Department of Surgery

Resident Awards

Our general surgery residents gain valuable experience presenting at international, national, and regional conferences and have won many distinguished awards. Some of our most recent highlights include:

Joshua B. Brown, MD

  • 2nd Place, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Resident Research Award, 2016
  • Poster Award, University of Pittsburgh Department of Surgery Research Day, 2016
  • 1st Place Paper in Clinical Science, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, Region III Committee on Trauma, 2015, 2012, 2011
  • 1st Place Paper in Clinical Science, ACS Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, Pennsylvania State Committee on Trauma, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Michael Zinner Health Services Research Fellowship, Surgical Outcomes Club, 2015
  • Outstanding Grant Proposal Award, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Oriens Award, 2015
  • AAST Inaugural Resident Research Award, 2014
  • 2nd Place Paper in Clinical Science, ACS Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, Region III Committee on Trauma, 2013
  • 2nd Place, Earl G. Young Resident Paper Competition, Western Trauma Association 42nd Annual Meeting, Vail CO, 2012
  • Best Manuscript Award, EAST 25th Annual Scientific Assembly, Orlando FL, 2012

Kellie E. Cunningham, MD

  • Rangos Research Day Most Outstanding Oral Presentation, 2016
  • Simmons Research Day Award, 2015
  • NIH LRP Two Year Award, 2014 

Stephanie M. Downs-Canner, MD          

  • Best Poster, Simmons Research Day, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015
  • Charles C. Moore Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2014
  • Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching / "Little Apple" Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2013
  • Induction into Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2013

Mitchell R. Dyer, MD    

  • First Place Oral Presentation, 14th Annual Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science, 2016
  • Excellence in Research Award in Basic Science/Trauma, Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum, ACS Clinical Congress, 2016

Julie Goswami, MD

  • Metored Research Award from Society for Aurgery of the Alimentary Tract (SAAS), 2016
  • Highest scoring abstract at SAAS, 2016
  • AASLD Meeting and Emerging Liver Scholars Award, 2016

Robert Handzel, MD

  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation Jonas Salk Fellowship, 2016

Katherine Kirk, MD

  •  The Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Surgical Education Fellowship, 2016

Anthony J. Lewis, MD                   

  • Surgical Infection Society Basic/Translational Research Training Fellowship, 2014

Kerry-Ann C. McDonald, MD

  • ​T32 NIH Training Grant Fellow, Training in Trauma and Sepsis Research, 2012-2014

Katherine Reitz, MD      

  • General Surgery Resident Vascular Annual Meeting Travel Scholarship, 2016
  • General Surgery Resident Winner, Vascular Annual Meeting Surgical Skills Competition, 2016

Shahab A. Shaffiey, MD               

  • Sheik Zayed Pediatric Surgical Innovation Award, 2014

Vernissia Tam, MD         

  • Looking to the Future Resident Scholarship, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2016
  • $50,000 SAGES grant to compare functional recovery following robotic vs. open pancreas surgery, 2016

Samer T. Tohme, MD    

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Research Award, 2015

Dirk J. van der Windt, MD, PhD

  • Charles C. Moore Teaching Award, 2016