Department of Surgery

People

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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

Vice Chairs

David L. Bartlett, MD
Vice Chair, 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 of Research
412-623-6790
Interests
DAMPs and their receptors, specifically focusing on HMGB1 and RAGE
Andrew B. Peitzman, MD
Executive Vice-Chair
412-647-0635
Interests
study of hemorrhagic shock and trauma and the response to injury
Allan Tsung, MD
Vice Chair of Research
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
412-641-6729
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
Herbert J. Zeh III, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
412-692-2852
Interests
role of DAMPs/RAGE in pancreatic cancer
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

All People

Othman Abdul-Malak, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-3)
Derek Afflu, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
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
Jurgis Alvikas, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-3)
Ali Mubin Aral
Visiting Scholar, Vodovotz Lab
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
Derek Barclay
Research Specialist, Vodovotz Lab
Karen Barry
Operations Manager & Administrative Assistant to Judith Procopio
412-647-4643
Phyllis Baska
Physician Educator
412-647-2508
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
Sara E. Berkey, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)
Jillian Bonaroti, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-1)
Geoff J. Bond, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatric Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
pediatric intestinal failure; adult and pediatric transplantation; short bowel syndrome
Patrick Bou-Samra
Visiting Scholar, Tsung Lab
412-648-9913
Yvonne Brewster, MPM, CRA
Director, Research Administration and Finance
412-647-9278
Sean Broderick
Research Specialist, Billiar Lab
Joshua B. Brown, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-5)
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
Research 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
Linsong Chen
Visiting Scholar, Fan Lab
Mohammad Haroon Asif Choudry, MBBS, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-2852
Cody Clarke
Associate Project Manager
412-802-6820
Maria Cohen, MD
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Vodovotz Lab
Theresa Cole, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-664-2850
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
Xiao Cui
Visiting Scholar, Geller Lab
412-624-0185
Xiangdong Cui
Research Specialist, Sachdev Lab
Kellie E. Cunningham, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)