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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryFebruary 3, 2020

Joe Sharma appointed new Vice Chair of Quality, Patient Safety and Care Innovation

In this position, Joe Sharma, MD, will foster healthcare improvements and encourage implementation of innovations in healthcare services across the Department of Surgery, partnering with division chiefs, division and program quality officers, and other vice chairs. This appointment represents a new phase in Dr. Sharma's quality and safety work on behalf of the department, which includes his installment and oversight of the sustained internal auditing and localized-to-systemic renovation that contributed greatly to lowering Emory University Hospital's readmissions, incidence of surgical site infections, and overall mortality, eventually leading to EUH being included in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program's (ACS NSQIP) 2018 and 2019 listings of the top 10% of meritorious member hospitals (see announcement below for 2019 listing).
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Grants support Global Perioperative Working Group's surgical outreach efforts
Steven Roser, DMD, MD, chair of the Global Perioperative Health Working Group and chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Chelsea Mitchell, DDS, administrative chief resident of Emory's OMFS residency program, have received support grants that will benefit the working group's surgical outreach program in Bolivia. The group is dedicated to addressing gaps in perioperative care and emergency services in low and middle income countries, with an emphasis on training, education, and research.
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William Jordan reports successful four year EndoAnchor System treatment of AAA
William D. Jordan, Jr., MD, chief of the Emory Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, presented four-year data from the primary cohort arm of the ANCHOR registry study of Medtronic's Heli-FX EndoAnchor system at the 46th Annual VEITHsymposium. His co-investigator on the study, Jean-Paul de Vries, MD, PhD, presented the revision cohort results. Both studies found the system to be safe and effective at four years in patients requiring repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm.
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EUH achieves meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

Emory University Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) as one of 88 hospitals out of an eligible 592 medical centers for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2018. This is the second year in a row that EUH has received this recognition for outstanding composite quality scores in both "All Cases" and "High Risk" categories for surgical care. Just 56 hospitals were recognized in both categories.

EUH joined ACS NSQIP in 2009 under the direction of then-Emory Surgery chief of quality John Sweeney, now chair of the department. Joe Sharma, MD, became the primary steward of the partnership shortly thereafter, and has successfully used the program's resources to track, monitor, and improve the quality of EUH's surgical programs on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Craig Coopersmith is a co-author of one of JAMA's Top Articles of the Decade
Craig Coopersmith, MD, vice chair of research for Emory Surgery and interim director of the Emory Critical Care Center, was a member of an international task force of experts that co-authored one of the most important articles of the decade, according to the editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). "The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3)," featured in JAMA's February 2016 edition, redefined the terms "sepsis" and "septic shock" to facilitate earlier recognition and more timely management of patients with sepsis or at risk of developing sepsis. View a video report on the article here, and review the full text here. JAMA's Top Articles of the Decade were assessed by views and citations.
Emory Cardiac Surgery at three hospitals achieves elite distinction
The cardiac surgery program at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital achieved top performance compared with benchmarks in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR) in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (STS ACSD). The STS ACSD is considered the gold-standard source of data for quality cardiac-surgery programs, and is a central registry in value-based programs and national hospital rankings. Only two percent of cardiac programs in the STS ACSD achieved a three-star rating in both isolated CABG and isolated MVRR operations for the most recent measurement period (July 2018 – June 2019).
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Atlanta VA Medical Center receives grants to develop treatment therapies for PAD patients

Vascular surgeon-scientist Luke P. Brewster, MD, PhD, MA, will apply two recent grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs to identifying promising rehabilitation and regenerative therapies for integration into novel treatments of patients with inadequate blood flow to their legs, termed peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
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Douglas Murphy, Ankit Patel, and Vivian Wang featured in U.S. News & World Report
Cardiothoracic surgeon Douglas A. Murphy, MD, general and GI surgeon Ankit Patel, MD, and former resident Vivian Wang, MD, were featured as positive examples of structured robotic surgery training in a recent U.S. News & World Report story on the lack of standardized training curriculum or unified credentialing for robotic surgery in the U.S.
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AHPBA Travel Grant will aid Lori Little's proposal to develop APP training site
Lori Little, MMSc, PA-C, advanced practice provider (APP) for Emory Surgical Oncology and Winship Cancer Institute, received an APP Travel Grant from Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHBPA) on the strength of her proposal to build an educational platform housed within the AHPBA website to serve APPs that work with hepatobiliary patients.
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Brett Tracy on a roll: Reuters, AMA Award, EAST Scholarship

The last several weeks of 2019 were a particularly notable period for Emory surgical critical care fellow Brett Tracy, MD, and his research: Reuters Health News circulated his study on metabolic syndrome in severely injured trauma patients beyond standard medical forums, he was the only surgical trainee out of more than 100 presenters to win the Health System Science Resident Award for his abstract at the American Medical Association Research Symposium EXPO, and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma awarded him the John M. Templeton, Jr., MD Injury Prevention Research Scholarship.
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Kanika Kalra wins Best Resident Abstract Award at STS Meeting
Emory cardiothoracic surgery resident Kanika Kalra, MD, received the Society of Thoracic Surgeons/European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (STS/EACTS) Best Resident Abstract Presentation Award at the 56th Annual STS Meeting. Her abstract was selected from more than 70 that focused on aortic valve repair and bicuspid valves.
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Residents receive 2020 ASCO Merit Awards
General surgery residents Adriana Gamboa, MD, Michael Turgeon, MD, Rachel Lee, MD, MSPH, and medical oncology fellow Ibrahim Sahin, MD, received Conquer Cancer Merit Awards at the 2020 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. Merit Awards are given to residents and fellows whose abstracts exhibit cogent science, and recipients are invited to present their winning abstracts.
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Cardiac basic science and translational therapies investigator John Calvert, PhD, has been appointed to the Specialty Conference Program Committee of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS), American Heart Association. The mission of the BCVS is to promote basic science research and education.

Rachel Patzer, PhD, director of the Emory Health Services Research Center, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC), a consortium of surgeons and scientists dedicated to advancing health services and outcomes research in surgery. The SOC facilitates networking with established surgical outcomes researchers, provides a platform for fostering collaborations, serves as a clearinghouse for educational materials for surgeons wishing to learn more about the field, and offers various funding opportunities and resources for its faculty and trainee members.

Steven Roser, DMD, MD, chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and medical oncologist and immunotherapy specialist Nabil Saba, MD, will share the latest advances in the research and treatment of head and neck cancers at the Learn and Live luncheon, a free community education event hosted by Friends of Winship on February 18 at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Get more details here.

Preeti Subhedar, MD, associate director of the Glenn Family Breast Center, was among those selected to join the 2020 cohort of the Emory Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program (EM-ProLEAD), Emory Medicine's 10-month leadership development and enrichment program for physicians and senior clinical leaders. EM-ProLEAD is designed to foster and develop professionals across the entire Emory Medicine enterprise, and focuses on enriching leadership skills, enhancing business knowledge, and developing strong partnerships across Emory.

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