Surgical Innovation Lab

Meet the Team


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Movement Group
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Team Members
Gary Sutkin

Hometown: Richardson, Texas, although I lived in Pittsburgh for many years.

College/University Attended: Northwestern University.

Graduate/Professional Institution: also Northwestern University – I am a die-hard Northwestern fan.



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is spend time with my wife and our two boys, who envision one day when cool lasers will be used in the OR to keep surgeons from making errors. I also am an avid music listener.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is loud noises, like the garbage cart that rolls right by our lab door every morning.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is.. I once had the kitchen staff in a restaurant throw an egg at our table for staying too late.

Margaret Brommelsiek

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

College/University Attended: Eckerd College

Graduate/Professional Institution: Florida State University



A cut above:

What I like to do most outside of work is to watch foreign and art films and eat large quantities of popcorn.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is a lack of aesthetic sensibility in all areas of modern life.

Slice of life:

The most interesting about me you may not know is I am was a founding member of the Cult of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Debolina Kanjilal

College/University Attended: University of Missouri - Kansas City

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Missouri - Kansas City



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is read books, watch movies, sketch pictures of babies, and play the piano to my heart’s content.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is the sound of chalk against the blackboard.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is that I tend to name spiders, and have philosophical discussions with them to pacify my mortal fear of arachnids.

Cynthia Liu

Hometown: Naperville, IL

College/University Attended: University of Missouri - Kansas City



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is play tennis, cook, and pet my cat.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is bad drivers!

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is all four of my grandparents were doctors in the army in China.

Amelia Kirchhoff

Hometown: Altamont, IL

College/University Attended: University of Denver (DU)



A cut above: What I love to do most outside of work is..

Read anything I can get my hands on. Of late, I’ve really enjoyed non-fiction true crime novels and anything that has to do with FBI investigations. I also enjoy taking my hyperactive puppy to the dog park to make puppy friends and watching Netflix documentaries with my husband.

Needle unprotected: My pet peeve is..

Rush hour (anywhere) and people who chew with their mouth open

Slice of life: The most interesting thing about me you may not know is..

The first time I drove a tractor by myself, I ran through a fence and ended up in a ditch because I forgot where the brake was.

Tara Krishnan

Hometown: Moline, IL

College/University Attended: University of Missouri - Kansas City



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is cook.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is when people use the express checkout lane even if their entire cart is full!

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is that I used to work at an ice cream shop back in my hometown and can tell you all about our seasonal fall flavors.

Faith Mueller

Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

College/University Attended: University of Missouri - Kansas City



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is to be with nature, especially hiking, gardening, or camping.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is inequality on small and large scales.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I love adrenaline and adventure so I am always willing to try out a new experience.

Jennifer Kay Martin

Hometown: Orrville, Ohio. Home of Smucker’s jams and jelly.

College/University Attended: Bowling Green State University

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of North Carolina - Greensboro, University of Michigan



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is gardening.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve are people who don’t follow through.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is that I climbed Machu Picchu.

Casey Rose

Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO

College/University Attended: University of Missouri - Kansas City

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Missouri - Kansas City



Benjamin Quarshie

Hometown: Peki, volta region. Ghana

College/University Attended: The University of Chicago



A cut above:

I love to workout and manage options and stock in my free time.

Needle unprotected:

Injustice/unfairness, arrogance also gets to me.

Slice of life:

I was born right handed and dislocated my right hand in kindergarten playing soccer. I was threatened with remediation and learned to write with my left just so I would not remediate. Now I’m left handed.

Fahad Qureshi

Hometown: Chicago, IL

College/University Attended: University of Missouri - Kansas City

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Missouri - Kansas City



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is try new restaurants with friends or family.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is setting alarms to numbers that do not end with 0 or 5, i.e. setting an alarm to 6:14 or 10:01 instead of 6:15 or 10:00, respectively.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I've lived in 3 continents, 6 states, and can speak (almost) 4 languages

Tariq Said

Hometown: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but I grew up for 12 years in Southeast Missouri (Cape Girardeau) and 6 more years in St. Louis, MO. I consider St. Louis to be my hometown, though.

College/University Attended: I currently attend UMKC as a 2nd Year.



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is listen to music.

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My pet peeve is when people who have lots of opportunities available to them let it go to waste on account of no ambition.

Slice of Life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I write poetry from time to time.

Casey Stauber

Hometown: Crystal City, TX and San Antonio, TX

College/University Attended: South University



Contact:

Ms. Casey Stauber Administrative Assistant to Dr. Gary Sutkin - Schutte Chair in Women’s Health Surgical Innovation Lab, Rm. 3-203 UMKC School of Medicine 2411 Holmes Street Kansas City, MO 64108 Phone: 816-235-6785 Email: stauberc@umkc.edu

A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is.. Read, cook, knit/crochet, garden.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is when people do not respond to requests for meetings or information

 

Collaborators
Mary Ackenbom

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

College/University Attended: The Ohio State University

Graduate/Professional Institution: The Ohio State University/University of Pittsburgh



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is spending time with family and friends.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is aggressive drivers.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I was a hip hop dancer for a WNBA team for 2 seasons.

Sherwin Chan

Hometown: Toronto

College/University Attended: Queen's University

Graduate/Professional Institution: Washington University in St Louis



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is hiking with the kids.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is barefoot travelers on public transit.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I financed my way through grad school playing Texas Hold Em poker.

Anna Cianciolo

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

College/University Attended: University of Michigan

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Minnesota, Georgia Tech



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is cook, eat, travel, read, and exercise (these are all related!)

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is waiting at traffic lights / in stopped traffic.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I dream of owning a food truck that sells Italian meatballs.

Gregory King

Hometown: Stilwell, KS

College/University Attended: University of Kansas

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Kansas



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is cook, run, play with my kids, tinker in the garage…I don’t really have a favorite.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is when people stand right up close to the luggage carousel at the airport. Everyone would be able to see it if they would just take a couple steps back!

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is although it’s been years since I’ve flown, I am a licensed pilot!

Eliza Beth Littleton

Hometown: Depends. We moved around a lot. The two longest places when I was growing up: Chattanooga TN, and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canadia-land. Place I lived the most, plus where I had my kids: Pittsburgh, PA

College/University Attended: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is discover new or hidden places in Pittsburgh where I’ve not been before.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is letting someone turn left in front of you and not getting a thank-you wave or thank-you blink.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I grew up wanting to do nothing more than ballet. I was 4 when I saw my first ballet and apparently stayed in the seats after it was over insisting that the dancers would be coming back.

Paul Rudy

Hometown: Born in South Bend, Indiana, but lived most of childhood in Smithville, OH and LaJunta, CO

College/University Attended: Bethel College (N. Newton, KS)



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is www.paulrudy.net/harmony-farm

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is Smallmindedness 🙂

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I have climbed all of Colorado's 14,000 ft. peaks (many of them more than once).

Antonis Stylianou

Hometown: Limassol, Cyprus

College/University Attended: University of Kansas

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Kanas



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is play with kids and dogs.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is when people squeeze toothpaste from the middle of the tube.

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is I’m a certified decoy for schutzhund.

Navin Viswanathan

Hometown: Chennai (formerly & still in my mind, Madras), India

College/University Attended: University of Madras

Graduate/Professional Institution: University of Connecticut



A cut above:

What I love to do most outside of work is to travel, watch sports, and, sample the cuisines of the world.

Needle unprotected:

My pet peeve is when people use meaningless descriptions like "he gave 110% effort" or cliches like "think outside the box" to describe something creative (ironic, huh?).

Slice of life:

The most interesting thing about me you may not know is that I have a particular love for visiting university campuses and for watching tennis rallies to the end (no matter if its on tv or someone playing at local tennis court!).