Department of Surgery

Trauma Surgery News

Thirty-eight Department Surgeons Recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2020 “Best Doctors” List

Congratulations to Drs. Louis Alarcon, Kelly Austin, Timothy Billiar, Geoff Bond, Sally Carty, Rabih Chaer, Randall Draper, Barbara Gaines, Kevin Garrett, David Geller, George Gittes, Giselle Hamad, Matthew Holtzman, Christopher Hughes, Abhinav Humar, Ronald Johnson, Donald Keenan, Kenneth Lee, Steven Leers, Michel Makaroun, Marcus Malek, George Mazariegos, David Medich, Kevin Mollen, Andrew Peitzman, Joshua Rubin, Harry Sell, Rakesh Sindhi, Michael J.

Dr. Juan Puyana Wins Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award

Dr. Juan Puyana


Congratulations to  Juan C. Puyana, MD, who was selected to receive the Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This prestigious award is initiated by medical student recommendations and is presented to a Longitudinal Research Project mentor of a graduating Pitt medical student in recognition for outstanding mentoring over the course of the project.


Eight Staff Members to Receive 2019 UPMC ACES Award

Congratulations to Justin Barry; James P. Celebrezze Jr., MD, FACS, FASCRS; Rebecca D. Edmonds, MD; Raymond Eid, MD; Raquel M. Forsythe, MD; Jennifer M. Holder-Murray, MD, FACS; Christopher B. Hughes, MD, FACS; and Randle Lopez, who were selected as winners of UPMC’s Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES) for fiscal year 2019. ACES recipients are recognized for being outstanding UPMC team members who embody the health system’s core values, exhibit excellence in and dedication to their work, and go above and beyond to serve our patients and communities.

Drs. Anita Courcoulas and Matthew Rosengart Named Chairs in Surgery

Drs. Anita Courcoulas and Matthew Rosengart


Congratulations to Anita P. Courcoulas, MD, MPH, FACS, Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery, who was appointed Anthony M. Harrison, MD Chair in Surgery; and Matthew Randall Rosengart, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of Academic Training, who was appointed Watson Family Chair in Surgery. Both appointments in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine became effective December 1, 2019.

Dr. Andrew Peitzman Gives EAST Keynote Lecture

Dr. Andrew Peitzman


Andrew B. Peitzman, MD presented the Oriens Keynote Address at the 32nd Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Annual Scientific Assembly held January 15-19, 2019 in Austin, Texas. The lecture was published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and is posted on EAST’s website with permission from the journal.

Award Winners, 2019 Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science/Department of Surgery Research Day

Spectators looking at a scientific poster while the poster presenter explains her work.


On May 8th, 2019, we held our 17th Annual Research Day and Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science. Attendees enjoyed a phenomenal presentation from our guest lecturer, Dr. George Miller from the Department of Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine. His talk was entitled “New Approaches to Pancreatic Cancer Immunotherapy.”

Congratulations to the award winners selected from over 80 abstracts submitted for the scientific program. Each awardee will receive a certificate and a cash prize.

Oral Presentation Award Winners