Carla Pugh

Carla Pugh is the the Susan Behrens Professor of Surgical Education; Vice Chair, Education and Patient Safety, Department of Surgery; Vice Chair, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Department of Surgery; Clinical Director, MOC Portfolio Program and Health Clinical Simulation Program; and Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn and Surgical Critical Care, Divisions of General Surgery, at the University of Wisconsin.

She specializes in general surgery, and is a member of the Department of Surgery’s Section of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

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

Her research interests concern the use of simulation technology for medical and surgical education assessment. 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 Dr. Pugh’s 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.