Luise I Pernar, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Surgery
Gastrointestinal Surgery

MD, Harvard Medical School




Dr. Pernar is an assistant professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. She serves as associate program director of the Boston Medical Center general surgery residency program. Dr. Pernar completed her general surgery residency and an advanced minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). During her residency she was awarded numerous teaching awards, including the American College of Surgeons Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching. She completed education research fellowships in the BWH Department of Surgery and through the Academy at Harvard Medical School, gaining exposure to quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to surgical education.
Dr. Pernar’s research is devoted to surgery education with a specific focus on teaching and developing independence in residency training. She has developed and administers a resident-as-teacher curriculum that is used at BMC to educate residents on their role in the academic surgical setting.

2014 American College of Surgeons: Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching
2014 Excellence in Teaching Award: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Surgery
2013 Joseph E. Murray and Simon J. Simonian Prize for Research Excellence in Surgery
2012 Harvard Medical School: Medical Education Day Abstract Award
2012 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 Harvard Medical School: Excellence in Tutoring Certificate
2010 Harvard Medical School: Excellence in Tutoring Certificate
1999 Bryn Mawr College: Departmental Honors, Psychology
1999 Bryn Mawr College: Magna Cum Laude

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  1. Schultz KS, Hess DT, Sachs TE, Tseng JF, Pernar LIM. A Structured Mentorship Elective Deepens Personal Connections and Increases Scholarly Achievements of Senior Surgery Residents. J Surg Educ. 2020 Aug 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32863175
     
  2. Davies J, Pernar L, Eble D, Fernandez AZ, Carmine B, Hess D, Carter C. Use of a Laparoscopic Witzel Gastrostomy Without Gastropexy in Bariatric and General Surgery. Obes Surg. 2020 Nov; 30(11):4631-4635.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32839931
     
  3. Aly S, de Geus SWL, Carter CO, Hess DT, Tseng JF, Pernar LIM. Laparoscopic versus open ventral hernia repair in the elderly: a propensity score-matched analysis. Hernia. 2020 Jun 03.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32495047
     
  4. Geary AD, Pernar LI, Chugh PV, Carter CO. Evaluation of a Preceptorship Model on Third-Year General Surgery Clerkship. J Am Coll Surg. 2020 Jun; 230(6):957-964.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32315744
     
  5. Geary AD, Pernar LIM, Hall JF. Novel Low-Cost, Low-Fidelity Hemorrhoidectomy Task Trainers. J Surg Educ. 2020 Sep - Oct; 77(5):1285-1288.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32241669
     
  6. Jolissaint JS, Dieffenbach BV, Tsai TC, Pernar LI, Shoji BT, Ashley SW, Tavakkoli A. Surgical site occurrences, not body mass index, increase the long-term risk of ventral hernia recurrence. Surgery. 2020 04; 167(4):765-771. PMID: 32063341
     
  7. Pernar LIM, Askari R, Breen EM. Oral examinations in undergraduate medical education - What is the 'value added' to evaluation? Am J Surg. 2020 08; 220(2):328-333. PMID: 31918844
     
  8. de Geus SWL, Geary AD, Arinze N, Ng SC, Carter CO, Sachs TE, Hall JF, Hess DT, Tseng JF, Pernar LIM. Resident involvement in minimally-invasive vs. open procedures. Am J Surg. 2020 02; 219(2):289-294.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31722797
     
  9. Karki S, Farb MG, Sharma VM, Jash S, Zizza EJ, Hess DT, Carmine B, Carter CO, Pernar LI, Apovian CM, Puri V, Gokce N. Fat-Specific Protein 27 Regulation of Vascular Function in Human Obesity. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 06 04; 8(11):e011431.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31433737
     
  10. Geary AD, Hess DT, Pernar LIM. Resident-as-Teacher Programs in General Surgery Residency: Context and Characterization. J Surg Educ. 2019 Sep - Oct; 76(5):1205-1210.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30930067
     
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Education; Residency Training; Teaching; Career Development; Qualitative Methods; Competence

I am an associate program director for the general surgery residency at Boston Medical Center. Alongside my busy clinical practice and administrative work, I oversee and conduct research in collaboration with peers, residents, and medical students. My research expertise is primarily in surgical/medical education and I have completed three research fellowships to gain relevant experiences: a Surgical Education Research Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a Medical Education Research Fellowship at The Academy at Harvard Medical School, and the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellowship at BWH’s Center for Surgery and Public Health. I am also currently enrolled in coursework to work toward a Master’s in Health Professions Education through Boston University.
I bring the perspective of an early career faculty member to mentoring, understanding the need to strike a balance when building a clinical practice, ramping up a research program, and attending to family obligations and self-care all come together.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Education Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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