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Meet Our Faculty

Samantha Tarras, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Clinician Educator)
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Medical Director, Surgical ICU, Harper University Hospital and Karmanos Cancer Institute
Office Address:
Harper University Hospital
4160 John R., HPOB, Suite 400
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 577-3310
Fax: 313-745-1873

Administrative Assistant: Cindy Luiz
Administrative Email:

SPECIALTY: Acute Care Surgery; Surgical Critical Care; General Surgery

Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery (Hernias, Colorectal, Biliary Disease)

Breast Disease

Endoscopy (EGD, Colonoscopies, PEG)

Emergency General Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Surgical Critical Care


– American Board of Surgery – General Surgery
– American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care

– M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
– B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

– General Surgery Residency, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

– Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI


  1. Tarras SL, Thacker J, Bouwman DL, Edelman DA. Effective Large Group Teaching for General Surgery. Surgical Clinics of North America. 08/2021;101(4):565-76. doi:10.1016/j.suc.2021.05.004
  2. Tarras SL, Somerset AE, White MT, Edelman DA. SCORE Usage Correlates with ABSITE Percentile in Surgery Residents. International Journal of Surgery & Surgical Techniques. 06/2020;4(2). doi: 10.23880/ijsst-16000148
  3. Tarras SL, Webber JD, Weaver D, Edelman DA. Feasibility of Real Time Measurement of Technical Skills in Flexible Endoscopy using a Smart Phone Application. Journal of Surgery. 04/2020;5:1296. doi: 10.29011/2575-9760.001296
  4. Tarras SL, Diebel LN, Liberati DM, Ginnebaugh K. Pharmacologic stimulation of the nicotinic anti-inflammatory pathway modulates gut and lung injury following hypoxia-reoxygenation injury. Surgery. 01/2013;154(4):841-8. PubMed PMID: 24074423. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2013.07.018



  • Lectures on general surgery, acute care surgery, surgical critical care, and trauma
  • Bedside & OR learning experiences
  • ATLS course director
  • Mentoring residents
  • Mentoring medical students
  • Robotic simulation training


  • College Teaching Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Faculty Teaching Award 2019-2020, Wayne State University School of Medicine