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Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Pugh is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She specializes in general surgery and is a member of the Department of Surgery's Section of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and serves on UW Health's Trauma Surgery team.


In 2011 Dr. Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is also the developer of several decision-based simulators that are currently being used to assess intra-operative judgment and team skills.


Surgery (General)

Acute Care Surgery

Trauma Surgery


University Hospital
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University Hospital
(608) 263-7502 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery

Acute Care Surgery, University of Michigan Department of Surgery

Residency Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
Internship Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
Medical School Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Pugh's research interests include the use of simulation technology for medical and surgical education. Dr. Pugh holds a method patent on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize the sense of touch. Currently, more than 100 medical and nursing schools use one of her sensor-enabled training tools for their students and trainees. The use of simulation technology to assess and quantitatively define hands-on clinical skills is one of her major research areas.

PubMed Articles
Sullivan S Warner-Hillard C Eagan B Thompson RJ Ruis AR Haines K Pugh CM Shaffer DW Jung HS Using epistemic network analysis to identify targets for educational interventions in trauma team communication. Surgery . 2018 Feb 8;
[PubMed ID: 29395240]
D'Angelo AD D'Angelo JD Rogers DA Pugh CM Faculty perceptions of resident skills decay during dedicated research fellowships. Am J Surg . 2018 Feb;215(2):336-340
[PubMed ID: 29169821]
Greenberg JA Jolles S Sullivan S Quamme SP Funk LM Lidor AO Greenberg C Pugh CM A structured, extended training program to facilitate adoption of new techniques for practicing surgeons. Surg Endosc . 2018 Jan;32(1):217-224
[PubMed ID: 28643054]
Nathwani JN Garren A Laufer S Kwan C Pugh CM Improving diagnosis in healthcare: Local versus national adoption of recommended guidelines for the clinical breast examination. Am J Surg . 2017 Dec 5;
[PubMed ID: 29229379]
Ruis AR Rosser AA Quandt-Walle C Nathwani JN Shaffer DW Pugh CM The hands and head of a surgeon: Modeling operative competency with multimodal epistemic network analysis. Am J Surg . 2017 Dec 2;
[PubMed ID: 29224911]
Laufer S D'Angelo AD Kwan C Ray RD Yudkowsky R Boulet JR McGaghie WC Pugh CM Rescuing the Clinical Breast Examination: Advances in Classifying Technique and Assessing Physician Competency. Ann Surg . 2017 Dec;266(6):1069-1074
[PubMed ID: 27655241]
Walker JL Nathwani JN Mohamadipanah H Laufer S Jocewicz FF Gwillim E Pugh CM Residents' response to bleeding during a simulated robotic surgery task. J Surg Res . 2017 Dec;220:385-390
[PubMed ID: 29180207]
Nathwani JN Wise BJ Garren ME Mohamadipanah H Van Beek N DiMarco SM Pugh CM Residents' surgical performance during the laboratory years: an analysis of rule-based errors. J Surg Res . 2017 Nov;219:226-231
[PubMed ID: 29078886]
Azari DP Frasier LL Quamme SRP Greenberg CC Pugh CM Greenberg JA Radwin RG Modeling Surgical Technical Skill Using Expert Assessment for Automated Computer Rating. Ann Surg . 2017 Sep 6;
[PubMed ID: 28885509]
Nathwani JN Law KE Witt AK Ray RD DiMarco SM Pugh CM A Simulation-based, cognitive assessment of resident decision making during complex urinary catheterization scenarios. Am J Surg . 2017 Apr;213(4):622-626
[PubMed ID: 28089342]
Jones GF Forsyth K Jenewein CG Ray RD DiMarco S Pugh CM Research Residents' perceptions of skill decay: Effects of repeated skills assessments and scenario difficulty. Am J Surg . 2017 Apr;213(4):631-636
[PubMed ID: 28038715]
Law Forsyth K DiMarco SM Jenewein CG Ray RD D'Angelo AD Cohen ER Wiegmann DA Pugh CM Do errors and critical events relate to hernia repair outcomes? Am J Surg . 2017 Apr;213(4):652-655
[PubMed ID: 27998548]
Pugh CM A Holistic Model of Surgical Expertise and Competency. Ann Surg . 2017 Feb;265(2):268-269
[PubMed ID: 27805965]
Gannon SJ Law KE Ray RD Nathwani JN DiMarco SM D'Angelo AD Pugh CM Do resident's leadership skills relate to ratings of technical skill? J Surg Res . 2016 Dec;206(2):466-471
[PubMed ID: 27884344]
O'Connell-Long BR Ray RD Nathwani JN Fiers RM Pugh CM Errors in bladder catheterization: are residents ready for complex scenarios? J Surg Res . 2016 Nov;206(1):27-31
[PubMed ID: 27916371]
Frasier LL Azari DP Ma Y Pavuluri Quamme SR Radwin RG Pugh CM Yen TY Chen CH Greenberg CC A marker-less technique for measuring kinematics in the operating room. Surgery . 2016 Nov;160(5):1400-1413
[PubMed ID: 27342198]
Law KE Gwillim EC Ray RD D'Angelo AD Cohen ER Fiers RM Rutherford DN Pugh CM Error tolerance: an evaluation of residents' repeated motor coordination errors. Am J Surg . 2016 Oct;212(4):609-614
[PubMed ID: 27586850]
Law KE Jenewein CG Gannon SJ DiMarco SM Maulson LJ Laufer S Pugh CM Exploring hand coordination as a measure of surgical skill. J Surg Res . 2016 Sep;205(1):192-7
[PubMed ID: 27621018]
Nathwani JN Law KE Ray RD O'Connell Long BR Fiers RM D'Angelo AL DiMarco SM Pugh CM Resident performance in complex simulated urinary catheter scenarios. J Surg Res . 2016 Sep;205(1):121-6
[PubMed ID: 27621008]
Azari DP Pugh CM Laufer S Kwan C Chen CH Yen TY Hu YH Radwin RG Evaluation of Simulated Clinical Breast Exam Motion Patterns Using Marker-Less Video Tracking. Hum Factors . 2016 May;58(3):427-40
[PubMed ID: 26546381]