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

John Griepentrog, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Rosengart Lab)
412-647-6015
Colleen Grove
Academic Manager
Jesse Guardado, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-5)
Zong Sheng Guo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-623-7711
Interests
biological therapy of cancer, including epigenetic therapy, oncolytic virus-mediated gene therapy, and immunotherapy
Eric S. Hager, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-623-8438
Interests
limb salvage; distal bypass; surgical education; dialysis access; varicose vein treatment; carotid disease; endovascular interventions
Shannon Haldeman
Research Technician, Neal Lab
412-962-2436
Daniel E. Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-647-0421
Interests
frailty in elective surgery; IRB efficiency and quality; theology and medicine
Giselle G. Hamad, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Professor of Surgery
412-641-2080
Interests
surgical education; surgical skill acquisition; laparoscopic simulation; video-based debriefing and feedback
Robert Handzel, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Darren Haskett, PhD
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Vorp Lab
412-648-0273
Christine M. Heiner
Scientific Writer
412-647-7353
Jon R. Henwood, DO, FACOS
Clinical Assistant Professor
724-983-8882
Katherine Hill, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Rosemary A. Hoffman, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Surgery
412-648-1931
Interests
intraepithelial lymphocytes and intestinal epithelial cells; mucosal immunity and dendritic cell function associated with aging; platelet function in hemorrhagic shock/trauma; leukocyte phenotype during hemorrhagic shock
Melissa E. Hogg, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
888-847-8836
Interests
minimally invasive surgical oncology with surgical education/clinical outcomes research
Matthew P. Holtzman, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-2852
Interests
melanoma; sarcoma; regional therapies; single incision and robotic treatments for GI malignancies
Guiying Hong
Research Specialist, Tzeng Lab
Gina Howell, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-0635
Interests
trauma and surgical critical care
Katherine Hrebinko, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-1)
Hai Huang, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-648-1474
Interests
ischemia-induced activation of inflammatory pathways; pathogenesis of organ injury following liver ischemia reperfusion
Lauren Huckaby, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Christopher B. Hughes, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-864-2601
Interests
transplantation in the HIV-positive population; clinical outcomes and infectious diseases in liver transplantation; organ donation and allocation policy; organ preservation
Beth Hughes
Department Accountant, Research Administration
412-647-0507
Ashley Hurey
Research Specialist, Billiar Lab
412-647-5696
George S. Hussey, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
Interests
development of extracellular matrix bioscaffolds as a tissue engineering platform for central nervous system tissue repair
Karen M. Janosko, RN, MSN, MBA
Administrator, Division of Vascular Surgery
Shuqing Jin
Visiting Scholar, Billiar Lab
Ronald R. Johnson, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-641-1400
Interests
management of benign and malignant conditions of the breast
Elizabeth Kahle
Research Specialist, Bauer Lab
412-647-5589
Christof Kaltenmeier, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
Marina V. Kameneva, PhD
Research Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering
412-624-5281
Interests
hemorheology; microhemodynamics; blood trauma in artificial organs; blood-soluble drag-reducing polymers/clinical applications
Udai S. Kammula, MD, FACS
Visiting Associate Professor
412-623-7712
Interests
cancer immunotherapy; adoptive T cell transfer; tumor infiltrating lymphocytes; gene therapy
Rui Kang, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-623-1218
Interests
RAGE, its ligands in cancer biology, and clinical approaches to targeting this pathway
Ved P. Kaushik, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-366-2979
Interests
treating and preventing colon and rectal cancer
Donald Keenan, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-641-4274
Interests
breast cancer risk assessment; management of breast cancer in the elderly
Sidrah Khan, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
Ajai Khanna, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, FRCS
Professor
412-692-7133
Interests
multivisceral, live donor liver, and pediatric transplantation; intestinal rehabilitation surgery; domino liver transplantation
Christine V. Kinnier, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-672-3422
Lauryn Kohut
Research Specialist, Billiar Lab
412-692-2436
Cyndi Kouvaras
Financial Research Administrator (Post-award), MIS, Surgical Oncology, Vascular, and Trauma
412-647-7648