About Me


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I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M College of Medicine, then received my general surgery training at the University of Utah and my burn/critical care training at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston. My clinical practice focuses on acute burn care, critical care in burns, and burn reconstruction. I have a particular interest in advancing the clinical care of frostbite patients, and have contributed to the clinical care and body of research in this area. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

I am the Vice Chair of Education and Professionalism for the Department of Surgery. I have completed a Surgical Education Research Fellowship and have won university-wide and national teaching awards.

My research interests lie in the areas of education and clinical outcomes. My current research projects in education address the impact of gender in academic surgical careers and developing definitions of disruptive physician behavior. My current clinical research priorities include management and outcomes in frostbite, optimizing burn shock resuscitation, and the use of telemedicine to enhance patient-centered care in rural and frontier areas.

I have a number of leadership roles outside of the University, including serving as Past President for the Association of Women Surgeons, President Elect for the Association for Surgical Education, and Chair of the American College of Surgeons SurgeonsPAC Board of Directors.  I am also a new member of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, representing the great state of Utah, and a member of the American College of Surgeons Health Policy and Advocacy Group.

When I’m not busy in one of my myriad surgical and leadership activities, I enjoy spending time with my rescue animals, reading literary fiction, practicing yoga, playing in the wilderness, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

All opinions expressed in this blog are mine and do not represent any of the organizations or institutions with which I am affiliated.  Further, any medical content should not be construed as medical advice.


2 replies on “About Me”

Good Afternoon, Dr. Cochran,

I work for Dr. Chris Porter, owner and founder of OnSurg, a surgery education website which was created to improve surgical care worldwide by supplying free, open-access resources and fostering conversation. He came upon your work and has expressed interest in cross posting your content onto our website and Facebook. Is this something you would allow us to do? All of your work would be linked back to your blog/website.

I look forward to hearing from you,

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