There are several advisory committees helping to oversee and guide the SECOND Trial
Resident Advisory Committee
Faculty Advisory Committee
Bioethics Advisory Committee
Karl Bilimoria, one of the co-PIs, is a general surgeon, the Vice Chair for Quality in Northwestern’s Department of Surgery,
the PI of the FIRST Trial, and the Program Director of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative
Yue-Yung Hu, one of the co-PIs, is a pediatric surgeon and an associate program director of the general surgery program at Northwestern
Julie Johnson, PhD, is a qualitative researcher at SOQIC with expertise in conducting hospital visits to assess implementation of quality improvement initiatives
Caryn Etkin, PhD, is a research associate professor and administrative director of SOQIC with expertise in program recruitment
Elaine Cheung, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor who studies social psychology and healthcare professional wellness
Gaurava Agarwal is a psychiatrist who studies healthcare professional wellness
Dr. Hedges is Chair of Biostatistics at Northwestern. As an internationally recognized methodologist and education
policy researcher with a focus on cluster-randomized trials, he led the methodology for the FIRST Trial.
He recently won the Yidan Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Education Research.
Dr. Hoyt is the Executive Director of the ACS. Dr. Hoyt was previously a program director, chair, researcher, and co-I on the FIRST Trial.