Our leadership team comprises expert surgeons, researchers and academicians in the field of surgery.

These talented men and women oversee one of the country’s premier surgery programs and continually work to improve the program and provide excellent care, training and research activities.

Department Leadership


Amalia Cochran, MD

Professor Vice Chair, Surgical Education Director, Burn Center

Bradley Needleman, MD, FACS

Associate Professor-Clinical Vice Chair, Strategy and Clinical Operations Director, CMIS

Division and Center Leadership


Mark Arnold, MD

Professor-Clinical Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Surgery Co-Director, COPPER Lab Director, Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Robert Merritt, MD

Associate Professor Director, Thoracic Surgery

Steven Steinberg, MD

Professor Director, Trauma, Critical Care and Burn

Timur Sarac, MD

Professor Director, Vascular Surgery; Director, Aortic Center