GME Committee

Saint Louis University’s Graduate Medical Education Committee functions as the oversight committee for the School of Medicine’s residency, subspecialty and fellowship programs.


The committee consists of at least 10 voting members of the School of Medicine faculty with varying terms.

The departments of family medicine, internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery each recommend for one standing member for a three-year term.

The departments of pathology, radiology, neurosurgery and anesthesiology together recommend one standing member for a two-year term, as do the departments of otolaryngology, orthopaedic surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology. Four members are recommended by the Residents’ Association.

Two or more at-large members drawn from the faculty and the committee is chaired by the associate dean for graduate medical education.

2017-18 GMEC House Staff Members

  • Scott Calder, M.D.
  • Kayla Donnawell, M.D.
  • Samkon Gado, M.D.
  • Christine Henderson, M.D.
  • Sohail Nibras, M.D.
  • Margaret Rozier, M.D.
  • Irshad Shakir, M.D.
Three-Year Term
Member Department Term
Colleen Fitzpatrick, M.D. Surgery 7/16-6/19
Raman K. Malhotra, M.D. Neurology  7/14-6/18*
Brianne Newman, M.D. Psychiatry 7/16-6/19
Stephanie Shieh, M.D. Internal Medicine 7/16-6/19
Marya Strand, M.D. Pediatrics 7/16-6/19
Gregory Ward, M.D. Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health 7/14-6/18*
Two-Year Term
Member Department Term
Richard Bucholz, M.D. Neurosurgery 7/16-6/18
Stephen D. Cagle, M.D. Family and Community Medicine 7/16-6/18*
Barry Duel, M.D. Surgery 7/16-6/18
Gabriela Espinoza, M.D. Ophthalmology 7/17-6/19
Robert Garrett, M.D. Radiology 7/16-6/18
Jasmin McGinty, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgery 7/16-6/18
Anjali Patel, D.O. Anesthesiology 7/17-6/19
Katherine Robbins, M.D. Pathology 7/17-6/19
One-Year Term
Member Department Term
Nicole Burkemper, M.D. Dermatology 7/17-6/18
Adam Merando, M.D. Internal Medicine 7/17-6/18
Nisha Mangalat, M.D. Pediatrics 7/17-6/18
Jason D. Keune, M.D. Surgery 7/17-6/18
Barbara Whitman, Ph.D. Pediatrics 7/17-6/18*

*Indicates reappointment for one additional term.

Resident Members (One-Year Term): By SLURA nomination
Scott Calder, M.D. Emergency Medicine 7/17-6/18
Kayla Donnawell, M.D. Emergency Medicine 7/17-6/18
Samkon Gado, M.D. Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 7/17-6/18
Christine Henderson, M.D. Surgery 7/17-6/18
Sohail Nibras, M.D. Psychiatry 7/17-6/18
Margaret Rozier, M.D.  Pediatrics 7/17-6/18
Irshad Shakir, M.D.  Orthopaedic Surgery 7/17-6/18

2016-17 GMEC House Staff Members
  • Ryan Freedle, M.D.
  • Christine Henderson, M.D.
  • Lauren Hayes, M.D.
  • Venkat Kanchustambham, M.D.
  • Ashley Vareedayah, M.D.
  • Daniel Wehrmann, M.D.

Purpose of the Graduate Medical Education Committee

  • Establishment of institutional policies for graduate medical education as detailed in the institutional requirements.
  • Establishment and maintenance of appropriate liaison with residency directors and with the administrators of other institutions participating in programs sponsored by the institution.
  • Regular review (mid-cycle and pre-RRC site visit) of all residency training programs in relation to their compliance with institutional policies and the requirements of the relevant ACGME review committee.
  • Establishment and implementation of policies and procedures for the selection, evaluation, promotion and dismissal of residents.
  • Establishment and implementation of institutional policies and procedures for discipline and the adjudication of complaints and grievances relevant to the graduate medical programs. These policies and procedures must satisfy the requirements for fairness and of due process; they must apply equally to all residents, faculty and residency programs in the sponsoring and participating institutions. The GMEC must assume an educational environment in which residents may raise and resolve issues without fear, intimidation or retaliation.
  • Assurance of appropriate and equitable funding for resident positions, including benefits and support services.
  • Establishment and implementation of policies that affect all residency programs regarding the quality of education and the work environment for residents in each program, including monitoring duty hours and other work environment features as concerns are brought to the committee.
  • Regular review of the curriculum for ethical, socioeconomic, medical and legal, and cost-containment issues that affect graduate medical education and medical practices.
  • Regular review of the curriculum for communication skills, research design, statistics, and the critical review of literature; as well as resident participation in departmental scholarly activity.