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Alan E. Harzman, M.D.


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410 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 366-8720

Email: harzman.1@osu.edu

 

Current OSU Appointments

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Physician, FGP-Colon and Rectal Surgery

 

Clinical Interest

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Lower GI endoscopy (colonosopy and therapeutic colonoscopy)

Biographical

I grew up in Indiana and served as student body president in high school. I majored in Spanish poetry and linguistics at Vanderbilt while taking pre-med classes. I then attended Washington University in St. Louis for medical school and matched in general surgery at UT Southwestern in Dallas. There I developed an interest in resident and student education.



I completed my colorectal surgery fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. After mailing my CV to many programs with a cover letter in which I compared training athletes to training residents, I came to The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM) in July, 2007. My career here is a reflection of all of this background, which is summarized below.



I teach year-round on our colorectal surgery service, teaching third and fourth year students, interns, third and fifth year residents and colorectal surgery fellows. I lecture in each of those programs as well. I have occasionally been called on to teach GI fellows and radiation oncology residents as well. For practicing surgeons I have designed and led a hands-on course in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and taught in didactic CME courses.



I have worked to increase my skill in education research, course design and leadership. I was in the inaugural class of the OSU Faculty Teaching Scholars Program, and then completed the Association for Surgical Education's Surgical Education Research Fellowship in 2012. My project involved the use of cognitive task analysis to study natural orifice surgery. I subsequently participated in the ACS Surgeons as Leaders course (2012), the ACS Surgeons as Educators course (2013), as well as Harvard Macy Institute courses in Leading Innovations (2012) and Educators in the Healthcare Professions (2014).



Since 2010, I have helped design and implement the surgical and obstetric portion of OSU’s new medical student curriculum and became Clerkship Director of the current curriculum in December, 2012. Now, I am Integration Director of the new curriculum.



One of my most rewarding teaching experiences has been in leading two Learning Communities, groups of students who meet in our home for dinner to discuss various topics related to being a physician and adult in the world. In 2011, I became Director of that entire program, organizing the 80 such groups and coordinating their activities.



With respect to research and dissemination of knowledge, I have focused on being a part of research teams and in disseminating our work on the medical student curriculum. I am a co-investigator on a multi-year R01 award in which I collect viable specimens from patients with inflammatory bowel disease for micro-dissection. I have participated in various clinical and educational projects with my colleagues. Most recently I have spoken in various venues of the results of a pilot we did for the integrated surgery, obstetrics and gynecology clerkship for third year students that is rolling out in June, 2014.



My student council experience has come full circle, as I have planned many student events (Learning Community Olympics, ice cream social, etc.) and participated in faculty affairs as President of the Faculty Council and OSU junior faculty representative to AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. I am also an elected member of the University Hospital Medical Staff Administrative Committee.



I have been honored to be elected to Courage to Teach (OSUCOM honorary group for “servant-leader” educators) and awarded resident, student and departmental teaching awards in the Department of Surgery.



In short, since joining the faculty out of fellowship in 2007, I have had the opportunity to become very involved in faculty life and representation, teaching, leading curriculum change, and collaborating on research efforts.

Academic Advising

As Clerkship Director, I counsel third and fourth year students applying to residency in surgery.



I have also informally advised the student-led Procedural Interest Group and Surgery Interest Group.

Academic Advising

2007 - present Maureen (Pons) The Ohio State University. Graduated 2013.
2013 - present Eliza Beal The Ohio State University.
2009 - 2010 Daniel Box The Ohio State University. Graduated 2012.
2010 - 2011 Abdulfatah Issak The Ohio State University.
2012 - 2013 The Ohio State University.
 

Certifications

2006 - present Doctor of Medicine: Texas Medical Board
2007 - present Doctor of Medicine: State Medical Board of Ohio
2007 - present Board Certified: American Board of Surgery
2008 - present Board Certified: American Board of Colorectal Surgery
 

Chapters in Books

Harzman, AE. "Infection in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit." In Parkland Trauma Handbook, 3rd ed. 3 ed. Edited by Alexander L. Eastman, David H. Rosenbaum, Erwin Thal. -. Philadelphia: Mosby/Elsevier, January 2009.

Mellinger, JD, Dube, S, Friel, CM, Harzman, AE, Mercer, DW. "Small Intestine and Appendix." In Essentials of General Surgery. 5th ed. ed. -. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, October 2012.

 

Clinical Services

07/01/2007 Colon and Rectal Surgery (OSUMC, Surgery)

Degrees

1997 B.S., Vanderbilt University

2001 M.D., Washington University in St. Louis

 

Editorial Activities

2013 - present MedEdPORTAL
2013 - present Clinical Anatomy
2013 - present Annals of Surgery
2013 - present Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
2013 - present Surgical Endoscopy
2013 - present Teaching and Learning in Medicine
2013 - present American Journal of Surgery
 

Honors

2008 - present Teacher of the Year (Resident Education). Department of Surgery.
2009 - present Michael J. Walker Faculty Teaching (Medical Student Teaching). Department of Surgery.
2010 - present Courage to Teach. College of Medicine.
2012 - present Excellence in Teaching. Department of Surgery.
2013 - present Michael J. Walker Faculty Teaching (Medical Student Teaching). Department of Surgery.
 

Journal Articles

Frangos S (author); Hochberg M, Miglietta M (section author); Alseidi A, Harzman A, Kaiser S, Luchette F, Patterson L, Santana D, Wohltmann C (additional information). "Trauma Resuscitation." WISE-MD. Vol. N/A, (January 2005.): N/A-.

Harzman, AE. "www.bestresidencyonearth.com - Developing a website for resident and student education." FOCUS on Surgical Education. Vol. 25, no. 3. (January 2008.): 16-19.

Grants,Iveta; Bhowmik,Aurusree; Dhand,Niyati; Needleman,Bradley; Harzman,Alan; Wunderlich,Jacqueline,F; Christofi,Fievos,L. "A Novel eADO Biosensor Microelectrode Array (MEA) for Real-Time Electrochemical Detection of eADO Release From Mouse or Human Gut." GASTROENTEROLOGY. Vol. 140, no. 5. (May 2011.): S481-S481.

Farrell,Timothy,M; Bergman,Simon; Selim,Niazy; Paige,John,T; Harzman,Alan,E; Schwarz,Erin; Hori,Yumi; Levine,Jason; Scott,Daniel,J. "Practice gaps in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery (2011): a report from the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Continuing Education Committee." SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES. Vol. 26, no. 12. (December 2012.): 3367-3381.

Wunderlich,Jacqueline,E; Grants,Iveta; Needleman,Bradley; Otey,Andrew,J; Lopez,Eric; Harzman,Alan; Williams,Kent,C; Christofi,Fievos,L. "Glial Transmission in Human Enteric Nervous System." GASTROENTEROLOGY. Vol. 142, no. 5. (May 2012.): S45-S45.

Drosdeck,Joseph; Carraro,Ellen; Arnold,Mark; Perry,Kyle; Harzman,Alan; Nagel,Rollin; Sinclair,Lynnsay; Muscarella,Peter. "Porcine wet lab improves surgical skills in third year medical students.." Journal of Surgical Research. Vol. 184, no. 1. (September 2013.): 19-25.

Harzman, AE, Corcoran, J. "Digital Rectal Exam." ACS/ASE Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum. Vol. N/A, (April 2013.): N/A-.

Paige,John,T; Farrell,Timothy,M; Bergman,Simon; Selim,Niazy; Harzman,Alan,E; Schwarz,Erin; Hori,Yumi; Levine,Jason; Scott,Daniel,J. "Evolution of practice gaps in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery: 2012 report from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Continuing Education Committee." SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES. Vol. 27, no. 12. (December 2013.): 4429-4438.

Linan-Rico,Andromeda; Wunderlich,Jacqueline,E; Grants,Iveta,S; Frankel,Wendy,L; Xue,Jianjing; Williams,Kent,C; Harzman,Alan,E; Enneking,Joshua,T; Cooke,Helen,J; Christofi,Fievos,L. "Purinergic Autocrine Regulation of Mechanosensitivity and Serotonin Release in a Human EC Model: ATP-gated P2X(3) Channels in EC are Downregulated in Ulcerative Colitis." INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES. Vol. 19, no. 11. (October 2013.): 2366-2379.

Drosdeck, J, Harzman, AE, Suzo, A, Arnold, M, Abdel-Rasoul, M, Husain, S. "Multivariate analysis of risk factors for surgical site infection after laparoscopic colorectal surgery." Surgical Endoscopy. Vol. 27, no. 12. (December 2013.): 4574-80.

Nowacki, NB, Arnold, MA, Frankel, WL, Harzman, AE, Limketkai, BN, Yearsley, MM, Arnold, CA. "Gastrointestinal Tract Pulse Granulomata: Clues to an Under-Recognized Pseudotumor." The American Journal of Surgical Pathology. -.

 

Reference Works

May 2011 Grants, I, Bhowmak, A, Dhand, N, Needleman, B, Harzman, AE, Wunderlich, J, Christofi, FL."A Novel eADO Biosensor Microelectrode Array (MEA) for Real-Time Electrochemical Detection of eADO Release From Mouse or Human Gut" Philadelphia. : S481
January 2012 Harzman, AE, Hurtubise, LC, DePhilip, RM, Hitchcock, CL, Bahner, DP."A Lunchtime Showcase: Diffusing Innovative Education Technology at an Academic Medical Center" Washington.
May 2012 Wunderlich JE, Grants I, Needleman B, Harzman AE, Williams K, Christofi."Glial Transmission in Human Enteric Nervous System" Philadelphia. : S45
May 2014 Rico, AL, Ochoa-Cortes, F, Alhaj, MA, Enneking, J, Bitticker, E, Needleman, BJ, Harzman, AE, Grants, I, Christofi, FL."Su2021 UTP Evokes CA2+ Oscillations in Human Enterochromaffin Cells via Multiple Intracellular Signaling and Ionic Mechanisms" Philadelphia. : S

Softwares

March 2014 Harzman, AE, Ferguson, B, Awad, M."Surgical Education Week 2014 Meeting App"

Inventions and Patents

Harzman, AE. "Endoscopic Accessory Platform - Scopebot." Filed November 2012.

 

Presentations

"Minimally Invasive Colon & Rectal Surgery." Presented at Grand Rounds, Columbus, Ohio. (December 2007)

"Surigcal Management of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis." Presented at Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America, Central Ohio Chapter. Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Annual Ohio's Nurses Day, Columbus. (February 2007)

"Equipping the Jedi: Establishing a Clinical Program." Presented at Society of American Gastrointrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. (April 2009)

"Benign Anorectal Disease." Presented at Grand Rounds, Columbus, Ohio. (April 2010)

"Cross-platform adaptation and validation of laparoscopic skills tasks: Some tasks are robust across platforms." Presented at 12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, National Harbor, MD. (April 2010)

"Therapeutic Colonoscopy bleeding, polypectomy, stenting, post-op Evaluation "How I do it"." Presented at SAGES - Flexible Endoscopy Surgery, Columbus, OH. (April 2010)

"Self-guided video review of performance does not improve learning in basic simulated tasks.." Presented at SAGES 2011 Scientific Session, San Antonio, TX. (April 2011)

"A Lunchtime Showcase: Diffusing Innovative Education Technology at an Academic Medical Center." Presented at AAMC, Denver, CO, US|USA. (November 2011)

"A Lunchtime Showcase: Diffusing Innovative Education Technology at an Academic Medical Center." Presented at OSUCOM Celebration of Education, Columbus, OH., . (November 2012)

"Integrating the Educational Experience in Surgical Specialties." Presented at Grand Rounds, Columbus, Ohio. (September 2012)

"The Surgical Ring Trial." Presented at OSUCOM Celebration of Educational Scholarship, Columbus, OH, . (March 2012)

"Building Educational Experiences Around Competencies." Presented at OSUCOM Celebration of Educational Scholarship, Columbus, OH, . (November 2012)

"A Transrectal Natural Orifice Surgical Curriculum Developed Via Cognitive Task Analysis." Presented at Columbus Surgical Society, Columbus, Ohio. (March 2012)

"A personality trait analysis of surgeons and nonsurgeons at different career points." Presented at International Conference on Residency Education, Calgary, CA|CAN. (September 2013)

"Challenging and Unusual Problems in Surgery." Presented at American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, DC. (October 2013)

"100 Years of Surgery." Presented at American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, DC. (October 2013)

"Pilot study of a fully integrate third year surgery, obstetrics and gynecology clerkship.." Presented at oral presentation at Central Group of Educational Affairs, Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati, OH. (March 2013)

"Evaluation of Learning Communities by Pre and Post-Curriculum Reform Classes." Presented at Learning Communities Institute, Washington, DC. (November 2013)

"Obstetricians are our friends: Changing how we teach surgery residents." Presented at The Ohio State University Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Columbus, Ohio. (November 2013)

"Best Practices in Medical Educational Research during Curricular Development and Innovation.." Presented at panel presentation at Central Group of Educational Affairs, Cincinnati, OH, . (March 2013)

"The Future of Surgical Education / Fundamentals of Endoscopy.." Presented at at Ohio Valley Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, . (April 2013)

"Pilot study of a fully integrated third year surgery, obstetrics and gynecology clerkship." Presented at Poster presentation at RIME, AAMC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (November 2013)

"Complex Anorectal Disease.." Presented at Ohio Valley Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, OH. (April 2013)

"You're Doing Fine: Giving Better Feedback." Presented at The Ohio State University Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Columbus, Ohio. (October 2013)

"Survival differences in patients with rectal cancer who received neoadjuvant therapy with or without postoperative chemotherapy." Presented at GI ASCO, San Francisco, CA. (January 2013)

"Effect of learning communities on medical student personal efficacy and empathy.." Presented at Oral abstract presentation at RIME, AAMC Annual Meeting, 2013, Philadelphia, PA. (November 2013)

"Short-term outcomes of laparoscopic vs open treatment of internal enteric fistulae: a logistic regression analysis." Presented at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Hollywood, FL. (May 2014)

"Evaluation of an Integration of Medical Student Third Year Ob/Gyn and Surgery Clerkship." Presented at 2014 CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. (February 2014)

"Use of longitudinal preceptors during an integrated ob/gyn and surgery clerkship." Presented at 2014 CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. (February 2014)

"UTP Evokes Ca2+ Oscillations in Human Enterochromaffin Cells Via Multiple Intracellular Signaling and Ionic Mechanisms." Presented at DDW 2014 Digestive Disease Week Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. (May 2014)

"Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS): Review and Initial Experience." Presented at Ohio Valley Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Anual Meeting, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (March 2014)

"Reflective ability of third year medical students in a fully integrated ob/gyn and surgery clerkship." Presented at 2014 CREOG and APGO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. (February 2014)

"Integrated Reproductive and Surgical Disease Curriculum - Results of a Pilot Clerkship." Presented at Association for Surgical Education Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, US|USA. (April 2014)

 

Professional Activities

present Maximus Competition. University Honors & Scholars Center.
present Harvard Macy Institute Program for Leading Innovations in Healthcare and Education. Boston, MA.
present ACS Surgeons as Educators. American College of Surgeons. Atlanta, GA.
present ASE Weekend Course in Research Design. Association for Surgical Education. Chicago, IL.
present The Cutting Edge: Using Webinars to Broadcast Your Message to the World.. Surgical Education Week 2013.
present Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Healthcare Professions. Boston, MA.
present How to Integrate Computer Assisted Learning into Your Clerkship or Residency: A Hands-on Workshop. Association for Surgical Education. Toronto, ON.
present ACS Surgeons as Leaders. American College of Surgeons. Chicago, IL.
2011 - present Learning Community Orientation.
2011 - present Learning Community Leader.
2008 - 2009 OSU Clinical Teaching Scholars Program. The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Columbus, OH.
2009 - 2012 Learning Community Leader.
2010 - 2012 Surgical Education Research Fellowship. Association for Surgical Education.
2012 - 2013 ASE Clerkship Directors Workshop. Association for Surgical Education.
 

Unpublished Works

Hazman, AE. American Board of Colorectal Surgery Written Exam Questions. April 2012.

Harzman, AE. American Board of Colorectal Surgery Written Exam Questions. April 2014.

Wu, C, Ahn, D, Wei, L, Williams, T, Wuthrick, E, Abdel-Misih, S, Harzman, AE, Husain, S, Schmidt, C, Arnold, MW, Goldberg, R, Bekaii-Saab, T. Survival differences in patients with resected rectal cancer who received neoadjuvant therapy with or without postoperative chemotherapy. July 2014.

Harzman, AE. Written Exam Questions. July 2010.