Skip to Content
Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS

Surgical Services

  • Acute Care Surgery

Contact Dr. Pugh


(608) 262-2147

600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53729

Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS

Associate Professor
Vice Chair, Education and Patient Safety
Clinical Director, UW Health Clinical Simulation Program
Section of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn and Surgical Critical Care
Division of General Surgery

In 2011 Dr. Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Pugh is also the developer of several decision-based simulators that are currently being used to assess intra-operative judgment and team skills.


  • MD, Howard University College of Medicine, 1992
  • General Surgery Residency, Howard University Hospital, 1992-1997
  • PhD, Stanford University School of Education, 2001
  • Clinical Fellowship in Acute Care Surgery, University of Michigan, 2009

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Pugh is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She specializes in general surgery. She is a member of the Department of Surgery’s Section of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Pugh’s research interests include the use of simulation technology for medical and surgical education. Dr. Pugh holds a method patent on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize the sense of touch. Currently, more than 100 medical and nursing schools use one of Dr. Pugh’s sensor enabled training tools for their students and trainees. The use of simulation technology to assess and quantitatively define hands-on clinical skills is one of her major research areas.

Recent Publications
  • Use of cognitive task analysis to guide the development of performance-based assessments for intraoperative decision making.
    Pugh CM, DaRosa DA
    Mil Med 2013 Oct; 178(10 Suppl):22-7.
    [PubMed ID: 24084302]
    More Information
  • Application of national testing standards to simulation-based assessments of clinical palpation skills.
    Pugh CM
    Mil Med 2013 Oct; 178(10 Suppl):55-63.
    [PubMed ID: 24084306]
    More Information
  • Utilizing a novel tool for the comprehensive assessment of resident operative performance.
    Glarner CE, McDonald RJ, Smith AB, Leverson GE, Peyre S, Pugh CM, Greenberg CC, Greenberg JA, Foley EF
    J Surg Educ 2013 Nov-Dec; 70(6):813-20.
    [PubMed ID: 24209661]
    More Information
  • In-training assessments used in the United States surgical residency programmes.
    Pugh CM, Britt LD
    ANZ J Surg 2013 Jun; 83(6):460-5.
    [PubMed ID: 23735133]
    More Information
  • Review of Influential Articles in Surgical Education: 2002-2012.
    Wohlauer MV, George B, Lawrence PF, Pugh CM, Van Eaton EG, Darosa D
    J Grad Med Educ 2013 Jun; 5(2):219-226.
    [PubMed ID: 24404263, PMC ID: 3693684]
    More Information Copyright © 2014 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System