completed her B.S.E. at Princeton University in 2004, majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. She attended medical school at the University of Kentucky followed by residency at the University of California Los Angeles. She then transferred to UCSF and completed her residency in General Surgery in 2015. From 2015 - 2017, she was a Clinical Instructor on the Acute Care Surgery Service at Parnassus. She then completed her fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics at UCSF. At ZSFG, she is focusing on expanding the General Surgery practice. Her research focuses on improving access to surgical care for vulnerable patients, such as those in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Patricia Loftus

Interview with Dr. Patricia Loftus by medical student Maria Lee. Dr. Loftus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, followed by Otolaryngology–Head and Neck surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Loftus then completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base surgery at Emory University Hospital.

Dr. Rita Mukhtar

Interview with Dr. Rita Mukhtar performed by medical student Gurbani Kaur (UCSF MD ’23). Dr. Mukhtar is a breast and acute care surgeon at UCSF and Associate Program Director for the general surgery residency.

Dr. Merisa L. Piper

Interview with Dr. Merisa Piper by medical student Eizabeth Danial. Dr. Piper is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction and general reconstruction. Her research focuses on improving outcomes after breast reconstruction, particularly after microsurgery and oncoplastic surgery, which combines tumor removal with reconstruction. Dr. Piper completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at UCSF, a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and is now an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCSF.

Dr. Sima Porten

Interview with Dr. Sima Porten performed by medical student Rachel Bigley. Dr. Porten is a urologist at UCSF, specializing in urologic oncology.

Dr. Sanziana Roman

Interview with Dr. Sanziana Roman performed by medical student Anya Greenberg (UCSF MD ‘23). Dr. Roman is an endocrine surgeon at UCSF.

Drs. Nicole Schroeder and Rosanna Wustrack

Interview with Dr. Nicole Schroeder and Dr. Rosanna Wustrack performed by medical students Natalie Kucirek and Kara Tanaka. Dr. Schroeder is the Director of the Orthopaedic Hand Service at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the Associate Residency Director of the UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery residency program. Dr. Wustrack is the Chief of Orthopedic Oncology at UCSF.

Dr. Julie Ann Sosa

Interview with Dr. Julie Ann Sosa, performed by medical student and incoming general surgery resident Sophia Hernandez. Dr. Sosa is an endocrine surgeon and Chair of the Department of Surgery at UCSF.

Drs. Mika Varma and Lucy Kornblith

Inaugural spotlight interview with our UCSF Muriel Steele Society Co-Chairs, Drs. Mika Varma and Lucy Kornblith performed by medical students Katy Abel and Sarah Tsou. Dr. Varma is the Chief of the Section of Colorectal Surgery at UCSF and Dr. Kornblith is a Trauma/Critical Care surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Lan Vu

Interview with Dr. Lan Vu performed by medical student Ruth Laverde. Dr. Vu is a pediatric surgeon at UCSF and Associate Program Director for the general surgery residency.

Dr. Doris Wang

Interview with Dr. Doris Wang performed by medical student Megan Casey. Dr. Wang is a neurosurgeon at UCSF, specializing in movement disorders.

Dr. Stephanie Wong

Interview with Dr. Stephanie Wong performed by medical student Kaitlyn Julian. Dr. Wong is an orthopedic surgeon and sportsmedicine specialist at UCSF who cares for athletes of all ages with hip, knee or shoulder injuries.

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