Department of Surgery

People

Timothy R. Billiar, MD
George Vance Foster Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
412-647-1749
Interests
mechanisms involved in acute cellular and organ injury in inflammatory states such as shock, trauma, and sepsis
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Vice Chairs

David L. Bartlett, MD
Vice Chair for Surgical Oncology Services
412-692-2852
Interests
tumor selective oncolytic vaccinia viruses; immunotherapy; regional cancer therapies; HIPEC; peritoneal surface malignancies; translational research; peritoneal mesothelioma; therapeutic cancer vaccines
Jennifer M. Holder-Murray, MD, FACS
Vice Chair for Quality Integration
877-684-7189
Interests
optimizing perioperative care; microbiome; colorectal diseases
Kenneth K. W. Lee, MD
Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education
412-647-0457
Interests
severe acute pancreatitis; metastases in pancreatic cancer; metastatic disease in colon cancer; minimally invasive pancreatic surgery; surgical skills training and assessment
Michael T. Lotze, MD
Vice Chair for Research (Faculty)
412-623-6790
Interests
DAMPs and their receptors, specifically focusing on HMGB1 and RAGE
Andrew B. Peitzman, MD
Executive Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair for Clinical Services
412-647-0635
Interests
study of hemorrhagic shock and trauma and the response to injury
Allan Tsung, MD
Vice Chair for Research (Students and Residents)
412-692-2001
Interests
innate immune activation in ischemic liver injury; tumor microenvironment in metastatic liver cancer; HCC signaling pathways in development and progression; liver cancer therapy
Mark A. Wilson, MD, PhD
Chief of Surgery and Medical Director, Surgical Service, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
866-482-7488
Interests

Division Chiefs

Sally E. Carty, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Endocrine Surgery
412-647-0467
Interests
minimally invasive parathyroid and thyroid surgery; multiple endocrine neoplasia Syndromes; immunohistochemical, allelic, and molecular predictors of endocrine malignancy
Anita P. Courcoulas, MD, MPH, FACS
Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive & Metabolic Surgery
412-641-3678
Interests
metabolic surgery to treat type 2 diabetes; long-term health outcomes of bariatric surgery; evaluation of new surgical technology and devices
Emilia J. Diego, MD
Section Chief, Breast Surgery
412-641-4274
Interests
breast cancer in young women; high risk breast lesions
David A. Geller, MD
Chief, Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
412-692-2001
Interests
transcriptional regulation of the human iNOS gene; molecular mechanisms of liver injury; liver transplant ischemia/reperfusion injury; gene therapy for liver cancer; HCC signaling pathways; liver cancer therapy
George K. Gittes, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
412-692-7291
Interests
Smad regulation of pancreatic islet formation
Abhinav Humar, MD
Chief, Division of Abdominal Transplantation Surgery
412-692-4553
Interests
partial liver transplants and hepatic regeneration; kidney, liver and pancreas transplant outcomes; CMV disease in transplantation
Michel S. Makaroun, MD
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
412-802-3034
Interests
endovascular aneurysm repair and dissection; biomechanical predictors of aneurysm rupture; carotid artery stenting
David S. Medich, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
412-647-1705
Interests
management of patients with rectal carcinoma utilizing multidiscipline care, novel minimally invasive surgery, and rectal preservation
William R. Wagner, PhD
Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Interests
medical device biocompatibility and design; cardiovascular tissue engineering; targeted vascular imaging
Mark A. Wilson, MD, PhD
Chief of Surgery and Medical Director, Surgical Service, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
866-482-7488
Interests
Linwah Yip, MD
Chief, Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery
412-647-0467
Interests
role of molecular markers in thyroid cancer patients
Brian S. Zuckerbraun, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of General/Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
412-692-2850
Interests
acute inflammatory response in the liver and vasculature following injury from trauma/hemorrhagic shock, sepsis, or direct vascular injury
Amer H. Zureikat, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
412-692-2852
Interests

Faculty

Bestoun H. Ahmed, MD, FACS, FRCS, FICS, FICMS
Associate Professor
412-641-3632
Interests
laparoscopic and robotic revisional bariatric surgery; surgical management of complicated colonic diverticulitis; laparoscopic management of perforated peptic and anastomotic ulcers
Georges Elie Al-Khoury, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-802-3036
Interests
aortic pathology; carotid disease; mesenteric ischemia; PAD and emergency vascular surgery
Louis H. Alarcon, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
412-647-1158
Interests
coagulopathy of trauma; blunt solid organ injuries; resuscitation of trauma patients; nutritional support of critically-ill patients; surgical infection prevention & treatment
Chethan S. Ashokkumar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-9194
Kelly Ann Miller Austin, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-7282
Interests
Hirschsprung's disease; Hirschsprung's enterocolitis; pediatric intestinal diseases; ischemia/reperfusion
Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, MSc
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-802-3036
Interests
carotid artery disease; critical limb ischemia; venous disease and pulmonary embolism interventions
Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-624-5253
Interests
regenerative medicine; biomaterials
Eileen Bauer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-864-0778
Interests
role of the innate immune system in pulmonary vascular disease
Graciela Bauzá, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
412-647-0421
Interests
chest wall reconstruction after trauma; necrotizing soft tissue infections; student and resident education and simulation
Geoff J. Bond, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatric Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
pediatric intestinal failure; adult and pediatric transplantation; short bowel syndrome
Marc Edward Brozovich, MD, FASCRS, FACS
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-367-5010
Thomas V. Cacciarelli, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-360-6155
Interests
infectious complications in liver transplantation; hepatocellular carcinoma; access to liver transplantation in the VA population
Geoffrey Camirand, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-383-8616
Interests
regulatory CD4+ T cell function within allografts; secondary lymphoid tissues in regulatory CD4+ T cell homeostasis; inflammation and the expansion of regulatory CD4+ T cells in transplantation
James P. Celebrezze Jr., MD, FACS, FASCRS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
877-684-7189
Interests
colon & rectal cancer; minimally invasive therapy; surgical management of diverticulitis and IBD
Rabih A. Chaer, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-802-3025
Interests
venous disease; aortic aneurysm
Mohammad Haroon Asif Choudry, MBBS, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-2852
Theresa Cole, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-664-2850
Interests
open surgical and endovascular aneurysm treatment; interventions for carotid disease; peripheral vascular disease
Alain C. Corcos, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-232-7786
Marc E. Cordero, MD, MMS, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-672-3422
Interests
advanced wound care; laparoscopy
Gina M. Coudriet, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-9186
Interests
diabetes; inflammation; growth factor signaling
Ruy J. Cruz Jr., MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-647-0320
Interests
medical management of intestinal failure; short gut syndrome; autologous gastrointestinal reconstruction; intestinal and multivisceral transplantation
Hehua Dai, MD
Research Instructor
412-648-1491
Interests
improving long-term survival of grafted organs; understand immunological mechanisms underlying graft rejection
Luis De la Torre, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
colitis and fecal incontinence related to Hirschsprung's disease; surgical treatment for Hirschsprung's disease
Arthur J. DeMarsico, DO, FACOS, RPVI
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
(814) 889-2328
Interests
aneurysms, carotid dissection, atherectomies, deep vein thrombosis, acute limb ischemia, lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, endovascular approaches to aortic pathology and peripheral vascular disease
Meihong Deng, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-864-0958
Interests
assessing innate immune responses and the mechanisms that lead to immune dysregulation following sepsis injury
Ashokkumar Dilly, PhD
Research Instructor
412-623-0306
Interests
targeting mucinous tumorigenic pathways in PDX models of mucinous colorectal cancer
Qing Ding, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-383-6960
Interests
investigating the roles of regulatory and pro-inflammatory B cells in transplantation and autoimmune diseases
Randall Richard Draper, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-367-5110
Qiang Du, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-624-6702
Interests
innate immunity; liver research; iNOS/NO; Wnt signaling and cancer
Jenna L. Dziki, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-624-5252
Interests
development of extracellular matrix-based biomaterials for musculoskeletal reconstruction and evaluation of the host response to biomaterials for tissue engineering applications
Antonio D’Amore, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-624-5307
Interests
coupling a mechanistic understanding of the relationship between scaffolds micro-structure, mechanics, and endogenous tissue growth with the development of novel biomaterials for tissue engineering strategies
Rebecca D. Edmonds, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-782-2400
Raymond Eid, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-802-3333
Interests
open surgical and endovascular treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access
Garth A. Elias, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-232-7786
Mohammad H. Eslami, MD, FACS, FACC
Professor of Surgery
412-802-3333
Interests
open surgical and endovascular treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access
Farzad Esni, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-8038
Interests
pancreatic development and regeneration; Smad regulation of pancreatic islet formation
Christopher J. Esper, DO, FACOS
Clinical Assistant Professor
724-983-8882
Interests
management of aortic aneurysm & carotid and peripheral artery disease; dialysis access; minimally invasive surgery; resident education
Steven Evans, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-681-4989
Interests
breast cancer: current treatments and protocols
Mohamed B. Ezzelarab, MB, CHB
Research Associate Professor of Surgery
412-383-5933
Interests
tolerogenic cell therapy in allo- and xeno-transplantation
Jie Fan, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
412-360-6204
Interests
acute lung injury; inflammatory signaling; innate immune cell interaction; cell death; cell priming; hemorrhagic shock; trauma