Department of Surgery
Tanya Zakrison is a surgeon specializing in trauma, acute care surgery, and surgical intensive care, with a research focus on structural violence. She is the chair of the Equity, Quality, and Inclusion Taskforce of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Her research has been featured in such journals as The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Surgery, The Lancet, Milbank Quarterly, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. She is also one of the editors of Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents: The Nuts and Bolts of Preparedness and Response to Protracted and Sudden Onset Emergencies (Springer, 2018).
Zakrison earned her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MD at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where she also completed her general surgery residency followed by a fellowship in adult critical care medicine. Her second year of fellowship was in trauma surgery at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Previously, she worked as a clinical associate at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and then focused on firearm-related violence and injury and their structural and societal causes as assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami. At the University of Chicago she will be leading the research team in the Section of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.