• Dr. Brenessa Lindeman is a native of Kentucky, receiving her M.D. from Vanderbilt, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. She did her residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins University and completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include thyroid cancer, benign thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal disease and surgical treatment of inherited endocrine syndromes.

    Dr. Lindeman has distinguished herself as a surgical educator. She served as an Administrative Chief Resident at Hopkins and won both the Medical Student Teaching and the Resident Teaching awards. She earned a Master's of Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of American Medical Colleges for four years. She is also an author of the AAMC’s Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. At UAB, she is the Associate Designated Institutional Official for the Clinical Learning Environment and says her desire is to improve the education and experiences of medical students and residents at UAB and across the United States.

    Building on her expertise as a surgical educator, Dr. Lindeman conducts research into the development of competency in surgical trainees, learning environment, physician wellness and burnout, learner mistreatment, and resident supervision and autonomy.

    She also is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) and the American Thyroid Association and serves on national committees for the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and American College of Surgeons (ACS).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Is Frozen-Section Analysis During Thyroid Operation Useful in the Era of Molecular Testing?Journal of The American College of Surgeons.  228:474-479. 2019
    2019 Effect of Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (NIFTP) on Malignancy Rates in Thyroid Nodules: How to Counsel Patients on Extent of SurgeryAnnals of Surgical Oncology.  26:93-97. 2019
    2019 Adamantinoma-Like Ewing Sarcoma of the Thyroid: A Case Report and Review of the LiteratureHead and Neck Pathology2019
    2019 Sustaining the momentum: Negative cross-sectional imaging for primary hyperaldosteronism should not preclude endocrine surgical referralSurgery.  165:219-220. 2019
    2019 The posterior adiposity index: a quantitative selection tool for adrenalectomy approachJournal of Surgical Research.  233:26-31. 2019
    2018 Characterization and Perceptions of Surgical Clinician Educators: An International SurveyCurrent Surgery.  75:1513-1519. 2018
    2018 To admit or not to admit? Experience with outpatient thyroidectomy for Graves’ disease in a high-volume tertiary care centerAmerican Journal of Surgery.  216:985-989. 2018
    2018 Hyperthyroidism is Underdiagnosed and Undertreated in 3336 Patients: An Opportunity for Improvement and Intervention.Annals of Surgery.  268:506-512. 2018
    2018 Reducing cost and improving operating room efficiency: examination of surgical instrument processingJournal of Surgical Research.  229:15-19. 2018
    2018 Corrigendum to “Association of burnout with emotional intelligence and personality in surgical residents: Can we predict who is most at risk?” [J Surg Educ (2017) e22–e30] (S1931720417304786) (10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.11.001))Current Surgery.  75:1135-1136. 2018
    2018 Fifteen years of adrenalectomies: impact of specialty training and operative volumeSurgery.  163:150-156. 2018
    2018 Student use and perceptions of mobile technology in clinical clerkships – Guidance for curriculum designAmerican Journal of Surgery.  215:196-199. 2018
    2017 Association of Burnout With Emotional Intelligence and Personality in Surgical Residents: Can We Predict Who Is Most at Risk?Current Surgery.  74:e22-e30. 2017
    2017 Impact of near-peer teaching rounds on student satisfaction in the basic surgical clerkshipAmerican Journal of Surgery.  213:1163-1165. 2017
    2016 Toward defining the foundation of the MD Degree: Core entrustable professional activities for entering residencyAcademic Medicine.  91:1352-1358. 2016
    2016 Caught in the middle: A resident perspective on influences from the learning environment that perpetuate mistreatmentAcademic Medicine.  91:301-304. 2016
    2015 A blended online curriculum in the basic surgery clerkship: A pilot studyAmerican Journal of Surgery.  209:145-151. 2015
    2014 International Residency Program Evaluation: Assessing the Reliability and Initial Validity of the ACGME-I Resident Survey in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Journal of graduate medical education.  6:517-520. 2014
    2014 Faculty and resident evaluations of medical students on a surgery clerkship correlate poorly with standardized exam scoresAmerican Journal of Surgery.  207:231-235. 2014
    2014 Duty hours and perceived competence in surgery: Are interns ready?Journal of Surgical Research.  190:16-21. 2014
    2014 Lower vitamin D levels in surgical hyperparathyroidism versus thyroid patientsAmerican Surgeon.  80:505-510. 2014
    2013 Medical student subinternships in surgery: Characterization and needs assessmentAmerican Journal of Surgery.  205:175-181. 2013
    2009 Surgical Resection Is Justified in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients with Node Negative T4 Satellite LesionsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  87:893-899. 2009


    Year Title Altmetric
    2015 Step 6: Evaluation and feedback.  121-167. 2015

    Research Overview

  • Competency-based assessment including applications of Entrustable Professional Activities
    Physician well-being and the learning environment
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University 2009
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgery, Residency 2016
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital Surgery, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
  • Full Name

  • Brenessa Lindeman