William C. Wood Research Symposium

2021 Symposium

Dr. Sandra Wong

Dr. Sandra Wong

The 19th Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium showcased the basic and clinical science research of the Emory Department of Surgery's students, residents, and fellows, and was held virtually on Thursday, April 1, 2021, 7:00 – 11:30 AM.

The keynote address, "Beyond Geography – Rural Surgery Disparities," was presented by Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, who is the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery and Chair, Department of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth; and Professor, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The oral and poster sessions began after the lecture. Cash awards were given for the best presentations and posters in both clinical science and basic/translational science categories, and the winners were:

  • Best Basic/Translational Poster: Carson Hoffmann, MD, general surgery resident, "Impact of current smoking on mesenchymal stem cell expansion."

  • Best Clinical Poster: Alexandra Reitz, MD, general surgery resident, "Medicaid expansion associated with improved nonmetastatic colon cancer survival among patients in the national cancer database."

  • Best Clinical Presentation: Anthony Meena, MD, vascular surgery resident, "Venous thromboembolism occurrence in COVID-19 is associated with increased mortality." First Runner-up: William Qu, MD, cardiothoracic surgery resident, "Gender differences in failure-to-rescue after coronary artery bypass grafting."

  • Best Basic/Translational Presentation: Brendan Lovasik, MD, general surgery resident, "Transient CD4+ T cell and CD20+ B cell depletion leads to prolonged pig-to-primate kidney xenograft survival." First Runner-up: David Swift, MD, general surgery resident, "CD103 is a novel mediator of mortality in a murine model of sepsis."

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William Wood: Renaissance Surgeon

Dr. William C. Wood

Dr. William Wood

The symposium is named in honor of William Wood, MD, former Chair of the Emory Department of Surgery from 1991-2009. Dr. Wood guided the department to becoming one of the nation's leading institutions for surgical research and innovation.

When Dr. Wood came to Emory from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as both Medical Director of the Cancer Center and Chief of Surgical Oncology, the department had no NIH grants. By the time he stepped down from the chair's office, however, Emory Surgery had begun regularly placing in the upper ranks of academic departments of surgery receiving NIH funding.

Dr. Wood is also known for his outstanding contributions to cancer therapy—most specifically breast cancer treatment—and the design and meta-analysis of conceptually driven clinical trials.