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Natasha Keric, MD, Named Chief of the Division Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery

Dr. Keric is an innovator in the field of surgery

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Phoenix, Arizona – Natasha Keric, MD, associate professor of Surgery, the co-director of the Surgery Clerkship and inaugural chair of the Program Evaluation Committee, has been named chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Dr. Keric is a trauma, surgical critical care and acute care surgeon at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. In her new role as chief of the division, Dr. Keric will lead the academic medical center team of trauma and critical care specialists at the Banner – University Medicine Trauma and Critical Care Surgery Center and oversee medical student and graduate medical education. 

“Dr. Keric’s proven clinical expertise and aptitude for medical student and resident education and training made her the ideal candidate to be named chief of the division. We look forward to our continued work together bringing advanced surgical expertise for all those seeking care at Banner,” said Dr. Venkata Evani, CEO of Banner – University Medical Group.

“Dr. Keric led the division with strong leadership and developed innovative programs while interim division chief over the past year. She is nationally recognized in both education and trauma/critical care circles and looks to grow and diversify this already outstanding group of surgeons,” said Nathaniel Soper, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery. “I am very happy that she has agreed to take on this critical role.”

Dr. Keric supports and holds leadership positions in surgical education at the local, regional and national levels. She serves on education committees for the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine (vice chair) and the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (chair).
A co-author for the American College of Surgeons (ACS)/ ASE Medical Student Curriculum, she initiated the College of Medicine – Phoenix as one of the first sites in launching this national curriculum in the college’s Surgery Clerkship. She also created and currently directs the inaugural Surgical Intern Readiness Bootcamp at the college. This course serves as a pilot testing site for the ACS/ASE/Association of Program Directors in Surgery National Resident Prep Curriculum.

In addition to these distinctions, the COM-P Class of 2021 awarded her the Excellence in Teaching by a Clerkship — which recognizes superior teaching and professionalism across the sites that support students. She was inducted, along with the Class of 2019, to the college’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, in recognition of her dedication to compassionate patient care and to serving as a role model, mentor and leader in medicine.

“Dr. Keric has long been an exemplar of the type of clinical faculty we aspire to have training the next generation of physicians,” said Dean Guy Reed, MD, MS. “Her work to pilot a standardized surgery curriculum for our third-year medical students helped put the college at the forefront of innovation in surgical education.”

A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Keric completed her general surgery residency at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple and her fellowship in trauma and critical care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland.

About the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated more than 800 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,700 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy. For more information, please visit

About Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a large teaching hospital that has provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. It is part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. The institution, which has trained thousands of doctors over decades as a teaching hospital, is the academic medical center for The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The hospital, recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals, specializes in heart care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neurosciences, organ transplants, medical toxicology and emergency care, including a Level I trauma center. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. For more information, visit

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