Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Current Research Fellows

Eddie Blay, MD (2016-2018)

Eddie Blay, MD (2016-2018)

Dr. Blay has a broad interest in surgical outcomes, quality improvement, and disparities. He is examining vascular surgery quality measures from a structure, process, and outcome perspective. He completed his undergraduate years at Brown University. He spent a year at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, before enrolling at Duke University for his medical education. During medical school, he was awarded a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship to spend one year at Stanford University. He is taking time away from his general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, to complete his postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine during which time he will obtain a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research.

Ryan Ellis, MD (2017-2019)

Ryan Ellis, MD (2017-2019)

Dr. Ellis’ research centers on surgical quality improvement and outcomes research pertaining to complex surgical oncology. Specifically, he is focusing on hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery and factors associated with adverse outcomes in this patient population. He is also an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar, where he will work towards improving quality standards in complex gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Ellis obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is taking time away from his general surgery residency at Northwestern to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and obtain a a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research through the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Lina Hu, MD (2017-2019)

Lina Hu, MD (2017-2019)

Dr. Hu’s research interest lies in surgical quality improvement and outcomes research relating to enhanced recovery and perioperative care. She is also an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar, working on the Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) program, which develops and supports the implementation of evidence-based perioperative guidelines in hospitals across the country. Dr. Hu received her bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Rice University in Houston, TX, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at University of California Los Angeles to complete a research fellowship while obtaining a master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University.

Jessica Liu, MD (2017-2019)

Jessica Liu, MD (2017-2019)

Dr. Liu is an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar in Residence and her research centers on working on the national implementation of enhanced recovery pathways following surgery through the Improving Surgical Care and Recovery program. Her research interests broadly include quality improvement research, health disparities, and resident education on quality improvement. Dr. Liu obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Florida, a Medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, and a Master’s degree in health services and outcomes research from Northwestern. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Emory University to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at the American College of Surgeons.

MeiXi Ma, MD (2018-2020)

MeiXi Ma, MD (2018-2020)

Dr. Ma's research centers on surgical quality and outcomes improvement with particular interests in health disparities, health literacy, and education. She is also an American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar, focusing on geriatric surgical standards and outcomes. Dr. Ma obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology and photography at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB), Birmingham. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency, also at UAB, to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and obtain a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research through the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Tarik Yuce, MD (2018-2020)

Tarik Yuce, MD (2018-2020)

Dr. Yuce’s interests lie in outcomes research as well as surgical quality improvement relating to minimally invasive benign foregut and bariatric surgery. His focus is on identifying possible avenues for improving bariatric outcome measures such as readmission and surgical site infections. He also is exploring methods to augment minimally invasive surgical training for general surgery residency. Dr. Yuce obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology at Boston University in Boston, MA. He then completed his medical degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently taking time away from his general surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to complete a Master’s in Health Services and Outcomes Research while a T-32 postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern Center for Education in Healthcare Studies.

Cary Schlick, MD (2018-2022)

Cary Schlick, MD (2018-2022)

Dr. Schlick’s research interests lie in quality adherence and access to healthcare across geographic and health system boundaries. Specifically, she is interested in adherence to cancer care metrics in relation to geographic and financial variables, and how patient outcomes are impacted by treatments available to them. Cary is originally from rural Minnesota, and ultimately aims to lessen healthcare disparities across America through both her clinical and research efforts. She received a BA at St. Olaf College, followed by an MD at Case Western Reserve University. She is taking time away from her general surgery residency at Northwestern to focus on her research interests while obtaining a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research through the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

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Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC)
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
633 N. St. Clair Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-695-4853
Fax: 312-503-4401

SOQIC is a collaboration of:

Feinberg School, NMH, Lurie Cancer Center