Chris Kaufmann, MD, MPH, Program Director

Dr. Kaufmann is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his general surgery residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and a trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle. His interests include ATLS, simulation, and resident education.

Dan Pinnola, DO, Associate Program Director

Dr. Pinnola completed medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, residency at the University of Maryland and Grand Strand Medical Center, and fellowship in advanced gastrointestinal surgery and hepatobiliary surgery at Advent Health Hospital in Orlando, Florida. His interests include upper GI oncology and surgical education.

Saptarshi Biswas, MD, Associate Program Director

Dr. Biswas is an international medical graduate from NRS Medical College, India. His surgical training earned a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland. He completed three post-doctoral fellowships: trauma (University of Connecticut), surgical critical care (New York Medical College), and burn/reconstruction (Johns Hopkins University). His interests include trauma, surgical critical care and surgical simulation.

Rachel Cobos, MD

Dr. Cobos is a graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock. She completed her general surgery residency at University of Arkansas in Little Rock and her critical care fellowship at University of Texas Health at San Antonio. Her educational interests include trauma systems, injury prevention, and quality improvement.

Antonio Pepe, MD

Dr. Pepe graduated from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, followed by a surgery residency in Newfoundland. He completed a trauma/surgical critical care fellowship and then started his trauma career at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. He is focused on developing a highly functioning trauma system for his community.

Valentino Piacentino III, MD, PhD

Dr. Piacentino is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He performed his general surgery training at Duke University Hospital and the University of Connecticut. His interests include minimally invasive hernia surgery, dialysis access and vascular quality metrics.