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Surgical Society


Since its inception in 2000, the Surgical Society has grown from a dozen students to more than 100 members from the four classes of medical students. Official members are listed for the current school year.  Officer information includes their undergraduate institution and career interests.  Also listed are alumni of the society who welcome questions from current medical students regarding career selection, interview process, etc.  

Surgical Society members are encouraged to attend all lectures offered by the society. Throughout the year the society offers various hands-on clinics, special dinners with the Denver Academy of Surgeons, and other limited attendance functions. Official members are invited to these special functions as a reward for their continued active participation in the society.





David Leopold, Officer-Emeritus

Class of 2014

University of Colorado, Boulder

Vascular & General Surgery





Sarah Kolnik, Officer-Emeritus

Class of 2014

University of Colorado, Boulder

Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery





Damian Illing, Vice-President

Class of 2014

Colorado School of Mines

Orthopedic Surgery





Monisha Banerjee, President

Class of 2014

Northwestern University






Susan Mopper, Social Chair


Class of 2015


University of Colorado, Colorado Springs





Cameron Barton​, Social-Chair

Class of 2015



   Elise Yerelian

   Class of 2016



   Catherine Cooper

   Class of 2016



(Previous interview and application information available in Events Page)​​

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Class of 2014 Class of 2015​ ​Class of 2016 ​Class of 2017

Austin Badeau 

Christine Bates

Nicholas Breitnauer

Joshua Byers 

Brian Cristiano

Sam Day

Andrew DeMars

Mohamed Eldeiry

Andrew Faber

Elliot Handler

Damian Illing

Jonathan Kark

Anthony Kasch 

Adam Khalil

Roxanne Martinez

Kelly McCaffery

Kori Neessen 

Kevin Penn

James Ross

Brandon Sawyer

Matt Shirazi

Gail McSpadden

Charles Tharp

Steven Lewis

Monisha Banerjee 

Jessica Lee

Maria Velazquez

Atousa Sobhi

Marina Rodriguez

​Amanda Barton

Cameron Barton

Dom Burneikis

Kyle Carter

Garland Castaneda

Brittany Catanach

Tori Collins

Michael Duran

Carlie Field

Erin Finn

Joseph Gonzalez

Matthew Grant

Jonathan Grudis

Lisa Hamilton

Whitney Hoover

Tyler Hudish

Chris Kennel

Adam Kolnik

Laura Kwon

Luke Law

Rosie Li

Jia Lin

James McCullough

Robert McLeroy

Kelly Menachof

Matthew Miller

Patrick Minot

Susan Mopper

Amanda Munoz

David Murphy

Sam Percy

Branden Petrun

Eric Peterson

Paul Scott

Jacey Stahlberg

Jeffrey Steed

Nicole Stutzman

Emma Templeton

Tysen Trujillo

Timothy Ung

Zach Winkler

Chelsea Wong

Leon Zheng


​Paige Bennett

Matt Bezant

Brooke Bredbeck

Quan Bui

Vivek Chadayammuri

Catherine Cooper

Jim Do

Laura Grigereit

Sandy Huynh

Kevin Krughoff

Oluwafunmilayo Ogunremi

Leslie Palacios-Helgeson

Hamza Pasha

Saned Rouf

Meena Song

Elise Yerelian

​Lauren Eagelston

Samantha Nino

Soliman Oushy

Natasha Volny

Interested in joining Surgical Society?

Contact us or fill out the application!

Surgical Society alumni are an asset for aspiring surgeons. We encourage and facilitate networking between current and prior members. The alumni listed here welcome contact from current students.  

Allison Berndtson, MD

General Surgery

University of California-Davis

Carrie CeraHill, MD


University of Iowa

James Cromie, MD

General Surgery

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Joseph Dai, MD

General Surgery

Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu

Geoffrey Doner, MD


SUNY at Stony Brook

Thomas Hearty, MD


Northwestern McGaw, Chicago

Craig Hogan, MD


University of Colorado School of Medicine

Tim Judkins, MD


University of Colorado School of Medicine

Sarah Judkins, MD

General Surgery

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Ryan Koonce, MD


University of Colorado School of Medicine

Mark Kowal, MD

General Surgery

Swedish Medical Center, Seattle

Damian LaPar, MD

General Surgery

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Turner Lisle, MD

General Surgery

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Mia Marietta, MD

General Surgery

Maine Medical Center, Portland

Jennifer McLellan, MD

General Surgery

Grand Rapids Med Ed and Research, MI

Doug Orndorff, MD


University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Bret Peterson, MD


Duke University, NC

Jason Prescott, MD

General Surgery

Yale University School of Medicine

Todd Vanderheiden, MD


University of Colorado School of Medicine

Arek Wiktor, MD

General Surgery

University of Colorado School of Medicine


Richard D. Schulick, MD, MBA, FACS
The Aragón/Gonzalez-Giusti Chair
Professor & Chair of Surgery
Surgical Oncology
Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery

Clinical Interests: Clinical Pharmacology, Surgery, Advanced GI Surgery, Surgical Oncology


Mark R. Nehler, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Vascular Surgery
General Surgery Residency Program Director

Clinical Interests: Limb salvage surgery, quality of life assessment, chronic venous insufficiency, upper extremity ischemia, thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease



Thomas A. Whitehill, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical Student Director
Chief of Surgery, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Clinical Interests: Thoracoabdominal aneurysms, carotid artery disease, renovascular hypertension, mesenteric vascular insufficiency, lymphatic disorders, congenital vascular malformation, arterial disease in women