Clinical Research in Surgical Specialties


Clinical Research in Surgical Subspecialties (CRISS) is a student organization that highlights the vital role of clinical research in the practice of medicine. In line with the mission of Rush, “to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities we serve through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships”, we hope to broadcast to students the enormous impact clinical research has had on improving the health of patients from all backgrounds. By hosting both lectures and workshops, our organization invites surgeons and researchers to showcase the exciting clinical research that is conducted at Rush and how it is implemented into practice. Membership in this organization allows students to meet peers in other Rush colleges, network with specialty surgeons and scientists, and pursue research opportunities.


  1. Provide students with a series of lectures and faculty talks.
  2. Host Rush surgery faculty in collaboration with existing interest groups to discuss their ongoing or published clinical research.
  3. Create an avenue for networking between Rush University students and Rush surgery faculty with the purpose of establishing mentorship and career path connections
  4. Host workshops on important considerations pertaining to clinical research in congruence with the above lecture series and as a co-curricular opportunity to the research elective.

Contact Information

President: Connor Wakefield
Co-President: Faidi Hamati
Advisor: John O’Toole, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery