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Michael John Cahalane, M.D.

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Phi Sigma - National biological Honor Society
The Academy Liberal Arts Honor Society
B.A. Degree conferred with High Honors and Departmental Honors
Alpha Omega Alpha
M.D. cum laude
S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, third year, Harvard Medical School
1999 George B. Starkey Award for Excellence in Teaching
Aesculapian Club
2000 Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator
Humanism in Medicine Award
George B. Starkey Award for Excellence in Teaching
A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Member, Council of Distinguished Scholars
Peter Reizenstein Prize
Scholar, Academy at Harvard Medical School
Rosette of the Shapiro Institute Center for Education
Gold Humanism Honor Society
Outstanding Teacher Award
Top Doctor for Massachusetts

I have the honor of being Clerkship Director in Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this position, I attempt to foster a safe environment, rich in learning opportunities for students, focusing both on personal and professional growth. I believe that students need a gentle partner in the Clerkship Director to help them gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them become caring and competent physicians. As reflected in the evaluation of my work by students, they have found me a strong advocate and collaborator. I work also to evaluate other faculty and help them develop their teaching skills and professionalism, as they teach and serve as role models for our students.

As a teaching doctor and surgeon, it has been a privilege to guide and coax students and residents in their quest for knowledge. They have stimulated me, in turn to be a better physician. I continue to enjoy finding “teachable moments” in my practice. In the middle of an operation, I have frequently stopped, looked up at residents and said “Now what?” Startled residents often then realize what their preparation has or often hasn’t prepared them to do.

While I have focused my work on Harvard Medical School students and surgical trainees, I am also active nationally in the Association for Surgical Education. I serve on the Committee on Curriculum, Clerkship Director’s Committee, and the Committee on Assessment and Evaluation. We are currently focusing on developing a national surgical curriculum for the third year clerkship. This work is complicated by the different surgical needs of various medical schools, and varying lengths of time devoted to surgery in the third year. This year, I was appointed to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Committee on Continuing Education. In 2006, I was honored by the Association for Surgical Education with their Outstanding Teacher Award.

I am proud to be a protégé of William Silen, M.D., and during my professional and personal life I continuously strive to emulate him. I believe I have been able to bring his rigor, intensity, criticality and humanism to my teaching and mentoring. His legacy has proven a challenging yardstick for me, and I continue to benefit from his advice.

I am intensely interested in continuing to serve my patients and students of Harvard Medical School. I am interested in teaching innovation and assessment.

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  1. Castillo-Angeles M, Watkins AA, Acosta D, Frydman JL, Flier L, Garces-Descovich A, Cahalane MJ, Gangadharan SP, Atkins KM, Kent TS. Mistreatment and the learning environment for medical students on general surgery clerkship rotations: What do key stakeholders think? Am J Surg. 2017 Feb; 213(2):307-312. PMID: 28131325.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Watkins AA, Gondek SP, Lagisetty KH, Castillo-Angeles M, Gangadharan SP, Cahalane MJ, Kent TS. Weekly e-mailed teaching tips and reading material influence teaching among general surgery residents. Am J Surg. 2017 Jan; 213(1):195-201.e3. PMID: 27640910.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Raghavan K, Lagisetty KH, Butler KL, Cahalane MJ, Gupta A, Odom SR. Intraoperative fires during emergent colon surgery. Am Surg. 2015 Feb; 81(2):E82-3. PMID: 25642866.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Ahn J, Odom SR, Saillant N, Ojeifo OA, Abramson Z, Gupta A, Cahalane MJ. Capillary leak syndrome and abdominal compartment syndrome from occult rectal malignancy. Am Surg. 2012 Nov; 78(11):E443-5. PMID: 23089411.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Rowland PA, Trus TL, Lang NP, Henriques H, Reed WP, Sadighi PJ, Sutton JE, Alseidi AA, Cahalane MJ, Gauvin JM, Pofahl WE, Sartorelli KH, Goldin SB, Greenburg AG. The certifying examination of the american board of surgery: the effect of improving communication and professional competency: twenty-year results. J Surg Educ. 2012 Jan-Feb; 69(1):118-25. PMID: 22208843.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Weingart SN, Davis RB, Palmer RH, Cahalane M, Hamel MB, Mukamal K, Phillips RS, Davies DT, Iezzoni LI. Discrepancies between explicit and implicit review: physician and nurse assessments of complications and quality. Health Serv Res. 2002 Apr; 37(2):483-98. PMID: 12036004.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  7. Weingart SN, Mukamal K, Davis RB, Davies DT, Palmer RH, Cahalane M, Hamel MB, Phillips RS, Iezzoni LI. Physician-reviewers' perceptions and judgments about quality of care. Int J Qual Health Care. 2001 Oct; 13(5):357-65. PMID: 11669563.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. McCarthy EP, Iezzoni LI, Davis RB, Palmer RH, Cahalane M, Hamel MB, Mukamal K, Phillips RS, Davies DT. Does clinical evidence support ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding of complications? Med Care. 2000 Aug; 38(8):868-76. PMID: 10929998.
    Citations: 63     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Weingart SN, Iezzoni LI, Davis RB, Palmer RH, Cahalane M, Hamel MB, Mukamal K, Phillips RS, Davies DT, Banks NJ. Use of administrative data to find substandard care: validation of the complications screening program. Med Care. 2000 Aug; 38(8):796-806. PMID: 10929992.
    Citations: 70     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Iezzoni LI, Mackiernan YD, Cahalane MJ, Phillips RS, Davis RB, Miller K. Screening inpatient quality using post-discharge events. Med Care. 1999 Apr; 37(4):384-98. PMID: 10213019.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  11. Iezzoni LI, Davis RB, Palmer RH, Cahalane M, Hamel MB, Mukamal K, Phillips RS, Banks NJ, Davis DT. Does the Complications Screening Program flag cases with process of care problems? Using explicit criteria to judge processes. Int J Qual Health Care. 1999 Apr; 11(2):107-18. PMID: 10442841.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  12. Goldman LD, Cahalane MJ. The paramedian approach to open laparoscopy. J Am Coll Surg. 1995 Jun; 180(6):733-4. PMID: 7773490.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Hay DW, Cahalane MJ, Timofeyeva N, Carey MC. Molecular species of lecithins in human gallbladder bile. J Lipid Res. 1993 May; 34(5):759-68. PMID: 8509714.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Cahalane MJ, Shapiro ME, Silen W. Abdominal incision: decision or indecision? Lancet. 1989 Jan 21; 1(8630):146-8. PMID: 2563057.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  15. Cahalane MJ, Neubrand MW, Carey MC. Physical-chemical pathogenesis of pigment gallstones. Semin Liver Dis. 1988 Nov; 8(4):317-28. PMID: 3062787.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Carey MC, Cahalane MJ. Whither biliary sludge? Gastroenterology. 1988 Aug; 95(2):508-23. PMID: 3292341.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
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