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Notable News from the Department of SurgeryOctober 1, 2020

Emory-produced COVID-19 Community & Healthcare Facility Checklists now available

A partnership of Emory residents and medical students in association with the leadership of the multidisciplinary Emory Global Perioperative Health Group has produced a thorough and extensive COVID-19 Community & Healthcare Facility Checklists manual. The electronic document is intended to serve as a needs assessment and organizational tool for low resource communities and healthcare facilities, and is available for free download.
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Randi Smith and colleagues receive Synergy Award
Synergy awards support collaborative projects among faculty throughout the Woodruff Health Sciences Center to catalyze innovation and discovery. For their study, co-principal investigators Randi Smith, MD, Dabney Evans, PhD, MPH, and Amy Zeidan, MD, will investigate the impact of the pandemic on the incidence, injury type, and severity of trauma encountered at Grady Memorial Hospital. The three team members share a special interest in intimate partner violence (IPV), and plan to dive deeper into the contextual factors that influence IPV during this time.
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Kenneth Cardona and Rachel Lee featured at international conference
Kenneth Cardona, MD, associate professor of surgery, and Rachel Lee, MD, MPH, third-year general surgery resident, were featured participants in the Surgical Oncology Society’s International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care. Dr. Cardona co-moderated the Sarcoma Virtual Forum and presented the Hot Topics in Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Surgery Summary. Dr. Lee presented research on novel risk scores to guide treatment decisions involving patients considered for cytoreductive surgery/heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy with liver resection.
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Steven Roser and Gary Bouloux's OMFS transitions

After leading the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for 16 years and growing and enhancing the program in the process, Steven Roser, DMD, MD (above, left), will transition to the role of program director of the OMFS residency, effective October 1, 2020. Gary Bouloux, DDS, MD, MDSc (right), will serve as interim chief of the division, and has been appointed to chief of OMFS at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
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2020 Researcher Appreciation Day highlights outstanding Emory investigators
For Researcher Appreciation Day, the Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee honored Emory researchers nominated by their peers and colleagues for groundbreaking research, development of new technologies, and continued pursuit of novel and innovative ideas. Emory Surgery health services researcher Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, and cancer immunotherapy investigator Chrystal Paulos, PhD, were included in the final listing.
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Abe Matar receives AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar Award
The Foundation of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) has recognized Emory general surgery resident Abe Matar, MD, with a 2020 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar Award. Dr. Matar recently completed a two-year transplant immunology fellowship under the mentorship of former faculty member Andrew Adams, MD, PhD, in which he focused on investigating mechanisms of transplant tolerance in pre-clinical models of kidney and liver transplantation.
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Welcome our new faculty

Elizabeth R. Benjamin, MD, PhD, is the new trauma medical director at Grady Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Emory, she was associate trauma medical director at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center, Keck School of Medicine.

J. Middleton Chang, MD, completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Emory in 2020. His clinical interests include endovascular and minimally invasive surgical techniques, aortic aneurysm and dissection, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral arterial disease

The clinical focus of Woodrow Farrington, II, MD, is adult cardiac surgery, particularly complex aortic disease and aortic aneurysms. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery and advanced cardiovascular/aortic aneurysm surgery fellowships at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College.

Paul Ghareeb, MD, completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Department of Orthopedics of UCLA. His clinical specialties are hand and wrist surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, microvascular surgery, and reconstructive plastic surgery.

The clinical practice of Emory alumnus Stuart Hurst, MD, is divided between being a trauma surgeon, emergency/elective general surgeon, and surgical critical care intensivist at Grady Memorial Hospital and working as a critical care surgeon within Emory's Critical Care Center.

The additional certification of M. Ashraf A. Khan, MD, RPVI, as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation complements his endovascular expertise and traditional open surgery skills with non-invasive vascular ultrasound, which assists in providing his patients with highly individualized treatment plans.

Deepika Koganti, MD, completed her acute care surgery/surgical critical care fellowship at Grady Memorial Hospital. She is now based at Grady as a trauma surgeon, emergency/elective general surgeon, and surgical critical care intensivist.

Takki Momin, MD, offers the latest techniques in both open and endovascular surgery. His clinical practice is located at Emory's Decatur, Hillandale, and Snellville facilities. He completed a vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital.

Lauren Postlewait, MD, is a specialist in breast cancer surgery and the treatment of breast disease. She received numerous honors for her research during the research sabbatical portion of her Emory residency, including 2015 and 2016 ASCO Merit Awards.

Joshua Rosenblum, MD, PhD, completed his general surgery residency, cardiothoracic surgery residency, and congenital cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Emory. He specializes in treating congenital heart disease in patients from their newborn years through adulthood.

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