Department of Surgery

Award Winners: 22nd Richard L Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science and Department of Surgery Research Day

On April 24, 2024 we held our 22nd Annual Research Day and Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science. The event was a great success highlighted by a remarkable and inspiring talk by our guest lecturer Dr. Jn Jen Yeh from the University of North Carolina. 

The following presenters were selected for special recognition:

Best Oral Presentation:

Alexander Kreger, MD: Chemical pancreatectomy increases b-cell volume and islet vasculature 

Runners up:

Renee Anderko, PhD: Pancreatic cancer organoids recapitulate chemotherapy response and identify potent T cell subsets

Anna Ramos, MD: Mitophagic Flux Is Elevated in the Intestinal Epithelium of Mice Subjected to Chemical Colitis and Amenable to Therapeutic Targeting         

Honorable Mentions:

Tony Haykal, MD: Surgery-induced Neutrophil Extracellular Traps reprogram cancer cell metabolism leading to tumor progression.

Andrew Sayce, MD: A Quantitative Transcriptomic Scoring System scUPR Identifies a Time-Dependent PERK-to-IRE1α Shift in the Unfolded Protein Response Associated with Proliferation of Myeloid Cells in Trauma Patients

Poster Winners:

Marissa Jaroninksi, MD: “No pain, No problems”: barriers and facilitators to follow-up after endovascular aortic repair (EVAR)

Erin Feeney, MD:  Microfluidic analysis of post-traumatic platelet function in Children

Xuejing Sun, MD:  Gasdermin D drives the systemic storm and mortality after trauma with hemorrhage to a greater degree in biological females than males

Asmita Chopra, MD: Robotic Versus Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Surgical Outcomes and Cost Analysis.

Congratulations to all the winners!