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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryDecember 16, 2016

Novel Improvement Project: EHC Teams Monitor EHC Patients from Sydney, Australia

Timothy Buchman and Cheryl Hiddleson have developed a pilot remote care program that has commenced activities at Macquarie University's MQ Health in Sydney, Australia. The project is an inspired solution to two of the most salient deficiencies of critical care night staffing: the shortage of senior clinicians willing to cover night shifts, and the toll that working nights can take on caretakers and their attention levels. Buchman and Hiddleson are pictured above in the electronic ICU at Macquarie communicating with a colleague in the ICU at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
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Douglas Murphy Performs 2000th Cardiac Robotic Procedure
Emory University cardiothoracic surgeon Douglas Murphy, MD, has attained a world record after completing his 2,000th robotically assisted mitral valve surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Murphy is a pioneer in the field of robotics, performing Georgia's first robotic heart surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's in 2002. Prior to becoming one of the most experienced and innovative robotic heart surgeons in the world, Murphy was an early advocate of minimally invasive cardiac surgery.
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Hakob Davtyan Initiates CT Surgery at St. Francis Hospital
Hakob Davtyan, MD, has initiated the Emory Department of Surgery's partnership with St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA, as the medical director of the hospital's cardiothoracic surgery team. Davtyan joined our faculty only recently, but is already well acquainted with Emory, having done his cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship at Emory under the mentorship of Robert Guyton, MD, chief of the Emory Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Guyton will oversee the service at St. Francis.
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Seth Rosen Chairs EHC's Robotic Institute Committee
As chair of Emory Healthcare's Robotic Institute Committee, Seth Rosen, MD, leads a team that is tracking utilization of robotic surgery throughout Emory Healthcare, including outcomes, quality, cost, and efficiency; identifying areas for improvement; and initiating plans based on its recommendations. The committee is also working to standardize credentialing across the system for all surgeons performing robotic-assisted surgery, and plans to standardize robotic surgical training for surgical residents and fellows throughout Emory's graduate medical education programs.
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Bryan Morse Urges Redefinition of the Cardiac Box
Emory trauma and surgical critical care surgeon Bryan Morse, MD (shown above with colleague Rondi Gelbard, MD), recently presented a study that described the current boundaries of the "cardiac box" (the area of the chest overlying the heart, bounded laterally by the midclavicular lines and from the clavicles to the tip of the xiphoid) as a deficient predictor of cardiac injury from gunshot wounds. The study was preceded by Morse and his associates' evaluation of 36 years of penetrating cardiac injuries data at Grady Memorial Hospital, which was recently published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.
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Sheryl Gabram Continues Working Toward Resolving Breast Cancer Disparities in Atlanta

As the director of the AVON Foundation Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital and professor of surgery at Emory University since 2005, Sheryl Gabram, MD, MBA, has been a tireless advocate of redressing breast cancer treatment disparities between black women and white women in Atlanta, a disjunction that is representative of much of the country. Gabram's work has produced impressive gains in combating this imbalance, but her acute awareness that much work remains to be done was confirmed by an AVON-sponsored study that showed that out of 24 large U.S. cities where black women continue to die from breast cancer at a higher rate than their white counterparts, Atlanta had the highest disparity level.
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Theresa Gillespie an Investigator on Synergy and NCI-CGH Awards Teams
The membership of Theresa Gillespie, PhD, MA, on two new multidisciplinary project teams, demonstrates her ongoing commitment to national and global health services research and improvement. One project received a Woodruff Health Sciences Center Synergy Award, and the other is funded by an NCI Center for Global Health P20 Grant.
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Residents Receive 2017 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards
General surgery residents Cecilia Ethun, MD (left, above), and Alexandra Lopez-Aguiar, MD (right), have received 2017 Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Both residents are doing research sabbaticals in the lab of surgical oncologist-scientist Shishir Maithel, MD.
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Abstract Deadline Extended: 2017 WCW Research Symposium
The Department of Surgery Research Advisory Committee has extended the abstract submission deadline for the 2017 William C. Wood Research Symposium to 12:00PM on Monday, December 19, 2016. The symposium is open to all Emory Surgery students, postdocs, residents, and fellows. "We encourage everyone to participate, including those who may not be present at the meeting," says Nicole Turgeon, MD, director of extramural studies for the general surgery residency. "An alternative representative will be allowed to present on their behalf."
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Emory Vascular Surgery and Vein Center Opens at Johns Creek
Emory vascular and endovascular surgeons Michael Clark, MD; Charles Lewinstein, MD; Mark Mittenthal, MD; J. Mark Rheudasil, MD; and Joseph Zarge, MD; will now offer vascular surgery procedures at the newly opened Emory Clinic Vascular Surgery and Vein Center at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. These surgeons specialize in the treatment of arterial and venous diseases using minimally invasive techniques, and regularly treat peripheral arterial disease, aortic aneurysms, and varicose veins. Additional services include an accredited vascular lab.
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Carla Haack Named Henry B. Tippie Clinician-Scholar

Carla Haack, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, has been named the Henry B. Tippie Clinician Scholar. The appointment is made in appreciation for a generous gift from The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation in honor of Rollins Foundation trustee Henry B. Tippie and the care he received from Dr. Haack.

Dr. Haack joined the Department of Surgery after completing her general surgery residency at Emory in June 2011, and her primary clinical location is the Acute and Critical Care Surgery Service of Emory University Hospital.

During her chief residency, Dr. Haack was named a Grady Memorial Hospital Healthcare Hero by the Grady Health Foundation and received the David V. Feliciano Teaching Award. In 2013, she led the creation of the content for Emory's patient education app "Come Clean: Stop Surgical Infections Before They Start," which educates patients on wound care and how to reduce their risks for surgical site infections. In 2014 and 2016, Dr. Haack participated in the Emory Haiti Alliance's summer trips to Haiti, which offered free medical attention and surgery to patients in Haiti's Central Plateau.

New Faculty

Dina Amin, DDS
Dr. Amin joins the oral and maxillofacial service at Grady Memorial Hospital with advanced skills in craniomaxillofacial trauma and oral cancer microvascular reconstruction. She received intensive trauma training during her OMS residency in Saudi Arabia and worked in a Level I trauma center. She completed her craniomaxillofacial and microvascular fellowships at UAB.
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Gabriele Miotto, MD, MEd
While training at Emory, Dr. Miotto led new simulation workshops for general surgery and plastic surgery residents and taught basic surgery skills to medical students. In addition to practicing at the Emory Aesthetic Surgery Center at Paces, she will be a key educator for the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique.
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Duly Noted

The following faculty were recognized for finishing above their division goal and in the top 90th percentile for their specialties nationwide on Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys for Q1-Q4: Grant Carlson, MD, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery; Felmont Eaves, MD, medical director of the Emory Aesthetic Center; and Douglas Murphy, MD, chief of the cardiothoracic surgery service at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

At Grady Memorial Hospital, the oral surgery clinic (led by Gary Bouloux, MD, DDS) and the surgery department (directed by Sheryl Gabram, MD, MBA) were among the services recognized for achieving their Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey goal set by Grady Health System for CYTD 2016 (Q1-Q3).

Cletus Arciero, MD, associate director for surgery of the Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute, and Felix Fernandez, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, Atlanta VA Medical Center, were selected to join the Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development cohort, a program for faculty to enrich leadership skills, enhance business knowledge, and develop strong partnerships across Emory.

Scott Davis, MD, director of the Emory Endosurgery Unit, and Ravi Rajani, MD, chief of vascular and endovascular surgery, Grady Memorial Hospital, were named 2017 Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellows. The selection process for this intensive, five-month leadership program is rigorous, and those selected as WLA Fellows represent some of the most promising leaders within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Rajani was also appointed an associate editor of Annals of Vascular Surgery, and named to the editorial board of VESAP4. The Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program, or VESAP, is an online study aid for vascular surgeons, residents, and fellows.

Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH, director of the oral and maxillofacial surgery outpatient clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital, and associate chief of the oral and maxillofacial surgery service, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, has received the first Elaine A. Stuebner Scholars Award of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. By giving one female oral and maxillofacial surgeon per year the opportunity to attend a post-educational meeting to advance their knowledge and skills, the Stuebner Scholarship provides the recipient an opportunity to meet with established female mentors in the specialty, to become involved in a lifelong learning process throughout their careers, and to develop into mentors themselves and perpetuate the cycle.

Wendy Greene, MD, director of the Acute and Critical Care Surgery Service of the Emory Critical Care Center, has been elected to a three-year term as councilor-at-large of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Greene has been an active member of the SCCM for several years, and has also served as chair of the surgical section, co-chair of the Congress Program Committee, and sat on the Drug Shortages Task Force, Graduate and Resident Education Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.

Foad Nahai, MD, Maurice J. Jurkiewicz Chair in Plastic Surgery, was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of England's Honorary Fellowship, the highest distinction the College bestows. An announcement of this honor by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery stated: "ASAPS joins the entire specialty in congratulating Dr. Nahai on this extraordinary achievement. We are incredibly grateful that he brought his talents to the U.S., as he has been an inspirational leader to so many of ASAPS' members, candidates, and residents. As one of the few truly legendary figures in American plastic surgery, ASAPS is deeply appreciative to have benefitted from so many of Dr. Nahai's talents."

Juan Sarmiento, MD, W. Dean Warren Distinguished Chair of Surgery, was inducted into the Southern Surgical Association.

Arvinpal Singh, MD, was nominated a Hidden Gem for the variety of improvements he instituted at the Emory Bariatric Center when he was appointed its medical director in 2012. Hidden Gems are nominated by their departments in recognition of their outstanding, but often unnoticed or unrecognized, contributions to Emory and beyond.

Charles Staley, MD, Holland M. Ware Professor of Surgery and chief quality officer of Winship Cancer Institute, was named chair of the Vizient UHC Cancer Center Network Steering Committee, which oversees the newly created Vizient Cancer Network. Comprising approximately 125 U.S. cancer centers, the network was created to begin a national network to share ideas about improving the quality of cancer care.

As the recently appointed vice-president of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Vinod Thourani, MD, co-director of the Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center, will also serve on the STSA's Executive Council.

Professor of Surgery Emeritus William C. Wood, MD, was inducted into the MilliPub Club, which honors and recognizes Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations. Such a paper is commonly considered a "citation classic" and represents high impact scholarship.

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