Education Administrative Staff

Leanna BellLeanna Bell
Manager, Surgical Education

Leanna joined the Department of Surgery in September 2017. She is responsible for managing the Office of Surgical Education and collaborating with surgery faculty members to integrate innovative technology and educational initiatives into resident training. Prior to joining the department, she coordinated the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and worked in the Office of Medical Student Education.  Leanna is a proud alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, completing a B.S. in psychology and an M.A. in human resource management.


Michelle TuetkenMichelle Tuetken
Coordinator, Clinical/Resident/Lab/Office/Education

Michelle joined the Department of Surgery in September 2014 as the residency program coordinator for the ACGME-accredited General Surgery Residency Program. Her major responsibilities include administrative oversight of ACGME and ABS accreditation requirements, recruitment, program compliance, management of orientation, graduation and events throughout the academic year as well as management of social media accounts. Prior to her time in general surgery, she worked as the GME residency coordinator in vascular surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Michelle is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, having completed a B.S. in communications and journalism as well as a certificate in strategic communications.

Cheryl Bracken
Secretary III

Cheryl BrackenCheryl joined the Department of Surgery in December 2012. She supports the Office of Surgical Education, the General Surgery Residency Program, and Vice Chair for Education Mary Klingensmith, MD. Some of Cheryl’s main responsibilities are coordinating the medical students’ Surgery Clerkship, managing residency verifications for graduates and moonlighters, administering CME credits and assisting with recruiting, graduation and orientation. Prior to joining the department, she worked at Sisters of Mercy in the Departments of HR Shared Services and Finance Operations. Cheryl recently completed the Administrative Professional Certification Program.



KKarree Smiddyarree Smiddy
Medical Secretary I

Karree joined the Department of Surgery in October 2016, splitting her time between the Washington University Institute for Surgical Education (WISE) Center and the General Surgery Residency Program. She now operates out of the Office of Surgical Education full-time, acting as administrator for the residency evaluation system, scheduling conference and simulation labs, and assisting with the NRMP Match season. Prior to joining the department, Karree worked as a research technician in the Department of Anesthesiology at WUSM. Karree holds a B.S. in biology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.