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Maura E. Sullivan, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar)
Associate Dean of Simulation Education in Health Sciences
HCT 4300 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8040


Dr. Maura Sullivan is the Associate Chair of Educational Affairs and the Executive Director of the Surgical Skills Training and Education Center in the Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She has a joint appointment with the Rossier School of Education where she is an Assistant Professor and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Cognitive Technology. Her research interests include Cognitive-Task-Analysis, the development of expertise, technical skills training and curriculum development.

Dr. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Fairfield University, her master of Nursing, Critical Care from the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education at USC. She is actively involved in the Association of Surgical Education and holds an appointment with the American College of Surgeons as an ATLS Educator


Starnes VA, Sullivan ME. The American Board of Thoracic Surgery Congenital Fellowship: Have We Lost Our International Heritage? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2017 Jan; 20:77-78. View in: PubMed

Yang SC, Vaporciyan AA, Mark RJ, DaRosa DA, Stritter FT, Sullivan ME, Verrier ED. The Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education (JCTSE) "Educate the Educators" Faculty Development Course: Analysis of the First 5 Years. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Dec; 102(6):2127-2132. View in: PubMed

Gardner AK, Lachapelle K, Pozner CN, Sullivan ME, Sutherland D, Scott DJ, Sillin L, Sachdeva AK. Expanding simulation-based education through institution-wide initiatives: A blueprint for success. Surgery. 2015 Nov; 158(5):1403-7. View in: PubMed

Greene CL, Minneti M, Sullivan ME, Baker CJ. Pressurized Cadaver Model in Cardiothoracic Surgical Simulation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(3):1118-20. View in: PubMed

Schlitzkus LL, Vogt KN, Sullivan ME, Schenarts KD. Workplace bullying of general surgery residents by nurses. J Surg Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec; 71(6):e149-54. View in: PubMed

Sullivan ME, Yates KA, Inaba K, Lam L, Clark RE. The use of cognitive task analysis to reveal the instructional limitations of experts in the teaching of procedural skills. Acad Med. 2014 May; 89(5):811-6. View in: PubMed

Sullivan ME, Trial J, Baker C, Inaba K, Etcheverry J, Nally M, Crookes P. A framework for professionalism in surgery: what is important to medical students? Am J Surg. 2014 Feb; 207(2):255-9. View in: PubMed

Schmitz CC, Darosa D, Sullivan ME, Meyerson S, Yoshida K, Korndorffer JR. Development and verification of a taxonomy of assessment metrics for surgical technical skills. Acad Med. 2014 Jan; 89(1):153-61. View in: PubMed

Fann JI, Sullivan ME, Skeff KM, Stratos GA, Walker JD, Grossi EA, Verrier ED, Hicks GL, Feins RH. Teaching behaviors in the cardiac surgery simulation environment. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Jan; 145(1):45-53. View in: PubMed

Baker CJ, Sinha R, Sullivan ME. Development of a cardiac surgery simulation curriculum: From needs assessment results to practical implementation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul; 144(1):7-16. View in: PubMed

Clark RE, Pugh CM, Yates KA, Inaba K, Green DJ, Sullivan ME. The use of cognitive task analysis to improve instructional descriptions of procedures. J Surg Res. 2012 Mar; 173(1):e37-42. View in: PubMed

Booth RK, Jackson ST, Sousa VA, Sullivan ME, Minckley TA, Clifford MJ. Multi-decadal drought and amplified moisture variability drove rapid forest community change in a humid region. Ecology. 2012 Feb; 93(2):219-26. View in: PubMed

Woo K, Rowe VL, Weaver FA, Sullivan ME. The results of a needs assessment to guide a vascular surgery skills simulation curriculum. Ann Vasc Surg. 2012 Feb; 26(2):198-204. View in: PubMed

Sullivan ME, Booth RK. The potential influence of short-term environmental variability on the composition of testate amoeba communities in Sphagnum peatlands. Microb Ecol. 2011 Jul; 62(1):80-93. View in: PubMed

Peyré SE, Peyré CG, Hagen JA, Sullivan ME. Reliability of a procedural checklist as a high-stakes measurement of advanced technical skill. Am J Surg. 2010 Jan; 199(1):110-4. View in: PubMed

Peyre SE, Peyre CG, Hagen JA, Sullivan ME, Lipham JC, Demeester SR, Peters JH, Demeester TR. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication assessment: task analysis as a model for the development of a procedural checklist. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jun; 23(6):1227-32. View in: PubMed

Phitayakorn R, Williams RG, Yudkowsky R, Harris IB, Hauge LS, Widmann WD, Sullivan ME, Mellinger JD. Patient-care-related telephone communication between general surgery residents and attending surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Apr; 206(4):742-50. View in: PubMed

Sullivan ME, Ortega A, Wasserberg N, Kaufman H, Nyquist J, Clark R. Assessing the teaching of procedural skills: can cognitive task analysis add to our traditional teaching methods? Am J Surg. 2008 Jan; 195(1):20-3. View in: PubMed

Luker KR, Sullivan ME, Peyre SE, Sherman R, Grunwald T. The use of a cognitive task analysis-based multimedia program to teach surgical decision making in flexor tendon repair. Am J Surg. 2008 Jan; 195(1):11-5. View in: PubMed

Sullivan ME, Brown CV, Peyre SE, Salim A, Martin M, Towfigh S, Grunwald T. The use of cognitive task analysis to improve the learning of percutaneous tracheostomy placement. Am J Surg. 2007 Jan; 193(1):96-9. View in: PubMed

Peyre SE, Peyre CG, Sullivan ME, Towfigh S. A surgical skills elective can improve student confidence prior to internship. J Surg Res. 2006 Jun 1; 133(1):11-5. View in: PubMed

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