Luise I Pernar, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School
MHPE, Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Luise Pernar, MD, MHPE, Surgery, specializes in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery and is associate program director for the general surgery residency. Her scholarly interest is in surgical education and curriculum development. In 2021, she received the Association for Surgical Education Linnea Hauge, PhD, Promising Educational Scholar Award in recognition of her work. While the main focus of her research is on surgery education, she also has a prolific clinical research portfolio, focusing on quality improvement and outcomes in hernia and bariatric surgery.

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  1. Pernar LI. Familiarity, Communication, and Entrustment in the Operating Room. JAMA Surg. 2024 Mar 01; 159(3):285-286. PMID: 38198180
  2. Beaulieu-Jones BR, Wilson S, Howard DS, Rasic G, Rembetski B, Brotschi EA, Pernar LI. Defining a High-Quality and Effective Morbidity and Mortality Conference: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg. 2023 Dec 01; 158(12):1336-1343.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37851458
  3. Melvin J, Beesley H, Pernar LI, Richman A, Hess DT. Intern Experience Reflects Information Gathered During the Virtual Interview Process. J Surg Educ. 2023 Nov; 80(11):1544-1551.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37563002
  4. Chugh PV, Pernar LI, Hess DT. Our Efforts to Create a Welcoming Surgical Residency for LGBTQ Trainees. J Surg Educ. 2023 Nov; 80(11):1614-1617.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37455192
  5. Beesley H, Pernar L, Kettoola Y, Hess D. The Association Between Virtual Interviewing and Geographical Distribution of Matched Residency Programs for General Surgery Applicants. J Surg Educ. 2023 Feb; 80(2):194-199.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36241484; PMCID: PMC9554332; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2022.09.018;
  6. Pernar LI, Aly S, Hess DT. We Should Be Asking New Questions in Research on Weight Loss Surgery for Racial Minority Patients. JAMA Surg. 2022 Oct 01; 157(10):907.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36044206; DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2022.3727;
  7. Laplante S, Namazi B, Kiani P, Hashimoto DA, Alseidi A, Pasten M, Brunt LM, Gill S, Davis B, Bloom M, Pernar L, Okrainec A, Madani A. Validation of an artificial intelligence platform for the guidance of safe laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc. 2023 Mar; 37(3):2260-2268. PMID: 35918549
  8. Ju Z, Anderson W, Istfan N, Carmine B, Carter C, Pernar L, Marshall A, Hess DT. Comparison of weight loss outcomes between Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy in a racially mixed urban patient population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2022 Oct; 18(10):1218-1227.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35794035
  9. Pernar LI, Hess DT. Creating a Welcoming Surgery Residency Training Program for LGBTQ Trainees. Am Surg. 2022 Dec; 88(12):2796-2801.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35538707
  10. Stolarski AE, Alonso A, Aly S, Feeney T, Pereira F, Carter C, Hess D, Pernar LI, Carmine B, Drake FT. The impact of English proficiency on outcomes after bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc. 2022 Oct; 36(10):7385-7391.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35229210
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2021 Association for Surgical Education : Linnea Hauge, PhD, Promising Educational Scholar Award
2014 American College of Surgeons: Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching
2014 Excellence in Teaching Award: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Surgery
2013 Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 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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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 have also earned a Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE).
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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