Meet the SENT Team

Yue-Yung Hu, MD, MPH

Northwestern University


Yue-Yung is a pediatric surgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at Northwestern, and a co-PI of the SENT Trials. Her research interests are (obviously) surgical education and surgical culture.

Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS

Indiana University


Karl is a surgical oncologist, Vice Chair of Quality, and Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) at Indiana University. His research interests are quality improvement, implementation science, and health policy. He was the PI for the FIRST Trial, which has grown into the SENT Trials. He has many other titles and accomplishments – too many to list here.

Daniela Amortegui, MA

Program Management

Daniela is a program manager for the SENT Trials. She received her MA in International Education from the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Her content area knowledge focuses on developing culturally competent curriculum, policies, and materials to better create inclusive and diverse environments. She is passionate about integrating design-thinking frameworks into social impact projects like The SENT Trials.

Natalia Mackiewicz, BA

Project Management

Natalia is a project manager for the SENT Trials. She received her BA in Psychology at Agnes Scott College in 2020 - focusing her research on underrepresented populations. Believing that research is the stepping stone of systematic action, she entered the field of Health Outcomes Research which led her to the SENT Trials. She is passionate about creating spaces where everyone’s story can be meaningfully heard, and sees this reflected in her work with the SENT Trials.

Joshua Eng, PhD

Statistical Analyst

A social/personality psychologist by training, Josh earned a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD the University of California, Berkeley. These days, he provides data management, analysis, and reporting support to Dr. Bilimoria, Dr. Hu, and other members of the SOQIC team as the primary statistical analyst for the SENT Trials. He also helps the SOQIC fellows refine their research skills and agendas by providing them with research methodology and data analysis advice.

Tiannan Zhan, MS

Statistical Analyst

Tiannan is a statistical analyst for the SENT Trials. She received her MS in biostatics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. She has worked on a wide range of clinical studies as well as decision science projects in thyroid cancer, GI, and liver diseases at Mass General Hospital from 2016 to 2019. Her research interests lie in health policy research, health quality research, and data visualization.

Nathan Monson, MS

Application Developer

Nathan is the in-house web developer for the SENT Trials. He builds and maintains the SENT Trials online tools and resources, enabling the SENT team and trial programs to communicate and interact with each other in new and exciting ways. He has an MS in computer engineering from the University of Arizona.

Gaurava Agarwal, MD

Northwestern University


Julie Johnson, PhD

Northwestern University

Qualitative Research

Dawn Coleman, MD

Duke University

SECOND - Vascular

Isabelle Raiche, MD

University of Ottowa

SECOND - Canada

Amanda Watkins, MD, MPH

Lahey Health


David Odell, MD, MMSc

Northwestern University


DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

Indiana University


Current Fellows

Maya Hunt, MD

Indiana University

Ray Ramirez, MD

Northwestern University

Joseph Ezequiel Sanchez, MD

Northwestern University

Present Research Residents

Signe Braafladt, MD

Indiana University

Christina Cui, MAS, MD

Duke University

Kimberly "Brooke" Golisch, MD

Northwestern University

Kristen Kaiser, MD

Indiana University

Bridget Olsen, MD

Maine Medical Center

J. Benjamin Pitt, MD

Medical College of Georgia

Maggie Reilly, MD, MS

Northwestern University

Charesa Smith, MD

University of Illinois Chicago

SchMiyah Smith, MS, MD

Howard University

Asia Swinarska, MD

Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Catherine Valukas, MD

Northwestern University

Sam Warwar, MD

Northwestern University

Past Fellows

Eddie Blay, MD, MS

Brian Brajcich, MD

Matthew Chia, MD

Ryan Ellis, MD, MS

Jennifer Delgado Felipa, MD

Chelsea Fischer, MD, MS

Darci Foote, MD

Evan Heiderscheidt, MD

Brock Hewitt, MD

Andrew Hu, MD

Rachel Joung, MD

Rhami Khorfan, MD

Bona Ko, MD

Ruojia Debbie Li, MD

Meixi Ma, MD, MS

Brian Nasca, MD

Eric Pillado, MD

Cary Jo Schlick, MD, MS

Casey Silver, MD

Michael Visenio, MD

Tarik Yuce, MD, MA

Suhail Zeineddin, MD

Lindsey Zhang, MD, MS


Egide Abahuje, MD

Northwestern University

Heather Ballard, MD

Northwestern University

Elaine Cheung, PhD

Hinge, Inc.;Northwestern University (Residency)

Audrey Rosenblatt, cRNA, PhD

Northwestern University

Medical & Graduate Students

Carmen Diaz, PhD Candidate

Northwestern University

Radha Patel, MD Candidate

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin U-Med & Science

Sarah Philbin, PhD Candidate

Northwestern University

Kathryn Smith, MD

University of Pittsburgh Obstetrics & Gynecology

Rhea Verma, MD Candidate

Northwestern University

Stephanie Xiaoying Yang

Northwestern University