Meet Our Vice Chairs

Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education
Chandra Are, MBBS completed his training at the Hyderabad Private School in India and then completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Osmania Medical College in India. He later attended Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD as the Halsted Surgery Resident as well as the Halsted Assistant Chief of Service instructor with Dr. John Cameron. Following his surgical residency, he completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY and then was recruited to the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology within the Department of Surgery.  Within a short time, Dr. Are was promoted to Associate Professor and later Professor, obtained a courtesy appointment in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, and was named a Vice Chair for the department.  He also served as the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program from 2011 until February 2017 when he accepted the role of Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education (DIO) for UNMC. 

Some of Dr. Are’s greatest contributions have been in the areas of teaching. He has consistently received excellent evaluations by the surgery residents during his tenure at UNMC. He independently initiated and developed an open surgical skills training curriculum using cadavers in the anatomy lab. He also developed an international clinical and research rotation for our general surgery residents in India. Dr. Are has been equally active in medical student teaching, initiating and developing a surgical anatomy curriculum for first year medical students in collaboration with the Department of Anatomy, Genetics and Cell Biology. This curriculum includes not only didactic lectures but also anatomical demonstrations of abdominal surgical procedures.  Dr. Are's innovation and dedication to education has been a vital asset to the Department of Surgery.

Vice Chair for Student Education
Kimberly D. Schenarts, Ph.D. received both her Master of Arts and Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University.  She gained her first faculty appointment at MSU as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery & Office of Medical Education Research and Development in 1993 and became Associate Professor in 1998.  In 2002, she was recruited to the University of Texas Medical School at Houston as Professor of Surgery, then in 2006 to Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, until 2013 when she joined our Department of Surgery at UNMC. 

Dr. Schenarts serves a vital role in student education within our Department as well as throughout UNMC.  She serves as the Assistant Clerkship Director and was named Vice Chair in 2015.  Her passion for surgical education led to great involvement and leadership in the Association for Surgical Education throughout her career.  Having served on the Awards Committee, Editorial Board, as Secretary, Vice President, and President.  Dr. Schenarts also has served two terms on the ASE Foundation Board of Directors.  In 2015, she was awarded the highly commendable honor of ASE's Distinguished Educator Award, which acknowledges her tireless commitment to surgical education.