Brian George

Brian George, MD, MA

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Center for Surgical Training and Research (CSTAR)
Director of Educational Research, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy


Dr. George, an Assistant Professor of Surgery, serves as the Director of Educational Research at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan as well as the Director of the Center for Surgical Training and Research, also at the University of Michigan.  He is a national leader in operative performance assessment and is the Executive Director a multi-institutional non-profit educational research consortium, The Society for Improving Medical Professional Learning (SIMPL).  In collaboration with the many institutional members of this group he is laying the groundwork for an ongoing national initiative in healthcare education quality improvement. 

With funding from multiple medical regulatory agencies and medical specialty groups, Dr. George’s current research bridges the gap between surgical education research and health services research.  This multidisciplinary approach aims to understand the impact of surgical trainee competence on early-career patient outcomes and then use that data to implement new patient-centered standards and processes for surgical training.

Published Articles or Reviews

George, BC, Bohnen, JD, Williams, RG, et al. on behalf of the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative.  Readiness of US General Surgery Residents for Independent Practice.  Annals of Surgery. (2017).

Fryer, JP, Teitelbaum, EN, George, BC, Schuller, MC, Meyerson, SL, Theodorou, CM, Kang, J, Yang, A, Zhao, L, DaRosa, DA. Effect of Ongoing Assessment of Resident Operative Autonomy on the Operating Room Environment. Journal of Surgical Education. (2017).

Mellinger JD, Williams RG, Sanfey H, Fryer, JP, DaRosa, DA, George, BC, Bohnen, JD, Schuller, MC, Sandhu, G, Minter, R. Teaching and assessing operative skills: From theory to practice. Current problems in surgery. 54:44 (2017)

Bohnen, J. D., George, B. C., et al. The Feasibility of Real-Time Intraoperative Performance Assessment with SIMPL (System for Improving and Measuring Procedural Learning): Early Experience from a Multi-Institutional Trial. J Surg Educ 73, (2016).

Bohnen, J. D., Chang, D. C. & George, B. C. Changing Trends in Operating Room Times Between Teaching and Non-Teaching Cases: Less Time for Learning? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 221, S49 (2015).

George, B. C. et al. Reliability, Validity, and Feasibility of the Zwisch Scale for the Assessment of Intraoperative Performance. Journal of Surgical Education 71, 90–96 (2014).

Meyerson SL, Teitelbaum EN, George B. C., Schuller M, DaRosa DA, Fryer JP.  Defining the autonomy gap:  When Expectations Do Not Meet Reality in the Operating Room.  Journal of Surgical Education. 71(6), 64-72 (2014).

Klamen, D., George, B. C., Harken, A. & DaRosa, D. Resident Readiness General Surgery. McGraw-Hill Education / Medical (2013).

George, B. C. et al. Duration of Faculty Training Needed to Ensure Reliable OR Performance Ratings. Journal of Surgical Education 70, 703–708 (2013).

Fryer, J. P., Corcoran, N., George, B. C., Wang, E. & DaRosa, D. Does Resident Ranking During Recruitment Accurately Predict Subsequent Performance as a Surgical Resident? Journal of Surgical Education 69, 724–730 (2012).