USA Housestaff Council

The USA Housestaff Council is a self-governing body, composed of the chief residents from each of the specialty residency programs and a senior fellow from the subspecialty fellowships. The Council meets on the first Friday of each month at 7:30 AM, alternating locations between the USA Medical Center and the USA Children's and Women's Hospital.


The Council represents the interns, residents, and fellows in GME programs sponsored by USA Hospitals on issues related to the clinical working environment. The Council provides a forum to promote...

  • Excellence in the development, assessment and provision of graduate medical education in the clinical learning and education environments
  • Professionalism in the clinical working and educational environments, 
  • Patient safety in the environment of clinical education,
  • Communication and exchange of ideas across disciplines and professions, and
  • Communication with the GME and USA health system leadership.

(Note: The USA Housestaff Council and the USA Housestaff Association are two separate organizations with distinct functions.) 


  • Dr. Todd Bierman, chair, General Surgery
  • Dr. Keniel Pierre, vice chair, Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Alexander Macdonell, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dr. Andrew Warner, Family Medicine
  • Dr. Awab Ibrahim, Pediactrics
  • Dr. Benjamin Niland, Gastroenterology
  • Dr. Benton Cason, General Surgery
  • Dr. Brian Gavan, Pediatrics
  • Dr. Daniel Ro, Neurology
  • Dr. David Benavidez, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry
  • Dr. James Rini, Neurology
  • Dr. Joseph Shung, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dr. Jun Liu, Psychiatry
  • Dr. Kelsey Taylor, Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Dr. Krutika Patel, 
  • Dr. Laura Matlock, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dr. Meagan Carpenter, Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Dr. Megan Missanelli, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dr. Nathan Hewlett, Radiology
  • Dr. Nicholas Ludvik, nternal Medicine
  • Dr. Sarah Siddiqui, Adolescent and Child Psychiatgry
  • Dr. Sarina Sachdev, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dr. Travis Palmer, Radiology
  • Dr. Yasaman Eslaamizaad, Pulmonary Critical Care
  • Dr. Zachary Logan, Family Medicine

GME and USA Health Representatives

  • Dr. Samuel McQuiston, Assistant Dean, GME
  • Chris Jett, chief administrator, USA Children's and Women's Hospital
  • Sam Dean, chief administrator, USA Medical Center
  • Warren Greene
  • Tomeika Hawkins, GME Accreditation Specialist 

Meeting Schedule


July 6, 2018

Medical Center Boardroom

August 3, 2018

Children's and Women's Boardroom

September 7, 2018

Medical Center Boardroom

October 5, 2018

Children's  and Women's Boardroom

November 2, 2018

Medical Center Boardroom

December 7, 2018

Children's and Women's Boardroom

January 4, 2019

Medical Center Boardroom

February 1, 2019

Children's and Women's Boardroom

March 1, 2019

Medical Center Boardroom

April 5, 2019

Children's and Women's Boardroom

May 3, 2019

Medical Center Boardroom

June 7, 2019

Children's and Women's Boardroom

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