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

Anthony Cyr, MD, PhD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab), T32 Resident Trainee (Zuckerbraun Lab)
Esmaeel Dadashzadeh, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4- Lab)
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
Andrew-Paul Deeb, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
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
Kathy DiGiacomo
Administrative Assistant, Billiar Lab
412-647-5609
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
Darla Donatelli
Operations Manager, Division of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
412-692-2074
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
Mitchell R. Dyer, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Zuckerbraun Lab)
412-692-2408
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
Fayten El-Dehaibi
Graduate Student, Vodovotz Lab
Garth A. Elias, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-232-7786
Mohammad H. Eslami, MD, FACS, FACC
Visiting Professor of Surgery
412-802-3333
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
Larry Fish, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
Interests
appropriate use and interpretation of statistical findings
Paulo A. Fontes, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-647-7344
Interests
cell transplantation; clinical research; immunological tolerance; liver research
Raquel M. Forsythe, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
412-647-3065
Ira J. Fox, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-692-6693
Interests
cell transplantation; clinical research; liver research; xenotransplantation
Barbara A. Gaines, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-692-8288
Interests
pediatric and adolescent trauma; pancreatitis and traumatic brain injury; pediatric abdominal sonogram
James Gallagher, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Andrea Gambotto, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-383-6151
Interests
vaccines and vaccine development; cancer immunotherapy; ChTCR genetic engineering of T-Cells
Nupur N. Gangopadhyay, DVM, MS, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-952-7485
Interests
diabetes; antiviral immunity; gene therapy; allogeneic stem cell transplantation
Armando Ganoza, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-5800
Interests
intestinal failure; pediatric liver transplantation; kidney, pancreas, and intestinal transplantation in adults and children; autologous islet-cell transplantation for children with acute recurrent or chronic pancreatitis
Wentao Gao, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-6087
Interests
autophagy; cell death; inflammatory signaling; cancer immunotherapy; vaccine development
Kevin O. Garrett, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor of Surgery
412-367-5010
Interests
resident and student education in general surgery and robotic techniques
Jörg C. Gerlach, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering
412-383-7150
Interests
regenerative medicine
Catherine Go, MD
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Tzeng Lab
Julie Goswami, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)
412-648-1474