An associate professor of surgery and oncology, Dr. Gearhart joined the Johns Hopkins University faculty in 2001 after completing her colorectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. She was the first board-certified colorectal surgeon in the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery. As an academic surgeon, not only does she desire to better understand disease management through clinical research, she also shares a real joy of education and clinical excellence. In 2017, she completed her Master of Education in the Health Professions at The Johns Hopkins University. Her studies gave her the opportunity to develop colorectal surgery fellowship curriculum and design the general surgery endoscopy training curriculum. She serves as the facilitator for endoscopy training in our minimally invasive training center at Johns Hopkins, which gives her the opportunity to collaborate with other investigators in determining best methods to enhance procedural skills for our trainees. Dr. Gerhart serves as the director of quality in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Within this role, she is working to establish Johns Hopkins Medicine as a center of excellence for geriatric surgical care.