• 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

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    2021 A single institution experience with papillary thyroid cancer: Are outcomes better at comprehensive cancer centers? 2021
    2021 Patient Satisfaction is Equivalent for Inpatient and Outpatient Minimally-Invasive Adrenalectomy.Journal of Surgical Research.  269:207-211. 2021
    2021 The euthyroid state: An often difficult-to-achieve (and unnecessary?) goal at the time of surgery 2021
    2021 Higher prevalence of Concomitant Hyperparathyroidism in African American Patients Undergoing Thyroid SurgeryJournal of Surgical Research.  264:124-128. 2021
    2021 Prophylactic Central Neck Dissection in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: All Risks, No RewardJournal of Surgical Research.  264:230-235. 2021
    2021 Resident Physician Experience and Duration of Electronic Health Record UseApplied Clinical Informatics.  12:721-728. 2021
    2021 A Phased Approach: The General Surgery Experience Adopting Entrustable Professional Activities in the United StatesAcademic Medicine.  96:S9-S13. 2021
    2021 Enriching surgical residency training through the liberal arts 2021
    2021 Tired of Being Ignored: Fatigue as a Presenting Symptom in Primary HyperparathyroidismJournal of Surgical Research.  263:53-56. 2021
    2021 American Journal of Surgery editorial board statement 2021
    2021 Intraoperative parathyroid hormone measurement facilitates outpatient thyroidectomy in children 2021
    2021 Influence of fellowship educational experience on practice patterns for adrenalectomy: A survey of recent AAES fellowship graduates 2021
    2021 Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism: Why the Delay?Annals of Surgery.  273:e120-e122. 2021
    2021 Re-operative parathyroidectomy: How many positive localization studies are required? 2021
    2021 The Trainee's Role in Patient Safety: Training Residents and Medical Students in Surgical Patient SafetySurgical Clinics of North America.  101:149-160. 2021
    2021 APDS Consensus Statement: Ideal Senior Medical Student Experiences for Preparedness for General Surgery Internship 2021
    2021 Endocrine surgery is at the forefront of gender diversity 2021
    2021 Mediastinal parathyroidectomy: Utilization of a multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted transthoracic approach in challenging cases 2021
    2021 My surgical practice: Radioguided parathyroid surgery, how and why we use it 2021
    2021 Outpatient parathyroidectomy in the pediatric population: An 18-year experienceJournal of Pediatric Surgery2021
    2021 Parathyroid allotransplantation for the treatment of permanent hypoparathyroidism: A systematic review 2021
    2021 Parathyroidectomy for osteoporosis: More complex than we thought?Annals of Surgery.  273:e19-e20. 2021
    2021 Perspectives on virtual interviews—A follow-up study of the Comprehensive Endocrine Surgery Fellowship interview processSurgery2021
    2021 Relationship between burnout and mistreatment: Who plays a role? 2021
    2021 Review of Surgical Therapy of Adrenal Tumors in Guidelines from the German Association of Endocrine SurgeonsJAMA Surgery2021
    2021 Safety of outpatient adrenalectomy across 3 minimally invasive approaches at 2 academic medical centersSurgery.  169:145-149. 2021
    2021 Virtual surgery residency selection: Strategies for programs and candidates 2021
    2020 Can the Use of Video-Based Interventions Increase Public Knowledge About Endocrine Surgeons?Journal of Surgical Research.  256:119-123. 2020
    2020 Immediate and partial neural dysfunction after thyroid and parathyroid surgery: Need for recognition, laryngeal exam, and early treatment 2020
    2020 Parathyroidectomy for Mild Hyperparathyroidism in the Octogenarian: Is Age Really Just a Number?Annals of Surgery.  272:e285-e286. 2020
    2020 Discordance Between the American Thyroid Association and the American College of Radiology Guideline Systems for Thyroid Nodule BiopsyJournal of Surgical Research.  255:469-474. 2020
    2020 Do Internal or External Characteristics More Reliably Predict Burnout in Resident Physicians: A Multi-institutional Study 2020
    2020 Emotional Intelligence and Burnout in Surgical Residents: A 5-Year Study 2020
    2020 Re-Operative Parathyroidectomy in Patients With Mild Primary HyperparathyroidismJournal of Surgical Research.  255:130-134. 2020
    2020 Repeat Attending Exposure Influences Operative Autonomy in Endocrine Surgical Procedures 2020
    2020 Response Regarding: What Does the Average Person Know About Endocrine and Vascular Surgeons?Journal of Surgical Research.  254:420. 2020
    2020 Cross-Sectional Analysis of Global Surgery Opportunities Among General Surgery Residency Programs 2020
    2020 EDITORIAL: From the Editors of AJS 2020
    2020 Preoperative parathyroid localization does not improve surgical outcomes for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism 2020
    2020 Outpatient robot-assisted adrenalectomy: Is it safe? 2020
    2020 Creating a shared mental model for EPAs in surgery 2020
    2020 Factors Associated With the Highest and Lowest Cited Research Articles in General Surgery JournalsJournal of Surgical Research.  250:39-44. 2020
    2020 Outpatient thyroidectomy in the pediatric population 2020
    2020 Competency-based resident education: The United States perspectiveSurgery.  167:777-781. 2020
    2020 Single Gland, Ectopic Location: Adenomas are Common Causes of Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Children and AdolescentsWorld Journal of Surgery.  44:1518-1525. 2020
    2020 The Job Demands-Resources Model as a Framework to Identify Factors Associated With Burnout in Surgical ResidentsJournal of Surgical Research.  247:121-127. 2020
    2019 Adamantinoma-Like Ewing Sarcoma of the Thyroid: A Case Report and Review of the LiteratureHead and Neck Pathology.  13:618-623. 2019
    2019 What Does the Average Person Know About Endocrine and Vascular Surgeons?Journal of Surgical Research.  244:348-351. 2019
    2019 Are Tc-99m-Sestamibi Scans in Patients With Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and Renal Failure Needed?Journal of Surgical Research.  243:380-383. 2019
    2019 Is Disruptive Behavior Inherent to the Surgeon or the Environment? Analysis of 314 Events at a Single Academic Medical CenterAnnals of Surgery.  270:463-472. 2019
    2019 Prevalence of Thymic Parathyroids in Primary Hyperparathyroidism During Radioguided ParathyroidectomyClinical Medicine Insights : Endocrinology and Diabetes.  12. 2019
    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 Gender and Racial Disparities in Survival After Surgery Among Papillary and Patients With Follicular Thyroid Cancer: A 45-Year ExperienceClinical Medicine Insights : Endocrinology and Diabetes.  12. 2019
    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 Survey 2018
    2018 To admit or not to admit? Experience with outpatient thyroidectomy for Graves’ disease in a high-volume tertiary care center 2018
    2018 Hyperthyroidism is Underdiagnosed and Undertreated in 3336 Patients: An Opportunity for Improvement and InterventionAnnals 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)) 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 design 2018
    2017 Association of Burnout With Emotional Intelligence and Personality in Surgical Residents: Can We Predict Who Is Most at Risk? 2017
    2017 Impact of near-peer teaching rounds on student satisfaction in the basic surgical clerkship 2017
    2017 Measuring Assessment Quality With an Assessment Utility Rubric for Medical EducationMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources.  13:10588. 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 study 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 scores 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 assessment 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


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    2019 Is Hyperthyroidism Diagnosed and Treated Appropriately in the United States?.  Ed. 53.  2019


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    2015 Step 6: Evaluation and feedback.  121-167. 2015

    Education And Training

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

  • Brenessa Lindeman