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Associate Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair of Education and Professionalism
University of Utah Department of Surgery
Dr. Cochran is board-certified in general surgery with a certificate of added qualifications in surgical critical care. Her clinical interests are in burns and frostbite and the use of telemedicine to deliver care in rural and frontier areas. She also has research interests in disruptive surgeon behavior and career development for women in academic surgery. In addition to serving on the council as Immediate Past President and as the National Recognition Chair of the AWS, she is currently the Treasurer of the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. Cochran serves on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors and Health Policy Advocacy Group and is the Vice Chair of the SurgeonsPAC Board of Directors. She is a self-described “single woman managed by three very indulged rescue animals.”
Dr. Cochran earned her medical degree from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. She completed her general surgery training at the University of Utah, which was followed by a fellowship in burns and surgical critical care at UTMB/ Shriner’s- Galveston.
She began attending AWS Conferences as a resident, recognizing the networking opportunities afforded by the organization, and subsequently became active on the Academic Practice Committee. The focus of the AWS on the development of women as surgical leaders and as mentors aligns with her scholarly interests as well as her core values as a woman surgeon.