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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryNovember 7, 2018

Luke Brewster Receives NIH R01 to Study Pathways That Cause PAD

"As patients with cardiovascular problems continue to live longer, we will see an uptick in peripheral arterial disease, or PAD," says Emory vascular surgeon-researcher Luke Brewster, MD, PhD. PAD is a condition characterized by stiffened arteries that can double cardiovascular mortality and lead to amputation. "However, we are getting closer to uncovering the unique molecular signatures that predispose the arteries of patients with PAD to lose elasticity and have restricted blood flow."

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Faculty Recognitions Week
The week of October 8, 2018, was Faculty Recognitions Week in the Emory University School of Medicine. The 5th Annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence Ceremony and Reception was held on October 11, and honored over 300 faculty for accomplishments and excellence in patient care, research, and education. Emory Surgery's honorees included Patrick Sullivan, MD, who was named a Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA) Fellow for 2019; Omar Lattouf, MD, recognized as a Hidden Gem; and Craig Coopersmith, MD, Robert Guyton, MD, Michael Halkos, MD, and William Wood, MD, who were inducted into the MilliPub Club for publishing papers that garnered more than 1,000 citations.
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Thanks to our Platinum Providers
Emory Healthcare's Patient Experience team has announced the Emory Physician Group Practice Platinum Providers for FY18, who received "Rate Your Provider" patient satisfaction results that placed within the top 10 percent nationwide, for their respective specialty, as well as a minimum of 60 returned Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction surveys.

Emory Surgery's Platinum Providers were Jeffrey Miller, Douglas Murphy (CT Surgery), John Galloway, Snehal Patel, Neil Saunders, Joe Sharma (General and GI Surgery), Grant Carlson, Felmont Eaves, Foad Nahai (Plastic Surgery), Maria Russell (Surgical Oncology), and Michael Clark (Vascular Surgery).


Welcome Our New Faculty

April Grant, MD, works at Grady Memorial Hospital as a trauma surgeon, emergency/elective general surgeon, and surgical critical care intensivist. She received her MD degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and completed her general surgery residency at the Greenville Health System University Medical Center. Her surgical critical care and trauma surgery fellowships were done at Jackson Health System and Ryder Trauma Center, University of Miami Health System.

Elizabeth Hechenbleikner, MD, spends most of her clinical time at Emory University Hospital Midtown, where she focuses on acute care surgery and bariatric surgery. During her general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital, she assisted in the development and implementation of an auditing tool to evaluate adherence to surgical time-out and debriefing processes in the operating room across surgical specialties.

When Eric Knauer, MD, did his minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine, Emory Surgery chair John Sweeney, MD, was Baylor's chief of minimally invasive surgery and Dr. Knauer's primary mentor. Prior to Emory, Dr. Knauer was at Wellstar Cobb Hospital, and served as vice chair and chair of the Department of Surgery, as well as medical staff president of the hospital. He has also been a preceptor for Emory nurse practitioner and physician assistant students.

William Knaus, MD, specializes in hand and reconstructive plastic surgery and is primarily based at Grady Memorial Hospital. During his hand and upper extremity fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he was an assistant in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Knaus' articles have been published in a number of leading journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Federico Serrot, MD, joined Emory Surgery after finishing his minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida. His primary responsibilities include training general surgery residents as well as minimally invasive surgery fellows, performing general and foregut surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and performing bariatric surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Mihir Shah, MD, specializes in complex laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of cancer of the liver, pancreas, biliary tree, stomach, esophagus, small bowel and retroperitoneum including adrenals and sarcomas, and is interested in outcomes research and clinical trials in hepatopancreatobiliary and foregut cancers. His training included an endosurgery fellowship at Emory, and a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Keith Delman Admitted into Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
Keith Delman, MD, was among the 91 esteemed inductees from seven countries that composed the inaugural class of the new American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, which recognizes surgeon leaders who have devoted their careers to surgical education. Inductees are selected as members or associate members following stringent peer review.
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Sharon Muret-Wagstaff Appointed Director of ExCEL
Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, is the new director of the Emory School of Medicine's Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL). Her advocacy of simulation-based education and direct participation in this training discipline is extensive and diverse. "I am eager to talk with faculty about innovative ways that simulation can support their educational goals, research questions, and clinical challenges," she says.
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Shelly Abramowicz and Steven Goudy Receive Oseto Grant
A grant from the Osteo Science Foundation will support a study by Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH, and Steven Goudy, MD, that will examine the mechanism that stimulates bone building cells. They hope to determine if inducing this process can be used to treat congenital deformations of the jaw caused by bone mass defects, such as maxillary hypoplasia and cleft palate.
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Video: Cletus Arciero and Patient Discuss Male Breast Cancer
Fox 5 Atlanta recently spoke with Winship Cancer Institute patient Eric Dunlap, who was treated for breast cancer 18 years ago, and surgical oncologist Cletus Arciero, MD, about incidence and risk factors for male breast cancer. Dr. Arciero says that about one-to-two percent of his breast cancer patients are male, and men are less likely to recognize warning signs.
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Theresa Gillespie Participates in Forum on Global Cancer at Emory

Theresa Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, joined fellow Winship Cancer Institute investigators Robert Bednarczyk, PhD, and Lisa Flowers, MD, as well as Jennifer Goedken, MD, of Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics, for the Global Health Forum: Global Cancer at Emory, co-sponsored by the Emory Global Health Institute and The Office for Global Strategy and Initiatives. Dr. Gillespie gave an overview of her international cancer research projects, and discussed the difficulty of conducting effective global cancer research without reliable cancer registries, particularly in low and middle income countries, and the continuing need for productive collaboration between researchers, groups, and institutions to maximize results.

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Seth Force and David Kooby Hold Live Web Broadcast on Esophageal Cancer
Emory surgical oncologists Seth Force, MD, and David Kooby, MD, discussed esophageal cancer and took questions from viewers on a Facebook Live broadcast from Emory University Hospital.
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Doug Murphy Featured on FOX 5 Medical Segment Performing Life Saving Robotic Surgery
Douglas Murphy, MD, performed life-saving robotic surgery on a patient at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital to remove a three-inch long heart tumor attached to the wall separating the upper chambers of the patient's heart.
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Ken Cardona Named ECOG-ACRIN Sarcoma Working Group Chair
Kenneth Cardona, MD, has been named the inaugural chair of the newly-initiated Sarcoma Working Group of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN). ECOG-ACRIN is a multidisciplinary, membership-based scientific organization that designs and conducts biomarker-driven cancer research. Dr. Cardona's clinical activities have included establishing a multidisciplinary sarcoma center at EUH Midtown. His research efforts focus on translational and clinical investigations revolving around the study of soft tissue sarcomas, and he is the principal investigator of the United States Sarcoma Collaborative.
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New Staff: Simone Hanson
Simone Hanson is the Department of Surgery's new IT technician. She has extensive desktop support experience across a variety of environments, including a 2004-2007 position as a help desk analyst for Emory Healthcare—one of her responsibilities was assisting in the rollout of the EHC Virtual Desktop in the Citrix environment. Prior to returning to Emory, she spent eight years as a support tech and analyst for Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation's premier transportation companies. She has also worked for IBM, AT&T Mobility, and Primerica Financial Services. Simone received her BS in technical management at Devry University, and an MBA at the Keller School of Management.
WCW Research Symposium Abstract Call
The 18th Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium, from 7:00-11:00 a.m., and will showcase the basic and clinical science research of Emory Surgery's students, residents, and fellows. Participation in the symposium is open to all Emory Surgery trainees, particularly those in a dedicated laboratory rotation. Abstracts must be submitted online through Goggle Docs by the deadline of 11:59 p.m., EDT, December 14, 2018.
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Richard Meena Receives GVS Robert B. Smith Resident Award
The Georgia Vascular Foundation has presented Richard A. Meena, MD, an Emory integrated vascular surgery resident, with the Robert B. Smith, III, MD, Resident Award for his research of surveillance recommendations following thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) based on initial indication for repair. He is pictured above with Guillermo Escobar, MD, program director of the Emory vascular surgery fellowship and residency (left), and William Jordan, MD, chief of Emory Vascular Surgery (right).
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Study Team Finds That Blocking CD122 Might Improve Kidney Transplant Outcomes
A team out of the transplant immunology lab of Andrew Adams, MD, PhD, published a study in Journal of Clinical Investigation that investigated methods of controlling the immune cells that can evade belatacept, a T cell costimulation blocker, and cause acute rejection after kidney transplant. MD/PhD candidate Dave Mathews was first author, and Dr. Adams was senior author.
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Crystal Koerner Wins Best Resident Abstract Award at ACS-Georgia Chapter Annual Meeting
PGY-4 resident Crystal Koerner, MD, won the General Surgery Resident Abstract Competition at the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons' Annual Meeting. Her study focused on assessing the association of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery protocols (ERAS) with the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery.
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