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

Jason L. Sperry, MD, MPH
Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
412-692-2850
Interests
trauma; sex-based outcome differences; coagulopathy; hemorrhage control
Abhishek K. Srivastava, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-623-1004
Interests
immunotherapy; tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes; T cell metabolism; T cell co-stimulation; gene therapy
Jennifer A. Steel, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Psychiatry, and Psychology
Interests
collaborative care interventions to manage cancer-related symptoms and improve quality of life for cancer patients
Jennifer G. Steiman, MD
Assistant Professor
412-641-4274
Interests
radioactive seed localized breast surgery; breast cancer treatment in ages > 70; secondary arm lymphedema; surgical education research
Sladjana Stratimirovic
Research Specialist, Zuckerbraun Lab
412-647-5696
Lisa A. Streb, RN
Administrator, Divisions of General and Trauma Surgery
412-647-0962
Mindi A. Styn, PhD
Research Associate Professor
412-383-8884
Interests
research administration; clinical research
Hong Sui
Visiting Scholar, Chen Lab
Vernissia Tam, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Lab)
Henkie P. Tan, MD, PhD, FACS, FAST
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-4552
Interests
clinical research; human immunology; immunological tolerance
Manuj Tandon, PhD
Research Instructor
412-692-8449
Daolin Tang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-623-7789
Interests
regulation, function, and role of DAMPs in cancer and inflammation
Cindy Teng, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
Amit D. Tevar, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-647-5734
Interests
role of B cells in the progression of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis liver disease
Angus W. Thomson, PhD, DSc
Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Immunology
412-624-1116
Interests
roles of dendritic cells and T cells in immune regulation and the promotion of transplant tolerance
Sandra Thornburg
Administrative Assistant, General Surgery Residency Program
412-647-1355
Bryan W. Tillman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-802-3333
Interests
aneurysm repair; novel stents to improve donor organ recovery and to control traumatic hemorrhage
Samer T. Tohme, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-5)
Crisanto M. Torres, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4)
Lillian Tran, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
Neill J. Turner, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-624-5272
Interests
role of decellularized extracellular matrix in limb and muscle regeneration
Hēth Turnquist, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Immunology
412-624-6695
Interests
cytokine and regulatory cell networks in transplantation
Edith Tzeng, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-802-3025
Interests
angiogenesis; vascular injury; wound healing; aortic aneurysm formation; post-stenting restenosis
Dirk J. van der Windt, MD, PhD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-4 - Tsung Lab)
412-624-4861
Patrick R. Varley, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-5)
Murugesan Velayutham, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-647-7555
Interests
protection of heart and vascular systems against ischemia-reperfusion injuries
Yoram Vodovotz, PhD
Professor of Surgery, Immunology, Bioengineering, Computational Biology, Clinical and Translational Science, and Communication Science and Disorders
412-648-3758
Interests
biology of acute inflammation in shock states; chronic inflammatory diseases; wound healing; malaria; restenosis
David A. Vorp, PhD
Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute
412-624-5319
Interests
mechanics of vascular disease; tissue-engineered blood vessels; stem cells
Mary Walker
Administrative Research Coordinator
412-647-0846
Paul K. Waltz, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-5)
Peiqi Wan
Visiting Scholar, Geller Lab
412-624-0185
Qingde Wang, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-864-0978
Interests
the function of ADAR1 in surgical pathology
Heather Waring
Staff, Tsung Lab
Travis Watson, RN, BSN, MBA
Administrator, Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery
412-864-2297
Gregory A. Watson, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery & Critical Care Medicine
412-647-3065
Interests
medical education; combat surgery; prolonged field care
Andrew R. Watson, MD, M Litt, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
877-684-7189
Interests
telemedicine and telehealth
Sean P. Whelan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-782-2400
Interests
general surgery outcomes; global surgery
Martin N. Wijkstrom, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-5738
Interests
clinical translation of xenotransplantation
Debra Williams
Research Administrator, Billiar Lab
412-647-5597
Tanner Wilson, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)