Meet the Faculty ​& Staff

Roxie M Albrecht, MD, FACS, FCCM

Roxie M. Albrecht, MD, FACS, FCCM, is a Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair of Quality, and Division Chief of General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care for the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. A graduate of the University of Iowa undergraduate and medical school, she completed a general surgery residency at the Michigan State University – Butterworth Hospital and a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Miami. 

She has been the Director of Trauma at OU Medical Center since 2001. She has been active in the development of the OUMC Level One Trauma Center and the trauma system in the state of Oklahoma. She has been a member of the ACS Committee on Trauma and completed a six-year term as region chief for Region 6. Since her arrival in Oklahoma she has worked on advocacy for trauma and injury prevention legislation. For her work in patient and system advocacy she has received the HCA Frist Humanitarian Award from OU Medical Center and the Rhinehart Community Service Award from the Oklahoma County Medical Society. Additionally, she has held a number of regional and national association leadership positions for the Southwestern Surgical Congress, Midwest Surgical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Western Trauma Associations. She is the 2018-19 president of the Western Trauma Association, a past president (2011) of the Midwest Surgical Association and past chair of the surgical section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Albrecht served from 2013-19 as a director for the American Board of Surgery, representing the Southwestern Surgical Congress. 

Dr. Albrecht has interests in clinical patient care for injured and critically ill patients, performance improvement, patient safety, and quality and surgical education. She has received awards for medical student and resident teaching from her academic institutions and the Shubin/Weil Master Clinician/Teacher Award for Excellence in Bedside Teaching from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

In addition to her clinical and academic positions, Dr. Albrecht is the Adult Safety Medical Director for the OU Physicians medical group. She is a Master Trainer for TeamSTEPPS, a teamwork system for healthcare professionals, and has completed the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Certificate Program and the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program. Dr. Albrecht is assisting in the implementation of these programs across the OU Medical System.

Natalie Banks, MD

Natalie Banks, MD, is an Assistant Professor, Board-Eligible Surgeon at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Banks graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in human biology. She has a doctor of medicine from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. She completed her general surgery residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

Scott Blair, DO

Scott Blair, DO, enlisted in the United States Air Force straight out of high school, serving on active duty from 1998-2002 in Spokane, W​ash., at Fairchild AFB. He was deployed to Kuwait, stationed at Ali Al Salem Air Base, for Operation Southern Watch and to Saudi Arabia, stationed at Prince Sultan Air Base, for Operation Enduring Freedom. While in the military he worked as an electrical power production engineer, operating and maintaining emergency power generators for military bases to continue to maintain support for American interests throughout the Middle East. While serving on active duty he received numerous awards and medals, in particular the USAF 363rd Expeditionary Support Group Superior Performer, which is awarded to only 5 percent of the men and women serving in the Air Expeditionary Force. 

After receiving an honorable discharge after completing his enlistment in the United States Air Force, Dr. Blair graduated with a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology and a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. Dr. Blair completed Medical School at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo., graduating in 2011. He was then accepted to the University of South Alabama in the General Surgery Residency program. He completed his general surgical residency in 2016, continued on at the University of South Alabama as the fellow in surgical critical care from 2016-17. From 2017-18 Dr. Blair was in a cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of Kansas, before accepting a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma in the Division of General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care as a Surgical Critical Care, Trauma and Emergency General Surgeon. Dr. Blair has interests in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome and the care of critically injured and critically ill surgical patients and emergent general surgical conditions.

Amanda Celii, MD

Amanda Celii, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, she completed her general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburg and completed her trauma surgery and surgical critical care fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. 

Dr. Celii’s areas of expertise include trauma surgery, acute care surgery and surgical critical care. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Trauma Post-Acute Care Unit, Associate Director of Trauma Outreach and Education and the EMS Trauma Liaison at OU Medicine. Dr. Celii is currently the fourth-year surgery clerkship director for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and is the 2018 recipient of the Russel G. Postier Resident Teaching Award. 

Dr. Celii’s clinical interests include surgical stabilization of rib fractures, ventral hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction, and resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA). Dr. Celii initiated a new project titled “Use of Surgical Fixation for Chest Wall Stabilization in Severe Traumatic Rib Fractures.” OU Health Sciences Center is the lead center on this multicenter trial, with four other trauma centers participating through Eastern Association of Trauma. Dr. Celii is participating in a multicenter trial through Western Trauma Association titled “Blunt Bowel and Mesenteric Injury: A WTA Multicenter Prospective Observational Study.

Alisa M. Cross, MD, FACS

Alisa Cross, MD, FACS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Cross attended the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, psychology. She completed her doctor of medicine at the OU College of Medicine in 2006. She went on to complete a general surgery residency at Emory University, in Atlanta, in 2011 and subsequently continued on to complete a trauma surgery fellowship and a surgical critical care fellowship at Emory University, Grady Memorial Hospital, in 2013. 

Dr. Cross is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care. She serves as the Director of Emergency General Surgery and Associate Director of the Surgical and Trauma ICU at OU Medical Center. In addition, she is Surgical Director of the Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center at OUHSC and is Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program. 

Dr. Cross has been awarded the Russell Postier Award for Excellence in Resident Education in 2016, Outstanding Trauma Services Team Member in 2017 and the Dewayne Andrews, MD, Excellence in Teaching Award for Undergraduate Education in 2017. She is a member of the Oklahoma Regional Committee on Trauma, Eastern Association of Trauma, fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Southeastern Surgical. Nationally, she serves as an editor of SCORE American Board of Surgery General Surgery Curriculum and on the American College of Surgeons Resident Prep Curriculum. 

Her areas of expertise include general and trauma surgery. Her academic interests include medical student and resident education, disparity of care issues in the trauma and emergency general surgery population, and clinical outcome data, including quality measures in the trauma and emergency general surgery population.

Ryan Kennedy, MD, FACS

Ryan Kennedy, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. A graduate of Ross University Medical School, he completed a general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center and a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Kennedy is certified by the American Board of Surgery with a sub-specialty certification in surgical critical care. His areas of expertise include trauma surgery, acute care surgery and surgical critical care. He also serves as the Co-Director for Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) services at the ​University of Oklahoma Medical Center. 

Dr. Kennedy has interests in clinical patient care for injured and critically ill patients, open reduction and internal fixation of rib fractures, resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA), and ECMO.

Jason S. Lees, MD

Jason S. Lees, MD, is a native of Edmond ​who attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate studies, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in zoology. Following this, he completed his doctor of medicine at the OU College of Medicine. He subsequently completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma in general surgery, during which he spent two years as a research fellow at the Oklahoma Research Foundation and Department of Surgery research labs. At the completion of his residency, he was honored as the Lloyd Rader Outstanding Graduating Resident from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. After completing a surgical critical care fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami in 2006, he returned to Oklahoma. He also completed a surgical education research fellowship through the Association of Surgical Education and Southern Illinois University in 2012. 

His clinical focus has been in acute care surgery at OU Medical Center, the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level One Trauma Center in Oklahoma. He serves on a variety of leadership and service committees, focusing on administration and education. 

In addition to being Surgery Residency Director since 2011, he was recently named Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Surgical Residency Program Director. His faculty honors include the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, Outstanding Trauma Team Member, and StAT Alumnus of the Year. Within OU Physicians he co-chairs the practice group’s committee on wellness and collegiality. He is active in the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for Surgery and Trauma, the Association for Surgical Education and Association for Program Directors in Surgery.

Alexander Raines, MD

Alexander Raines, MD, is an Assistant Professor, Director of Robotic Surgery, Co-Director of Medical Student Surgical Clerkship and Residency Program SiteDdirector – OU Medical Center Edmond for the OU Department of Surgery. He is also Director of Career Advising for the OU College of Medicine, a Contracting General Surgeon for the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, and the Consultative General Surgeon for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. 

Dr. Raines earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, his medical degree from the University of Nebraska and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma, after which he became a board-certified general surgeon. He treats patients with a wide variety of general surgical conditions, including hernias (inguinal, ventral, umbilical, incisional) and gallbladder issues. He has a focus on minimally invasive surgical approaches with a specialized skill set in robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. He focuses not only on minimizing pain and recovery time, but he also works hard to ensure that his patients feel comfortable and informed throughout their pre-, peri- and post-operative experiences. His areas of expertise include gallbladder diseases, groin and abdominal wall hernias, diverticulitis,soft tissue masses, robotic/minimally invasive surgery, emergency general surgery, and robot surgery education.  

Along with his clinical practice, Dr. Raines is committed to education. He serves as the Medical Student Surgery Clerkship Co-Director and the ​College of Medicine Director of Career Advising, and he is the Faculty Advisor for the Student Surgery Interest Group and Residency Director of Robotic Education. He also directs robotic surgery simulation courses and proctors surgeons who are new to adapt robotic-surgery into their practices. 

While Dr. Raines works hard to offer his patients a first-class surgical experience, he also strives to improve the hospital and university. Through his roles on the OU Medicine Quality Medical Staff Oversight Committee, the OU Medicine Credentialing Committee, the OU Physicians Policies and Procedures Committee and the OU Edmond Peer Review Committee, he works to ensure that all patients treated within the OU Medicine system receive the highest level of care possible. 

Dr. Raines is an expert speaker on robotic surgery, hernia surgery, surgical education and robotic surgery education. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon (American Board of Surgery), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Teaching Scholars, a Faculty Member Southwestern Surgical Congress, a Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), a Member of the Association for Surgical Education, and a Member of the American Hernia Society. 

Pediatric Surgery Faculty & Staff

P. Cameron Mantor, MD, Chief of Pediatric Surgery

P. Cameron Mantor, MD, is board certified in general and pediatric surgery and surgical critical care, with a special interest in general and thoracic pediatric surgery and surgical critical care.

Jeremy Johnson, MD

​Jeremy Johnson, MD, is board certified in both general and pediatric surgery, with a special interest in neonatal surgery, the ECMO procedure, pediatric trauma and pediatric oncology. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he also completed his fellowship and residency.

Nikola K. Puffinbarger, MD

Nikola K. Puffinbarger, MD, is board certified in both general and pediatric surgery. She earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where she also completed her residency. She joined the pediatric surgery team at The Children’s Hospital after a two-year fellowship at Babies and Children’s Hospital of New York, Columbia University in New York City.

Alejandro Ruiz-Elizalde, MD

Alejandro Ruiz-Elizalde, MD, is a Board-Certified Pediatric Surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Ruiz-Elizalde earned his medical degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City in 2004. Following his medical degree, he did a general surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia from 2004 to 2011. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Ruiz-Elizalde did a research fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, where he studied the effect of chemotherapy agents on intestinal motility and the enteric nervous system. Upon completion of his general surgery residency, he did additional specialized training during a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ruiz-Elizalde subsequently joined the surgical faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 2013 after completing all of his training.

Dr. Ruiz-Elizalde has an interest in extracorporeal life support (ECMO), treatment of diaphragmatic hernias, treatment of congenital diseases of the biliary tract and childhood tumors, among others. In addition, he actively engages medical students and surgical residents in their education and training.

Plastic Surgery Faculty & Staff

Anthony Tufaro, DDS, MD, FACS, Chief of Plastic Surgery

Anthony P. Tufaro, DDS, MD, FACS, was recruited to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center after a long and successful career at Johns Hopkins Medicine​ in Baltimore to transform the current division to a world-class department of plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

After being an accomplished oral and maxillofacial surgeon in practice in Connecticut, he completed his medical training at Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University ​College of Medicine) and then was the first graduate of his school, in over 134 years, to be accepted into surgical residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After the required training in general surgery, he was fast-tracked into the plastic surgery training program at Johns Hopkins. He had extensive training in complex reconstruction, adult and pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery, micro surgery and aesthetic surgery. To broaden the scope of his training, he completed the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center fellowship in surgical oncology with a specialty in head and neck oncology. 

Upon completion of his surgical oncology fellowship, he returned to the Johns Hopkins Hospital as faculty in the divisions of plastic surgery and surgical oncology. He built an extensive practice in major reconstruction of the chest and abdominal wall, with extensive publications and lectures on these subjects. He was a co-director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program at Johns Hopkins as the busiest melanoma surgeon at Johns Hopkins. He was able to build a very active head and neck oncology program in the departments of Surgery and Plastic Surgery. This program covered all aspects of head and neck surgery, including thyroid and parathyroid disease, salivary gland tumors, benign and malignant conditions of the oral cavity and tongue, and an extensive experience in open skull-base surgery. He has always championed multidisciplinary care and partnered with a number of other specialties on the campus to increase the scope of surgery at Johns Hopkins. His affiliations with otolaryngology, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery and GI surgery led to improved outcomes for patients and increased surgical scope for all the specialties. Dr. Tufaro accepted the position as professor of surgery and chief of plastic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in September 2017. He brings a new vision and enthusiasm to OU that will lead to increased services for the people of Oklahoma and the region. Dr. Tufaro will move his basic science laboratory from Johns Hopkins to OU. His lab has done novel work in tumor biology and identified a unique gene marker to identify aggressive cutaneous malignancies. He has been invited by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to lecture at international meetings and train surgeons from around the world. Dr. Tufaro is a recognized leader in resident and medical student education. He won the resident teaching award at Hopkins four years in a row prior to his departure. He authored numerous peer-reviewed articles found in the most important medical journals in the world. He has authored more than 25 book chapters in surgical textbooks that are used as reference books for surgeons around the world. Dr. Tufaro has been awarded the Castle-Connolly Top Doctor for Cancer Care numerous times, most recently in 2018.

Christian El Amm, MD

Christian El Amm, MD, specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery. His areas of expertise include: cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, Pierre Robin Sequence, midface hypoplasia, fat grafting and liposuction, rhinoplasty, secondary rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and breast augmentation or reconstruction. He has practiced at OU Medicine since 2005 and has received recognition by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as a top doctor in 2016 and 2017.

Anil Kashyap, MD, DDS

Anil Kashyap, MD, DDS, is part of the OU Plastic Surgery team, having a diverse practice in all aspects of plastic surgery, with a focus on breast reconstruction. His first doctorate was in dentistry, from NYU in Manhattan, followed by a second doctorate in medicine from the Baltimore School of Medicine in Baltimore. He then went on to specialize in head, neck and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery at the prestigious R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. His focus in training included cancers of the head and neck, trauma and reconstructive options with free tissue transfer. He then completed additional years of training in general surgery. Next, he obtained specialty training in his second residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tenn., at the Regional One Medical Center. His time there focused on burn management, trauma, wound care and aesthetic surgery, including rhinoplasty, facelift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast reconstruction. He then went on to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, where he completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery, with a special focus on breast reconstruction. He trained in all of the techniques of breast reconstruction, including using a patient's own tissue, and implant-based reconstruction. 

He has been part of the OU team since February 2016, while simultaneously serving the needs of our country's veterans in the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Dr. Kashyap's practice at OU includes a mix of cutaneous cancer reconstruction, trauma, wound care, head and neck reconstruction, and a focus on breast reconstruction. He has most notably been the first surgeon in the state of Oklahoma to offer super-microsurgery for lymphatic disease.

Suhair Maqusi, MD

Suhair Maqusi, MD, is an assistant professor within the Division of Plastic Surgery. She is also the program director for the plastic surgery residency at OU. Having completed training in plastic surgery at University of Illinois, general surgery at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and hand and microsurgery at the world-renowned Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in Louisville, Dr. Maqusi has a very large practice. 

Dr. Maqusi is triple-board certified. She is board-certified in plastic surgery, general surgery and a certification of added qualification in hand surgery. She is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Maqusi is an active member of multiple surgical organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has served on multiple committees in these societies. She is actively involved in clinical research and is also the program director for the plastic surgery residency program and is actively involved in resident teaching and training.

Her clinical interests and areas of expertise include breast reconstruction after cancer removal, body contouring after weight loss surgery, "mommy makeovers," breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction), abdominoplasty, liposuction, facial aesthetic surgery (rhinoplasty, ​​eyelid surgery, facelift, brow lift, ear pinning), non-surgical facial rejuvenation, vaginal rejuvenation, hand surgery (nerve decompressions, nerve injury, tendon injury, bone fractures, congenital hand deformity, etc.), chest wall reconstruction after cancer removal and abdominal wall reconstruction, and excision of cutaneous malignancies and reconstruction after Mohs surgery.

She has been part of the OU team since October 2012. She served as the acting chief of plastic surgery division from 2015 through 2017 and also has served at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, where she served as chief of plastic surgery from 2013 through 2016.