Department of Surgery

People

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
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Vice Chairs

Emilia J. Diego, MD
Vice-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion & Section Chief, Breast Surgery
412-641-4274
Interests
breast cancer in young women; high risk breast lesions
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
Andrew B. Peitzman, MD
Executive Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair for Clinical Services
412-647-0635
Interests
study of hemorrhagic shock and trauma and the response to injury
Matthew Randall Rosengart, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Academic Training
412-647-0597
Interests
inflammation during sepsis; critical illness; trauma system organization and infrastructure
Melanie J. Scott, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Research
412-647-5806
Interests
innate immune responses to trauma and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation
Brian S. Zuckerbraun, MD, FACS
Associate Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Services & Chief, Division of General Surgery
412-692-2850
Interests
acute inflammatory response in the liver and vasculature following injury from trauma/hemorrhagic shock, sepsis, or direct vascular injury
Amer H. Zureikat, MD, FACS
Vice Chair for Surgical Oncology Services & Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
412-692-2852
Interests
design and implementation of quality metrics, protocols, and curriculum for robotic surgery that can improve cancer care and outcomes.

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 Bariatric and General 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
Vice-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion & Section Chief, Breast Surgery
412-641-4274
Interests
breast cancer in young women; high risk breast lesions
David A. Geller, MD
Chief, Division of Hepatobiliary 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
Kelly L. McCoy, MD, FACS
VP of Surgery, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
412-647-0467
Interests
diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands; inherited endocrinopathies
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
Harry W. Sell Jr., MD, FACS
Chief, Division of General Surgery, UPMC Mercy
412-281-2255
Interests
practice of general surgery; research, teaching, and development of surgical residents
Jason L. Sperry, MD, MPH
Section Chief, Trauma Surgery
412-692-2850
Interests
trauma; sex-based outcome differences; coagulopathy; hemorrhage control
William R. Wagner, PhD
Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Interests
medical device biocompatibility and design; cardiovascular tissue engineering; targeted vascular imaging
Linwah Yip, MD
Chief, Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery
412-647-0467
Interests
role of molecular markers in thyroid cancer patients
Brian S. Zuckerbraun, MD, FACS
Associate Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Services & Chief, Division of General Surgery
412-692-2850
Interests
acute inflammatory response in the liver and vasculature following injury from trauma/hemorrhagic shock, sepsis, or direct vascular injury
Amer H. Zureikat, MD, FACS
Vice Chair for Surgical Oncology Services & Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
412-692-2852
Interests
design and implementation of quality metrics, protocols, and curriculum for robotic surgery that can improve cancer care and outcomes.

Faculty

Hossam A. Abdelsamed, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-383-5465
Interests
epigenetic regulation of human memory CD8 T cells in solid organ transplantation and during immune aging
Khodor Abou-Daya, MD
Research Assistant Professor
412-652-8000
Interests
adaptive and innate immune response in transplantation; leveraging artificial intelligence to advance medical research
Bestoun H. Ahmed, MD, FACS, FRCS, FICS, FICMS
Associate Professor
412-641-3632
Interests
laparoscopic and robotic revisional bariatric surgery; surgical management of complicated colonic diverticulitis; laparoscopic management of perforated peptic and anastomotic ulcers
Georges Elie Al-Khoury, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-802-3036
Interests
aortic pathology; carotid disease; mesenteric ischemia; PAD and emergency vascular surgery
Louis H. Alarcon, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
412-647-1158
Interests
coagulopathy of trauma; blunt solid organ injuries; resuscitation of trauma patients; nutritional support of critically-ill patients; surgical infection prevention & treatment
Fanny S. Alie-Cusson, MD
Assistant Professor
Chethan S. Ashokkumar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-692-9194
Kelly Ann Miller Austin, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-7282
Interests
Hirschsprung's disease; Hirschsprung's enterocolitis; pediatric intestinal diseases; ischemia/reperfusion
Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-624-5253
Interests
regenerative medicine; biomaterials
Graciela Bauzá, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
412-647-0421
Interests
chest wall reconstruction after trauma; necrotizing soft tissue infections; student and resident education and simulation
Geoff J. Bond, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatric Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
pediatric intestinal failure; adult and pediatric transplantation; short bowel syndrome
Camilla Macedo Both, MD
Research Associate Professor of Surgery
412-624-6494
Interests
novel approaches to control viral immunity in solid organ transplant recipients; post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease; innate immunity and cross-reactivity to allo-immunity; phenotype and function of dendritic cells following mTOR inhibition
Joshua B. Brown, MD, MSc
Samuel P. Harbison Endowed Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-647-3065
Interests
air medical transport for trauma; prehospital resuscitation; trauma system development
Marc Edward Brozovich, MD, FASCRS, FACS
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-367-5010
Thomas V. Cacciarelli, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-360-6155
Interests
infectious complications in liver transplantation; hepatocellular carcinoma; access to liver transplantation in the VA population
Geoffrey Camirand, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-383-8616
Interests
regulatory CD4+ T cell function within allografts; secondary lymphoid tissues in regulatory CD4+ T cell homeostasis; inflammation and the expansion of regulatory CD4+ T cells in transplantation
James P. Celebrezze Jr., MD, FACS, FASCRS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
877-684-7189
Interests
colon & rectal cancer; minimally invasive therapy; surgical management of diverticulitis and IBD
Rabih A. Chaer, MD
Professor of Surgery
412-802-3025
Interests
venous disease; aortic aneurysm
Tianmeng Chen, MD, PhD
Research Instructor
Interests
single-cell sequencing analysis; trauma immunology; patient classification
Mohammad Haroon Asif Choudry, MBBS, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-2852
Joseph T. Church, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-692-7280
Interests
congenital diaphragmatic hernia; lung development
Alain C. Corcos, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-232-7786
Marc E. Cordero, MD, MMS, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-672-3422
Interests
advanced wound care; laparoscopy
Ruy J. Cruz Jr., MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Interests
management of intestinal failure; autologous GI reconstruction; liver, intestinal, and multivisceral transplantation
Kellie E. Cunningham, MD
Assistant Professor
Qing Ding, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-383-6960
Interests
investigating the roles of regulatory and pro-inflammatory B cells in transplantation and autoimmune diseases
Randall Richard Draper, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-367-5110
Qiang Du, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
412-624-6702
Interests
innate immunity; liver research; iNOS/NO; Wnt signaling and cancer
Antonio D’Amore, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
412-624-5307
Interests
coupling a mechanistic understanding of the relationship between scaffolds micro-structure, mechanics, and endogenous tissue growth with the development of novel biomaterials for tissue engineering strategies
Raymond Eid, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
412-802-3333
Interests
open surgical and endovascular treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access
Mustapha El Lakis, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
814-678-4810
Ronen Elefant, MS, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Garth A. Elias, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
412-232-7786
Gregory R. English, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Mohammad H. Eslami, MD, MPH, FACS, FACC
Professor of Surgery
412-802-3333
Interests
open surgical and endovascular treatment of aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral vascular disease, and dialysis access
Farzad Esni, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
412-692-8038
Interests
pancreatic development and regeneration; Smad regulation of pancreatic islet formation
Christopher J. Esper, DO, FACOS
Clinical Associate Professor
724-983-8882
Interests
management of aortic aneurysm & carotid and peripheral artery disease; dialysis access; minimally invasive surgery; resident education
Steven Evans, MD
Clinical Professor of Surgery
412-681-4989
Interests
breast cancer: current treatments and protocols
Mohamed B. Ezzelarab, MB, CHB
Research Associate Professor of Surgery
412-383-5933
Interests
tolerogenic cell therapy in allo- and xeno-transplantation
Jie Fan, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Immunology
412-360-6204
Interests
acute lung injury; inflammatory signaling; innate immune cell interaction; cell death; cell priming; hemorrhagic shock; trauma