Resident Leadership

Many opportunities exist in the department for resident input to the program. On a day-to-day level, residents help create the call schedule on their services and have great latitude to change it. At the beginning of each academic year, the different PGY levels meet to discuss upcoming rotations and present a preliminary yearly schedule to the administrative chief resident for review. All ideas and input are taken into consideration before the final schedule is drawn up. Periodically, town hall meetings are held to discuss issues that need to be discussed before the scheduled resident retreat, which is held annually in the spring.

Administrative Chief Residents:

Jose Diaz-Miron
Dominic Sanford
Pepe Diaz-Miron, MD Dominic Sanford, MD, MPHS

Each year, two chief residents are selected by the Department of Surgery administration to become administrative chief residents. The administrative chief residents' role is to work with the program director (Dr. Paul Wise) to create the yearly block schedule and the monthly call schedule for the residency. In addition, the administrative chief residents are responsible for moderating the weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conferences and educational conferences. Administrative chief residents are also voting members of the Surgery Residency Committee. This is an excellent leadership opportunity within the Department of Surgery. Drs. Pepe Diaz-Miron and Dominic Sanford were selected as administrative chief residents for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Resident Representative: 

Each year, the residents elect one resident to be a voting member of the Surgery Residency Committee. This group meets monthly to discuss resident, clinical and laboratory issues. Dr. Joshua Sommovilla is the resident representative for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Joshua Sommovilla, MD

Joshua Sommovilla, MD

Administrative Research Resident:

This role involves research resident assignments for student and resident labs and lectures as well as coordination for visiting professors and assisting the AV resident. Dr. Jennifer Yu is the current administrative research resident.

 Jennifer Yu







Jennifer Yu, MD, MPHS

Audiovisual (AV) Resident:

The AV resident assists presenters and lecturers with their presentations at morning conferences and the weekly M&M conference in addition to online organization and archiving of the lectures.  Drs. Gayan de Silva and Jennifer Yu are the current AV resident.

 Gayan De SilvaJennifer Yu

Gayan de Silva, MD and Jennifer Yu, MD, MPHS


IT Leadership Committee Head:

The IT Committee Head spearheads the residency's involvement in social media and assists with updating and improving the residency website.  Dr. Vijay Subramanian is the current IT Committee Head. 

 V Subramanian







Vijay Subramanian, MD 

Curriculum Committee:

Each year, two residents are elected by their peers to serve on the curriculum committee as co-chairs. The committee (which also includes the program director, vice chair of education, associate program directors, housestaff office and WISE Center staff) meets twice a month to continuously assess and revise the general surgery curriculum, develop the conference schedule, and recruit faculty to give the lectures.  Drs. Darren Cullinan and Matthew Schill are the curriculum committee co-chairs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Darren Cullinan
Matthew Schill
Darren Cullinan, MD
Matthew Schill, MD

Residents' Retreat:

Each year in the spring, the Department of Surgery holds a retreat where residents meet to discuss how to improve the residency. All residents are relieved of clinical duties while fellows or attendings cover the services.

This year the morning portion of the retreat began with a program overview given by the two administrative chief residents, career development seminars, and team-building exercises.  After lunch, the residents often go off campus for activities. In the past few years, they have gone to Chesterfield Sports Fusion for laser tag, undergone a scavenger hunt at the St. Louis Art Museum, and snow-tubed at Hidden Valley Ski Resort.


Residents pose at the St. Louis Art Museum during the 2015 Resident's Retreat

Resident PGY Level Meetings:

Every Wednesday morning, Dr. Wise meets with a different PGY class in an informal setting with breakfast served.  This relaxed forum, gives him and the residents an opportunity to discuss how things on their respective services are going and keeps them abreast of any issues that may currently be arising.