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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryMay 25, 2018

Rachel Patzer named director of Emory Health Services Research Center

As the director of the newly inaugurated Health Services Research Center, a cooperative initiative of Emory's Departments of Medicine and Surgery, Rachel Patzer, PhD, will develop and enact a strategic plan for the advancement of health services research in the combined center, as well as nurture collaborative efforts in health services research across Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Grady Memorial Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

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Shishir Maithel appointed co-chair of ASCO Expert Panel
Shishir K. Maithel, MD, has been appointed co-chair of the Adjuvant Therapy for Biliary Tract Cancers Expert Panel of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. Expert Panels assist ASCO in developing clinical practice guidelines, provisional clinical opinions, and guideline endorsements, standards, and adaptations for specific conditions.
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Stephanie Drew first woman president of ACOMS
Stephanie J. Drew, DMD, has been elected the 26th president of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS), and is the first female to serve in the position. "Her vision for the College will strengthen and sustain its place in the training of current and future oral and maxillofacial surgeons," says R. Bryan Bell, DDS, MD, immediate past president of ACOMS.
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2018 SSO Young Investigator Award will fund Michael Lowe's study of new therapy to fight melanoma

Michael Lowe, MD, MA, is the 2018 recipient of the Society of Surgical Oncology's (SSO) Young Investigator Award, which will be applied to his study, "Evaluation of FcyRIIB as a Novel T cell Inhibitor in Cutaneous Melanoma." He was presented with the award by SSO Foundation President Monica Morrow, MD, at the 71st SSO Annual Cancer Symposium, held March 21-24 in Chicago.

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Bradley Leshnower and Wei Sun receive Georgia CTSA Pilot Grant
Bradley Leshnower, MD, and Wei Sun, PhD, were among the recipients of the Pilot Translational & Clinical Studies (PTCS) program awards named by the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance for their study, "Estimation of In Vivo Mechanical Properties of the Aortic Wall from Cardiac Images: A Pilot Study." The PTCS Program promotes new networks of multidisciplinary and inter-institutional research teams to re-engineer Atlanta's health sciences enterprise.
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I. Raul Badell awarded ASTS-Astellas Faculty Development Grant
Using an Astellas Faculty Development Grant of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Foundation, I. Raul Badell, MD, intends to explore the development of circulating T follicular helper (cTfh) cells, which assist in mediating antibody responses, as a biomarker to aid in the diagnosis and management of deleterious donor-specific antibodies (DSAs) in transplantation. Long-term, he hopes his work will optimize immunosuppressive strategies and define novel therapies to control DSA production.
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Emory cares for ICU patients remotely, turning 'night into day' from Australia

A partnership involving Emory Healthcare, Royal Perth Hospital in Australia, and health technology company Philips will move night intensive care work in the Emory eICU Center into daylight hours, focusing on the globalization of critical care medicine. The new project will allow Emory physicians and nurses to deliver care from the other side of the Earth by working in daylight hours in Australia to cover nighttime hours in Atlanta.

The vision to turn "night into day" was developed by Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD, founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center, and Cheryl Hiddleson, MSN, RN, director of the Emory eICU Center.

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Sheryl Gabram named Grady Healthcare Hero
Sheryl Gabram, MD, was honored with the Trailblazer Award by the Grady Health Foundation at the 2018 Eighth Annual White Coat Grady Gala at the Georgia Aquarium. In the event announcement, the Foundation stated: "Dr. Gabram is a passionate surgical leader committed to improving the lives of breast cancer patients at Grady Memorial Hospital, especially for those who would ordinarily not have access to high quality, multi-specialty care."
Dr. Gabram's Faculty Profile
Edward Chen presents Griepp Paper at AATS Aortic Symposium
In addition to serving on the program committee for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Aortic Symposium 2018, Edward P. Chen, MD, a national leader in aortic surgery, presented the event's Randall B. Griepp Honorary Paper. Dr. Griepp was the founding director of the Aortic Symposium, and the lecture distinguishes the best abstract submitted to the conference.
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Joseph John named Executive Administrator and Vice President of Surgical Services
Working closely with local department chairs and administrators, along with School of Medicine and Emory Clinic leadership, Joseph John will oversee administrative, operational, and clinical activities within the departments of surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and the Emory Transplant Center, as well as the surgical specialties of plastics, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, general surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery within the Department of Surgery.
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Global Health Fellowship will support Erica Ludi's work to improve trauma response in Bolivia
For the 2018-2019 academic year, surgery resident Erica Ludi, MD, will travel to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, as a global surgery fellow of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, and work to strengthen the trauma and emergency medical services system within the region. Primarily, Dr. Ludi intends to establish a single emergency phone number similar to 911 that will centralize existing triage and transfer services.
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Seyed Razavi appointed 2018-2019 Administrative Chief of the General Surgery Residency

As the new administrative chief of the general surgery residency for 2018-2019, Seyed "Amir" Razavi, MD, will be responsible for providing resident-level administrative support and advice to program director Keith Delman, MD, generating call and rotation schedules for the majority of the residency, and other tasks. Dr. Razavi received his MD at Tehran University of Medical Science. Among his special interests are plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical critical care, and quality improvement projects. During his residency, Dr. Razavi has engaged in a variety of research studies that have resulted in publications and presentations, including projects on abdominal wall reconstruction with mesh and components release, use of preoperative DVT chemophrophylaxis in surgical oncology patients, and quality improvement research to improve transfusion practices in the postoperative patient population.
Raheel Jajja wins AHPBA Research Fellowship grant
Raheel Jajja, MD, a general surgery resident on research sabbatical in the laboratory of Lily Yang, MD, PhD, director of Emory's Surgical Oncology Nanomedicine Research Lab, will apply the grant from Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association to evaluating the use of receptor-targeted imaging probes in detecting colon cancer liver metastases in preclinical models.
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Brendan Lovasik chosen for 2018 ASTS Resident Scientist Scholarship
General surgery resident Brendan Lovasik, MD, will use his American Society of Transplant Surgeons scholarship to support his research in the laboratory of Emory transplant surgeon-scientist Andrew Adams, MD, PhD. Dr. Lovasik will focus on examining strategies that could potentially make xenotransplantation a viable mode of kidney transplant in humans.
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium

Above, left to right: Nnaemeka Ndubisi (most outstanding clinical science oral presentation), William Wood (professor of surgery emeritus), Margot Hillyer (most outstanding clinical science poster), Nicole Turgeon (director of extramural studies, Emory Surgery), John Sweeney (chair of Emory Surgery), Sonia Laurie (most outstanding basic science oral presentation), Elizabeth Mittendorf (keynote speaker), David Mathews (most outstanding basic science poster), Craig Coopersmith (vice chair of research, Emory Surgery).

Symposium Final Report
Katherine Baxter earns Poster Award at 11th Emory Quality Conference
Katherine Baxter, MD, led the winning team in the Outstanding Use of Reliability Principles poster award category at the the 11th Emory Quality conference.
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Mohammad Zaidi wins Poster Award at SSO Meeting
Mohammad Zaidi, PhD, a research fellow being mentored by Shishir Maithel, MD, won the Best Clinical Poster Award at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium held in Chicago.
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John Skandalakis's legacy honored by Medical Student Teaching Competition

(pictured above) The 1st Annual John Skandalakis Surgical Anatomy Teaching Competition presenters, L to R: Jacob Schriner, Sarah Newman, Madeline Roorbach, Samuel Maidman, Zayan Mahmooth, Lindsey Urquia, Uday Betarbet, Annie Nguyen Farrell.
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Craig Coopersmith, MD, vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery, was a finalist with his Department of Medicine colleague Greg Martin, MD, MSc, in the Physician category of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2018 Health Care Heroes Awards competition. In 2016, Drs. Coopersmith and Martin were part of an international effort to redefine sepsis so more health care workers can quickly recognize the signs and rapidly administer life-saving treatments. The new definition has been endorsed by more than 30 medical societies from six continents, spanning disciplines from critical care and emergency medicine to infectious disease and family practice. 

Douglas Murphy, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, was featured in "The Robots are Here," an article about the rise of robotic surgery in the April 2018 issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

Dr. Murphy and Michael Halkos, MD, chief of the Emory Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, are leading a fellowship focused on the robotic procedures for mitral valve surgery and coronary artery bypass grafting sponsored by the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery (JATS) and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Foundation. Emory is one of five host sites in the U.S. participating in the JATS/AATS Foundation Fellowship, which was created to enhance young Japanese cardiothoracic surgeons' exposure to advanced medical therapy and integrated systems. Yosuke Takahashi, MD, PhD, a cardiovascular surgeon from Osaka City University Hospital in Japan, recently completed the three-month fellowship and has returned home, where he plans on establishing a robotic mitral valve program at Osaka City University Hospital.

In recognition of Doctors' Day, Shelly Abramowicz, Keith Delman, Ravi Rajani, Juan Sarmiento, Arvinpal Singh, and Jahnavi Srinivasan were among those selected by the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee as exemplars of the outstanding faculty of the Emory School of Medicine who go above and beyond.

Walter Ingram, MD, director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit, was included in the featured faculty for Educator's Day by the Recognitions Committee. One of the quotes from his peer nomination materials stated that "he has a distinct teaching style and encourages trainees to make a decision about management of patients with appropriate oversight."

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