Michael AwadWISE Director
Michael M. Awad, MD
Dr. Awad was appointed director of surgical simulation in July 2010.  He has a long record of commitment to surgical education including participation as an ASE (Association for Surgical Education) SERF (Surgical Education Research Fellow), ACS Surgeons as Educators Course,  winner of the Resident Teaching Award for the last five years in a row, and completion of the University of Illinois – Chicago Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree program. He is the recipient of a number of educational grants including a FIPSE (Fund for Improvement in Post-Secondary Education) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the largest in Washington University history, and a SAGES Career Development Award for a SCORE/SAGES Educational Collaboration Effort. In conjunction with other Steering Committee members, he is responsible for preparing this application, meeting accreditation requirements, and all correspondence with the ACS .


Karen JohnsonProgram Manager, Surgical Skills Education
Karen Johnson, MA
Karen Johnson has a master's degree in organizational management, more than 20 years of experience as a U.S. Air Force medic and over 5 years of experience in simulation. In 2014, she completed the Healthcare Modeling and Simulation Certification with the Naval Postgraduate School. Karen has twice published articles on trauma simulation. In addition, she made presentations on topics at the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in both 2015 and 2016. Karen’s passion is the significance of teamwork as it relates to healthcare simulation.




 Angelia DeClueWISE Coordinator
Angelia DeClue

Angie received her Certified Surgical Technologist diploma in July 2007. She has 10 years experience in the OR with a focus in colorectal, GYN oncology, MIS, robotics, trauma and urology. She joined WISE in 2011 to expand her role in medical student and resident education.