Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Leadership

Michael B. Shapiro, MD

Michael B. Shapiro, MD

Division Chief

Dr. Michael Shapiro is the Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended medical school at Northwestern University and completed residency training and a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Shapiro serves as Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is a member of several leadership committees.

Nabil Issa, MD, FACS

Nabil Issa, MD, FACS

SCC Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Nabil Issa is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. He attended medical school at AL-Mustansiriya University College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq. His residency training was completed at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He then went on to complete a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Issa is deeply invested into the educational enterprise of surgery and has established multiple educational programs for students, residents, and fellows. Nabil has completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) offered by the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program at UIC.

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and is also the Program Director for the Center for Global Health, Global Surgery Fellowship in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Swaroop obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Texas A and M University and attended medical school at the University of Texas-Houston Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas. She completed her General Surgery residency at University of South Florida in 2009 and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship from Northwestern in 2010. Dr. Swaroop’s research focus is Academic Global Surgery including trauma education and prevention. Dr. Swaroop has arranged and supervised several structured and educational international rotations for interested students, residents and fellows. She serves on multiple national and international leadership boards including the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) the Indo-US Academic Council for Emergency and Trauma (ACET) and the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgery (GIEESC).

Steven Schwulst, MD, FACS

Steven Schwulst, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Steven Schwulst, MD, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. He is a graduate of Northwestern University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology. Dr. Schwulst completed his medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was a James Scholar and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha with college honors. He then completed both his general surgery residency and surgical critical care training at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. During his residency training Dr. Schwulst completed a two year research fellowship where he studied the adaptive immune response to infection. This work led to him receiving the 2007 Shock Society New Investigator Award. Since arriving at Northwestern, Dr. Schwulst has established a basic science laboratory where he studies the role of innate immunity in traumatic brain injury. He has received funding from both the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and the Shock Society, and he was recently awarded the Shock Society Research Fellowship for Early Career Investigators.

Joseph A. Posluszny, MD

Joseph A. Posluszny, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Joseph Posluszny, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. Dr. Posluszny completed his medical education at the University of North Carolina. He then completed his general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospital. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Burn and Shock Trauma at Loyola University/Stritch School of Medicine.

Christine Schilling, RN, BSN, MFS

Christine Schilling, RN, BSN, MFS

Christine Schilling is the Nurse Clinician for the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. Coming to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1997, she started her career on the cardiothoracic step-down unit. After two years, she transitioned to the Cardiac/Thoracic/Vascular Intensive Care Unit. In 2005 she completed her Masters of Forensic Science degree and joined the Trauma Surgery team.

Elizabeth Beck, PA-C

Elizabeth Beck, PA-C

Elizabeth Beck earned her Bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and then her Master's from the Surgical Physician Assistant program at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in 2009. She completed the Trauma Track and was awarded the Brown Manning Scholarship by the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants as well as the UAB School of Health Professions SGA Scholarship. She has experience in medical, surgical, and cardiac critical care. She speaks conversational French and Mandarin Chinese, having spent time living in France, Senegal, and China.

Daisy Ortega

Daisy Ortega

Program Coordinator

Daisy Ortega is the Program Coordinator for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and the Administrative Assistant for the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery. Daisy joined the team in May 2016.

Trauma/Critical Care Faculty