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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryMarch 31, 2016

Emory Surgery Places in Top 10 for 2015 NIH Funding

According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, which publishes ranking tables online of annual NIH funding, the Emory Department of Surgery ranked 9th in NIH awards for all departments of surgery nationwide in 2015, based on a total of $8,938,514 million in awards (direct plus indirect costs are included, R & D contracts are not). This was an uptick in funding compared to 2014, when the department placed in the 12th position.
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SC2i Cited as Model of PMI at White House

During a recent White House meeting devoted to the progress of President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), Jonathan Woodson, MD, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, referred to the Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i) as an example of the potential promise of the research effort. Funded by the DoD's Defense Health Program, the SC2i is an investigative collaboration between the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Naval Medical Research Center, Duke School of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and DecisionQ. Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD (above left), and Christopher Dente, MD (right), are the partnership's Emory-based investigators.
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Redefinitions of Sepsis and Septic Shock Aim to Increase Early Detection
Sepsis is the primary cause of death from infection, the third leading cause of death overall in the U.S., and is considered the most expensive condition treated in the nation's hospitals, costing more than $20 billion in 2011. Its reported incidence is also on the rise. Craig Coopersmith, MD, was a member of an international task force of experts convened by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine to redefine the terms "sepsis" and "septic shock."
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Foad Nahai Named Jurkiewicz Chair
Endowed professorships and chairs give grateful and engaged donors an ongoing mechanism for supporting faculty whose career paths have impacted and will continue to advance patient care, trainee education, and medical research. Foad Nahai, MD, recently named the first Maurice J. Jurkiewicz Chair in Plastic Surgery, is Emory Surgery's most recent beneficiary of this type of largesse, and a natural choice for the chair's first holder. Dr. Jurkiewicz was Emory's first chief of plastic surgery from 1971-1993. For Dr. Nahai, he was both a mentor and a colleague.
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New Leadership and SSO Reapproval of the Breast Oncology Fellowship
The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) has renewed its approval of the Emory Breast Oncology Fellowship through 2019. The one-year Emory fellowship is one of only 40 training programs across the nation that meets the SSO's strict requirements and is thereby able to participate in the SSO match. The approval coincides with the installation of new program director and surgical oncologist and breast cancer specialist Cletus Arciero, MD, who plans to further expand the fellowship's emphasis on the multidisciplinary care of the breast cancer patient.
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Emory Surgery Faculty Included in Featured Doctors on Doctors' Day
In recognition of Doctors' Day on March 30th, the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee celebrated those physicians who exemplify Emory's outstanding faculty. Among the featured faculty selected by the committee from over 180 peer nominations were Emory Surgery members S. Scott Davis, Keith Delman, Carla Haack, Foad Nahai, Alan Pickens, Joe Sharma, and Toncred Styblo. Departmental nominees included Timothy Buchman, Thomas Dodson, John Galloway, Sheryl Gabram, Manu Sancheti, Arvinpal Singh, and Jahnavi Srinivasan. Congratulations to all for going above and beyond. View the online presentation at
New Faculty: Victoria Teodorescu, MD
Dr. Teodorescu joins us as an associate professor of surgery of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. Prior to Emory, she was on the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She held several leadership positions at the institution and collaborated with faculty plastic surgeons to develop innovative bypass techniques for patients with severely diseased distal vessels. For the past three years, she was a member of the Fistula First Catheter Last Workgroup Coalition, helping to create various tools for both dialysis patients and the professionals who care for them.
Dr. Teodorescu's Faculty Profile
New Staff: Tabitha Brown, MBA
As a new financial analyst in the Emory School of Medicine, Tabitha Brown is responsible for fiscally supporting the departments of surgery, urology, and otolaryngology. Ms. Brown comes to Emory after 17 years of service with the Dekalb County School District, beginning as an administrative assistant and then holding positions in human resources, payroll, and finance. She received her BS in Business Administration at Georgia State University, her MEd in counseling at Argosy University in Florida, and her MBA at Walden University in Minneapolis.
Residents Cecilia Ethun, Lauren Postlewait and Kim Ramonell Receive Travel Awards
General surgery research sabbatical residents Cecilia Ethun, MD (above left), Lauren Postlewait, MD (center), and Kimberly Ramonell, MD (right), all received travel grants in early 2016 to attend high profile society meetings. Their commitment to making the most of their sabbatical opportunities evinces qualities that will serve them well should they choose to pursue careers in academic surgery.
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Mehul Raval Mentees to Present at PAPS
Two Emory post-graduates under the research mentorship of Emory pediatric surgeon Mehul Raval, MD, MS (above left), will present abstracts at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS) in April. General surgery resident Heather Short, MD (center), and MPH student Mitali Thakore (right) of the Rollins School of Public Health, are contributing to components of Dr. Raval's quality, safety, and outcomes studies involving pediatric surgical care.
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April Emory Surgical Grand Rounds Schedule


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