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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryAugust 9, 2018

Emory Haiti Alliance 2018 Surgical Trip: Converge, Adapt, Advance

Pictured above, left to right: Drs. Pierre Pinson, Joe Sharma, Grant Lynde, and Stuart Hurst.

This summer, the Emory Haiti Alliance made their 11th surgical trip to Haiti's Central Plateau, the most medically underserved area in the country, and worked alongside their Haitian colleagues at the Hôpital Bienfaisance in Pignon for the second year in a row. "Now when we come here, I feel like we work with people, not just around them," says Jahnavi Srinivasan, MD, who has been an alliance trip leader since 2010.

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Drs. Padala, Desai, and Fei Receive Grant to Develop Intravascular Robotic System
An NHLBI multi-PI R01 grant will fund a collaboration that draws upon Dr. Murilidhar Padala's expertise in mitral valve repair devices, Dr. Jaydev Desai's background in surgical robotics, and Dr. Baowei Fei's knowledge of imaging so that the three scientists can work together to develop an image-guided intravascular robotic system for mitral valve repair and implants. Once the system is validated, this team envisions that it will significantly simplify transcatheter mitral valve repair, increase its procedural accuracy and control, and reduce failure rates.
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CSAT's Surgical Anatomy of the Lung Now Available on iTunes
Surgical Anatomy of the Lung was originally created to facilitate communication between faculty surgeons of the Emory Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and their lung cancer patients prior to surgical resection, and has now been made available as a free download to professionals, educators, and trainees alike. The app includes a lung capacity calculator, an interactive cancer staging calculator, and a 3D anatomy viewer known as the Virtual Lung. The prototype version of the app received an interactive media award at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators.
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Emory CABG Program Earns STS Three-Star Rating

The Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery services located at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital have earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. This rating denotes the highest category of quality, and places Emory among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

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Bryan Morse and Craig Coopersmith Assume Grady-based Fellowship Positions
With Christopher Dente, MD, stepping down as program director of the AAST-accredited acute care surgery (ACS) fellowship based at Grady Memorial Hospital, Bryan Morse, MD, MS, will become the new director of the ACS fellowship, and Craig Coopersmith, MD, will serve as program director of the ACGME-accredited surgical critical care (SCC) fellowship at Grady.
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Kurt Heiss Chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Surgery
As chair of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kurt F. Heiss, MD, is managing a program that makes recommendations for educational programs, policy statements, and other actions related to surgical care to the AAP Board of Directors, and provides state-of-the art techniques and information of interest to pediatric surgeons.
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Charles Staley Comments on New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

Charles Staley, MD, chief of the Emory Division of Surgical Oncology and Winship Cancer Institute's chief quality officer, appeared live on Headline News to discuss the new guidelines from the American Cancer Society that recommend colorectal cancer screening start at age 45 instead of 50. He was also quoted in an Atlanta Journal Constitution feature about the guidelines. Drs. Christopher Flowers and Otis Brawley, both Winship members, served on the committee that developed the guidelines.

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Chris Larsen Honored with AST 2018 Mentoring Award
At the 2018 American Transplant Congress, Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil, received the American Society of Transplantation's Annual Mentoring Award. The award acknowledged Dr. Larsen's mentorship of more than 35 fellows and junior faculty at Emory, many of whom embarked on career paths that were influenced by his guidance. Current Department of Surgery faculty mentored by Dr. Larsen include Andrew Adams, I. Raul Badell, Kenneth Cardona, Megan Durham, Mandy Ford, William Kitchens, Michael Lowe, Maria Russell, and Virginia Shaffer.
Ravi Rajani an Honoree and Presenter at CX Symposium
Ravi Rajani, MD, was named the Global Rising Star in Vascular Surgery at the 40th Annual Charing Cross (CX) International Symposium in London. The CX Symposium is Europe's longest running vascular and endovascular conference and exhibition for industry professionals. Dr. Rajani also presented a study which evaluated mid- and long-term TEVAR outcomes based on initial indication for repair, with the primary tracking concern being the rate of patient compliance with contrast-enhanced CT scans as postoperative surveillance method.
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25 Emory Surgery Faculty Named to Atlanta Magazine's 2018 Top Doctors Listing

Forty-two percent of the physicians recognized in Atlanta magazine's July 2018 "Top Doctors" issue were Emory Healthcare physicians, Emory Healthcare Network physicians, Emory University School of Medicine faculty, and Emory medical staff physicians. The annual listing is compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and included 25 faculty of the Emory Department of Surgery: Cletus Arciero, Kenneth Cardona, Michael Clark, Keith Delman, Thomas Dodson, Megan Durham, Yazan Duwayri, Seth Force, Robert Guyton, Peter H'Doubler, Kirk Kanter, Albert Losken, Raymond Lynch, Steven Macheers, Jeffrey Miller, Douglas Murphy, Kenneth Newell, Allan Pickens, J. Mark Rheudasil, Monica Rizzo, Charles Staley, John Sweeney, Collin Weber, Mark Wulkan, and Joseph Zarge.
New Faculty: Joshua Appelstein, MD
Dr. Appelstein will join Hakob Davtyan, MD, and other physicians on the cardiothoracic surgery service at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA. The service is a partnership between St. Francis and the Emory Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Appelstein will develop programs in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and robotic coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at the facility.
Dr. Appelstein's Faculty Profile
New Faculty: Tamer Attia, MD, PhD
Dr. Attia received his MBBCh degree, his PhD in cardiothoracic surgery, and completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Cairo University. He then worked on the university's CT surgery faculty as an assistant lecturer. In 2009, he joined the Cleveland Clinic to complete his clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies.
Dr. Attia's Faculty Profile
New Faculty: Dominic Papandria, MD
Board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Papandria will primarily work as a surgeon for the acute and critical care surgery service at Emory University Hospital Midtown. He joined Emory after completing his pediatric minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH. During this fellowship, Dr. Papandria served as a faculty member for the hospital's minimally invasive surgical skills laboratory at several national and international pediatric surgery meetings.
Dr. Papandria's Faculty Profile
New Faculty: Christopher Ramos, MD
Dr. Ramos completed his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado (CU) Health Science Center from 2010-2016, undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship at CU's Trauma Research Center from 2012-2013, and completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Emory in 2018. He was an active researcher throughout his postgraduate years, and has published articles in several leading journals, including Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Surgery.
Dr. Ramos Faculty Profile

Congratulations to the 2018 Graduating Chiefs of the General Surgery Residency

Photo: 2018 chief residents and select faculty at the Graduating Chief's Banquet.

Front row, left to right: Sameer Kapadia, entering the plastic surgery fellowship at Emory; Jessica Kramer, surgery critical care fellowship, Barnes Jewish Hospital; Salila Hashmi, anesthesia critical care fellowship, Emory; Nathan Kincaid, private practice, Georgia; Jahnavi Srinivasan, associate program director, general surgery residency, and director, surgical simulation and elective programs.

Middle three: Keith Delman, program director, general surgery residency; Sabine Lovell, plastic surgery fellowship, Summa Health, Akron, OH; Ravi Rajani, associate program director, clinical affairs at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Back row: Stuart Hurst, acute care surgery fellowship, Emory; John Sweeney, chair of Emory Surgery; Tatiana Chadid, vascular surgery fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital; Michael Cormican, surgical critical care fellowship, Johns Hopkins; Craig McCready, anesthesia critical care fellowship, Emory.

2018-2019 Residency/Fellowship Transitions

The prior institutions of our incoming trainees included Johns Hopkins, Mercer, Tufts, Tulane, NYU, and UAB, while the outgoing residents and fellows are headed to such locales as Brody SOM, Duke, MGH, Ohio State, and Wake Forest.

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Steven Kim Wins AJT Award for Most Outstanding Article in Translational Science
General surgery resident Steven Kim, MD, who engaged in transplant immunology research in the lab of transplant surgeon-scientist Andrew Adams, MD, PhD, received the American Journal of Transplantation's award for Best Translational Science Article of 2017 at the 2018 American Transplant Congress. For the study, Dr. Kim and his team evaluated the efficacy and safety of a novel anti-human CD154 domain antibody in a nonhuman primate kidney transplant model.
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Xiaoying Lou Receives Georgia CTSA TL-1 Award
Xiaoying Lou, MD, current PGY-3 resident in Emory's integrated cardiothoracic surgery training program, has received a Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance TL-1 Award, which will provide support for her 2018-2019 research sabbatical under the mentorship of thoracic aortic disease co-investigators Bradley Leshnower, MD, and Wei Sun, PhD. The award will also fund the tuition for Dr. Lou's enrollment in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MCSR) program at Laney Graduate School of Emory University.
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