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Professional Development, Diversity and Wellness

The Professional Development, Diversity and Wellness (PDDW) mission is to establish and sustain a culture that promotes faculty vitality and diversity in order to ensure effective and successful recruitment, development, retention, and promotion of surgical faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Executive Team

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
13948-Schmidt, C Max

C Max Schmidt, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery

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Vice Chair of Professional Development, Diversity & Wellness
16625-Torbeck, Laura

Laura Torbeck, PhD

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

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21230-Ceppa, DuyKhanh

DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

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  • Diversity

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery Diversity Committee guides efforts to conceptualize, socialize, promote, advocate, and help implement systems and structures to promote an inclusive culture. The inclusive culture we strive to foster appreciates the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political belief. We invite and encourage all perspectives to make our decisions and actions as a forward-thinking Department.

    • S Lu, Co-Chair
    • Vacant, Co-Chair
    • S Ahmed
    • J Baril
    • D Ceppa
    • E Ceppa
    • C Floyd
    • A Gonzalez
    • M House
    • T Immormino
    • A Meagher
    • S Moore 
    • D Reese
    • M Rendina
    • C Simons
    • L Torbeck
    • T Zimmers
  • BLISS (Boundless Ladies in Surgical Specialties)
    • T Nguyen, Co-chair  
    • A McDow, Co-chair
  • Professional Development
    • L Torbeck, Chair
    • DP Ceppa, Co-chair
  • Young Surgeons' Council
    • J Waters, Chair
  • Promotion and Tenure

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery Promotion & Tenure Committee evaluates the clinical, scholarly, and citizenship activity of the surgical faculty. All faculty are assessed in their service, teaching, and research pursuits in a wholistic manner with the goal of facilitating advancement in the academic timeline.

    • C. Max Schmidt, Chair
    • L Torbeck, Co-Chair
    • DP Ceppa
    • S Moore
    • K Stevenson
    • J Fridell
    • G Gordillo
    • M House
    • A Ladd
    • H Nashatri
    • F Rescorla
    • D Stefanidis
    • M Turrentine
    • T Zimmers
  • Recruitment

    The mission of the IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery Recruitment Committee is to promote diversity in the area of recruitment, aligning with the priorities of the Department of Surgery Surgical Council and the IU School of Medicine Diversity Council. This committee will function within the Department of Surgery to ensure that a diversity-focused recruitment strategy is implemented for all new faculty considerations.

    Committee Leaders

    Clark Simons, Chair

    • L Torbeck, Co-Chair
    • DP Ceppa, Co-Chair
    Committee Members
    • A Fajardo
    • G Gordillo
    • I Hadad
    • S Imeokparia
    • P Jenkins
    • K Ludwig
    • S Mohanty
    • F Rescorla
    • M Yip-Schneider
  • Wellness

    The Department of Surgery established the IU Surgery Wellness Program to attend to the well-being needs of department faculty, staff, advanced practice providers, residents and fellows. Our current mission is to work on cultivating our relationships with one another that will foster more collegiality, communication and understanding.

    Wellness Committee Chair

    Laura Torbeck


    Committee Members

    Kate Alpha

    Nick Anton

    Angie Antonopoulos

    Michelle Artmeier

    Craig Brooks

    Renee Clark

    Reese Diamond

    Carole Floyd

    Rhonda Gerding

    Elissa Guevara

    Melanie Hampson

    Miguel Jorge

    Shelly Moore

    Joseph Nicholas

    Samantha Ortega

    Yujin Park

    Diamond Reese

    Megan Rendina

    Julie Resler

    Don Selzer

    Jennifer Sickles

    Whitney Soden

    Laura Torbeck

    Greg Westin

    Nick Zyromski