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Jacqueline M. Soegaard Ballester, MD
General Surgery Resident

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-662-6156
Fax: 215-662-7983

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Jacqueline Soegaard is a first-year categorical resident in General Surgery. After growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she graduated with her Science Bachelor in Biological Engineering from MIT in 2012, and received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While in medical school, her year spent working as Clinical Informatics Intern for the University of Pennsylvania Health System involved implementing postoperative telehealth processes as well as mobile handoff applications. She plans to pursue a career in academic general surgery and is also interested in the intersection of surgical care delivery with information technology and healthcare administration.

2017 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2012 – 2017 MD - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008 – 2012 SB - Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts


2/2017 - present Association of Women Surgeons, Member
7/2016 - present American Medical Association, Member
9/2015 - present American College of Surgeons, Member
8/2015 - present Association for Academic Surgeons, Member
08/2013 - present Penn Medicine Alliance of Minority Physicians, Member
2015 - 2016 University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clinical Informatics Intern. Mentors: C. William Hanson, MD; Jon B. Morris, MD, FACS; Subha Airan-Javia, MD
  • Devised, piloted, and prepared to scale the health system’s first program for offering telehealth visits as alternatives to in-clinic follow-up after low-risk surgery.
  • As Program Manager for Carelign©—the new UPHS mobile data review and signout tool—participated in user-centric application design and development while orchestrating the strategy, communications, training, and support aspects of a multi-hospital implementation (150+ services across the 4 downtown Philadelphia hospitals).
  • Co-led the development of a mobile platform for surgical trainee education.
  • Participated as an active member of various health system-wide committees, including the mHealth Center, mHealth Governance, Connected Health, and Clinical Information Technology groups.
2013 University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering PRECISE Lab, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Medical Student Researcher. Mentor: Insup Lee, PhD
  • Developed a web application that used laboratory data from UPHS electronic medical record systems to generated intuitive data visualizations aimed at improving clinical workflows.
2011 MIT Amgen Scholars Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Student Researcher. Mentor: John Guttag, PhD
  • Applied machine learning algorithms to medical billing data to predict multi-stay hospital outcomes.
2010 - 2011 MIT CSAIL Data Driven Medicine Group
Student Researcher. Mentor: John Guttag, PhD
  • Redesigned a seizure-onset algorithm to process EEG signals and automatically detect seizure-offsets, and developed software that interfaced with a prototype suite of seizure-monitoring sensors.
Published Manuscripts
  1. Shoeb A, Kharbouch A, Soegaard JM, Schachter S, Guttag J. A machine-learning algorithm for detecting seizure termination in scalp EEG. Epilepsy & Behavior 22 Suppl 1:S36-43 (2011).
Manuscripts in Submission
  1. Soegaard Ballester JM, Scott MF, Owei L, Neylan C, Hanson CW, Morris JB. Patient Preference for Time-Saving Telehealth Postoperative Visits after Routine Surgery in an Urban Setting. Surgery. In Submission.
  2. Zoghbi VM, Caskey RC, Soegaard Ballester JM, Dumon KR, Brooks AD, Morris JB, Dempsey DT. “How To” Videos Improve Residents Performance of Essential Perioperative EMR and Clinical Tasks. Journal of Surgical Education. Accepted.
Book Chapters
  1. Soegaard Ballester JM, Halpern CH, Williams NN, Dumon KR, 2017. Non-Surgical Interventional Modalities for the Treatment of Obesity, In: Wadden TA, Bray GA, editors. Handbook of Obesity Treatment, 2nd ed. New York (NY): Guilford Publications, Inc. In Press.
Oral Presentations
  1. Soegaard Ballester JM, Neylan C, Scott MF, Owei L, Rosin R, Hanson CW, Morris JB. Early Lessons from Ongoing Pilot of Telehealth Postoperative Visits after Routine Surgery. 2017 Annual Academic Surgical Congress. Las Vegas, NV, USA. Feb 2017.
  2. Airan-Javia S, Soegaard JM, Olsen J, Bass G, Leri D, Fala G, Urbani R, Hanson CW. Carelign©: Upgrading from Outdated Paper to Real-Time, Interdisciplinary Mobile Handoffs. AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium—New System Presentation. Chicago, IL, USA. Nov 2016. 
  3. Soegaard JM,* O’Connor DM,* Dao D.* Creating a Medical Student-Driven Curriculum of Innovation in Healthcare. AMA ChangeMedEd Conference—Change Stories. Chicago, IL, USA. Oct 2015. 
  4. Shoeb A, Kharbouch A, Soegaard J, Schachter S, Guttag J. An algorithm for detecting seizure termination in scalp EEG. 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Boston, MA, USA. August 2011.

*All authors contributed equally to this work and/or presentation

Poster Presentations
  1. Adusumalli S, Siddique SM, Soegaard Ballester J, Newberry C, Mehta S, Airan-Javia S. Carelign: A Novel Tool for Closing the Loop on Inpatient Consultant Communication. 2017 AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting. Chicago, IL, USA. June 2017.
  2. Olsen J, Soegaard JM, Bass G, Fala G, Urbani R, Hanson CW, Airan-Javia S. Carelign©: Early Reactions to a Mobile Clinical Dashboard and Handoff Tool. AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium—Poster Article. Chicago, IL, USA. Nov 2016. 
  3. Roederer A, Soegaard JM, Lee I, Wanderer J, and Park S. Wandering Data: A Scalable, Durable System for Effective Visualization of Patient Health Data. iEEE CBMS 2014 International Symposium—Poster Article. New York, NY, USA. May 2014.
2017 Jonathan Rhodes Prize for Surgical Scholarship (awarded by the Department of Surgery), University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
2016 UPHS Quality and Patient Safety Awards, CPUP Operational Award for Postoperative Telehealth Follow-up Visits after Routine, Low-Risk Surgery
2016 UPHS Quality and Patient Safety Awards Honorable Mention for Carelign: Reimagining Interdisciplinary Care Coordination
2012 - 2017 Perelman Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

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