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

Katherine Reitz, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-3)
Jinghua Ren
Visiting Scholar, Tsung Lab
Ward M. Richardson, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
congenital and acquired, benign and malignant, and open and minimally invasive pediatric surgery and trauma
Walter E. Rizzoni, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
814-877-5600
Interests
peripheral vascular surgery; carotid artery and aneurysm surgery; adult cardiac surgery; vein laser procedures
Shari Rogal, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-360-6177
Interests
improving waitlist and transplant outcomes
Matthew B. Rogers, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-9204
Interests
16S profiling; metagenomic sequencing; whole genome sequencing of bacteria, viruses and microbial eukaryotes; RNAseq of animals and microbial eukaryotes
Matthew Randall Rosengart, MD, MPH
Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
412-647-0597
Interests
inflammation during sepsis; critical illness; trauma system organization and infrastructure
David M. Rothstein, MD
Professor of Surgery, Medicine, and Immunology
412-648-7154
Interests
immune tolerance and immunoregulation in allograft and autoimmune settings; regulatory T cells; regulatory and effector B cells
Joshua T. Rubin, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-692-2862
Ulka Sachdev-Ost, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-802-3036
Interests
angiogenesis; innate immunity; lower extremity ischemia; platelet-leukocyte interactions
Karim Salem, MD
Vascular Surgery Resident, T32 Resident Trainee (Tzeng Lab)
412-648-0273
Javier Salgado, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
877-684-7189
Nicole Santerre
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Billiar Lab
412-547-5892
Indranil Sau, MBBS, MS, MRCS, FRCS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-7292
Interests
necrotizing enterocolitis; intestinal failure in children
Adrienne Scarpino
Administrative Manager
412-647-2992
Janet Schaefer, CRA
Financial Research Administrator for Chair and HPB Divisions
412-647-6013
Lukas Schimunek
Academic Health Sciences Research Fellow, Vodovotz Lab
Eva Schmelzer, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Surgery
412-383-6673
Interests
liver cell biology; stem cell biology; 3-D bioreactors; regenerative medicine; tissue engineering
Stefan Scholz, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-8447
Interests
robotics and sonography in pediatric surgery; minimally invasive pediatric and neonatal surgery; pediatric chest wall deformities; pediatric HPB surgery
Wolfgang H. Schraut, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-647-0311
Vaishali D. Schuchert, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
412-692-2850
Interests
education and mentorship in surgery and surgical critical care
Melanie J. Scott, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-5806
Interests
innate immune responses to trauma and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation
Harry W. Sell Jr., MD, FACS
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-281-2255
Interests
practice of general surgery; research, teaching, and development of surgical residents
Sophia Shafiei
Postdoctoral Associate, Scott Lab
412-647-6043
Khalid M. Shalaby, MD, PhD, FRCS, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-672-3422
Interests
teaching of nurses, medical students, residents; clinical and educational research
Richard A. Shapiro
Research Instructor
412-647-5288
Interests
gene expression and regulation of nitric oxide synthase in hepatocytes; gene expression and regulation of MD2, HMGB1, TOLR2, 4, 9
Diana A. Shellmer, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-8150
Interests
psychosocial functioning and outcomes in solid organ pediatric transplantation
Hongmei Shen, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Surgery
412-624-9998
Interests
normal and cancer tissue stem cells in hematopoietic and other organs; roles of stem cells in immnotolerance and organ transplantation; low cytometry-based multi-parameter analysis and pathway discovery
Richard A. Sheppeck, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
814-877-5600
Interests
in-vitro development of an endothelialized vascular graft; human angiogenesis and wound healing; minimally invasive surgical techniques
Li Shilai
Visiting Scholar, Billiar Lab
Gail L. Shoemaker
Administrative Coordinator, Chair's Office
412-647-1749
Richard L. Simmons, MD
Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery
412-647-0680
Interests
cytokine networks in inflammation
Rakesh Sindhi, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-692-7849
Interests
disease pathway and biomarker discovery for transplant rejection and end-stage disease; clinical outcome analysis
Michael J. Singh, MD, FACS, RPVI
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-802-3333
Interests
aortic dissection, aneurysms, and trauma; biomechanics of aortic endografting; vessel wall compliance mismatches; acute and chronic venous disease; outcome analysis; quality of life
Shaun Siow, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Cheryl K. Six, DO, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-232-7786
Patrice Smeltzer
Senior Manager, Revenue Cycle
412-258-1803
Robert Sobchak
Research Administrator (Pre-Award), MIS, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Transplant, HPB, and General Surgery
412-647-4418
Kyle A. Soltys, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-6110
Interests
I/R injury in fatty liver models; preservation injury; PTLD; hepatocyte transplantation; antibody-mediated rejection
Atilla Soran, MD, MPH, FACS
Clinical Professor of Surgery
412-641-4274
Interests
metastatic breast cancer surgery; lymphedema; optical biopsy for breast lesions; early breast cancer biomarkers; nomograms; prediction model for neo-adjuvant chemotherapy