Full-Time General Surgery Faculty Brief Bio

Jennifer F. Preston,  MD
Jennifer F. Preston, MD, FACS
Program Director 

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
General Surgery Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington
Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University
Areas of Interest: Minimally invasive treatment of foregut diseases, including achalasia, heartburn/reflux disease, hiatal hernias, stomach tumors, small bowel tumors and diseases of the spleen and adrenal gland; as well as robotic ventral, umbilical and inguinal hernia repair.


Amy Sisley, MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Program Director for Simulation
 

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Surgical Residency: University of Chicago
Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship: Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
Areas of Interest: Surgical education and simulation, trauma, acute surgical conditions and critical illness

Natasha Keric, MD, MPH, FACS
Natasha Keric, MD, MPH, FACS
Medical Student Clerkship Director

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix​

Medical School: University of Illinois School of Medicine
Surgical Residency: Scott and White Clinic in Texas
Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship: R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Areas of Interest: Surgical education and mentorship, traumatic injuries and resuscitation, complex surgical abdominal conditions

Ara Feinstein, MD, MPH, FACS
Ara Feinstein, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director 

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital in affiliation with Harvard Medical School
Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Business of surgical care, health systems

Paul Dabrowski, MD, FACS
Paul Dabrowski, MD, FACS
Trauma Medical Director

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Tulane
Surgical Residency: University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery and Trauma/Critical Care Fellowships: Tulane University and Charity Hospitals
Areas of Interest: Trauma and surgical critical care

Nirav Patel, MD, FACS
Nirav Patel, MD, FACS
Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Wisconsin
General Surgery Residency: Gundersen Medical Foundation-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellowship: University of California-San Diego
Areas of Interest: Surgical clinical quality improvement, global health, system process engineering, general trauma acute care surgery with a focus on minimally invasive approaches and complex abdominal wall reconstructions
 

Allison Tompeck, MD
Allison Tompeck, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency: Pinnacle Health System – Polyclinic
Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern
Areas of Interest: Trauma, surgical critical care, intra-abdominal sepsis, abdominal compartment syndrome, acute complicated pancreatitis 

Corey Detlefs, MD, FACS
Corey Detlefs, MD, FACS
Trauma Outreach Director

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Surgical Residency: Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency
Fellowship: UCSF Fresno Valley Medical Center
Areas of Interest: Rural trauma, acute care surgery, multi-disciplinary surgery for placental abnormalities  

Richard Perry, MD, FACS
Richard Perry, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of General Surgery

Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Surgical Residency: Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
Fellowship: UCSF Fresno Valley Medical Center​
Areas of Interest: Foregut surgery, complex minimally invasive surgery and stressing the importance of a well trained "general" general surgeon

Venkata "Bob" Evani, MD, FACS
Venkata "Bob" Evani, MD, FACS
Chief Clinical Affairs Officer, Banner – University Medical Group Phoenix

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Michigan
General Surgery Residency: Sinai Grace Hospital
Areas of Interest: Breast surgery, hernias

Mira Milas, MD, FACS
Mira Milas, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Endocrine Surgery

Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Texas, Houston
Surgical Residency: Emory University
Endocrine Fellowship: Emory University
Areas of Interest: Thyroid nodules, parathyroid disease, neck ultrasound 

Mamoona Khokhar, MD
Mamoona Khokhar, MD
Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
General Surgery Residency: Brown University
Endocrine Fellowship: Columbia University
Areas of Interest: Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal diseases

Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS
Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS
Chief, Section of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of Colorado
Surgical Residency: University of Colorado
Areas of Interest: Bariatric and minimally invasive surgery

Christine Lovato, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Christine Lovato, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Surgical Residency: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix
Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Oakland California
Areas of Interest: Bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, metabolic disease