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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryOctober 6, 2016

Joining Forces: The New Division of Colorectal Surgery

With clinical locations at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, the new Emory Division of Colorectal Surgery will merge the talents of its core general and GI surgeons and surgical oncologists with highly experienced teams of medical and radiation oncologists, oncology nurses, and other oncology providers. Pictured above are division surgeons Patrick Sullivan, Seth Rosen, Virginia Shaffer, and division chief Glen Balch.
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Coulter Foundation Funds MitraPlug
MitraPlug, a new transcatheter mitral valve repair device, has received funding from the Emory/Georgia Tech Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program. The technology was invented by Muralidhar Padala, PhD, principal investigator of the Structural Heart Research and Innovation Program at Emory.
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Mandy Ford Receives Renewal of R01
Mandy Ford, PhD, scientific director of the Emory Transplant Center, recently received her first R01 renewal from the NIH as principal investigator. The grant will allow further investigation of a new pathway she and her team discovered that may have the potential to control memory T cell responses in transplantation.
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No Hitches: Emory's First Telemedicine Visit

Scott Davis, MD, associate professor of surgery, has conducted the first telemedicine post-operative examination to be done in the Emory Healthcare system, launching what is projected to become a regular fixture in Emory's clinical routine. The visit was the culmination of several months of planning and prep led by Meagan Moyer, MPH, a member of EHC's Patient Access Optimization Team, in the effort to develop telemedicine as an alternate means of patient access to Emory providers.
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FDA Approves SAPIEN 3 Valve for Patients at Intermediate-Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of the SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, a non-surgical treatment option for patients with failing aortic valves, to include patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate-risk for death or complications associated with open-heart surgery. "The SAPIEN 3 valve has set a new standard for performance and patient outcomes with aortic valve replacement," says CT surgeon-scientist Vinod Thourani, MD.
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Lily Yang Co-PI on Grant to Develop New Breast Tumor Removal System
Emory's Lily Yang, MD, PhD, and Huabei Jiang, PhD, of the University of Florida, have received a multiple PI R01 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the NIH. The grant will fund their four-year project to develop and test a multimodal imaging system and targeted nanoprobes for image-guided treatment of breast cancer. The study is a response to chemotherapy being largely ineffective for over 60% of patients with triple negative breast cancer.
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Tom Pearson Emory-Pi of Study of FDA-Approved Drug in HIV Positive Patients Receiving Kidney Transplants

Thomas Pearson, MD, professor of surgery and executive director of the Emory Transplant Center, is principal investigator of the Emory site in a multi-center, prospective, double-blind phase II study of the impact of CCR5 blockade in HIV-infected adults receiving a kidney transplant. This $1.6 million research study for all 10 sites combined is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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Shipra Arya GEMSSTAR Grant and PDP Takes Closer Look at Frail Patients
Emory vascular surgeon Shipra Arya, MD, received funding from the National institute of Aging's Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) to study failure to rescue in frail surgical patients. GEMSSTAR primarily backs projects by early stage clinician-scientists that are preparing for managing the medical needs of a rising population of older Americans with complex medical problems.
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Shelly Abramowicz and Justine Moe Receive 1st Place Poster Award at AAOMS Meeting
Emory oral and maxillofacial surgeon Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH, and senior oral and maxillofacial resident Justine Moe, DDS, MD, were among the first place poster winners at the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Their study contributed new data to the understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and optimal management of nontuberculous mycobacterial lymphadenitis of the head and neck in children.
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Robert Smith Named 1st Recipient of GVS Lifetime Achievement Award

In choosing Robert B. Smith, III, MD, Professor of Vascular Surgery Emeritus, to be the first recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, the Georgia Vascular Society (GVS) honored a physician who began his surgical training before the emergence of vascular surgery as a specialty, and went on to combine administrative roles with clinical duties throughout a notable, Emory-based career that spanned almost four decades. Dr. Smith is pictured above with various former trainees that are now surgeons.
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Felix Fernandez Appointed to PCORI Advisory Panel
Emory cardiothoracic surgeon Felix Fernandez, MD, has been appointed to the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). An independent, non-profit organization, PCORI is authorized by Congress to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.
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Emory Apps Now Available on Mobile App Catalog
The Emory Mobile App Catalog allows Emory to distribute and maintain its own mobility infrastructure without using a public marketplace. Neither Apple nor Google marketplaces are intended to support internal mobile app distribution for apps used only within an organization. Applications in those marketplaces are available to the general public, so Emory has created its own mobile infrastructure. The catalog is licensed for all Emory University and Emory Healthcare staff, faculty, and students.
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New Faculty

Glen Balch, MD, MBA
Dr. Balch is associate professor of surgery and chief of the new Division of Colorectal Surgery. Before joining Emory, he was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he directed the surgical oncology program as well as Parkland Memorial Hospital's Surgical Oncology Clinic. His specialties include surgical robotics and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), an innovative cancer treatment that delivers highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen, which allows for higher doses of chemotherapy than systemic chemotherapy delivery.
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Jaime Benarroch-Gampel, MD, MS
Dr. Benarroch-Gampel is assistant professor of surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. He received his MD degree from La Universidad del Zulia School of Medicine, Venezuela. He did his general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, where he also received an MS in health services. Dr. Benarroch-Gampel completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His primary clinical site is Grady Memorial Hospital.
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Jeffrey Javidfar, MD
Dr. Javidfar is the assistant surgical director of lung transplantation at Emory University Hospital. He received his MD and graduated with honors from Stony Brook Medical School. His general surgery residency and cardiothoracic transplant procurement fellowship were completed at Columbia University Medical Center. His cardiothoracic surgery fellowship was completed at Duke University Medical Center with a special focus on lung transplantation and ECMO.
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Onkar Khullar, MD
Dr. Khullar joins us as an assistant professor of surgery after completing his Emory cardiothoracic surgery fellowship. Throughout his training years, Dr. Khullar was interested in improving results and survival in thoracic oncology. His clinical specialties include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, robotic thoracic surgery, and lung and esophageal cancer treatment. His research interests are in thoracic quality and outcome improvements.
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William Kitchens, MD, PhD
For his research sabbatical, Dr. Kitchens pursued a PhD in transplant immunology at Emory under the guidance of Mandy Ford, PhD, and Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil. He finished his surgical training at MGH, then completed a clinical fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at Emory. Throughout his training, Dr. Kitchen received a variety of awards, including three consecutive Young Investigator Awards from the American Transplant Congress.
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Denise Lo, MD
Dr. Lo joins our faculty after completing her multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at Emory. Prior to that, she did a research fellowship in the Emory Transplant Center immunology lab of former faculty member Alan Kirk, MD, PhD. She received her MD degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and completed her general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She specializes in liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, and translational research in transplant immunology.
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Michael Lowe, MD, MA
Dr. Lowe received his MD and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He served as administrative chief resident during the final year of his general surgery residency at Emory. He joined the Emory faculty after completing a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lowe received several awards during his training years, including the Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in 2011 and 2012.
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Snehal Patel, MD, MS
After receiving his MD degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Patel completed his general surgery residency at Emory. He joined our faculty after completing an endocrine surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on defining the role of molecular markers in thyroid cancer patients and in the preoperative detection of thyroid cancer. His clinical specialties include malignancies of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland.
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