Department of Surgery

General Surgery Resident News

Resident Dr. Samer Tohme Participates in Efforts to Support Physician Scientists


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “Pitt School of Medicine to launch Physician-Scientist Incubator Program” describes a new award to the University of Pittsburgh to support and prepare physicians for laboratory research. Our resident Samer T. Tohme, MD helped with the grant application and speaks about the importance of the program in the article.


Award Winners, 2018 Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science/Department of Surgery Research Day


On May 2nd, 2018 we held our 16th Annual Research Day and Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science. Attendees were treated to an outstanding presentation, “Considerations on the Creative Process in Clinical Problem Solving” by this years’ Richard L. Simmons lecturer, Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Surgeon-in-Chief of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Participants delivered 10 exceptional oral presentations and 47 outstanding poster presentations. The following presenters were selected for special recognition:

Oral Presentation Award Winners

Award Winners from the 15th Annual Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science and Department of Surgery Research Day


Congratulations to our award recipients from the 15th Annual Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science and Department of Surgery Research Day on May 10, 2017:

Oral Presentation Award Winners

  • First Place: Jennifer L. Miller-Ocuin, MD, “Inhibition of Autophagy Improves Pathologic and Biomarker Response to Pre-Operative Gemcitabine/Nab-Paclitaxel in Potentially Resectable Pancreatic Cancer: A Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial”


Department Joins Association of Women Surgeons


We recently became an institutional member of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). AWS is one of the largest not-for-profit educational and professional organizations dedicated to enhancing the interaction and exchange of information between women surgeons, with members in 21 countries. This new relationship will allow us to support residents within our own environment through the AWS community, networking, education, and mentorship.