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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryJune 6, 2019

Raymond Lynch takes first steps towards building national liver disease patient registry with CTSA grant

The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance has awarded Raymond Lynch, MD, a pilot grant to fund the formation of a Georgia-based liver disease patient registry culled from the liver transplant programs at Emory University and Piedmont hospitals, the only adult transplant programs in the state. Dr. Lynch hopes this effort will gradually develop into a multistate coalition with the means to create a nationally-representative atlas of liver disease burden and waitlist access of unprecedented range and detail, providing data that could better inform the creation of equitable liver allocation policies for all social and geographic groups.

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Steven Roser receives Distinguished Service Award from IAOMS
The International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has given Steven M. Roser, DMD, MD, its most esteemed award for providing services above and beyond what is ordinarily expected in a focused area of the society's initiatives.
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Emory Clinic Vascular Surgery wins 3 Star SVS-VQI Award
The 3 Star Certificate represents the highest level of recognition for active participants in the Vascular Quality Initiative and its mission to increase the quality, safety, and effectiveness of vascular health care while lowering costs.
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Robert Guyton and Omar Lattouf recognized with SOM Alumni Awards

Emory cardiothoracic surgeons Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD, and Robert Guyton, MD (pictured above with Vikas Sukhatme, MD, ScD, dean of Emory School of Medicine), were included in the honors at the 2019 Emory Medical Alumni Awards Presentation held on April 25 at the Flourish in Buckhead. Dr. Guyton was presented with the Arnall Patz Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Lattouf with the Award of Honor.

The Patz Achievement Award is given to Emory alumni who display extraordinary leadership and accomplishment in the field of medicine at the national or international level, and the Award of Honor is conferred upon a medical alumna/alumnus who has demonstrated distinguished service to the Medical Alumni Association, the Emory School of Medicine and Emory University at large, and to the medical profession.

Rachel Patzer is Co-PI of Synergy II/Nexus Award to expand Emory's Implementation Science
Co-PIs Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, Matthew Freeman, MPH, PhD, Lisa Thompson, RN, FHN-BC, MS, PhD, Eri Saikawa, MPA, PhD, and co-investigators from across Emory will work together with the ultimate goal of making Emory an international leader in both discovery and the implementation of discovery for the betterment of all realms of global health practice. It is hoped that the project's scope will influence a move from silo-based approaches to multi-sectoral, mixed-methods research.
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Steven Roser receives SOM Nexus Award for Global Health Working Group
Steven Roser, DMD, MD, will apply the I³ Nexus Award to launching activities of the Emory Global Perioperative Health Working Group, which plans to create Emory's first coordinated, comprehensive, and organized effort to address gaps in perioperative care and emergency services in low and middle income countries (LMICs), with an emphasis on training, education, and research. The photo above was taken during Dr. Roser's trip to Haiti in the first wave of medical responders following the country's devastating 2010 earthquake.
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Emory Surgery's top providers in Q2 of 2019

The announcement by Emory Healthcare's Patient Experience team of the Top Providers for the second quarter of FY2019, according to Press Ganey patient survey scores, included the following Emory Surgery faculty: Felix Fernandez, Robert Guyton, Michael Halkos (CT Surgery), Glenn Balch (Colorectal Surgery), Edward Lin, Neil Saunders, Joe Sharma (General and GI Surgery), Stephanie Drew (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery), Felmont Eaves III, Gabriele Miotto (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery), Cletus Arciero, David Kooby, Shishir Maithel (Surgical Oncology), Olamide Alabi, Michael Clark (Vascular Surgery).

New Faculty: Paul J. Chai, MD
Dr. Chai, an expert in complex neonatal surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, is chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's Pediatric Institute, and co-chief of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center. He comes to Emory and CHOA at Egleston from the Department of Surgery at Columbia University, where he directed the pediatric heart transplantation service and the mechanical assist device program, and was associate program director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency. He also directed congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery at the David Komansky Center for Children's Health of Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Chai's Faculty Profile
New Faculty: Mani A. Daneshmand, MD
Dr. Daneshmand is director of Emory Heart & Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, and director of the Emory ECMO Program. With Dr. Daneshmand's arrival, the services of Emory's heart and lung transplant, mechanical circulatory, and ECMO programs have been consolidated into one comprehensive service, improving care coordination for patients and their families. Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Daneshmand was surgical director of lung and heart-lung transplantation and surgical director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Daneshmand's Faculty Profile

Spotlighted Educators: Dina Amin and Joshua Winer

In recognition of Educator's Day, the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee celebrated those faculty who exemplify the SOM's outstanding educators. Among the featured faculty selected by the committee from over 100 peer, colleague, and trainee nominations were Emory Surgery faculty members Dina Amin, DDS, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and Joshua Winer, MD, surgical oncologist.

Quotes from the nomination materials for Dr. Amin:

"She is not afraid to challenge the way that things have historically been done in our training program. She brings a fresh energy to her teaching and passion to residents. She inspires us all to continue to keep moving forward."

"Breaks down hierarchical barriers and really connects with the residents, especially the interns."

"Provides excellent teaching in a very busy clinic at Grady."

For Dr. Winer:

"Josh is an intrinsic part of our medical student education program. For several years, he has served every term as a mentor for a group of 4-to-6 third year students rotating through the surgery clerkship. Mentors are asked to meet with their groups at least 4 times during the 8 week clerkship: Josh meets with his students twice a week, helps them prepare for oral exams, listens to case presentations, and is generally a fantastic mentor for all things surgical to these uninitiated students."

"Josh is kind to our clerkship coordinators and does an outstanding job with the students. He is also a favorite attending on the wards and in the OR."

Raj Thaker promoted to Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis
Raj Thaker, who joined Emory Surgical Services as a senior financial analyst in March 2017, has been appointed Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for Surgical Services. In this role, he will serve as a key liaison between Emory Clinic Finance, School of Medicine Finance, Emory Clinic Patient Finance Services, and Emory Medical Care Foundation to represent the department’s finances in our clinical, research, and education missions. Mr. Thaker will oversee Surgical Services finance staff members, including our Emory Clinic and Emory University Surgical Services team, with indirect oversight of other team members that have financial roles on Emory affiliate budgets and roles over special projects tracking (leadership packages and start up packages).
Shelley Browning appointed new Data Analyst III
As Emory Surgery's new Data Analyst III, Shelley Browning is assuming the position previously held by Sebastian Perez. She will partner with Joe Sharma, MD, in the facilitation and oversight of the department’s quality and process improvement projects, data analytics, and NSQIP data management. Ms. Browning has an MS in software engineering from Regis University and a BS in business management from Baker University. Her prior positions included being a human resource information systems analyst for Homestar Financial Corporation, a data manager consultant for Bluegrass Technology LLC, a data analyst and business intelligence developer for Intermountain Healthcare, and a senior software systems engineer for Great-West Financial.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium

The 18th Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium was held on April 25, 2019, in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium, and showcased the basic and clinical science research of the Emory Department of Surgery's students, residents, and fellows. Cash awards were given for best oral presentations and posters in both clinical science and basic science categories.

Above, left to right: Michael Yaffe (keynote speaker), Nicole Turgeon (representative, Emory Surgery Research Advisory Committee), Jason Schwarz (most outstanding clinical science oral presentation), William Wood (professor of surgery emeritus), Brendan Lovasik (most outstanding basic science oral presentation), John Sweeney (chair of Emory Surgery), Mohammad Zaidi (most outstanding clinical science poster), Craig Coopersmith (vice chair of research, Emory Surgery), Anna Morris (most outstanding basic science poster).

Symposium Final Report
NIH TL1 Award will fund Michael Turgeon's thesis project
His TL1 Award will allow Michael Turgeon, MD, general surgery resident and Katz Foundation Clinical Research Fellow, to investigate the elusive immunologic mechanisms which mediate tumor dormancy and reemergence in metastatic colorectal cancer for his MSCR thesis at Laney Graduate School. Shishir Maithel, MD, and Gregory Lesinski, PhD, will mentor the project.
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Rachel Lee presents revised view of recurrence testing in the elderly
PGY-2 general surgery resident Rachel Lee, MD, gave a plenary presentation at the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons that hypothesized that elderly women might comprise an ultra-low risk group in whom recurrence score testing of early-stage, hormone-positive breast cancers might be omitted.
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Taylor Melanson to use CTSA Grant to define delay patterns in early steps to transplant
Post-doctoral research fellow Taylor Melanson, PhD, who is working with Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, specializes in using health services research methodologies to uncover the reasons for inequities in transplant access, with the final objective of improving healthcare delivery for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients throughout the lengthy process leading to kidney transplantation. For this CTSA study, he will drill down to examine the conditions that exist prior to ESRD patients getting on the waitlist.
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General surgery residents elected to Alpha Omega Alpha
The Emory University medical student chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha has acknowledged the contributions of chief resident Priya Rajdev, MD, PGY-4 Paul Bennett Brock, MD, and PGY-3 Raheel Jajja, MD, to their education by electing them to membership in the AOA. The criteria for an approved nomination to the AOA includes, but is not limited to, scholastic achievement, demonstrated professionalism, leadership capabilities, adherence to ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, achievement in medicine and/or research, and a record of service to school and community.

Virginia Shaffer, MD, has been selected to represent the Association for Academic Surgery at the Argentinian Surgical Society Meeting to be held in Buenos Aires, October 12-17, 2019. As the AAS representative, Dr. Shaffer has been asked to speak at both a Fundamentals of Surgical Research session and during the main meeting. Dr. Shaffer has been an AAS member since 2012, and served on its Outcomes Research Committee from 2015-2018, co-chaired its Membership Committee from 2018-2019, and sat on its Executive Council from 2018-2019. In 2016, she co-chaired the Clinical and Health Services Research Session of the AAS 27th Annual Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course.

Recently, WABE 90.1 FM broadcast a story on robotic heart surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital that featured Douglas Murphy, MD, who has done over 3,000 robotic heart surgeries, more than any other cardiac surgeon in the world. Listen to the story and/or read the transcript.

Edward Lin, DO, and Juan Sarmiento, MD, have been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, the official publication of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. The journal functions as an outstanding forum for continuing education in surgery and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and is considered the primary journal in this discipline.

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