Debra A. DaRosa, PhD, ASL Program Director

Debra A. DaRosa, PhD

Dr. Debra DaRosa is Professor Emerita of Surgery and Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSOM).   She began her academic career in surgical education in 1980 and has dedicated the majority of that time to developing and delivering faculty development programs, pursuing educational research and consulting with clinical departments, hospitals, and professional societies.  She has published over 125 abstracts, papers and book chapters, and has presented her research, keynote addresses, and faculty development programs at regional, national and international forums.

Dr. DaRosa was the first non-clinician elected President of the international Association for Surgical Education, was made an honorary member of the Association of Women Surgeons and is one of two non-surgeons awarded an honorary membership to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  On a personal note, she is the grandmother of four grandchildren, mother of two adult children and wife of one husband!

Highlighted publications:

Trainee Autonomy and Patient Safety.

George BC, Dunnington GL, DaRosa DA. Ann Surg. 2017 Nov 21. PMID:29166357

Effect of Ongoing Assessment of Resident Operative Autonomy on the Operating Room Environment.

Fryer JP, Teitelbaum EN, George BC, Schuller MC, Meyerson SL, Theodorou CM, Kang J, Yang A, Zhao L, DaRosa DA. J Surg Educ. 2017 Mar 28. PMID: 28363675

Use of cognitive task analysis to guide the development of performance-based assessments for intraoperative decision making.

Pugh CM, DaRosa DA. Mil Med. 2013 Oct;178(10 Suppl):22-7. PMID:24084302

A theory-based model for teaching and assessing residents in the operating room.

DaRosa DA, Zwischenberger JB, Meyerson SL, George BC, Teitelbaum EN, Soper NJ, Fryer JP. J Surg Educ. 2013 Jan-Feb;70(1):24-30. PMID: 23337666