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

Stacy J. Kowalsky, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)
Shreyus Kulkarni, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Fadi G. Lakkis, MD
Scientific Director, Starzl Transplantation Institute, UPMC
412-383-5774
Interests
allorecognition in the innate immune system; biology of memory T cells in organ transplantation; characterization of monocyte and T cell subsets in healthy human subjects and renal transplant recipients
Ashley Lamparello
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Billiar Lab
412-647-5892
Yong J. Lee, PhD
Professor of Surgery
412-623-3268
Interests
colorectal cancer; TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand; chemotherapeutic agents; hyperthermia; NK cells
Christine M. Leeper, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)
Steven A. Leers, MD, RVT
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-623-1108
Interests
limb salvage surgery; dialysis access surgery
Anthony J. Lewis, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)
412-647-5587
Shimena Li, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-1)
Xiaoni Li
Visiting Scholar, Wang Lab
412-692-2436
Wenbo Li
Visiting Scholar
YueHua Li
Research Specialist, Fan Lab
412-688-6634
Hong Liao
Research Specialist, Billiar Lab
412-647-5589
Xinghua Liao
Research Specialist, Tsung Lab
412-624-4297
Eva Lin, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-648-2281
Interests
liver inflammation and immunity
Zuqiang Liu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-648-8990
Interests
oncolytic virus-based cancer immunotherapy and combination cancer therapy
Hao Liu, MD, PhD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-1)
Yingjie Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neal Lab
412-692-2408
Roberto Solis Lopez, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-383-7228
Interests
bio-artificial liver technology; living donor liver transplantation; organ procurement
Patricia A. Loughran, PhD
Research Instructor
412-958-1326
Interests
protein subcellular localization and protein binding partners in models of inflammation, infection, and hypoxia
Laura Lowry
Project Manager, Physician Contracting
412-647-0886
Kevin Loya, MBA
Research Administrator (Pre-Award), Chair, Pediatric Surgery, Trauma, and Vascular Divisions
412-647-0861
Jason A. Luciano, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Amelia Lucisano, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-3)
Jing Luo
Visiting Scholar, Geller Lab
Camilla Macedo Both, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-624-6494
Interests
novel approaches to control viral immunity in solid organ transplant recipients; post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease; innate immunity and cross-reactivity to allo-immunity; phenotype and function of dendritic cells following mTOR inhibition
Michael Madigan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-802-3333
Interests
endovascular aortic repair; wound healing; carotid artery disease
Marcus M. Malek, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
pediatric oncology; surgery for pediatric solid tumors; advanced minimally invasive surgery; pediatric colorectal disease; gastroesophageal reflux disease; chest wall deformities
Nicole Martik
Research Specialist, Tsung Lab
412-648-1474
George V. Mazariegos, MD
Jamie Lee Curtis Chair in Transplantation Surgery
412-692-6110
Interests
pediatric intestinal failure; hepatocyte transplantation; pediatric liver transplantation; immunosuppression; bio-artificial liver device; sorbent suspension dialysis in advanced hepatic encephalopathy
Carolyn Mazzella
Financial Administrator (Post-award), LITES
412-647-3148
Priscilla F. McAuliffe, MD, PhD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-641-4274
Kelly L. McCoy, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-647-0467
Interests
diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands; inherited endocrinopathies
Dylan McCreary
Research Specialist, McEnaney Lab
412-648-0273
Ryan M. McEnaney, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-864-0985
Interests
purinergic signaling in arterial function and disease; arteriogenesis and vascular biology; arterial hemodynamics; vascular calcification
John A. McKeating, MD, FACS
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery, UPMC Mercy
412-281-2255
Carol Meiers
Research Specialist, Billiar Lab
412-647-5696
Diana M. Metes, MD
Professor of Surgery and Immunology
412-648-3291
Interests
immune responses to EBV; memory T cell response and DC immunobiology in solid organ transplantation
Maryam Mohammed, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-1)
Deepika Mohan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-2986
Interests
how doctors think