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Leadership Team

Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education

Named after a prestigious woman in American medicine, the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education (AWOME) is the heart of the medical school and a hub for many student activities. AWOME is charged with supporting students and faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, including the academic, personal, and professional development of Feinberg medical students. Our faculty and staff provide guidance for achieving academic excellence and career development opportunities for medical student research programs, and serve as the liaison for a wide range of student support services, such as financial aid and student health services. For the centrally managed components of the curriculum, we provide logistical assistance to students and faculty, educational materials, and identification of resources for faculty development. We also support a wide range of extra-curricular programs and events to enhance the educational goals of our students. We strive to provide an open, caring and inviting environment where every medical student and faculty member is always welcome.

We are part of the Department of Medical Education, the department that centralizes much of the educational programming, innovation, and scholarship at Feinberg and its affiliated institutions.


Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH

Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH, is senior associate dean for Medical Education and associate professor of Pediatrics. She is a general pediatrician and sees patients with pediatric residents in their primary care clinic.

Kathryn Hufmeyer, MD

Kathryn Hufmeyer MD, is Associate Dean for Curriculum and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Susan Goldsmith, MD

Susan Goldsmith, MD, ’08 GME, is the associate dean for student affairs, as well as the assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Robert Brannigan, MD

Robert Brannigan, MD, professor of Urology, is the assistant director of Student Affairs. He works closely with Sandra Sanguino to address issues medical students face and help with career planning.

John Franklin, MD, MSc, MA

John Franklin, MD, MSc, MA, is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with secondary appointments in Surgery and Medical Humanities and Bioethics. He also serves as associate dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Support.

Khalilah Gates, MD

Khalilah Latrece Gates, MD, is an assistant dean of Medical Education and assistant professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Education. She is responsible for leading Feinberg’s faculty and student council on racism, justice and equity for AWOME.

Ike Okwuosa, MD

Ike Okwuosa, MD, is an assistant dean of Medical Education and assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.

David Salzman, MD, MEd

David Salzman, MD, is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education. He also serves as the director of simulation for undergraduate medical education and Phase 3 director.

Celia O'Brien, PhD

Celia O’Brien, PhD, is an assistant professor of Medical Education and the assistant dean for Program Evaluation and Accreditation.

Brigid M Dolan, MD, MEd

Brigid M Dolan, MD, MEd, is associate professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Medical Education and AWOME's director of Student Assessment.

Yusra R Cheema, MD

Yusra R Cheema, MD, is an assistant professor of Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension) and Phase 1B director.

Robyn Bockrath, MD,MEd

Robyn Bockrath, ME, MEd am an assistant professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine) and Medical Education, as well as the Phase 1A director.