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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryJune 30, 2017

NIH Awards Chris Larsen and Team $12.6M for Improved Post-Transplant Regimens

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded Emory transplant researchers $12.6 million over five years to investigate improved post-transplant drug regimens for organ transplant recipients. The project team is led by Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil, and includes Mandy Ford, PhD, and Andrew Adams, MD, PhD, at Emory, and Leslie Kean, MD, PhD, at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington. The project continues Dr. Larsen's work, undertaken with Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, at Emory, on costimulation blockers, drugs to prevent immune rejection of transplanted organs.
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Link Described to More Deaths for Vulnerable Patients Under UNOS Proposals for Broader Liver Sharing
Emory transplant surgeon Raymond Lynch, MD, presented a study at the American Transplant Congress in Chicago on May 2 which concluded that proposals by the United Network for Organ Sharing to more evenly share livers on the basis of apparent need may instead increase waitlist mortality among already underserved populations. The proposed change would redistrict the current 11-region system to eight regions, expanding the geographic areas in which a limited number of organs are allocated.
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Changes to Waitlist Calculation Reduces Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Kidney Transplant Patients
A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing led to a narrowing of the disparities in national kidney transplant rates among whites, blacks, and Hispanics on the transplant waitlist, according to a new analysis published in the June issue of Health Affairs. Taylor Melanson, from Emory's Laney Graduate School, was the lead author, and Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, director of the Emory Transplant Health Services and Outcomes Research Program, was senior author.
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Ravi Rajani Named National PI of Trial Evaluating Relay PRO Stent-Graft for Trauma to Descending Thoracic Aorta
Ravi Rajani, MD, chief of vascular and endovascular surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, has been named national principal investigator of a prospective, multicenter, non-blinded, non-randomized study of the RelayPro Thoracic Stent-Graft in subjects with traumatic injury of the descending thoracic aorta. Jaime Benarroch-Gampel, MD, assistant professor of surgery and a member of the vascular surgery team at Grady, will be the Emory PI for the Grady site of the study. The trial's primary objective will be to document all-cause mortality at 30 days post procedure, after which it will measure outcomes and any complications through five years of follow-up.
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CORE Simulation Program Meets Operating Room Infrastructure Training Need
When rare but potentially devastating emergencies arise in the operating room, swift, efficient, and interdisciplinary teamwork is critical to patient safety. Prior studies have shown that simulation-based team practice in preventing and managing such events can improve team effectiveness, reduce risks, mitigate declines in infrequently used skills, and lead to design of new and better processes of care. Inspired by these observations, Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, director of the high fidelity simulation program for Emory's Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique, founded the Co-management of Operating Room Emergencies (CORE) Simulation Program.
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Barbara Pettitt Wins Papageorge and Best Clerkship Director Awards

Barbara Pettitt, MD, director of medical student education for the Department of Surgery, received the esteemed Evangeline T. Papageorge Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the School of Medicine or Emory University. She also received her third Best Clerkship Director Award. As one student nominator for the Papageorge Award said, "Dr. Pettitt urges us beyond our own expectations."
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Cathy Graham Named New Director of Breast Surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
The Glenn Family Breast Center of Winship Cancer Institute welcomes Cathy Graham, MD, as the new director of breast surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. An innovator in the field of breast surgery, Dr. Graham's research interests include minimally invasive breast cancer therapies, aids to oncoplastic breast surgery, and high risk breast lesions. Her clinical care model is concentrated on providing early intervention for patients, including screenings and follow up. She and her staff also manage benign breast diseases, a unique offering in north Atlanta.
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Douglas Murphy Receives Highest Physician Honor from Emory Saint Joseph's
Douglas Murphy, MD, has received the E. Napier "Buck" Burson, Jr., MD, Physician Award of Distinction, the highest honor for physician service granted by Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Murphy is both the chief of cardiothoracic surgery and the director of robotics at the hospital. Recently, he achieved a world record after completing his 2,000th robotically assisted mitral valve surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's. The award is named for the late Dr. Burson, former chief of staff at Saint Joseph's, who pioneered the diagnostic tool of GI endoscopy.
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All Our Best to the 2017 Graduating Chiefs of the General Surgery Residency

Photo: 2017 chief residents and select faculty at the Graduating Chief's Banquet.

Front row, left to right: Albert Diehl III, entering the breast oncology fellowship at Emory; S. Christopher Derderian, pediatric surgery critical care fellowship, Colorado Children's Hospital; Rebecca Lopez, minimally invasive surgery fellowship, University of Washington; Malcolm Squires, complex general surgery oncology fellowship, Ohio State University; Jahnavi Srinivasan, director of surgical simulation and elective programs.

Second row: Ravi Rajani, associate program director of the general surgery residency; Keith Delman, program director of the general surgery residency; Blayne Sayed, HPB/transplant fellowship, University of Toronto; John Sweeney, chair of Emory Surgery; Rohit Mittal, burns/critical care fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; Walter Wakwe, cardiothoracic surgery fellowship, Emory; and Barath Badrinathan, vascular surgery fellowship, Emory. Inset: Bryant McIver, locums tenens, plans to enter a vascular surgery fellowship.

2017-2018 Residency/Fellowship Transitions
Our new residents and fellows are coming from such institutions as the University of Miami, Georgetown University, University of Massachusetts, Emory, and many other academic centers. Meanwhile, the wide assortment of new affiliations our graduating trainees' are heading to include Leicester Royal Infirmary in the UK, Los Angeles Medical Center, University of Toronto, and once again, Emory.
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2017 Health Care Heroes Awards
The Atlanta Business Chronicle has selected Emory health sciences faculty and staff as winners or finalists in all seven categories in its annual Health Care Heroes Awards competition. The winners from the Department of Surgery were Robert Guyton, MD, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Subhadra Shashidharan, MD, who received the Rising Star Award. Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD, and Cheryl Hiddleson, MSN, RN, were finalists in the Innovation category.
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2017 Educator Appreciation Day

In recognition of Educator's Day, the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee celebrated those faculty who exemplify the outstanding educators of the Emory School of Medicine. Among the featured faculty selected by the committee from over 100 peer, colleague, and trainee nominations were Emory Surgery faculty members Bryan Morse, MD, Ankit Patel, MD, and Jahnavi Srinivasan, MD. Departmental nominees included Christopher Dente, MD, Robert Guyton, MD, Shishir Maithel, MD, and Barbara Pettitt, MD.

Quotes from the nomination materials:

Bryan Morse: "Dr. Morse has a unique way of educating/presenting information to students and residents. He uses metaphors that leave a memorable impression." "Dr. Morse is calm, collected and teaches through empowering residents." "Every encounter is a teaching moment with him."

Ankit Patel: "An outstanding clinical performer." "Always innovative and seeks opportunities for efficiency." "Works tirelessly to contribute to the education of all team members."

Jahnavi Srinivasan: "She is an educational force, solely responsible for numerous hands-on surgical activities for residents." "She doesn't talk the talk, she DOES it!" "Dedicated to resident education in both formal conference settings and one-on-one sessions. Never needs an audience to make a teaching moment out of a case."

William and Judy Wood Garner Christian Educator of the Year Award
Christian Medical & Dental Associations presents the Educator of the Year Award to Christian healthcare professionals who are exceptionally dedicated to healthcare education. Dr. Wood's most recent educational accomplishment has been his service since 2012 as academic dean of the 10 surgical residency programs in Africa sponsored by the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons. Judy Wood has continually offered encouragement and counsel to Dr. Wood, and has served as a high school English teacher and leader of women's Bible studies.
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Steven Roser Honored with the AAOMS Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons will present Steven Roser, DMD, MD, with the 2017 Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator at its 99th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Roser was selected for the award for his involvement in research, his active encouragement of faculty and resident participation in research, and his reputation as an outstanding clinician who exemplifies the highest ethical and moral ideals of the profession. AAOMS previously recognized Dr. Roser for his commitment to improving the quality of patients' lives with the 2011 Humanitarian Award.
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New Faculty: David Elwood, Mark Shapiro, Chadwick Stouffer

David Elwood, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of General and GI Surgery, and will primarily serve as an attending at the Acute and Critical Care Surgery Service of Emory University Hospital. After completing his undergraduate degree at Yale, Dr. Elwood served in the Peace Corps as a secondary school science teacher trainer in the Republic of Togo, West Africa. He received his MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in anatomic pathology. He went on to complete both his general surgery residency and his fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA. Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Elwood served for over ten years as a general, hepatobiliary, and acute care surgeon at Kennestone Regional Medical Center, also completing terms as vice chair and chair of the Department of Surgery.

Before joining Emory as the trauma medical director of Grady Health System, Mark Shapiro, MD, was chief of acute care surgery, associate director of trauma services, medical director of total parenteral nutrition services, chair of the transfusion committee, and director of the medical proficiency training of the Special Forces Medics at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to Duke, he was a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. Dr. Shapiro received his MD from Ross University School of Medicine, completed his general surgery residency at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, and fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Shapiro's research interests include identifying the best methods of training for both surgical residents and elite combat medics, with a specific focus on live tissue training vs. simulation. In addition, he is investigating surgical infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and outcomes in the traumatically injured and those undergoing emergency surgery.

Chadwick Stouffer, MD, earned his MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, completed his general surgery residency at Michigan State University, and did his fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Florida. He has held positions at East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group in Knoxville, the Savannah campus of Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Vascular and Cardiac Institute, and Savannah's Memorial Health University Medical Center, where he was co-medical director of the structural heart program. Dr. Stouffer's primary clinical location will be the cardiothoracic surgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital, which is directed by Brent Keeling, MD. In addition to assisting Dr. Keeling with further developing Grady's cardiac and thoracic surgery services, Dr. Stouffer will build a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) practice at the hospital. Dr. Stouffer is also a member of the structural heart and valve center at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Dr. Elwood's faculty profile


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Dr. Stouffer's faculty profile

Adekemi Egunsola's Research Recognized at SBAS Meeting
Emory PGY3 general surgery resident Adekemi Egunsola, MD, was the second place winner in the Dr. Claude H. Organ, Jr., Resident Research Award Competition of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) at its April 2017 meeting in Chicago. Her paper compared the use of inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) to aerosolized epoprostenol in managing refractory hypoxemia with inhalation injury.
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Craig McCready Places 2nd at Grady Research Day
Emory PGY4 general surgery resident Craig McCready, MD, achieved second place in the poster competition held at Resident Research Day at Grady Memorial Hospital on May 30th. The event was hosted by the Grady Health System and the Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine, and highlighted residents' and fellows' research involving patient safety and quality improvement projects based at Grady.
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Fellowship & MD/MSCR Enrollment Support Sujin Lee's Work in Shipra Arya's Lab
Emory third year medical student and aspiring vascular surgeon Sujin Lee has received a 2017 Society for Vascular Surgery Research Fellowship, which will contribute to supporting her 2017-2018 academic year of mentored research with Emory vascular surgeon Shipra Arya, MD. The SVS fellowship introduces students to the application of rigorous science to the problems and processes of vascular disease. Ms. Lee already has a strong working relationship with Dr. Arya, and presented a study conducted in Dr. Arya's lab at both the 16th Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium and the 12th Annual Academic Surgical Congress.
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Resident Matthew Perez Named Physician of the Year at Florida Hospital
Matthew Perez, MD, a PGY2 general surgery resident doing a two-year research fellowship in cutaneous oncology in the lab of Jonathan Zager, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, has received the 2017 Physician of the Year Award at the Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care in Land O' Lakes, FL. Dr. Perez is working night coverage at the facility, which is a 50-bed hospital designed to serve patients who have medically complex illnesses that require additional weeks of specialized hospital care. Dr. Perez was the first night coverage physician to receive the award in the hospital's history. "The award is definitely a testament to the training and teaching I've received at Emory," he says.

Duly Noted

Felmont Eaves, MD, has been appointed to a six-year term as a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Eaves served on the ABPS Cosmetic Advisory Council from 2006-2012 and as an ABPS oral examiner from 2013-2016.

Ravi Rajani, MD, was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. The selection was based on Dr. Rajani's outstanding teaching abilities, scholastic achievements, standards of patient care, compassion, integrity, capacity for leadership, and fairness in collaborating with students and colleagues.

John Sweeney, MD, and Vinod Thourani, MD, were inducted into the American Surgical Association. The ASA was founded in 1880 and is the nation's oldest and most prestigious surgical organization.

Dr. Thourani also received the inaugural Discovery Mentor Award on Emory Medical Student Research Day. The award is presented in recognition of exceptional dedication to mentoring research.

Recent Faculty Publications

"The impact of medical students on bilateral reduction mammoplasty procedure time." Liao A, Hart AML, LOSKEN A. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2017 Jul;79(1):3-5.

"Pediatric patient and caregiver preferences in the development of a mobile health application for management of surgical colorectal conditions." RAVAL MV, Taylor N, Piper K, Thakore M, Hoff K, Owens S, DURHAM MM. Journal of Medical Systems. 2017 Jul;41(7):105.

"Pilot study to integrate patient reported outcomes after lung cancer operations into the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database." KHULLAR OV, Rajaei MH, FORCE SD, Binongo JN, Lasanajak Y, Robertson S, PICKENS A, SANCHETI MS, Lipscomb J, GILLESPIE TW, FERNANDEZ FG. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017 Jul;104(1):245-253.

"Acute care nurse practitioners and physician assistants in critical care: Transforming education and practice." Grabenkort WR, Meissen HH, Gregg SR, COOPERSMITH CM. Critical Care Medicine. 2017 Jul;45(7):1111-1114.

"Promoting limb salvage through multi-disciplinary care of the diabetic patient." Salvo NL, WALSH MD, BREWSTER LP. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2017 Jul;19(7):55.

"Reconstruction options for pancreaticoduodenectomy in patients with prior Roux-en-Y gastric bypass." Shah MM, Martin BM, STETLER JL, PATEL AD, DAVIS SS, SARMIENTO JM, LIN E. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. 2017 Jun 13.

"Hospitalization among individuals waitlisted for kidney transplant." Newman KL, LYNCH RJ, ADAMS AB, Zhang R, Pastan SO, PATZER RE. Transplantation. 2017 Jun 6.

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