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Douglas Stewart Smink, MD, MPH
Associate Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Surgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Narrative:

Dr. Smink's research interests are in surgical education and simulation, as well as outcomes in minimally invasive surgery. His education research focuses on the use of simulation in improving surgeons technical and communication skills through both skills practice and team training. He is also interested in intraoperative decision-making and has employed cognitive task analysis to better understand the decisions that surgeons make during complex procedures. His reseach in minimally invasive surgery uses large databases to explain the effects of socioeconomic status on patient outcomes.


Additional News:
See Dr. Smink featured in BWH Magazine:

The Neil and Elise Wallace Simulation Training, Research, and Technology Utilization System (STRATUS) is reinventing medical education at BWH.

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Pernar LIM, Robertson FC, Tavakkoli A, Sheu EG, Brooks DC, Smink DS. An appraisal of the learning curve in robotic general surgery. Surg Endosc. 2017 Apr 14.

2. Doumouras AG, Hamidi M, Lung K, Tarola CL, Tsao MW, Scott JW, Smink DS, Yule S. Non-technical skills of surgeons and anaesthetists in simulated operating theatre crises. Br J Surg. 2017 Apr 04.

3. Hu YY, Mazer LM, Yule SJ, Arriaga AF, Greenberg CC, Lipsitz SR, Gawande AA, Smink DS. Complementing Operating Room Teaching With Video-Based Coaching. JAMA Surg. 2017 Apr 01; 152(4):318-325.

4. Robertson JM, Dias RD, Yule S, Smink DS. Operating Room Team Training with Simulation: A Systematic Review. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2017 May; 27(5):475-480.

5. Scott JW, Lin Y, Ntakiyiruta G, Mutabazi ZA, Davis WA, Morris MA, Smink DS, Riviello R, Yule S. Contextual Challenges to Safe Surgery in a Resource-limited Setting: A Multicenter, Multiprofessional Qualitative Study. Ann Surg. 2017 Mar 02.

6. Davis WA, Jones S, Crowell-Kuhnberg AM, O'Keeffe D, Boyle KM, Klainer SB, Smink DS, Yule S. Operative team communication during simulated emergencies: Too busy to respond? Surgery. 2017 May; 161(5):1348-1356.

7. Bohnen JD, George BC, Williams RG, Schuller MC, DaRosa DA, Torbeck L, Mullen JT, Meyerson SL, Auyang ED, Chipman JG, Choi JN, Choti MA, Endean ED, Foley EF, Mandell SP, Meier AH, Smink DS, Terhune KP, Wise PE, Soper NJ, Zwischenberger JB, Lillemoe KD, Dunnington GL, Fryer JP. The Feasibility of Real-Time Intraoperative Performance Assessment With SIMPL (System for Improving and Measuring Procedural Learning): Early Experience From a Multi-institutional Trial. J Surg Educ. 2016 Nov - Dec; 73(6):e118-e130.

8. Wolf LL, Scott JW, Zogg CK, Havens JM, Schneider EB, Smink DS, Salim A, Haider AH. Predictors of emergency ventral hernia repair: Targets to improve patient access and guide patient selection for elective repair. Surgery. 2016 Nov; 160(5):1379-1391.

9. Pernar LI, Pernar CH, Dieffenbach BV, Brooks DC, Smink DS, Tavakkoli A. What is the BMI threshold for open ventral hernia repair? Surg Endosc. 2017 Mar; 31(3):1311-1317.

10. Al Fayyadh MJ, Heller SF, Rajab TK, Gardner AK, Bloom JP, Rawlings JA, Mullen JT, Smink DS, Farley DR, Willis RE, Dent DL. Predicting Success of Preliminary Surgical Residents: A Multi-Institutional Study. J Surg Educ. 2016 Nov - Dec; 73(6):e77-e83.