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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 Graduate Medical Education Committee consists of at least 14 voting members selected from the faculty of the clinical departments. 

At least one voting member from the faculty or affiliated clinical sites must be a patient safety or quality improvement officer.

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

At least four residents (elected by their peers) serve one-year terms. 

Selected School of Medicine and affiliated teaching hospital administrators are invited to serve as ex-officio members.

Urology, plastic surgery and neurosurgery have one standing member on the committee alternating two-year terms; otolaryngology and orthopaedic surgery have one standing member on the committee alternating two-year terms; ophthalmology and dermatology have one standing member on the committee alternating two-year terms; pathology, radiology and anesthesiology have one standing member on the committee alternating two-year terms.

Newly appointed clinical departmental chairs serve on the committee during their initial year in order to become familiar with the committee's function. 

2019-20 GMEC House Staff Members

  • Bryan Beck, M.D.
  • Mina Boutrous, M.D.
  • Fernand Bteich, M.D.
  • Jennifer Keller, M.D.
  • Ashley Boerrigter, M.D.
  • Iris Chang, M.D.
  • Amanie Salem, D.O.
Three-Year Term
Member Department Term
Michael Williams, M.D. Surgery 7/19-6/22
Jafar Kafaie, M.D. Neurology 7/18-6/21
Catalina Belean, M.D. Psychiatry 7/19-6/22
Adam Merando, M.D. Internal Medicine 7/19-6/22
Robert Brooker, M.D. Pediatrics 7/19-6/22
Gregory Ward, M.D. Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health 7/18-6/21
Jay Brieler, M.D. Family and Community Medicine 7/18-6/21
Two-Year Term
Member Department Term
Matt Smeds, M.D. Surgery 7/18-6/20
Robert McDonough, M.D. Urology 7/18-6/20
Nicole Burkemper, M.D. Dermatology 7/19-6/21
Vikram Chawa, M.D. Anesthesiology 7/19-6/21
Douglas Blackall, M.D. Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine 7/19-6/21
Razi Muzzafar, D.O. Nuclear Medicine 7/19-6/20
Joe Brunworth, M.D. Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 7/19-6/20
One-Year Term
Member Department Term
Nicole Burkemper, M.D. Dermatology 7/19-6/20
Craig Krausz, M.D. Emergency Medicine 7/19-6/20
Naila Ahmad, M.D. Pediatric Anesthesia 7/19-6/20
Stephen Cagle, M.D. Family and Community Medicine 7/19-6/20
Marya Strand, M.D. Neonatal Perinatal Medicine 7/19-6/20
Thanh-Mai Vo, M.D. Nephrology 7/19-6/20
Joanna Kemp,  M.D. Neurological Surgery 7/19-6/20
David Greenberg, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgery 7/19-6/20
Ghassan Kamel, M.D. Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine 7/19-6/20
Ex Officio
Member Department
Barbara Whitman, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Ziyad Al-Aly, M.D. ACOS, Research and Education
Jennifer Blake Patient Safety and Quality Coordinator, SSM
Robert M. Heaney, M.D. Asst. Vice President, Medical Affairs
Ranaa Ponstingl, M.D. Vice President, Medical Affairs, St. Mary's
Chad Miller, M.D. Associate Dean, UME
Christina Moore Associate General Counsel, SLU
Fred Buckhold, III, M.D. Interim Chief Medical Officer, SSM SLUH
Matt Broom, M.D. Vice President, Medical Affairs, Cardinal Gleenon


*Indicates reappointment for one additional term.

Resident Members (One-Year Term): By SLURA nomination
Bryan Beck, M.D. Internal Medicine 7/19-6/20
Mina Boutrous, M.D. Vascular Surgery 7/19-6/20
Fernand Bteich, M.D. Internal Medicine 7/19-6/20
Jennifer Keller, M.D. Surgery 7/19-6/20
Ashley Boerrigter, M.D. OB/GYN 7/19-6/20
Iris Chang, M.D.  Surgery 7/19-6/20
Amanie Salem, D.O. Psychiatry 7/19-6/20


2018-19 GMEC House Staff Members
  • Zarir Ahmed, D.O.
  • Mina Boutrous, M.D.
  • Fernand Bteich, M.D.
  • Jennifer Keller, M.D.
  • Aaron Miller, M.D.
  • Michael Prim, M.D.
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.
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.