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2019 New Faculty

It is with great pleasure we announce and welcome our new faculty members. Each new faculty member introduces an added level of experience, quality, and service to the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Sarah Atkinson

Dr. Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery

Dr. Atkinson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Surgery with additional fellowship–trained expertise in colon and rectal surgery. She specializes in the full breadth of colon and rectal surgery, including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, anorectal disease, diverticular disease, and diseases of the pelvic floor. Dr. Atkinson was born and raised in Washington D.C. and then moved to New Orleans where she received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois and then relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio for her general surgery residency. Most recently she has completed her Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Atkinson is board certified through the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and is a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). Dr. Atkinson is married to Dr. J.P. Giliberto, a UW Otolaryngologist who also works at University of Washington Medical Center. In her free time she enjoys skiing, farmers markets, reading, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They are excited to expand their family with a baby girl this fall.

Dr. Russell Ettinger

Dr. Russell Ettinger

Russell Ettinger, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ettinger is an Assistant Professor and Craniofacial Surgeon in the Division of Plastic Surgery with expertise in both pediatric and adult craniofacial reconstruction. His primary areas of interest include cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, adult facial trauma, facial burn reconstruction, and gender affirming surgery. His primary sites of practice include Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Ettinger received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and matriculated to the University of Washington School of Medicine where he also earned his medical degree. He completed his residency training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan, including a one-year T-32 NIH research fellowship during which Dr. Ettinger investigated translational approaches to the pharmacologic augmentation of bone healing in the setting of radiation induced injury. He then returned to Seattle to complete his Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center, after which he was recruited to join the faculty within the Division of Plastic Surgery. When not caring for patients Dr. Ettinger enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and enjoying all the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Dr. Suzanne Inchauste

Dr. Suzanne Inchauste

Dr. Suzanne Inchauste, Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Inchauste’s primary areas of interest include microsurgical breast reconstruction, breast aesthetics, complex oncologic reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, lymphedema surgery, extremity reconstruction, body contour and aesthetic surgery. Her primary sites of practice include University of Washington (UW) Medical Center and Northwest Hospital. Born and raised in Seattle, she received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she stayed to complete her general surgery residency. While in general surgery residency, she completed a four-year Immunotherapy and Surgical Oncology research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She then relocated to Ohio for her plastic surgery residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Most recently she completed a Microsurgery Fellowship at Stanford University. When she’s not caring for patients, Dr. Inchauste enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, skiing, hiking, running, biking, rock climbing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Rebecca Maine

Dr. Rebecca Maine

Dr. Rebecca Maine, Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery

Dr. Maine’s focus includes trauma and acute care surgery, elective general surgery and global surgery. After studying electrical engineering and working in management consulting, she matriculated to the University of California San Francisco Medical School where she completed her general surgery residency. Dr. Maine returns to Harborview Medicine Center (HMC), where she completed her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, after spending two years as Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Maine is passionate about studying and addressing the inequities in access to quality surgical care nationally and internationally. As a medical student, she evaluated the outcomes of children treated on cleft palate missions in Ecuador and found high complications rates, fueling her interest in Global Surgery. During her residency she spent two years as a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow with the Program for Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. There she completed her MPH and lived in Rwanda studying surgical and pre-hospital systems. At UNC, she co-directed the Malawi Surgical Initiative, continuing her work to understand how to improve surgical outcomes for patients in the Central Region of Malawi. She is very excited to join Department of Surgery colleagues Drs. Charles Mock, Professor, and Barclay Stewart, Assistant Professor, to leverage the tremendous resources at UW Department of Surgery (DOS) to develop novel approaches to understanding and improving trauma and surgical systems globally. Dr. Maine and her husband, Jacob, are looking forward to enjoying the incredible nature, culture and food in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Erin Miller

Dr. Erin Miller

Dr. Erin Miller, Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Dr. Maine’s focus includes trauma and acute care surgery, elective general surgery and global surgery. After studying electrical engineering and working in management consulting, she matriculated to the University of California San Francisco Medical School where she completed her general surgery residency. Dr. Maine returns to Harborview Medicine Center (HMC), where she completed her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, after spending two years as Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Miller ’s primary areas of interest include complex wrist injuries, nerve injuries, microvascular reconstruction of traumatic extremity injuries and tumors. She practices at HMC and the Roosevelt Bone and Joint Clinic. Dr. Miller was raised in Rochester, NY and received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. She earned her medical degree as well as a Master’s in Applied Anatomy from Case Western Reserve University. She relocated to Seattle for residency with the UW Integrated Plastic Surgery program and then completed her Hand Surgery Fellowship in the Department of Orthopedics. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty in DOS, as she has a passion for teaching and is excited to work with the resident cohort at UW. Dr. Miller enjoys spending her free time outdoors–mountain biking, tele skiing, climbing, backpacking and trail running with her two dogs. She and her fiancé, Ben, who is in his final year of Emergency Medicine residency at the UW, enjoy traveling internationally and as well as brewing beer.

Dr. Deepika Nehra

Dr. Deepika Nehra

Dr. Deepika Nehra, Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery

Dr. Nehra was born in India but grew up primarily in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. She moved to the Unites States in high school and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia followed by medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed General Surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA followed by a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at HMC. After fellowship, Dr. Nehra chose to pursue her interest in global health and surgery in the limited resource setting by spending a year practicing as a general/trauma Surgeon at a regional referral hospital in Mbarara, Uganda. Since that time, she has spent the last three years as a trauma and acute care surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. While at Brigham and Women’s Hospital she was able to split her time between Boston and Rwanda, where she participated as a faculty educator through the Human Resources for Health Program. Outside of trauma and acute care surgery, she has a particular clinical interest in complex abdominal wall problems and reconstructions. Her research interests include better understanding the long-term impact of injury and emergency surgery with a particular interest in the psychosocial aspects. She is very excited to join the faculty at HMC and hopes to continue this work in addition to her work in the global health sphere. In her free time, Dr. Nehra enjoys cooking, running, and being outdoors with her husband, Sam, and dog, Billie.

Dr. Lara Oyetunji

Dr. Lara Oyetunji

Dr. Lara Oyetunji, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Section Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the Veterans Administration Puget Health Care System

Dr. Oyetunji earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi with honors from The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She obtained her medical education from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and commenced general surgery training at UW. She completed a two-year surgical oncology research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health after which she returned to UW and transitioned into the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency program. Her post-graduate training was completed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she obtained her master of public health degree with a focus in epidemiology and global health. Dr. Oyetunji is a member the multidisciplinary structural heart team at the UW Heart Institute and her clinical interests are in valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Oyetunji’s research interests are in surgical capacity building and developing access to safe surgical care in sub-Saharan Africa via twinning partnerships and bilateral exchange of ideas with academic medical centers; a particular area of focus in global surgery is the application of structural heart disease to the management of rheumatic heart disease. She is also interested in the development of quality improvement initiatives in cardiac surgery and recently joined the management committee of the Washington State Cardiac Outcomes Assessment Program with hopes of developing best practice guidelines in the state of Washington.

Outside of her professional work, Dr. Oyetunji is a travel enthusiast who loves exploring and learning from other cultures. She also enjoys running, hiking, dancing and has recently started taking swim lessons with the goal of completing a triathlon.

Dr. Sam Rice-Townsend

Dr. Sam Rice-Townsend

Dr. Samuel Rice-Townsend, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric General Surgery

Dr. Rice-Townsend grew up in Pennsylvania before attending Amherst College. He then earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed residency in General Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, followed by fellowship training in pediatric general and thoracic surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). Prior to joining SCH, Dr. Rice-Townsend practiced at Boston Children's Hospital where he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rice-Townsend is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and pediatric surgery. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

His clinical and research interests relate to anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung’s disease, as well as neonatal and pediatric critical care, in particular as it pertains to extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. He is actively involved in the multidisciplinary Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) program at SCH.

Dr. Jonathan Sham

Dr. Jonathan Sham

Dr. Jonathan Sham, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery

After completing his General Surgery training at UW, Dr. Sham went on to complete fellowships in both Complex General Surgical Oncology and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery at the John Hopkins University (JHU) Hospital. Dr. Sham brings expertise in multiple complex hepatopancreatobiliary procedures including pancreatic islet auto-transplantation and minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy. He is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, Society for Surgical Oncology, and America’s Hepatopancreatobiliary Association.

Dr. Sham is originally from Dallas, TX and completed his bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University prior to receiving his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. While in residency he completed a two-year T32 National Institutes of Health research fellowship in Nanotechnology and Physical Science in Cancer Research, where he developed novel antibody-targeted theranostics for hepatocellular carcinoma and received local, regional, and national awards for his work. He will collaborate with Drs. Raymond Yeung, Professor and Section Chief of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, James Park, Associate Professor, and Venu Pillarisetty, Associate Professor, on developing biotechnological solutions for many of the shortcomings of pancreatic surgery including inadequate imaging, pancreatic fistula, and early recurrence. Dr. Sham is joined by his wife Monica and daughter, Lilly. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, aerial photography, and sailing.

Dr. Barclay Stewart

Dr. Barclay Stewart

Barclay Stewart, MD, PhD, MscPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn, & Critical Care Surgery

Dr. Stewart completed both his General Surgery residency and Burn Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Washington. His post-graduate training in public health and health systems strengthening was completed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, respectively. In addition to providing clinical care at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and UW Medicine Regional Burn Center, Dr. Stewart will be a faculty lead within the Strategic Analysis, Research & Training (START) Center, which is a global health consulting group established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UW Department of Global Health. He will also work with Drs. Charles Mock, Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery, Nicole Gibran, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for Harborview Medical Center, David and Nancy Auth Endowed Chair for Restorative Burn Surgery, and Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery, and Tam Pham, Director, HMC Burn Center, Professor & Chief, Burn Center, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery, to build on the productivity and support renewal of existing grants (e.g., NIH/Fogarty support for improving trauma care in West Africa; National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research support for the Burn Model System program). Dr. Stewart’s research and advocacy interests relate to global surgery, defined not by geographic boundaries, but by ubiquitous issues such as: health equity; access to safe surgical care for all when needed; resilient healthcare systems; and emergency, trauma and surgical care systems development in low-resourced settings. He will take the lead in coordinating our Department’s existing global surgery efforts, mentor interested trainees, and support the development of global surgery curricula for residents and surgical critical care fellows. We look forward to his inputs toward a more formal and sustained global surgery program. Outside of his professional work, Dr. Stewart enjoys cycling, kayaking and backpacking with his wife, Melissa. They also love cooking for friends and family and sharing in the delights of the Pacific Northwest.