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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryNovember 1, 2019

Carla Haack honored as SOM Hidden Gem

The following quote is excerpted from Dr. John Sweeney's letter nominating Dr. Haack for Emory Medicine's Hidden Gem Award:

"Dr. Haack has consistently and graciously distinguished herself as the 'go to' general surgeon at Emory University Hospital. Her presence gives many physicians and staff at EUH the peace of mind that comes with knowing that she will provide patients with excellent surgical care and thoughtful and deliberate communication, and that she will have valuable input on the next steps for patients."

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ACGME selects Keith Delman for Courage to Teach Award
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has honored Keith Delman, MD, associate chair of faculty and clinical affairs and program director of the general surgery residency program, with the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. This award is given to those program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others.
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Important updates involving Emory IRB submissions and federal grant applications
During a presentation by the Emory University Office of Compliance for Emory School of Medicine research leaders on September 24, 2019, upgrades to the online mechanics of Emory's Institutional Review Board, and, more importantly, the status of federal government activities concerning foreign influence on research were described.
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Transplant referral disparities study & grant to examine pre-waitlisting variation
Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, director of the Emory Health Services Research Center, was senior author of a study that found that whether or not a kidney dialysis center is for-profit may influence the timeline for receiving a transplant. In addition, she and Stephan Pastan, MD, received an NIDDK R01 to examine the variation found in pre-waitlisting steps for kidney transplant.
Restrictive medical marijuana laws affect patient access
For a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, professor in the Emory departments of surgery and hematology and oncology; Vinita Singh, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology; and colleagues surveyed patients who were registered for medical marijuana and reported concerns over access to cannabis in states with restrictive laws.
Johanna Hinman appointed Director of Education and Global Surgery
The former associate director of education, Johanna Hinman, MPH, MCHES, has been promoted to director of education and global surgery for Emory Surgery. In this new role, Ms. Hinman will devote additional attention to the department's global health programs, including the training track of the surgical residency for surgery in underserved areas. She will also carry over ongoing management of the Office of Surgical Education.
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2019 Researcher Appreciation Day highlights outstanding Emory investigators
For Researcher Appreciation Day, the Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee honored Emory researchers that were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their groundbreaking research, development of new technologies, and continued pursuit of novel and innovative ideas. Emory Surgery faculty Shishir Maithel, MD, and Susan Safley, PhD, were included in the final listing.
Research Appreciation Day Website

Welcome our new faculty

Stephanie Busby, MD, completed her acute care surgery and surgical critical care fellowships at Emory University School of Medicine. Her primary clinical locations are the trauma/surgical critical care service at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Emory Critical Care Center at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, A. Alfred Chahine, MD, was associate professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at The George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and an attending surgeon at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC.

Anuj Mahajan, MD, completed his general surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center and his vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California. He was a vascular and endovascular surgeon at the North Atlanta Vascular Clinic and Vein Center before coming to Emory.

An Emory alumnus, Rohit Mittal, MD, is the director of burn outcomes research and director of the burn reconstruction program at the Burn Center of Grady Memorial Hospital. His clinical interests include pediatric burn care, burn reconstruction and its timing during a patient's course of treatment, and the use of lasers to improve morbidity of wound scarring.

As a heart and lung procurement surgeon, Gustavo Parrilla, MD, procures organs at non-Emory facilities across the state and region. He came to Emory from Hospital Universitario Favaloro, Buenos Aires, where he was deputy chief of the lung transplant division.

Jennifer Williams, MD, did her general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Upon completion of her colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she has joined the colon and rectal surgery service at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory Surgery residents win Surgical Jeopardy at ACS Clinical Congress 2019

Going up against 31 other two-person teams, Emory general surgery residents Brendan Lovasik, MD, and Raheel Jajja, MD (pictured above with Keith Delman, MD), secured the winning trophy at the annual Surgical Jeopardy competition held during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019. The event is sponsored by the Resident and Associate Society of the ACS, and was moderated by Mark W. Bowyer, MD. The final question of the contest asked for the names of the two brothers that were presidents of the ACS, who Drs. Jajja and Lovasik correctly identified as William and Charles Mayo. "It is fitting, given Emory's own role in surgical history, that our team brought the victory home on a surgical history question," says Jahnavi Srinivasan, MD, director of surgical simulation and elective programs for Emory Surgery.
Emma Rooney wins Robert Smith Resident Award
General surgery resident Emma Rooney, MD, received the Robert B. Smith, III, MD, Resident Award for her presentation, "Carotid Endarterectomy in Young Patients: A Population Based Study," at the 7th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Georgia Vascular Society. Her faculty mentor for the study was Guillermo Escobar, MD.
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Stuart Hurst is Co-Investigator of GTF Award to improve civilian tourniquet use
This study will evaluate the civilian tourniquet application encountered at Grady's Marcus Trauma Center and the trauma center at Mercer University. Surgical critical care fellow Stuart Hurst, MD, will work with Christopher Dente, MD, professor of surgery and PI for the Grady site.
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Martha-Conley Ingram receives NCATS funding for research and mentorship
Marth Conley-Ingram, PGY-4 resident on research sabbatical, has received support for a two-year project to be conducted under the guidance of former Emory faculty member Mehul Raval, MD, now an associate professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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Brendan Lovasik and Andrew Adams study selected as Highlight of IXA 2019
Research sabbatical resident Brendan Lovasik, MD, presented the notable study, which assessed the impact of B cell depletion on pig-to-rhesus-macaque xenograft survival, at the 2019 Annual Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association in Munich, Germany.
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Kenneth Cardona, MD, has been appointed associate chief of surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Cardona established a multidisciplinary GI tumor board conference at EUHM, initiated its interdepartmental sarcoma center, assisted in the establishment of its GI surgical oncology workgroup, is the clinical rotation director for the hospital's surgical oncology service, and developed clinical pathways for hepatopancreaticobiliary patients in collaboration with SICU and clinical nurse specialists.

Craig Coopersmith, MD, and Lily Yang, MD, PhD, were 2019 Inductees into the Emory Millipub Club, which honors and recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1,000 citations. Dr. Coopersmith's paper: "Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International guidelines for management of sepsis and septic shock: 2016." Dr. Yang's paper: "In vivo tumor targeting and spectroscopic detection with surface-enhanced Raman nanoparticle tags."

Seth Force, MD, Kamal A. Mansour Professor in Thoracic Surgery, will present "Surgical Approaches for Early-stage NSCLC" at the 13th annual Atlanta Lung Cancer Symposium on November 2, Loews Atlanta Hotel.

William D. Jordan, MD, chief of the Emory Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, was installed as president of the Georgia Vascular Society for 2019-2020 at the organization's 7th Annual Scientific Sessions in September.

Eric Knauer, MD, has been accepted into the Woodruff Health Educators Academy Teaching Fellowship, a 12-month program for health sciences educators who want to advance their teaching skills and offer quality instruction to their learners. The fellowship includes monthly two-hour skills development workshops and monthly online intersession discussion groups. All sessions are organized around three domains: Designing and Planning Learning, Teaching and Facilitating Learning, and Assessment of Learning. Upon completion, fellows will be awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and graduates will have the opportunity to teach workshops, as core faculty, to future fellowship cohorts.

Michael Lowe, MD, was named clinical director of Morningside Center for Innovative and Affordable Medicine, an interdisciplinary unit within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center which promotes research on scientifically promising, readily available, and cost-effective treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MeD, associate program director of the Emory Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, was elected assistant national secretary for the U.S. members of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The ISAPS is the world's leading professional body for board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons.

Ravi Rajani, MD, was named the John Hunter Distinguished Fellow in Vascular Surgery at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery. This distinction is awarded to vascular surgeons who have made sustained and substantial contributions in research, service, or education to the field. He was also recently recognized with the 2019 J. Richard Amerson Teaching Award from the Emory Department of Surgery.

The Health Services Research (HSR) Center is offering pilot grant funding/seed funding for Department of Surgery, health services research-related projects for a one year period, with potential for competitive renewal for a second year. More details here.

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