Samantha Hendren, MD, MPH, FACS; Colorectal Surgeon; Associate Professor at the University of Michigan
Dr. Hendren received her undergraduate degree at Rice University and went on to obtain her medical degree in 1996 from Yale University. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Toronto. She then received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester, with a focus on outcomes research.
Dr. Hendren has an active clinical practice in colorectal surgery, with a special interest in treating colorectal cancer. She is the Surgical Director of the Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Program at the Rogel Cancer Center. She chairs the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ Rectal Cancer Committee, and is on the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer.
Her research program focuses on quality of care for colorectal cancer, understanding and preventing complications after colorectal surgery, healthcare disparities, and functional problems affecting cancer survivors.
She teaches residents and medical students, and is the physician lead for the QI-TAPS program, which teaches surgical residents how to plan and carry out quality improvement projects.
Dr. Hendren has been involved with the MSQC since 2010, working with Dr. Campbell to address the problem of surgical site infection after colectomy surgery. Since then she has led the MSQC Cancer Surgery Project and the MSQC Data Definitions Committee. She became Associate Director of MSQC in January 2021.