Farmer elected to ACS Board of Regents
The Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons elected Dr. Diana Farmer, Chair, of the Department of Surgery, as one of the newest members of the Board of Regents. A Fellow of the College since 1998, Dr. Farmer has served on many ACS committees and governing bodies. Most recently, she was Chair of the Board of Governors (2016−2018). Previously, she was Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors (2015−2016), and a member of the Board of Governors Executive Committee (2015−2018). She chaired the Board of Governors Quality Pillar (2014−2016) and served on the Board of Governors Bylaws Committee (2016−2017). She served on the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery (Pediatric Surgery Liaison to the ACS Program Committee, 2006−2012; Ex Officio member, 2012−2018) and co-chaired the Council of Advisory Council Representatives (2006−2012). She has also served on several ACS committees.
Congratulations to our Clinician Health and Wellbeing Award recipients
Congratulations to our Clinician Health and Wellbeing Award recipients: Drs. Amanda Kirane and Edgardo Salcedo and Residents, Drs. Amanda Phares and Maggie Spruce as emerging leaders who are developing innovative ways to enhance Clinician Health and wellbeing at UC Davis Health. A Clinician Health and Wellbeing Summit is scheduled for November 13 where our physicians will be awarded.
2019 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day October 16
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are hosting Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on October 16. Expert faculty from Plastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology will speak on the advances in breast cancer reconstruction and resources available to patients, family and the community. Watch our video to hear from our experts.
Chief of Vascular Surgery Mell Facebook Live Conversation
Watch the Facebook Live conversation we recorded on Wednesday (9/25) with Matthew Mell, chief of vascular surgery and director of the vascular center at UC Davis Health. As part of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month in September, we discussed the symptoms and treatments of PAD and other vascular conditions, as well as Dr. Mell’s comprehensive team dedicated to finding new ways to address PAD. Visit the UC Davis Health Facebook page for all future (and past) Facebook Live conversations with our experts.
Gholami 2020 recipient of Association of Women Surgeons Fellowship Grant
Congratulations to Clark for recent Annals of Surgery publication
Congratulations to Dr. James Clark, General Surgery Resident for his recent publication in the Annals of Surgery for his article titled Do the 2018 Leapfrog Group Minimal Hospital and Surgeon Volume Thresholds for Esophagectomy Favor Specific Patient Demographics?
New Surgery Faculty 2019
Dr. Victoria Lyo will be joining the division of Foregut, Metabolic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery on August 1. Dr. Lyo completed her medical degree and residency at UCSF followed by a Master of Translational Medicine from a joint program between UC Berkeley and UCSF. She recently completed her advanced GI and minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. Her broad training includes a broad case mix, including laparoscopic and robotic complex foregut, bariatric (bypass and sleeve), three-field esophagectomies, solid organ resection (adrenal, spleen, distal pancreas), hernias, and advanced endoscopic procedures.
Dr. Alana Beres will be joining the division of Pediatric Surgery on September 1 from her current appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Beres completed her medical degree from McGill University followed by residency at University of Saskatchewan in Pediatrics, and in General Surgery at Tufts University and McGill University. She later received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Harvard University. Her training also includes her fellowships at University of Toronto in Pediatrics Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, at the Children’s National Medical Center in Pediatrics Surgical Innovation, and at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Surgery.
Dr. Andrew Li will be joining the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, specifically in hand and microsurgery, on September 1. Dr. Li received his medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine followed by residency in general surgery at UCLA Harbor Medical Center. He completed fellowships at UCLA in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and at UC Irvine in Hand and Upper Extremity Microsurgery. He also is the co-founder of Second-Breath.org which distributes unused and unexpired medical supplies form private donors to community clinics and health centers in the greater Los Angeles area.
Dr. Tanya Rinderknecht will be joining the division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care on August 1. Dr. Rinderknecht received her medical degree from Brown University, Alpert Medical School, followed by residency at Stanford University Medical Center in General Surgery. During her residency she was employed as a medical fellow and designer for IDEO, a design and innovation firm where she worked in multiple design teams on innovation projects in health and healthcare. Following her general surgery residency, she completed a fellowship with us here at UC Davis Medical Center in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Mimmie Kwong will be joining the Division of Vascular Surgery in a joint appointment with the VA on September 1. Dr. Kwong received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency at UC Davis Medical Center in Vascular Surgery. During her residency she served as the program representative in the Resident Medical Staff Committee as chief resident focusing on process improvement in the care of vascular patients, residents and medical student education and wellness. Additionally, she has presented research on the match process and published on factors that guide career decisions in young vascular surgeons.
Dr. Steven Maximus will be joining the division of Vascular Surgery in a joint appointment with the VA on September 1. Dr. Maximus received his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine followed by residency at UC Irvine Medical Center in General Surgery. He then completed a fellowship at the University of Chicago in Vascular Surgery. His clinical research includes outcomes in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair as well as disparities in health care delivery. Before attending medical school, Dr. Maximus was a high school science and math teacher in Los Angeles and Pomona, CA.
2019 STS Political Advocacy Scholarship Awarded to Sarkeshik
Congratulations to Dr. Amir Sarkeshik, our PGY4 Cardiothoracic Surgery resident for receiving the 2019 STS Advocacy Scholarship! Amir participated in the STS Summer fly-in last year in Washington D.C. As part of the fly-in, Amir will meet with members of Congress, on behalf of the STS, to discuss important policy issues that are germane to the cardiothoracic surgical society. Advocacy priorities for the STS include opposition to cuts to lung cancer screening, gaining access to Medicare claims and social security death data, addressing the CT surgery workforce shortage, increasing funds for Medicare sponsored residency positions and advocating for the healthcare transparency and accountability initiative.
Bold named Physician-in-Chief of UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center
On behalf of the Department of Surgery, we would like to announce that Richard Bold, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and clinic Medical Director, has been named Physician-in-Chief of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective May 15, 2019. Dr. Bold’s new role is part of a broader effort to further integrate the Cancer Center’s research, clinical trials, education, training and outreach into clinical oncology services. This new position will give Dr. Bold clinical oversight of outpatient and inpatient services as well as the cancer center’s affiliated UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network sites throughout Northern California. Join me in congratulating Dr. Bold on this great accomplishment! - Diana Farmer, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.
Godoy awarded AATS Foundation Surgical Robotics Fellowship
Luis Godoy, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, has been selected by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Foundation as an Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship recipient for 2019. The Fellowship experience will begin with a two-day program at an Intuitive Surgical facility. The two days will be a mix of didactic and hand-on learning which will provide a number of transferable skills. Congratulations to Dr. Godoy on his selection!
Potential long term treatment of hemophilia with stem cell-mediated gene therapy paper recently published
Congratulations to our Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory’s hemophilia team for their recent paper published in Stem Cell Research & Therapy. This paper is one of the ongoing studies in the Surgical Bioengineering Lab using stem cells to mediate gene therapy for genetic diseases, such as hemophilia. Long-term engraftment of transplanted stem cells has been a long-lasting problem for stem cell-based treatments. In this study, we showed that co-transplantation of placental mesenchymal stromal cells (PMSCs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in mice can achieve long-term (26 weeks) engraftment of both PMSCs and EPCs. We also discussed the potential mechanisms of interaction between PMSCs and EPCs that contribute to the long-term engraftment of these cells after transplantation, which has broad indication for many other genetic diseases and applications of stem cells in other situations. The significance of this study has been recognized rapidly in the field.
Manja research thesis paper now on BMJ
Dr. Veena Manja, MBBS, MSc, Ph.D. candidate, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UC Davis, Staff Cardiologist, VA Northern California Health Care System has recently defended her thesis on 'The Ecology of Clinical Decision Making' and her paper Qualitative study of cardiologists perceptions of factors influencing clinical practice decisions can now be reviewed online. Congratulations to Dr. Manja on her outstanding accomplishment!
Sherazee & Xiong selected for 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship
Pong Xiong and Elan Sherazee have been both selected for the 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Looking to the Future Scholarships. The STS 55th Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego next year, January 2019. The challenging selection process of 30 recipients came from a pool of 57 extremely qualified applicants. The Department of Surgery congratulates both Pong and Elan for their achievement!
Galante inaugurated as Associate Member in ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
Dr. Joseph Galante, chief of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care at UC Davis Health. The American College of Surgeons named Galante as one of 63 inaugural associate members on its new Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
Civilian and military residents train beside one another in an education program led by Galante at UC Davis Medical Center. It was among the first trauma programs in the country to show surgeons at all career levels how to treat blast and other injuries sustained in mass casualties and teach non-medical personnel how to control bleeding and save lives in emergencies.
Galante has been a key leader in assuring that UCD Medical Center maintains its designation as a top-tier trauma center that can handle every aspect of injury from prevention through rehabilitation.
The college of surgeons founded the academy to help advance the science and practice of surgical education. The academy is composed of members whose work has received national or international recognition; associate members recognized as leaders in surgery education regionally or locally; and affiliate members who support the academy’s goals." -Sacramento Bee Newspaper - November 2018
Tsurutani selected for ASMBS CBN Item Writing Task Force
The Certified Bariatric Nurses (CBN) Exam Development Subcommittee has selected our Division of Bariatric Surgery RN, Judy Tsurutani, to be a part of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) CBN Item Writing Task Force team for future upcoming CBN certification examinations.
Judy has been an active member of ASMBS, which has been deemed UCDH Bariatric Surgery Program as "The Center of Excellence" by the MBSAQIP. Judy has been previously recognized by her peers with multiple "Excellence in Nursing" awards during her career here at UC Davis Health. We congratulate Judy for being selected as a new CBN exam writer.
Farkas selectedd as nominee to serve on Commission on Cancer
Linda M. Farkas, M.D., has been officially selected as a nominee to serve on the Commission on Cancer (CoC). The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. CoC membership is composed of 110 individuals who either are surgeons representing the American College of Surgeons or representatives from the 58 national professional organizations or member organizations affiliated with the CoC. These individuals direct the activities of the Commission through committee work. These activities are coordinated through the Executive, Accreditation, Cancer Liaison, Education, Member Organization Steering, and Quality Integration Committees, and related subcommittees and workgroups of the CoC. Congratulations to Dr. Farkas on her selection!
The USNews rankings were realeased today, and for the third year in a row, UC Davis has been named High Performing for Lung Cancer Surgery. We are the only program in Northern California outside the Bay Area to receive this designation every year since first released.
This recognition is testament to the hard work and tireless dedication of our faculty, nurses, physician assistants, nurse coordinator/patient navigator, residents, and administrative support team members, to our complex patient communities. Congratulations to the thoracic surgery team!
I am excited to announce that Dr. Edgardo Salcedo has been appointed Program Director for the General Surgery Residency, effective as of the new academic year.
Since joining the faculty in 2011, Dr. Salcedo has been appointed to several leadership positions in the residency and the department. Dr. Salcedo is the Surgical Director of the Center for Virtual Care as part of our American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute. He is the Program Director of the newly established Fellowship in Surgical Simulation and Education that earned accreditation from the ACS earlier this year. In 2016, he was appointed as the Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship where he has expanded the program to include a 2nd year fellowship experience and a Burn Surgical Critical Care Fellow.
In 2013. he was appointed Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. His primary focus in that role has been the residency education curriculum. Dr. Salcedo has worked tirelessly to inspire curiosity, motivate independent study and to promote camaraderie and resident well-being. In the time leading up to his transition as the Program Director, he has taken on more of the responsibilities for running the program overall. In addition, he is well known as the creator of the legendary “Game of Thrones” approach to Surgery School!
Dr. Salcedo’s accomplishments and outstanding performance as a leader in our department and educational programs reflect his commitment to our residents and their education. I can think of no one better suited to preserve the long tradition of excellence in our residency program. Please join me in congratulating him as he assumes this important and challenging role.
-Diana Lee Farmer, MD FACS FRCS - Chair of the Department of Surgery
Congratulations to Aijun Wang, Ph.D. for being selected to receive the Dean’s Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Award. This fellowship program involves collaborating with distinguished business and science leaders to study how entrepreneurship fits within the academic enterprise in dimensions ranging from the practical elements of engaging in innovation activities while practicing medicine to policy issues of how entrepreneurship fits with promotion and career advancement. Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory (SBL) which focuses on combining bioengineering and biomaterials to create regenerative therapies for surgical conditions and anomalies. During the fellowship, Dr. Wang will conduct a best practice analysis of leading institutions for entrepreneurship, as well as work to establish the SBL as a hub for innovation, invention and education.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of David Tom Cooke, MD to the newly created position of Vice Chair for Faculty Development within the Department of Surgery.
Dr Cooke received his undergraduate degree at Berkeley followed by his MD degree at Harvard University. His general surgery training was at Mass General with a research fellowship at Stanford Universit. He went on to obtain his Cardiac and Thoracic training at the University of Michigan and now serves as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery for UC Davis. He specializes in Esophageal and Lung cancer surgery with research interests in cancer screening programs, particularly early detection for lung cancer in vulnerable populations where he leads the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Task force. Dr. Cooke’s career has been characterized by extraordinary success and service to many professional organizations. In addition to serving on the Program committee for the American College of Surgeons, he is Chair of the Cardiothoracic Advisory Council and has recently been elected the President of the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. I look forward to enlisting his prodigious organizational skills in the development of a “best in country” faculty development program for the department of Surgery!
-Diana Lee Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS
Chair, Department of Surgery, UC Davis School of Medicine
Congratulations to Vascular Division's NP Stephanie Generao on the acceptance of her abstract entitled “Recalcitrant Chronic Vascular Malformation Ulcer of the Lower Extremity Successfully Treated with Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Allograft and Compression Therapy.” Her work will be presented at the Fall Meeting of the Society for Advanced Wound Care in Las Vegas, NV. More information can be found at https://www.sawcfall.com/abstracts
Congrats to Dr. Amir Sarkeshik, our PGY3 Cardiothoracic Surgery resident for receiving the 2018 STS Advocacy Scholarship! Amir participated in the STS Summer Fly-in on June 2nd in Washington D.C. As part of the Fly-in, Amir accompanied STS officials and met with members of Congress to discuss important policy issues that are germane to the cardiothoracic surgical workforce and the care of our patients. As part of the scholarship, the costs of the Fly-in were covered by the STS. Advocacy priorities for the STS include opposition to cuts to lung cancer screening, gaining access to Medicare claims and social security death data, addressing the CT surgery workforce shortage, increasing funds for Medicare sponsored residency positions and advocating for the healthcare transparency and accountability initiative.
Amanda Robinson Kirane, MD has been selected for the 2018 Clinical Oncology K12 program with special focus in Immune Oncology. Dr. Kirane, under the mentorship of Robert J. Canter, MD and Richard J. Bold, MD, will be provided 3 years support for translational science research and clinical trial development. This research training plan will support the development of her independent investigator-initiated trials in novel neoadjuvant therapies for high risk melanoma, a first in kind approach for these patients, as well as corresponding identification of biomarkers of response to therapy.
The California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) is an organization of practicing, board-certified plastic surgeons committed to the highest ethical standards. Their mission is to advance the profession of plastic surgery through continuing educational activities, advising the public, acting as patient advocates, and protecting the welfare of the people of California with respect to cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The CSPS has recently inducted Michael S Wong, MD as President of the Society. Congratulations to Dr. Wong and you can find out more about the CSPS HERE.
Amy Rahm, M.D. and the UC Davis Children's Hospital were highlighted today on ABC's Sac And Company on ABC10. Mark and Melanie's new baby girl Brooklyn was born at Mercy San Juan Hospital, but prematurely with signs of Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Due to this heart complication, they were told that Brooklyn had a 25% chance of survival and needed heart surgery. With her weighting in at only 3lbs, the family was very concerned. Dr. Rahm performed the heart surgery, and Brooklyn was then transferred to UC Davis Children's Hospital Pediatric Care Unit. The operation was a complete success, and Mark and Melanie are so grateful for the quality of care provided by Dr. Rahm and the UC Davis NICU team. Learn more at Sac & Co's TV Spot interview with Dr. Rahm and Brooklyn's family HERE.
The Deans' Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding faculty contributions in the core mission areas of Research, Education, Clinical Care and Community Engagement. Each fall submissions are given for nominations of faculty who demonstrate these transformative leadership qualities. This year, Robert J. Canter, MD was given the award for Excellence in Mentoring. David Tom Cooke, MD was awarded for Faculty Education Excellence. For Team Excellence in Clinical Care, the award was given to Shinjiro Hirose, MD. Congratulations to them (pictured HERE) and all the winners of this prestigious recognition.
We’re excited to announce that Matthew W. Mell, M.D., M.S., has been appointed director of the UC Davis Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at UC Davis School of Medicine, effective April 1, 2018. Dr. Mell is a highly accomplished national leader in both abdominal aortic aneurysm research and health policy. He joins us from Stanford University, where he served as vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Mell is recognized nationally for his scholarly work on abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening, surveillance, and prevention of death following rupture. He has published extensively in the field, and over the last four years has been one of the major driving forces in the country in the refinement of practice standards for AAA disease. His publications have been influential in broadening Medicare coverage for screening, and have directly influenced both Society of Vascular Surgery treatment guidelines and a set of novel Western Vascular Society transfer guidelines. In reflection of his recognized expertise, he has published commentaries and served as peer reviewer for multiple journals both within and outside the vascular field.
At UC Davis Dr. Mell will contribute directly to a new body of enhanced expertise and capabilities around complex aortic surgery, as part of his oversight of teaching, clinical care and research relating to vascular disease. He will also play a larger strategic and operational role in bolstering the educational, research and clinical missions of UC Davis Health’s multidisciplinary vascular programs. We want to thank the search committee – chaired by Dr. Joseph Galante – for their time and dedication to this important recruitment. Dr. Mell brings an influential track record and is well-positioned to guide and leverage the talent of our multidisciplinary Vascular Center and Division of Vascular Surgery. Please join us in welcoming him.
UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) this year is providing it's Seminar Series, focusing on research-in-progress, recently completed research, innovative research methods, policy implications of health services research, pre-proposal discussion of research ideas or plans, or "practice presentations" for abstracts accepted for regional or national meetings. Starting April 11 and running through June 13, faculty, graduate students, and non-faculty researchers are set to present with a focus on health policy and health services. This year's presenters include the Department of Surgery's Sarah Bateni, MD (April 25) and Jessica Cox, MD (May 9). For more details click HERE.
Juanita Braxton, PhD recently spoke as an invited Plenary speaker at the 2018 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Annual Education Conference for their Plenary Session this past March 1-4, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The response was amazing and the talk was a success! The topic of "Inspiring Minds - Cultivating Success" was shared amongst 1100 attendees, where the key message was on cultivating, collaborating and communicating methods of improving GME Coordinator/Administrator Well-Being. Dr. Braxton was also an invited keynote speaker for the Association of Radiation Oncology Program Coordinators (AROPC) on February 28, 2018. Find out more about Dr. Braxton at the ACGME HERE.
Brown Awarded UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center KL2 Program Scholarship
Congratulations to Lisa M. Brown, MD for receiving the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) KL2 Program Scholar Award! This provides Dr. Brown funding in support of her Health Services Research endeavors, mentored by Drs. Brad Pollock and Patrick Romano. This is the second K award in the history of the Division, and the second in two successive years following Dr. David's Cancer Center Calabresi K. Congratulations!
Cooke To Receive Watkins Scholarship Award
David Tom Cooke was selected to receive the Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Development Scholarship awarded by the Thoracic Surgery Foundation. The “Watkins Scholar” is selected in honor of Dr. Levi Watkins legacy and his strong personal tenets and character in mind within the cardiothoracic surgical academic community (http://thoracicsurgeryfoundation.org/watkins/ ). This Watkins scholarship will provide a training and/or development grant to support travel to a center of excellence to acquire additional clinical, translational or leadership training to enhance skills and practice in an area of innovation or surgical significance. Dr. Cooke will spend one week with Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D, M.S.H.A, the Chair, Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery and William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery, and one week with David Acosta, MD, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The Scholarship will allow Dr. Cooke to a) travel to Johns Hopkins University and observe Dr. Higgins to obtain leadership skills needed to manage a complex surgical group, and b) travel to the AAMC in Washington, and their department of diversity and inclusion; obtaining tools to study, and develop strategies to diversify, the cardiothoracic surgery workforce.
Godoy Selected Into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Luis Godoy, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, was recently selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He was nominated by faculty AOA members and the Office of Medical Education leadership into the chapter. Alpha Omega Alpha is a national organization with chapters at most medical schools in the United States and Canada. The Society is organized for educational purposes. Its aims are the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools, the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and the recognition of high attainment in medical sciences, practice, and in related fields. Congrats to Luis! A well-deserved honor!
2018 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship awarded to Clark
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recently selected Dr. James Clark to receive the Looking to the Future (LTTF) Scholarship. Dr. Clark will attend the upcoming STS 54th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale Florida in January 2018, where he will have the opportunity for direction mentorship and interaction with leaders in cardiothoracic surgery. We are extremely proud of Dr. Clark and his enthusiasm and interest in cardiothoracic surgery! Congratulations!
The Department of Surgery Welcomes Kathleen Romanowski, MD
The Department of Surgery welcomes Kathleen Romanowski, who will be the fourth acute burn surgeon to the Burn division. Dr Romanowski did her burns and critical care fellowship with UC Davis Health after training at Loyola in Chicago. She was on faculty at University of Iowa before returning here.
ASPS awards Sahar and Plastic Team "Best of the Best" Award
Sahar and the Plastics Team have been recognized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They were voted on and selected by peer plastic surgeons for the top award, among all the best scientific presentations of State and Regional Societies, Hot Topics, and Guest Nation. Congratulations for the "Best of the Best" ASPS Award!
2018 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship awarded to Chen
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recently awarded the Looking to the Future (LTTF) Scholarship to Sarah Chen. Through a challenging selection process of 87 extremely qualified applicants, Sarah was one of 30 selected recipients for this award. They will be present in the upcoming STS 54th Annual Meeting in January 2018 at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Congratulations Sarah Chen!
Brown joins American Lung Association as Review Panel Member
Congratulations to Lisa M. Brown, MD for becoming one of the newest members of the Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel for the American Lung Association. She will be joining the current panel of experts in reviewing scientific and medical content on Lung.org to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date lung health information is available for the public. More information can be found HERE.
The 2017 Alliance For Global Clinical Training Newsletter
The Alliance for Global Clinical Training (AGCT) has officially released their first newsletter for 2017. The AGCT is a non-profit corporation linking surgical educators and residents with the Department of Surgery at the Muhibili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. Their efforts are targeted to improve access of African patients to high quality surgical care. To find out more or to view the newsletter, click HERE.
2017 US News High Performing Award to Colorectal Team
Congratulations to Colorectal Surgery for their recognition as 2017 US News High Performing award in Colon Cancer Surgery.
Godoy in 10th Annual Thoracic Surgery Directors Association
Luis Godoy, M.D. recently participated in the 10th Annual Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) Boot Camp. This innovative program provides incoming first-year traditional and fourth-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residents, from around the nation, with an experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic CT operating skills so that they are better prepared to enter the CT surgery operating room at their home programs. Training sessions include CPB skills, large/small anastomosis, bronchoscopy/mediastinoscopy, open lobectomy, aortic valve surgery, and aortic root replacement. Didactic sessions and hands-on wet labs are employed to create a realistic environment for residents to understand and practice procedures performed in the operating room. UC Davis is the only residency that has sent a resident every year of the program's existence. This year David T. Cooke, M.D. served as a faculty instructor for the open lobectomy simulation station, and Lisa M. Brown, M.D. served as an instructor for the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) simulation station. In the past J. Nilas Young, M.D. has served as faculty.
2017 STS Advocacy Scholarship awarded to Sarkeshik
Congrats to Dr. Amir Sarkeshik, our PGY2 resident for receiving the 2017 STS Advocacy Scholarship! Amir will participate in the STS Fall Fly-in, November 1-2, 2017 in Washington D.C. As part of the Fly-in, Amir will accompany STS officials and meet with members of Congress to discuss important policy issues that are germane to the cardiothoracic surgical workforce and the care of our patients. As part of the scholarship, the costs of the Fly-in will be covered by the STS. Advocacy priorities for the STS include opposition to cuts to lung cancer screening, gaining access to Medicare claims and social security death data, and addressing the CT surgery workforce shortage.
Please Welcome New Faculty To Our Team
Wissam J. Halabi, M.D. - Fellowship trained colon and rectal surgeon who comes to us from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Victor Rodriguez, M.D. - Board-Certified General, Vascular and Cardiac Surgeon, specializing in disease of the aorta.
Steven Colquhoun, M.D. - Medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years, specializing in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.
Sepideh Gholami, M.D. - Board-certified surgeon scientist with dual fellowship training in Complex General Surgical Oncology and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery.
Chetan S. Irwin, M.D. - Plastic and reconstructive surgeon from UCSF with Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship training from The Curtis National Hand Center, Baltimore, MD.
Lloyd Co-Chair for Octobers National Academy of Sciences Workshop
October 5-6, 2017 at Washington DC, Kevin C Kent Lloyd, DVM, PhD, will be Co-Chairing a Workshop at NAS headquarters in Washington DC which will bring together an international group of experts on the use and application of state-of-the art technologies and advanced approaches to explore the design, clinical relevance, and welfare and regulatory considerations involving animal models and phenotyping platforms applied to precision medicine. Complementary in vitro and in silico approaches to advance the ‘Three Rs’ and to promote rigor and reproducibility will be prominent features of the workshop.
Speakers include former FDA Commissioner in the Obama administration Robert Califf, Director of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Christopher Austin, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University David Valle, Daryl Pritchard from the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and many more.
The Workshop is free and open to the public, and will be webcast internationally. Clinician scientists, translational researchers, veterinarians, animal modelers, students, and interested members of the general public are encouraged to attend. For more details click HERE or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campbell releases new study on rare adrenal tumors
Michael Campbell, M.D. and colleagues published a new study on the natural history of rare adrenal tumors called myelolipomas. Myelolipomas are benign tumors that previously had not been well studied. Dr. Campbell and colleagues found that hormone production by these tumors is probably more common than previously thought. The article was published in Endocrine and can be found HERE.
D.Farmer, A.Wang and team take major step toward curing Spina Bifida with Stem Cell Treatment
A team lead by Diana L Farmer, M.D. and Aijun Wang, Ph.D. are taking major steps towards helping children with spina bifida through research and development in stem cell treatment. Recently this treatment was observed in animals with similar diagnosis, and the results are showing how mobility and lower-limb functionality is greatly improved. Sibling pups "Darla" and "Spanky" who were given this treatment are showcased in recent articles, displaying their ability to now walk, run and play post-surgery. The Sacramento Bee, KCBS SF Radio, KFBK, and other local media outlets have taken an interest in highlighting Dr Farmer and Wang’s latest accomplishments, and more can be found on The Insider as well as The SacBee.
Congrats to CT Surgery Team Ranked High Performing for 2017 US News Best Hospitals
Congratulations to the CT Surgery Team for being awarded 2017-2018’s High Performing Award by US News Best Hospitals Ranking for Lung Cancer Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, and Heart Bypass Surgery. UC Davis is also recognized as #1 Hospital in the Sacramento Region, and #5 in the entire state! “A testament of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, nursing team members and residents to our patients” – David Cooke, M.D.
Sahar, Bailey and team given 2017 Sandia Engineering Design Award
A team consisting of Principal Investigator Dr. David Sahar, M.D. (Associate Professor of Surgery) and Chad Bailey, M.D. (Resident, Division of Plastic Surgery) worked in collaboration with seniors from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis to take home the 2017 Sandia Engineering Design Award (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA) at the UC Davis Engineering Design Showcase on June 8th. This collaborative work was sponsored by Department of Surgery, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Computer Science and partially funded through a pilot program from the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and the College of Engineering Translational Design Projects. Their research was focused towards developing a non-invasive free tissue monitoring system that would allow a surgeon to remotely monitor arterial doppler signals using an iPhone app. The end result was a functioning device that was successful in transmitting live signal to an iPhone via one click access through a user friendly app. Clinical trials are forthcoming.
Best Overall Paper Award to Charvet’s presentation of research with Sahar and lab
Congratulations for the “Best Overall Paper” award, presented at the California Society of Plastic Surgeons 67th Annual Meeting held in May 2017. Heath Charvet, M.D. (General Surgery Chief Resident) was the presenter who spent a year with Dr. David Sahar, M.D. and his lab on studying “Fat Grafting and Cancer Risk in Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction.”
Farmer recognized as ACS's 2017 Scientific Forum Dedicatee
Congratulations to Diana L. Farmer! Dr. Farmer has been selected as the honoree of the 2017 Scientific Forum of The American College of Surgeons, and the forum edition of JACS will be dedicated to Dr. Farmer as well. Since 1967, each annual edition of the Surgical Forum has been dedicated to a surgeon-scientist who has made an exceptional lifetime contribution to the generation of surgical science, and to the education and mentorship of trainees and young surgeons. Dr. Farmer is quoted to be "an inspiration to aspiring surgeon scientists," and will be recognized as the 2017 Scientific Forum Dedicatee during this year’s ACS Clinical College opening ceremony held at the San Diego Convention Center this October!
The national accreditation program for rectal cancer
Linda M. Farkas, M.D., along with 12 other nationally known colorectal surgeons/gastrointestinal pathologists helped to set the stage for the recently published manual for national accreditation program for rectal cancer. This is a collaboration between The OSTRiCH Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Farkas was also one of 5 members of the Standards Committee for OSTRich.
“We have seen England and other European countries optimize their rectal cancer care which resulted in better survival for their patients. We are bringing similar concepts to the United States and organizing these efforts with our colleagues in radiology and pathology to standardize pre-operative evaluation, surgical care and pathological evaluation. This all requires regularly scheduled multidisciplinary tumor board meeting with a nurse coordinator dedicated to guide patients through their clinical pathways. We have been practicing these standards at UC Davis since April 2016 and will soon begin the process of application for accreditation. With multiple United States institutions practicing similar standards we will now have the foundation to lead future clinical trials in a more efficient manner.”
David receives Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 Award
Congratulations to Elizabeth A. David for receiving the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 Award! This NIH-NCI funded program combines key didactic, research, and career development components to train independent and productive clinical oncology researchers. Her project is entitled: Understanding Decision-Making for Surgery in Advanced Stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patients.
Dr. David is the first faculty member within the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery to receive a K award.
Lloyd selected for Dean's Award for Excellence in Research
Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Surgery, Director, Mouse Biology Program and Associate Director, Shared Resources, Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected for the 2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Lloyd is being recognized as a leader in innovative research and making high-impact discoveries utilizing genetically-altered and genome-edited mice to reveal mechanisms of disease. The Dean's Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding faculty contributions in the core mission areas of Research, Education, Clinical Care and Community Engagement. The purpose of the award is to reward the outstanding performance of a faculty member (Academic Federation or Academic Senate) and to acknowledge their contribution as a transformative leader in our collegial community. Congratulations Dr. Lloyd!
Godoy selected for 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff
Luis Godoy has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award Resident Medical Staff in Surgery by the Class of 2017 medical students.
Dr. Godoy will receive his award at the Student-Faculty Awards Luncheon in May. Congratulations Dr. Godoy!
Campbell authors editorial on primary hyperparathyroidism for JAMA
UC Davis endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell, twitter handle @campbellmd, just released a concise editorial in the prestigious medical journal JAMA on the definitive management of primary hyperparathyroidism. Campbell’s editorial, which can be found on The JAMA Network, reviews the new American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Guidelines on the management of primary hyperparathyroidism. Key points include the current underdiagnosis of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, the increasing acceptance of the neurocognitive symptoms associated with hypercalcemia, and importance of referral to a high volume parathyroid surgeon.
Campbell presents new study on rare adrenal tumors in Orlando, FL
UC Davis endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell, twitter handle @campbellmd, presented new findings on the natural history of rare adrenal tumors at the annual meeting of the American Association of Academic Surgeons. His research, which was co-authored by Dr. Ghaneh Fananzapazir of the Department of Radiology and medical students Mary Obasi and Jenny Wu, identified several novel findings about adrenal myelolipomas. Once thought to be rare tumors the authors found that these tumors are probably more common than originally thought. Unexpectedly, they found that a greater than expected number of these tumors are associated with endocrine dysfunction which may lead to uncontrolled blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. The authors will be publishing these results in the near future.
Successful 2017 ABA meeting
The Shriners/UC Davis Burn Program had another outstanding meeting at this year's 49th Annual American Burn Association meeting in Boston, MA. Several UC Davis and Shriners staff won awards. The highlights for 2017 include:
Kelly M. Lima, B.S. won the Albert T. McManus Award for the best paper on burn microbiology by a basic scientist for her paper entitled: “Next Generation Sequencing of a Burn Unit Microbiome: A Pilot Study.” This work represents a collaborative project between the Departments of Surgery and Pathology.
Kelsey Viega from Shriners won the Burn Prevention Award for her outstanding contributions to burn prevention.
Tina Palmieri, M.D. was awarded the Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award for an outstanding North American Scientist for contribution in the burn field. Dr. Palmieri gave three presentations and moderated a breakfast symposium.
David Greenhalgh, M.D. is on the ABA Board of Trustees. Dr. Greenhalgh gave five presentations, led a breakfast symposium, and moderated a poster session.
Soman Sen, M.D. was the author of five accepted abstracts. The UC Davis/Shriners program had 10 abstracts accepted for either oral or poster presentation.
Other achievements: Dr. Greenhalgh has been named as Secretary for the International Society for Burn Injuries. Dr. Greenhalgh was also named editor in chief of the new journal “Burns Open.” Dr. Palmieri was named as a member of the Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Board of American Board of Surgery representing the American Burn Association starting in June, 2017. Dr. Palmieri was also selected (only 32 papers are chosen) to present an oral paper at the American Surgical Association meeting in April, 2017 entitled: “A Multicenter Randomized Prospective Trial of Blood Transfusion in Major Burn Injury.”
Jesus Ramirez, M.D. received two top posters for topics related to e-cigarette battery burns and abdominal compartment syndrome in burns.
David recipient of UCDCCC Landgraf award
Elizabeth A. David, M.D., assistant professor of General Thoracic Surgery has been the chosen recipient of the 2017 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award. She has been awarded $20,000 to augment her research on late stage lung cancer patients who do not receive treatment. Dr. David’s work has recently been published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and highlights the large number of advanced stage lung cancer patients who do not receive treatment and have poor outcomes. Dr. David hopes to bring awareness to factors that influence treatment decisions for patients and physicians to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients in the future. The Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Fund is given to support innovative work at the forefront of cancer treatment, research and palliative care. This grant has been given yearly since 1973 and the recipients have gone on to change the course of cancer treatment and impact the lives of people throughout the world. Congratulations Dr. David!
Surgeon publishes book on effective uses of skin flaps in complex reconstructions
Professor Lee L.Q. Pu has published the first comprehensive text on the variety of ways that flaps — or patches of tissue taken from one part of the body to repair another — can be effectively used in reconstructive plastic surgery. Read more
Spotlight: Miriam Nuño, Ph.D.
Please welcome Dr. Miriam Nuño to the Department of Surgery. Dr. Nuño was jointly recruited by the Department of Surgery and Public Health Sciences to assist in the development and leadership of our Surgical Outcomes Group. She brings significant experience and enthusiasm to our evolving health services research unit.
Miriam Nuño is an Associate Professor in Biostatistics and Associate Professor In Residence in the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research focuses on surgical outcomes, methodological development of metrics aimed to improve patient outcomes and comparative effectiveness studies. Dr. Nuño completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University, postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard School of Public Health and University of California Los Angeles prior to co-directing the Center of Neurosurgical Outcomes Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Nuño has more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to chapters in major textbooks. Recent studies include the identification of factors associated with response to inpatient rehabilitation treatment among traumatic brain injury patients and the overtreatment of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia in surgical ICU patients.
Brown receives the Carolyn Reed Award for 2017
Carolyn E. Reed, M.D. was a thoracic surgeon, an educator, and a successful researcher, who died early and before her retirement. She was an inspiration for young surgeons pursuing academic careers and positions of leadership. To honor the memory of Dr. Reed and to continue her commitment to the education of innovative thoracic surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), in conjunction with Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS), has established the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship.
This annual award provided and administered by TSF, will allow a clinically established woman thoracic or cardiac surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology.
Dr. Brown will travel to the University of Michigan to work with Dr. Amir Ghaferi and learn a research methodology. Dr. Ghaferi is a leading surgical outcomes research, and helped to introduce the concept of "Failure to Rescue" to surgical research.
This is the second year in a row that a member of the UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery has won this award. Dr. Elizabeth David won the 2016 Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship.
Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Research
Robert Canter, M.D., as part of the Cancer Immunotherapy Comparative Oncology Team has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 Dean's Team Award for Excellence. The team was nominated for their outstanding multi-disciplinary team contributions in the mission area of Research involving novel immunotherapy clinical trials in dogs at the School of Veterinary Medicine. The awards ceremony event is on Monday, March 20th at the MIND Institute. Congratulations Dr. Canter.
Farmer elected to leadership role with the American College of Surgeons
Diana Farmer was elected chair of the Board of Governors Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the organization's annual business meeting Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C.
In this role, Farmer will lead all executive committee activities and serve as the committee's liaison to the board of regents that governs ACS and the ACS executive director. She will also work closely with the ACS member services team.
An internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, Farmer is the Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health System, where she is also surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children's Hospital.
Farmer is well known for her skilled surgical treatment of congenital anomalies, her investigations on the safety and effectiveness of treating spina bifida before birth and her expertise in cancer, airway and intestinal surgeries in newborns. She has been an ACS fellow since 1998.
Two junior faculty selected as research grant recipients
Endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell and thoracic surgeon Elizabeth David, were selected for this year's UC Davis American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG). The ACS provides funds through their IRG award (PI: Primo Lara), and the Cancer Center contributes supplemental funds to increase the award amount and the number of recipients. Each recipient will receive $36,000 for one year to use on their pilot projects:
Michael J. Campbell - "Using multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy to assist surgeons in protecting the parathyroid glands during thyroid surgery"
Elizabeth A. David - "Surgery in advanced stage non-small-cell lung cancer and survival: separating correlation from causation"
Surgery physicians named "Top Docs" in Sacramento Magazine
Congratulations to our department surgeons for being recognized as "Top Docs" in the December issue of Sacramento Magazine. They were selected by their peers as some of the best doctors in their field of medicine. We're proud of them for continuing to serve as valuable resources for patients in the Sacramento metropolitan area. Providers who made the list include:
Breast SurgeryRichard J. Bold, M.D.
Cardiac SurgeryW. Douglas Boyd, M.D.
Gary W. Raff, M.D.
J. Nilas Young, M.D.
Colorectal SurgeryLinda M. Farkas, M.D.
Pediatric SurgeryLisa Abramson, M.D.
Diana L. Farmer, M.D.
Shinjiro Hirose, M.D.
Jennifer Keller, M.D.
Clifford Marr, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryGranger B. Wong, M.D.
Thoracic SurgeryLisa M. Brown, M.D.
David T. Cooke, M.D.
Elizabeth A. David, M.D.
Vascular SurgeryWilliam C. Pevec, M.D.
UC Davis surgeons attend first plastic surgery symposium in Cuba
Drs. Pirko Maguiña and Granger Wong traveled to La Havana, Cuba for the first Cuban-American Plastic Surgery symposium, November 3-5. The symposium, RECON CUBA-USA, was co-sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Health and the American Society of Plastic Surgery and has proved to be a big success. Over 300 Cuban surgeons and residents signed up for the program.
Becker wins No Cal ACS COT paper competition
James Becker, MD. is the winner of the Northern California American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition Basic Science Category. This is a competition open to surgical residents and trauma fellows in which they describe original clinical investigation or basic science research in the area of trauma care or prevention. His work, entitled "Secondary Renal Injury in the Absence of Shock in a Murine Pulmonary Contusion Model of Trauma," investigated a mechanism through which activation of coagulation and innate immune responses early in trauma results in organ damage away from the initial area of injury. We wish him the best as he goes on to participate in the Region 9 American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition coming up this December. Congratulations Dr. Becker!
Blaker receives the Army Commendation Medal for service
Integrated cardiothoracic resident Melissa Blaker was honored with the Army Commendation Medal for her service at Landstuhl Medical Center as a pediatrician. Dr. Blaker was recognized for her leadership of the Pediatric Clinic in which she spearheaded a quality improvement initiative to eliminate unnecessary clinic appointments while maintaining a 96 percent access to care rate. Dr. Blaker was also recognized for her leadership in the Mother Baby Unit; her dedication to education, training numerous providers in PALS and other community educational efforts; and for her role as a tireless patient advocate playing a pivotal role in many child abuse cases.
Congratulations Dr. Blaker, we are very proud of you and look forward to seeing your future accomplishments!
Young honored for international humanitarian efforts
J. Nilas Young, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UC Davis, has received a 2016 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer International Volunteerism Award for his work in developing heart surgery programs in Russia and South America. Congratulations Dr. Young! [Read full story]
Bateni manuscript on surgery in disseminated cancer patients accepted for publication in PLOS One
Surgery resident Sarah Bateni has a forthcoming manuscript to be published in PLOS One. The manuscript is entitled "Increased Rates of Prolonged Length of Stay, Readmissions, and Discharge to Care Facilities Among Postoperative Patients with Disseminated Malignancy: Implications for Clinical Practice." Using the NSQIP database, Dr. Bateni and co-authors compared patients with disseminated malignancy having surgery to patients having the same operations but without end-stage cancer. They also evaluated novel endpoints, including discharge to nursing homes and readmissions. They found that patients with disseminated cancer had significantly worse outcomes across the board, and in particular, discharge to nursing homes and readmissions were quite high. Congratulations Dr. Bateni! [Read more]
Russo honored as Elks alum of the year
Surgery resident Rachel Russo has been selected as the 2016 Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programs Alum of the Year for her commitment to community service and inspiring others. Congratulations Dr. Russo! [Read full story]
Scholarship recipient to advance the use of a patient engagement app for chest-surgery patients
Connor Dean Grant, an undergraduate student in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2016 UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery/Core Mobile Inc. Patient Engagement Scholarship. Congratulations Dr. Grant! [Read full story]
Perez semi-finalist for ODRC/AOPO award
Congratulations to Richard V. Perez, professor of transplant surgery, on being chosen as a semifinalist (one of four) for the 2016 Organ Donation Research Consortium/Association of Organ Procurement Organizations award for his application "Assessment of Ex Vivo Normothermic Perfusion on Renal Cortical Mitochondria Recovery from Ischemia Reperfusion Injury." This is a highly competitive program and he is being invited to travel to Chicago in October to give a presentation on his research topic. From there the winner of the award will be announced and the grant will be awarded.
Humphries recipient of SVS Research Career Development Travel Award
Misty D. Humphries, assistant professor of vascular surgery, is the recipient of the 2016 Research Career Development Travel Award for the Society of Vascular Surgery. The purpose of the awards program is to identify early-career vascular surgeons with an interest in basic science, translational or clinical research and provide them with a SVS research mentor and funds to attend an established research career development course.
Vanover selected for GME High Value Care Competition Award
Congratulations go to Melissa Vanover, general surgery research resident, for being awarded the GME High Value Care Competition award. Dr. Vanover's submission, "Implementation of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Post-Operative Management of Appendicitis in Children," has been selected for one of eight awards in the 2016-17 UC Davis Medical Center GME High Value Care Competition.
NIH renews knockout mouse project
UC Davis has received a $29,290,259 award over five years from the National Institutes of Health/Office of the Director to support the next phase of its premier Knockout Mouse Project (KOMP). UC Davis is the lead organization of the KOMP2-Phase2 project involving research partners at The Center for Phenogenomics in Toronto, Canada, the Childrens Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) in Oakland, California, and Charles River Laboratories in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The goal of the KOMP project is to produce and phenotype knockout mouse models for up to 1000 genes in an effort to better understand the genetic basis for diseases in humans and animals. In association with awardees at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, UC Davis and its partners will continue to participate in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium of 18 institutions in 12 countries that have to date produced and studied nearly 2500 knockout mouse lines, 700 of which represent models for human disease. Dr. Kent Lloyd, professor in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine and director of the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program, will serve as Principal Investigator and Project Director for the KOMP2-Phase2 project.
Braxton selected to serve on ACGME advisory group
Congratulations to Juanita Braxton, M.B.A, Ed.S., Ph.D. who has been selected to serve on the ACGME Coordinator Advisory Group which is a consultative body to the ACGME administration. She was one of 12 selected from across the nation in graduate medical education. She is also the only surgical education representative in the group. Their first meeting was September 7-8, 2016 in Chicago. For more information go http://www.acgme.org/Program-Directors-and-Coordinators/ACGME-Coordinator-Advisory-Group
Orbay receives UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars Association Travel Award
Congrats to Hakan Orbay, M.D., Ph.D. for receiving the UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars Association Travel Award. This will allow Dr. Orbay to attend the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) 2016 Conference in San Diego on November 17-20. Dr. Orbay's presentation is titled: "In vitro and In vivo Interaction of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells and Breast Cancer Cells". IFATS is a meeting point for the researchers from all over the world working on adipose tissue and adipose tissue-derived stem cells. Dr. Orbay will have a chance to meet and discuss his project with the leaders in the field at this meeting.
Izquierdo wins in Resident Presentation Competition, NW Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
Surgery resident Kevin M. Izquierdo received 2nd place in the Resident Podium Presentation Competition at the Northwest Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons 57th Annual meeting in McCall, Idaho August 3-6.Dr. Izquierdo's presentation was entitled "Is there a role for local excision in patients with large neuroendocrine tumors of the rectum or anus?: Results from the National Cancer Database." The Northwest Society's mission is to support learning among colleagues and the specialty of colon and rectal surgery in the region.
Patel Receives 2016 UCDMC Resident Professionalism Award
Plastic Surgery chief resident Nirav B. Patel is the recipient of the UCDMC Resident Professionalism Award. The purpose of this award, sponsored by Alumni Affairs, is to recognize and honor those trainees identified by their co-workers and ancillary staff for exemplifying the attributes of professionalism. Professionalism in graduate medical education is defined as one who 'aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity, and respect for others.
Greenhalgh to lead study of burn shock treatment
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $2 million to David G. Greenhalgh, a UC Davis surgeon and national leader in treating burn injuries, for a study of the outcomes of a fluid resuscitation treatment for burn patients.
Greenhalgh is chief of burn surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center, where he leads a collaborative treatment and research team that cares for thousands of children and adults throughout California. To read the full story, visit https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/surgery/11377
Farmer recipient of Nina Starr Braunwald award
The Association of Women Surgeons has awarded Diana L. Farmer, Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, the Nina Starr Braunwald award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery. Dr. Farmer will be honored at the AWSF Annual Awards dinner on Monday, October 17th. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!
Cooke inducted into AATS
UC Davis thoracic surgeon David Tom Cooke was inducted into the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) May 16. Founded in 1917, the AATS is an international organization of more than 1,300 of the world's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons. Its members have a proven record of distinction within the specialty and have made significant contributions to the care and treatment of cardiothoracic disease throughout the world. Congratulations, Dr. Cooke! To learn more about the AATS, visit http://aats.org/
Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association
Internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon Diana Farmer was inducted for a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association during the organization's annual meeting held May 15-17 in San Diego. Read full story »
David's new lung cancer study published
A new study, led by thoracic surgeon Elizabeth A. David, was published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery June 7. The study used the California Cancer Registry to identify more than 34,000 patients who had stage IIIA, IIIB or IV NSCLC, and found that patients who received surgery had improved survival rates compared to their non-surgical peers. However, fewer of these patients are undergoing surgery. The study raises an important question: Why aren't more patients evaluated for surgery as part of a comprehensive treatment regimen for the world's deadliest cancer? To read the full story, visit https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/surgery/11116
Perez to speak at White House Organ Summit June 13
Richard V. Perez, chief of transplant surgery, spoke at an Organ Summit at the White House to highlight the role of innovation in organ donation and transplantation and ways to overcome obstacles to increasing organ donation.
This event was webcast live on Monday, June 13, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
Perez, a specialist in kidney and pancreas transplantation and hemodialysis vascular access, is a respected surgeon and educator in the field of organ transplantation. His research focuses on expanding the pool of deceased organs available for renal transplantation and the role of inflammation in altering transplant outcomes.
The UC Davis Transplant Center is one of the nation's leading transplant centers, with the highest rates of deceased kidney transplants in the nation.
Hedayati recipient of 2016 SVS Women's Leadership Training Grant
Vascular surgeon, Nasim Hedayati has received the SVS Women's Leadership Training Grant at the 2016 Vascular Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD during the SVS Member Business Luncheon on Saturday, June 11. The SVS Leadership Development Committee periodically awards training grants to female vascular surgeons. The purpose of the grant program is to develop strong women leaders in vascular surgery. Dr. Hedayati will attend the Association of American Medical Colleges' Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar using funding support from this grant. Her goal is to study the factors that affect retention of women in academic surgery and to help design re-entry programs for mid-career women with career gaps.
Orbay receives UC Davis Committee on Research grant
Hakan Orbay, M.D., Ph.D. was awarded a UC Davis Committee on Research Grant Dr. Orbay has been awarded a Committee on Research grant offered through the UC Davis Office of Research. 72 proposals were reviewed and Dr. Orbay's proposal was viewed as highly meritorious! This project will allow Hakan to gather more pilot data for his infantile Hemangioma research. Congrats Hakan!
Greenhalgh awarded DoD funding
David G. Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burn surgery was awarded a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense to fund a four-year study on how to improve outcomes in burn patients. ABRUPT (Albumin in Resuscitation) is a multimillion dollar project that proposes to test the hypotheses that earlier administration of albumin and use of a higher albumin to crystalloid ratio will result in lower overall fluid resuscitation volumes during the first 24 and 48 hours of burn resuscitation and that the overall reduction in volume requirements will result in fewer edema-related adverse effects and complications. Read more at http://shrinerschildrens.org/dr-david-greenhalgh-to-lead-multi-center-study-to-improve-burn-outcomes/
FIRST reflections: Impact of ACGME duty hours on CT practitioners
Lisa M. Brown, assistant professor of thoracic surgery was featured in Thoracic Surgery News. Dr. Brown and colleagues add thoracic relevance to the findings of the long awaited study in NEJM essentially contradicting adverse effects of strict duty hours on patient outcomes.
UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery and Core Mobile Inc. Announce Thoracic Surgery Patient Engagement Scholarship
The one year Intern Scholarship program is established to introduce the field of cardiothoracic surgery patient engagement to UC Davis undergraduate students and nursing students, with the goal of broadening their educational experience by providing an opportunity to spend one year working within the Section of General Thoracic Surgery and Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Recipients will learn:
a) patient engagement in the thoracic surgical population;
b) work with the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Core Mobile Inc. to develop technology applications to facilitate patient engagement;
c) assist in enrolling cardiothoracic surgery patients into a current patient engagement system.
The Scholarship is funded by Core Mobile Inc. and provides a grant of $4,000 in four installments to the successful applicants. The Scholarship will also fund enrollment into the UC Davis Health System’s Certificate Program in Health System Improvement.
Goodman receives 2016-17 Fulbright Grant
Laura Goodman, a general surgery resident at UC Davis, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant to study the surgical needs of children abroad in Mongolia. This will be Goodman's second time living and working in Mongolia. It was there that she first decided to become a doctor while volunteering as an English teacher through the Peace Corps. Read the full story in the UC Davis Health System newsroom, at https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/11081
Orbay wins research award
Surgical trainee Hakan Orbay, M.D., Ph.D., who is in Dr. Sahar's lab won the Inaugural Thomas R. Russell, M.D., F.A.C.S. Resident Research Award presented at the most recent NorCal Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting held at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. Dr. Orbay's presentation was entitled "A Nanoparticle Based Drug Delivery System for the Treatment of Infantile Hemangiomas." The late Dr. Russell, was a past president of the Nor Cal Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the former long time Executive Director of the ACS.
Successful ABA meeting
The Shriners/UC Davis Burn Program was extremely successful at this year's 48th Annual American Burn Association Meeting. We are proud of everyone's contributions. The highlights include:
- David G. Greenhalgh, M.D. won the Harvey Stuart Allan Distinguished Service Award – given to a physician who has made exemplary contributions to burn care.
- Ingrid S. Parry M.S., P.T., from Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California won the Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Service Award-given to a non-physician who has made exemplary contributions to burn care.
- Tina L. Palmieri, M.D. completed her tenure on the American Burn Association Board of Trustees
The UC Davis/Shriners Burn Program presented 14 papers at the meeting, including the plenary session of top 6 abstracts
- Laura Galganski M.D., surgery resident, presented at the Top 6 Abstract Plenary session for her paper: "Randomized Comparison of Packed Red Blood Cell-to-Fresh Frozen Plasma Transfusion Ratio of 4:1 versus 1:1 During Acute Massive Burn Excision"
- Eleanor Curtis M.D., surgery resident, presented the paper: "Frailty Scores Worsen During Hospitalization of Elderly Patients and Lead to Poor Outcomes" and poster "Gas Siphoning Burns"
- Anna Eley M.D., surgery resident, presented the poster: "A Novel Glucocorticoid Receptor Isoform Induced by LPS"
- Arpuna Jain, burn fellow, presented the poster:: "Mean Platelet Volume is a Marker for Mortality in Burn Patients"
- Jesus Ramirez, burn fellow, presented the poster: "Sodium Variability Increases Mortality in Severe Burn Injury" and "Autologous Fat Grafting Does Not Improve Burn Scar Appearance: A Prospective, Randomized, Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study"-won best in category
- Mary Beth Lawless R.N., M.S.N. UCDMC, moderated Sunrise Symposium: Research Facilitation in the Burn Unit
- Katrina Falwell B.S.N., R.N., UCDMC, presented the paper: "Factors That Cause Delays in Initiation of Burn Multi-Center Studies-How Can We Improve the Process?"
- Ingrid Parry P.T., Shriners Hospital, presented the paper "Cutaneous Functional Units Predict Range of Motion Recovery with Therapy"
- Alura Barson M.S.N., UCDMC, presented the poster: "Admission Frailty Score and Neuropathy Predict Increased Risk of Amputations in Diabetic Patients with Lower Extremity Burns"
- Donald Neal R.N., Shriners Hospital, presented the poster: "Amniotic Membrane Treatment for Ocular Extension of SJS/TEN is a Safe Therapy for Pediatric Patients"
- Kelly Lima B.S., UCDMC, presented the poster "Clinical Distribution of Microorganisms Causing Infection in Burn Patients"
- Kelsey Hartman-Viega, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California presented
- Oral Presentation: "Pediatric Cooking-Related Burn Injuries"
- Poster: "Home Remedies and First Aid Treatment for Burns: How Do People Really Treat Burns at Home?"
David Greenhalgh, M.D. presented at the following:
- Burn Leadership Boot Camp: "How to Support Research by Burn Team Members"
- Moderator: Quality Improvement papers
- Professor Walk Rounds: Quality Improvement, Wounds-Translational
- The Year in Review: Top Burn Publications in 2015: Best Papers in Journal of Wound Repair and Regeneration
Tina Palmieri, M.D. presented at the following:
- Resuscitation Special Interest Group: "Traumatic Brain Injury and Burns: A Lethal Combination"
- Postgraduate Course on Disaster: "Care and Special Needs of Children in a Disaster"
- Pro/Con Debate: "Urinary Output is a Good Marker of Adequate Acute Fluid Resuscitation for Burns"
- Moderator Luncheon Symposium: Evaluating Burn Outcomes
- Moderator: The Year in Review: Top Burn Publications in 2015
Brown selected to participate in AATS Leadership Academy
Lisa M. Brown, M.D., M.A.S. was selected to attend the American Association of Thoracic Surgery 2016 Leadership Academy in conjunction with the annual meeting this year in Baltimore, MD. The AATS Leadership Academy introduces potential future leaders in CT surgery to the administrative, interpersonal, and mentoring skills necessary to lead within their institution and the surgical community. This is an interactive program focused on providing networking opportunities with the goal of building professional relationships with senior faculty members in the field.
Winners announced, 27th Annual Research Symposium
The Department of Surgery held its 27th Annual Research Symposium on April 19th. The keynote speaker was Lloyd Ratner, M.D., director of Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation, Department of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. The Awards Banquet was held at the Crocker Art Museum at 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA. Congratulations to the award recipients:
Laura Galganski, MD – Best Clinical Research
Jiwon S. Park – Best Basic Science Research
Connor Long – Best Poster Presentation
Pu inducted as fellow of American Surgical Association
Lee L. Q. Pu, professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery was officially inducted as a fellow of American Surgical Association (ASA) on April 14, 2016 in Chicago, IL. ASA is the oldest and most prestigious surgical society in US and has only 388 active members now. Dr. Pu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He is also a fellow of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons.
Dr. Pu has clinical interests and expertise in the area of reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body, soft-tissue reconstruction of the lower extremities, and other complex reconstructions.
He also specializes in autologous fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, minimally invasive facial cosmetic surgery, and reconstructive microsurgery. His research interests focuses on long-term preservation of adipose tissues, improvement of fat grafting technique, and application of stem cell technology. He is an internationally renowned expert on fat grafting, plastic surgery of the breast, and soft -tissue reconstruction of the lower extremity. He has published two major textbooks in plastic surgery, 38 book chapters, and 140 journal articles. He also has served 52 visiting professorships and given 173 invited lectures and key note presentations, both nationally and internationally.
Canter receives SSO Clinical Investigator Award
The Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation has awarded Robert J. Canter a two-year, $100,000 SSO Clinical Investigator Award. An associate professor of clinical surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology, Dr. Canter will collaborate with the School of Veterinary Medicine on a project titled "Radiation and Natural Killer Cell Immunotherapy to Target Tumor Heterogeneity in Canine Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma." Through the study, Canter hopes to improve treatment for dogs with osteosarcoma. For more on the award and the Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation.
Russo wins first place in trauma paper competition for ACS COT
Surgery resident Rachel Russo M.D. won first place in the basic science category for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) national resident trauma paper competition for Partial Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (P-REBOA) in a Shocked Swine Model. This collaborative project between UC Davis and the Clinical Investigations Facility at Travis Air Force Base represents the first project in a two year line of research into new approaches to REBOA for the treatment of non-compressible torso hemorrhage. The associated paper will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Perry and Hashimi CTSNet Resident Video Competition Winners
Congratulations to Paul Perry, M.D. and Habiba Hashimi on winning The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network 2015 Resident Video Competition.
Palma and Kabagambe presented at AST
Ivonne Palma and Dr. Sandra Kabagambe from Dr. Richard Perez's lab had their abstracts accepted as poster presentations at the American Society of Transplantation, Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEOT) in Phoenix, Arizona Feb. 25-27, 2016.
Presenting Author: Ivonne Palma, Junior Specialist – Abstract Title: Comparison of ex-vivo hypothermic (EVHP) versus normothermic perfusion (EVNP) of high-risk deceased donor kidneys
Presenting Author: Sandra Kabagambe, Surgical Research Resident – Abstract Title: Ex-vivo Normothermic Perfusion (EVNP) for Assessment of High Risk Deceased Donor Kidneys for Transplantation
Wang receives a research grant from the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures (VIRC)
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory receives a research grant from the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures (VIRC). The Mission of the VIRC of UC Davis is to pioneer regenerative medicine cures for animals and people with a primary objective to develop and integrate regenerative medicine discoveries into clinical practice. Dr. Wang serves as a research committee member and a core faculty member for the VIRC. In this research project, Dr. Wang's team is going to derive and characterize stem cells from dog placentas and they will use these stem cells to develop novel regenerative treatments for spinal cord injury. Congratulations Dr. Wang!
Cooke selected to receive 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
David Tom Cooke, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate professor in thoracic surgery has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Early to Mid-Career Level. The Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring recognizes and rewards School of Medicine scholars who excel in mentoring and thus contribute to the success of the faculty and UC Davis Health System.
Dr. Cooke was nominated for his longstanding mentorship and support of UC Davis medical students.
A mentor plays a critical role in the successful development of others to realize their full academic potential. The purpose of the award is not only to reward the outstanding performance of an Academic Federation or Academic Senate member, but to acknowledge his or her contribution as a transformative leader.
Faculty Development administers the awards. Each fall, it invites chairs, vice chairs, division chiefs, section heads, residents, medical students and other trainees to nominate faculty who demonstrate transformative leadership qualities.
Each of the awardees will receive a cash award and be honored at a recognition reception on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the MIND Institute Auditorium.
Spotlight: Gregory J. Jurkovich, M.D.
Gregory J. Jurkovich, M.D. joins the Department of Surgery as a full time faculty. He will act as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality and also as attending faculty in the Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Clinical Care. He received an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. His surgery residency was at the University of Colorado, with a trauma research fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Jurkovich has looked extensively at some of the major problems in trauma, including new methods of measuring outcome in trauma patients, the role of hypothermia in trauma, alcohol and injury, the immune-inflammatory response to injury, and nutritional support in the critically injured. He has held leadership positions in the Association of Academic Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons, and has served as President of the Western Trauma Association and the Washington State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He has served as Vice Chairman and Chief of Regions of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS/COT). He has chaired the AAST Committee on the Acute Care Surgeon, working to define the future training paradigm for trauma surgeons, and he is a recent Past President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Jurkovich currently serves as the President of the National Trauma Institute and a director with the American Board of Surgery.
Russo paper selected for presentation at ACS COT
Research resident Rachel Russo's paper "Partial Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (P-REBOA) in a Shocked Swine Model" has been chosen for an oral presentation representing Region 13 to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma on March 10-12, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The paper is one of eight resident basic science projects that have made it to this level of competition. The top two projects in this division will be awarded, with the top paper being published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Keller presents at the 29th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly
Research resident Benjamin A. Keller presented his work on the "Replacement Of A Swine Model: Design Of A Cost Effective Hemodynamically Adjustable Model (HAM) For REBOA Simulation" at the 29th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly, January 12-16, 2016 at the JW Marriott San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to his presentation, Dr. Keller's simulator was used as a training tool during the EAST Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) course.
Surgery welcomes three new faculty and surgery clinic nurse manager
Candice Sauder, M.D., our first fellowship trained breast surgeon. Dr. Sauder comes to us from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas and the University of Indiana.
Linda Farkas, M.D., a specialty-trained colorectal surgeon from Duke University has joined us to lead a new Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Jerry Jurkovich, M.D., a distinguished leader in Acute Care Surgery, has joined our Trauma team from University of Colorado and will be serving as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality.
Tracy Seward is our new Nurse Manager in the Surgery Clinic. Tracy is transferring from OB-GYN and brings nearly 20 years of UC Davis experience to the department.
Tibbits selected as 2016 Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship recipient
Congratulations to Dr. Emily Tibbits on her selection as a 2016 Women In Thoracic Surgery Scholarship Recipient! Dr. Tibbits was selected among a competitive applicant pool to attend the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The WTS scholarship program has awarded 55 scholarships since its inception in 2005. In awarding this annual WTS scholarship, Women in Thoracic Surgery is fulfilling one of its stated missions “to enhance the education of women thoracic surgeons.” She was mentored by Dr. Jennifer Lawton of Washington University in St. Louis, MO at the meeting. Congratulations Dr. Tibbits!
David receives the Carolyn Reed Award for 2016
Elizabeth A. David, assistant professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery is a recipient of the Carolyn Reed Award for 2016. This annual award, provided and administered by the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, will allow a clinically established woman thoracic or cardiac surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. Congratulations Dr. David!
Wang receives a research grant from the March of Dimes Foundation
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory is a recipient of the 2016 Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Foundation. The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Dr. Wang's project is to study the neuroprotective function of placental stem cells and the application of these stem cells for the treatment of spina bifida. Congrats Dr. Wang!
Breast Cancer Patient Education Act becomes law
PGY-5 Plastics resident Nirav Patel lobbied at the US Capitol in early November 2015 with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' Legislative Advocacy Committee, which helped pass the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCPEA). It requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction and other available alternatives post-mastectomy.
Wang receives 2016 Interdepartmental Seed Grant
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory is a recipient of the 2016 UC Davis Health System Interdepartmental Research Grant. The Interdepartmental Seed Grant is initiated and supported by seven participating departments (Dermatology, Radiology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, Medical Microbiology and Immunology) and the Dean's office. The purpose of this grant is to support new, highly innovative collaborations between the departments. Dr. Wang's project is entitled "Engineering Blood Vessels with induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Endothelial Cells and Artificial Matrix". It is a collaborative project with the Co-PI Dr. Ping Zhou from the Department of Internal Medicine. Out of 22 highly competitive projects, only five were chosen for funding. Congrats Dr. Wang!
Pu serves as course director at international forum
Lee L. Q. Pu professor of plastic surgery traveled to Taiwan on September 5-6, 2015 and served as the course director for the 2015 International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Taipei teaching course focusing on aesthetic plastic surgery. This kind of the course is regularly organized by ISAPS and is an important educational forum for plastic surgeons worldwide. A total of 23 internationally renowned plastic surgeons were invited by Dr. Pu as teaching faculty members. A total of 239 plastic surgeons from Taiwan and 70 plastic surgeons from foreign countries attended this 2-day's course. The course has again demonstrated the value of "Worldwide Aesthetic Surgery Education", an important mission of ISAPS.
Ali receives ASMBS research grant
Mohamed R. Ali, professor and chief of Bariatric Surgery and director of Minimally Invasive Surgery is the recipient of the 2015 LEAD Award for obesity research. His grant is titled Gut Microbiota and Their Xeno-Metabolites: Associations with Metabolic Health of Women Undergoing Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. The ASMBS Foundation's annual LEAD Awards honors those who have shown leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. This year the ASMBS Foundation and the ASMBS recognized the recipients during the LEAD Awards ceremony which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in November.
New books by Pu focus on fat grafting in plastic surgery
Lee L.Q. Pu, professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery, is the leading author of two recently published books, "Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 1" and ""Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 2."
Fat grafting has become a rapidly growing field in plastic surgery and is now one of the most commonly performed procedures in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The book covers all aspects of working with fat for reconstructive or cosmetic surgery, focusing on the history and development of fat grafting, fat grafting for facial and breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, fat grafting for treatment of burns and other difficult wounds, as well as its regenerative potential.
With special emphasis on harvesting, processing and storage of harvested fat, and how to maximize the results of fat grafting, the book features contributions from world renowned plastic surgeons and founding members who formed a new international society, the International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES), in 2011.
"Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 1" and "Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 2" are published by Elsevier.
Farmer, Hirose, featured in UC Davis Medicine
UC Davis is home to three of the country's top authorities and technicians on fetal intervention: David Schrimmer, Shinjiro Hirose and Diana Farmer. New techniques in maternal-fetal medicine and fetal surgery allow for crucial medical assistance earlier than ever, in utero or during the birthing process. [Click here for full story]
2015-2016 "Best Doctors" list, Sacramento Magazine
Congratulations to the doctors in the Department of Surgery who have been included on a list of the Sacramento region's best doctors by an organization that bases its selections on surveys of other physicians. The story is featured in the December 2015 issue of Sacramento Magazine. The following doctors are included in the Best Doctor Inc., regional list of doctors for which Sacramento Magazine secured the rights to publish.
According to Best Doctors, founded in 1989 by two physicians affiliated with Harvard Medical School, this survey replicates "the informal, peer-to-peer referral process that doctors themselves use to determine the most appropriate physicians for individual cases." During the survey period, the doctors also may nominate and provide information on other physicians who they think should be considered in the peer-review process. Read the full Sacramento Magazine story
Mohamed R. Ali – Bariatric Surgery
Diana L. Farmer – Pediatric Surgery
Shinjiro Hirose – Pediatric Surgery [read more]
Granger B. Wong – Plastic Surgery
Richard J. Bold – Surgical Oncology
Scott Hundahl – Surgical Oncology
Richard V. Perez – Transplant Surgery
Julie A. Freischlag – Vascular Surgery
William C. Pevec – Vascular Surgery
Transplant Center featured on Project Thank You, Discovery Family Channel
Richard V. Perez, chief of the UC Davis Transplant Center, and kidney transplant recipient Maple Avery appear in a public service announcement (PSA) currently airing on the Discovery Family channel.
The PSA highlights the importance of saying “thank you,” focusing on Avery’s gratitude for Perez, who was her transplant surgeon, her entire transplant team and her organ donor. Her daughter, Cherysse Walton, who cared for Avery throughout the recovery process, also appears in the PSA.
The Discovery Family team focused on UC Davis because of the transplant center’s reputation for excellence and Perez’s commitment to honoring organ donors and their families with a simple but powerful gesture: a face-to-face thank you. Perez has met with donor families to express gratitude and to assure relatives that their loves ones’ organs will make huge differences in recipients’ lives.
"I feel these families deserve our support and our appreciation for their generous act," Perez said. "Most of them are in the midst of a horrible tragedy, and they can be dealing with an unexpected, often traumatic death. Yet one donor can save as many as eight lives with organ donation and improve countless others with tissue donation. Expressing thanks is the least we can do."
The PSA is part of Discovery Family's PROJECT THANK YOU, a call-to-action during the holiday season for families to remember the importance of showing appreciation and giving thanks.
Lee, Section of Endocrine Surgery release study that examines EBRT role
Surgery resident Jessica Lee, M.D. and her colleagues in the UC Davis Section of Endocrine Surgery are releasing a study that examines the role of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in locally advanced, differentiated thyroid cancer. Prior studies suggest that some patients with locally advanced cancers may have improved outcomes with EBRT. However, Lee et al. suggest that EBRT does not to improve survival in this patient population, regardless of their age, gender, tumor size, or histologic subtype. Lee will present these findings at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Jacksonville, Florida, February 2016.
Farmer elected to leadership position with the American College of Surgeons
Diana Farmer, pediatric surgeon, chair of the Department of Surgery and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor of Surgery, was elected vice chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the organization’s Clinical Congress 2015, held in October. She will serve a one-year term.
Members of the Board of Governors are integral to the administration of the ACS as an organization, and they are expected to serve as official links between ACS fellows nationwide and the 22-member Board of Regents that governs the association.
Farmer, Christine Cocanour, professor of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care, and David Cooke, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, also serve as governors-at-large for the Northern California chapter of the ACS.
Goodman selected for ACS Scholarship
Laura Goodman, fourth year resident, was selected for the American College of Surgeons Resident and Associate Society International Exchange Scholarship to Italy. She gave an oral presentation, “Developing Global Surgery Partnerships” at the 29th annual ACS Italy Chapter meeting in Milan on October 23rd, 2015. She also visited the Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital and the associated Advanced International Mini-invasive Surgery Academy. UC Davis residents should be encouraged to apply for this competitive exchange opportunity, which occurs in Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, and Australia annually. Additional future directions include developing a Northern California ACS Chapter Partnership Program with an overseas chapter of the ACS.
Cancer Center's lung cancer specialists attend Best of WCLC
Dr. Lisa M. Brown recently participated in The Best of WCLC 2015, held at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco Oct. 3. Organized by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and sponsored by The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). The one-day conference was a follow-up to IASLC's 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), held Sept. 6-9 in Denver. At the Best of WCLC meeting Dr. Brown summarized important findings in regards to lung cancer screening and smoking cessation from the World Conference. Dr. Brown plays a leadership role in the UC Davis Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program. Dr. Brown was one of seven specialists that attended.
Cooke named chair of ACS Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery
At the most recent American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago, Dr. David T. Cooke presented his PCORI funded work as part of the Scientific Forum: Quality, Safety and Outcomes IV. The abstract entitled: “Social Media Can be Used as a Qualitative Research Tool in Surgical Patient-Centered Outcomes Research,” compared social media to in-person focus groups, and described its effectiveness in introducing diverse perspectives in thoracic surgery qualitative research. In addition, Dr. Cooke was named chair of the ACS Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery
Shatz selected as EMS Medical Director of the Year
David V. Shatz, a trauma surgeon at UC Davis Medical Center, has been selected as the EMS Medical Director of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
The award will be presented at the annual California Emergency Medical Services Awards Program on Dec. 2 in San Francisco.
The EMS Authority’s Awards Program is intended to honor special advocacy meritorious acts, innovations or new approaches to improve EMS in the state, or other unique and/or significant contributions by EMS personnel. The EMS Medical Director of the Year Award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, online or offline, and who has served with distinction.
Shatz serves as the medical director for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, and is chair of the Northern California Regional Trauma Coordinating Committee and the San Joaquin County Trauma Adult Committee. Dan Burch, administrator of the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, nominated Shatz for the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award.
“Dr. Shatz has dedicated countless hours providing insight and advice on trauma cases for the San Joaquin County Trauma Audit Committee,” Burch wrote. “His invaluable mentorship of the Trauma Audit Committee has contributed greatly to the successful implementation of San Joaquin County’s trauma system. Dr. Shatz’ leadership of the trauma quality improvement process has set a high standard for case review accountability in San Joaquin County.”
The EMS Authority cited Shatz' efforts to standardize trauma protocols across Northern California as part of the basis for his selection for the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award.
Shatz is a professor in the UC Davis Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
The EMS Authority is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel.
Lloyd awarded NIH grant
The NIH Human Microbiome Project has led to tantalizing discoveries regarding the relationship between disease, genes, and the microbiome. A number of researchers at UC Davis conduct research on the gut microbiome, but lack access to gnotobiotic facilities to house genetically-altered mice for studying the relationship between the microbiome and genome. Fortunately, UC Davis was recently awarded an NIH G20 grant of approximately $400,000 to upgrade and renovate animal care infrastructure to create the Gnotobiotic Mouse Research Center (GMRC) that will provide vivarium conditions suitable for mouse studies on the gut microbiome. Located on the UC Davis campus, the GMRC will include preparation, rederivation, and experimental rooms accessible to any campus investigator conducting microbiome research. Highly trained staff from the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program (MBP) under the leadership of Dr. Kent Lloyd, Director of the MBP, will manage and operate the facility. One of the unique features of the GMRC will enable researchers to manipulate the microbiome in mouse models custom-designed using gene targeting and genome editing technologies available through the MBP.
Davidson awarded grant for study
Surgery resident Anders J. Davidson, M.D. was awarded $99,400 for his study entitled "Comparison of temporary open arterial revascularization using stent grafts vs. standard vascular shunts in a porcine (Sus scrofa) model." The grant was awarded by the AF Clinical Investigations Program, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General SG5P, Research and Innovations. Congratulations Dr. Davidson!
Russo awarded grant for study
Rachel Russo's study entitled "Chest tube versus pigtail catheter drainage of on-going hemothorax in swine (Sus scrofa)" has been selected for partial funding. The final award amount is $25,150. The grant was awarded by the AF Clinical Investigations Program, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General SG5P, Research and Innovations. Congratulations Dr. Russo!
Greenhalgh to receive Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award
David Greenhalgh, Chief of Burn Surgery at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center and at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California has been selected for the Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award. He is one of two recipients to receive the award for 2015. "The Breslau Award, named for Alan Breslau, Phoenix Society founder, and his wife Delwyn, is the highest distinction The Phoenix Society can bestow. This award honors a Phoenix Society member who has, through a collaborative spirit, significantly enhanced the ability of The Phoenix Society to fulfill its mission of peer support, education, and advocacy. By virtue of their character, integrity and the service they provide to those impacted by a burn injury this person has enhanced the burn community at large."
"He served as president of the American Burn Association in 2006. He was chosen for his well-documented and celebrated work in the acute care of survivors. His work has had a far-reaching impact on the delivery of burn care in the US and internationally. While serving on the Phoenix Society Board of Directors from 2008-2014, he formed a joint committee of the Phoenix Society and the American Burn Association. This committee focuses on aftercare reintegration, elevating the Phoenix Society programs and the value of the perspective of the survivor in improving long term outcomes." (taken from Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors)
Greenhalgh has been involved in all aspects of treatment and research related to burn care, nationally and internationally for more than 25 years. He also serves as chief of burn surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children-Northern California.
Greenhalgh has authored more than 185 published peer-reviewed papers and is the associate editor for the Journal of Surgical Research, a clinical editor for Wound Repair and Regeneration and associate editor for the Journal of Burn Care and Research. He is past president of the American Burn Association, and holds board positions on the Phoenix Society and the International Society for Burn Injuries. He also is the recent and first recipient of the Helen Marian Bart Endowed Chair and Professorship in Burn Care at UC Davis.
New UC Davis study finds many adrenal tumors are never properly evaluated
James Becker, M.D. and his colleagues in the UC Davis Section of Endocrine Surgery are releasing a study of over 4,600 patients that evaluates the management of incidentally discovered adrenal tumors, commonly termed "adrenal incidentalomas." Adrenal tumors are common findings on CT scans. Most experts feel that patients with adrenal incidentalomas should undergo a proper hormone evaluation and a follow up CT scan to evaluate for cancer or other tumor related problems. In his study, Becker found that only a fraction of patients with incidentally discovered adrenal tumors underwent a hormone evaluation in accordance with expert recommendations. Becker hopes this study will start to provide a framework for a more comprehensive approach to the management of patients with adrenal tumors. Becker will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, February 2016.
Anderson to present at ACS annual meeting
Jamie Anderson will presenting research on the risks of parathyroidectomy in dialysis patients at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. Using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, Anderson, and co-author Michael Campbell found that patients on dialysis have an increased risk of complications and death when compared to patients not on dialysis; however, the risks were similar to those seen in dialysis patients undergoing arterial-venous fistula operations for hemodialysis access. The authors hope this information will help physicians counsel their patients as to the risks and benefits of parathyroid surgery in patients with renal failure.
Please welcome new faculty to our team
We welcome six new members to our faculty. Drs. Salvador Guevara, Ian Brown, Rebecca Stark, and Lisa Brown will be joining our full-time faculty and Drs. Jacob Stephenson and Joseph DuBose will join us as Volunteer Clinical Faculty (VCFs).
This is an exciting time for the department as we grow our surgery clinical practice and add additional surgical specialties. We still have quite a few more openings to fill, but we are forging ahead in our efforts to build a robust Surgery Department and becoming the best in California.
Dr. Salvador G. Guevara will be joining our Colorectal Division. He will have a joint appointment with us and the VA. He will serve as a critical resource within the Division of Surgical Oncology for complex lower gastrointestinal malignancy and integrate well with the multidisciplinary team involved in the treatment of these tumors. He will also provide critical expertise to the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery for the management of benign diseases of the colon and rectum, especially inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Guevara also comes with expertise in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. He will be working closely with Drs. Richard Bold and Hung Ho and will have clinic in both the Cancer Center and GI clinics. He will provide much needed expertise to our patient care population requiring colorectal surgery.
Dr. Ian E. Brown, most of you have already had the privilege of working with during his Critical Care Fellowship here with us at UC Davis. Dr. Brown will participate fully in all aspects of clinical trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care, including call and rounds. He will be instrumental in helping to balance out the workload of the regions only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Dr. Rebecca A. Stark is a welcomed addition to our newly developed Academic Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery. She will be the second member of the division and will help Dr. Shinjiro Hirose get our division off the ground and implement a new Fetal Treatment Center here at UC Davis. Dr. Stark will perform all aspects of pediatric surgery including neonatal surgery, trauma, oncologic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery.
Dr. Lisa M. Brown will join Dr. David Cooke in Thoracic Surgery. She will focus her efforts on non-cardiac general thoracic surgery which includes, but not limited to thoracic oncology, the surgical treatment of malignant and benign esophageal and lung disease, complex endoscopy and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic assisted thoracic surgery (RATS). Dr. Brown will also assist Drs. Douglas Boyd and Elizabeth David with our robotic cardiothoracic surgery program.
Dr. Jacob Stephenson is a US Air Force Pediatric Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon. He was recently transferred to the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. He has been appointed as VCF and through our partnership with David Grant Medical Center, Dr. Stephenson will have the opportunity to provide service to our new Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery as well as our Trauma team.
Dr. Joseph DuBose is another US Air Force Surgeon stationed at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base. He has been appointed as VCF and will provide support on both the Vascular and Trauma service and will assist in training medical students, residents, and fellows.
New vascular ultrasound book published, 10 UC Davis contributors
Drs. David L. Dawson (University of California, Davis) and R. Eugene Zierler (University of Washington) are the editors of the updated Strandness’s Duplex Scanning in Vascular Disorders, to be published October 30, 2015. Now in its updated fifth edition, Strandness’s Duplex Scanning in Vascular Disorders is the standard text on the use of duplex scanning in the study and diagnosis of vascular disorders. This evidence-based, practical text was expanded to cover all vascular duplex ultrasound topics, including principles and instrumentation; cerebrovascular; aortoiliac and peripheral arterial; peripheral venous; visceral vascular; and preoperative planning, intraoperative assessment and procedural guidance.
Wisner appointed Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
David H. Wisner, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, has been appointed as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs in the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Wisner’s appointment by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi became effective Sept. 1. He succeeds James Goodnight, who retired in September after 35 years of distinguished service at the health system.
“Dr. Wisner has been one of our most valuable and dedicated physicians and leaders at the health system for many years,” said Julie Freischlag, Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. “He’s always been willing to serve in whatever capacity he’s been needed, and I am thrilled that Dr. Wisner has agreed to accept this key position. I know that his broad experience and knowledge will serve us well.”
Wisner’s appointment also includes the position of Executive Director of the Practice Management Board.
In his new position, Wisner, in conjunction with members of the Practice Management Board, will design the structure, rules, scope of responsibility, funding needs and medical practice goals of the board. He will administer the board’s daily operations, set a vision for excellent services, and provide leadership, analysis and strategic direction.
In addition, Wisner will identify and address process-improvement opportunities, and evaluate and recommend alternative approaches to achieving strategic goals.
Wisner’s undergraduate and medical education, as well as his professional career, all have been associated with UC Davis. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 1977 and his medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1981. He was appointed to the faculty of the surgery department in 1987.
He is a nationally recognized surgeon who specializes in evaluating and treating patients with shock and traumatic injuries, including abdominal and head injuries. He has special interests in improving the quality of trauma care at the community level and has supported or led the development of trauma centers throughout the state.
UC Davis vascular surgeon appears on The CBS Evening News
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on Monday covered the leading-edge procedure at UC Davis that saved the life of a 36-year-old veteran parachutist in July.
Legendary correspondent John Blackstone interviewed vascular surgeon Professor David Dawson and the patient, Iwan van der Schoor, at the medical center.
The skydiver was injured after jumping from a helicopter at Lake of the Pines during a Fourth of July performance, falling too fast, hitting the water too hard, and suffering broken ribs and blunt injury to his aorta.
“Hitting the water at 40, maybe 50 miles per hour, is not quite a brick wall, but it’s pretty close,” van der Schoor told Blackstone.
He was rescued and taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where Dawson and a team of vascular surgeons, trauma surgeons and others were waiting.
“We know from historical data that half the people who have an injury like this are dead within 24 hours,” Dawson told Blackstone.
But medical advances have changed those odds dramatically, he said.
Dawson used a device called TEVAR, or thoracic endovascular aortic repair, to treat van der Schoor’s injury.
In the procedure, a wire is threaded through a tiny incision in the patient’s groin along blood vessels to the damaged aorta. Using a ripcord, an endovascular graft, like a tiny parachute, is opened inside the blood vessel, ensuring the continued flow of blood to the body and allowing the aorta to heal.
“So you saved the parachutist’s life by pulling a ripcord?” Blackstone asked.
“By pulling a ripcord,” Dawson replied.
Salcedo named new Surgical Director for the CVC
Edgardo S. Salcedo, assistant professor of Surgery, has been named the new Surgical Director for the Center for Virtual Care (CVC). The Center for Virtual Care is a state-of-the art facility showcasing a Trauma Bay, OR, inpatient unit, 6 bay patient area, standardized patient exam rooms, debrief rooms, conference room, student carrels and equipment repair area. The CVC offers the latest educational simulators and task trainers to integrate into curriculums.
The Center for Virtual Care is accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute through the American College of Surgeons.
Amaral Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship recipient
Dr. Marisa Amaral has been selected by the AATS Graham Foundation as an Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship recipient for 2015. She is a resident of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident program in the Department of Surgery.
The AATS Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship provides an advanced educational experience for 20 North American general thoracic awardees and their attending surgeons to spend a two-day period at Intuitive Surgical's Sunnyvale, CA or the Atlanta, GA facility to experience an advanced training course on Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci System. Successful applicants will receive a mixture of didactic and hands-on lectures to maximize the value of the Fellowship.
Dr. Amaral will be acknowledged during the 2016 AATS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, M.D. and will receive an invitation to the Annual AATS Graham Foundation Reception.
FFBI Regional Burn Center receives thank you
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Cal Fire Incident Management Team 1 thanks Dr. David Greenhalgh and members of the Fire Fighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center for their support and assistance provided to the CAL FIRE and USFS firefighters who suffered burns during the Lowell Fire In Nevada County.
Wang awarded Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) grant
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory was awarded $50,000 in funding for VasoFlo, an artificial arterial graft designed to address the complications that plague existing artificial vascular grafts. The design allows attachment to the vessel walls without sutures, and protects against turbulent blood flow, thrombosis, and intimal hyperplasia. With STAIR funding, the team will construct a viable prototype using FDA-approved materials and test the efficacy in a large animal bypass model. View the UC Davis Office of Research article. View the Sacramento Business Journal article
Cancer Center selected for Innovation grant
The cancer center is one of five recipients of an Innovation grant awarded by the UC Davis Practice Management Board Innovation Work Group for 2015. The $150,000 award will fund a pilot project to improve care for patients with leukemia and head and neck cancers through the development of The Personal Health Network, a mobile application that gives patients instant access to their health care team. The project is led by professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology Richard Bold and Kathy Kim, assistant professor at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
Cooke elected to membership in prestigious AATS
Dr. David Cooke has been elected to membership into the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. This is a prestigious honor reserved for academic cardiothoracic surgeons who have established themselves as leaders in the specialty. "The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is an international organization of the world's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons representing 41 countries. Founded in 1917, its members have a proven record of distinction within the specialty and have made significant contributions to the care and treatment of cardiothoracic disease throughout the world.” Active membership is limited to only 800 individuals. Dr. Cooke will be honored at the upcoming AATS Annual Meeting held in May 2016.
Surgery resident updates
Please congratulate the UC Davis residents who displayed a strong showing at the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 2015 Annual Meeting held May 15-16 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California.
Dr. Tejveer Dhillon presented his Committee on Trauma first place winning research paper, mentored by Dr. Garth Utter.
Dr. Jamie Anderson was an award winning finalist for her research paper, mentored by Dr. Michael Campbell
The UC Davis Team of Drs. Nalanie Grace and Tejveer Dhillon came in second place in the Surgical Jeopardy competition, and the UC Davis Team of Drs. Nalani Grace, Jessica Lee, and Carl Beyer came in second place in the 2nd Annual Lap Bowl: Resident Laparoscopic skills Competition.
Congrats to all!
New book by Pu focuses on plastic surgery in Asians
Lee L.Q. Pu, professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery, is the author of a recently published book, “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Asians: Principles and Techniques.”
The book offers a comprehensive guide to all aspects of cosmetic surgery in Asians, focusing on the differences in surgical techniques and general principles when treating these patients. With special emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and minimization of scars, the book features contributions from surgeons in Asian regions who share their signature procedures and escribe the latest innovations.
The book describes general principles and the cultural and societal influence on Asian patients for cosmetic surgery, as well as psychological and psychiatric considerations for Asian cosmetic patients. It focuses on the differences in surgical techniques when treating patients of Asian origin, as well as procedures specific to them.
“Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Asians: Principles and Techniques” is published by CRC Press.
Behind the Knife podcast featuring Dr. Farmer
Diana Farmer M.D. Chair and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor, Department of Surgery Surgeon-in Chief Renowned fetal and pediatric surgeon. In this podcast, Dr. Farmer discusses women in surgery, Hirschsprung's disease and tips and tricks: the pyloromyotomy. "Behind the Knife: The Surgery Podcast" is an in-depth look at the broad range of surgical topics, but a "behind the scenes" look at the interesting, controversial and humanistic side of surgery from some of the giants in the field. 51 minutes [Play this Episode]
UC Davis nurses, physicians featured prominently at ABA annual meeting
Nurses and physicians of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center received recognition and were prominently represented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association (ABA), held recently in Chicago.
Three nurses from the Burn Center received the Clinical Research Award for their abstract, titled "Development and Implementation of a Burn Nursing Handbook for Quality Improvement." The nurses who produced the abstract were Anna Olszewski, Jessica Stafford and Amber Yanes.
Two other nurses received the Best in Category award for their poster, titled "Development of Standardized Practices and Education and Three Regional Burn Centers." The nurses who created the poster were Sarah Bernardy and Marianne MacLachlan.
The Clinical Research Award resulted from a broad collaboration of nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team in the Burn Center who created a "Burn Nursing Handbook" as a reference source for the center's staff. The Best in Category award also was the product of collaboration, this one among three regional burn centers that identified standardized wound-care documentation in burn nursing.
In addition, Bernardy, MacLachlan, Olszewski and Stafford were part of a podium presentation on the ABA's Nursing Special Interest Group, which outlined the group's work, data, results and plans for the future.
In all, nurses and physicians from the Burn Center presented 16 abstracts at the conference. Topics included honey oil burns, an evaluation of "do not resuscitate" orders in burn cases, blood-product transfusion, and an evaluation of how what is prescribed can make laboratory assessments inaccurate. Specific activities by Burn Center physicians at the conference were as follows:
- David Greenhalgh, Chief of Burn Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, moderated several basic science sessions.
- Soman Sen, assistant professor of surgery, led breakfast symposia.
- Tina Palmieri, Director of Burn Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, moderated the ABA session titled "Year in Review," and presented critical, landmark papers that have influenced burn care.
Pu presents at international symposiums
Lee L. Q. Pu was a visiting professor presenting at the following events: April 17-19, 2015, Keynote Lecturer, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science - China Symposium (IFATS), Xi’an, China. Nov 6-8, 2014, Delivered Keynote Lecture, 4th Congress of The World Association for Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent (WAPSCD), Hong Kong, China. Oct 20-21, 2014, Keynote Speaker, Asian Breast Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Conference, Bali, Indonesia. Oct 18-19, 2014, Teaching Faculty, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Course, Bali, Indonesia. Sept 12-14, 2014, Keynote Lecturer, Scientific Co-Chair, 3rd World Congress of the International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES), Miami, Florida. August 23, 2014, CCU Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery Hong Kong, China. August 21-22, 2014, CCU Visiting Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chinese University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Bent Robinson awarded AATS Summer Intern Scholarship
Eduardo Bent Robinson, MS1, awarded 2015 AATS Summer Intern Scholarship. The award, funded and administered by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Graham Foundation, is intended to introduce first and second year medical students to cardiothoracic surgery with the goal of broadening their educational experience by providing hands-on clinical and research opportunities. Under the mentorship of Dr. J. Nilas Young and Dr. David Tom Cooke, Eduardo will gain clinical exposure in the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center and he will participate in a health services research project.
Sen receives UTMB/USMRAA grant
Soman Sen has been awarded a US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity grant via a subcontract from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
This project will look at the effects of exercise in the Burn Intensive Care Unit and how it affects mental health and physical performance, as well as decreasing hospital stay. Congratulations Dr. Sen.
David admitted to MCRTP
Elizabeth David has been admitted to the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP).
The MCRTP is a two-year mentored research training program where scholars will devote a portion of their time to conducting a research project and participating in MCRTP coursework and other program activities. While scholars are participating in the MCRTP, they will be completing requirements for the Clinical Research master’s degree. This is a very competitive program. Congratulations Dr. David.
UC Davis surgeons deliver key Western Trauma Association addresses
UC Davis surgeons delivered significant lectures at the annual meeting of the Western Trauma Association (WTA), which was held March 1-6 in Telluride, Colo.
Christine Cocanour, professor of surgery, provided the association’s presidential address. Titled “End of Life Care in Trauma,” she discussed the importance of integrating the hallmarks of palliative care — communication and symptom and pain management — with expertise in treating sudden, serious injuries.
Julie Freischlag, dean of the School of Medicine, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and professor of surgery, gave the Paint the Ceiling Lecture, which is intended to link personal experiences with patient care insights. Freischlag spoke on “The Surgeon’s Life: Trading Burnout for Engagement.”
The Western Trauma Association improves trauma care through research, education, sharing clinical experiences and the professional development of all specialists involved in trauma care. For information, visit http://westerntrauma.org/
Cancer surgery goes live on Twitter
On March 19, thoracic surgeon David Tom Cooke successfully removed a cancerous tumor from a patient's lung while the entire procedure was broadcast on Twitter, the popular social media platform. A first "live tweet" of a surgery at the medical center, the event was suggested by Dr. Cooke, who performed video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) on Gwen Box from Chico. A non-smoker with early-stage lung cancer, Mrs. Box was enthusiastic about sharing her story via Twitter to raise awareness about lung cancer in non-smokers. The live tweet event took place over seven hours as two members of the Public Affairs Department posted material collected before and throughout the procedure. Short video clips of Dr. Cooke and his surgical team explaining the procedure as well as the preparation and challenges in recovery were also prerecorded in advance and posted throughout the day of surgery. More on the event HERE >>
Russo awarded grant to fund hemothorax study
Rachel Russo won a $29,000 grant from the Department of Defense to fund a hemothorax study that was presented at the Western Trauma Association, 45th Annual Meeting in Telluride, Colorado in March. The study was entitled "A pilot study of chest tube versus pigtail catheter drainage of acute hemothorax in swine."
Dhillon inducted into AOA Honor Medical Society
Tejveer Dhillon was one of three residents at the UC Davis Medical Center who was recently inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) on March 19, 2015. Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.
Dean's Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Drs. Ben Keller, Pirko Maguina and Joe Galante who all won deans awards for excellence last night at a lovely awards ceremony! Winners in the Department of Surgery are:
Inspirational Resident Mentorship Awards - Benjamin Keller, M.D.
Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Education - Wound Care Team, accepted by Pirko Maguina M.D.
Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Clinical Care - Trauma Specialty Team, accepted by Joseph Galante, M.D.
Surgery nurses with specialty certifications
Congratulations to all of the Board Certified Nurses in the Outpatient Surgery Clinic. All (100%) of our RNs/NPs based in the Surgery Clinic have at least one specialty certification and we are very proud of them!
Maria Russo, C.N. II, Wound Care
Janet Fisher, C.N. II, Wound Care
Judy Yamasaki, C.N. III, Bariatrics
Clinic Nurse Practitioners
Carolyn Lee, N.P., Wound Care, OR
Abigail Weston, N.P., Wound Care
Barbara Jachniewicz, N.P.
Abigail Scheitlin, N.P.
Heart Center Nurses in the Surgery Clinic
Svetlana Ganaga, Wound Care
Anca Rahman, Critical Care
Woloszyn wins first prize in PCSA resident competition
Research resident Jakub Woloszyn, M.D. received first prize for his presentation entitled "Imported kidney grafts from non-conventional adult deceased donors successfully increase access to transplantation for elderly patients" in the resident competition at the Pacific Coast Surgical Association's 86th Annual meeting under the direction of Dr. Richard Perez. The meeting was February 19-22, 2015 in Monterey, CA.
Anderson wins Resident Award at NCBC Conference
Dr. Jamie Anderson is the recipient of the Resident Award at the National Consortium of Breast Centers 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference for her abstract titled: “Sustainable humanitarian surgical care in a warzone: Breast disease treatment in a U.S. military hospital in Afghanistan.” The conference was held March 13-15, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. The abstract was based on research co-authored with Dr. Lucas Neff and Dr. Daniel Choi of David Grant Medical Center.
Awards and Achievements in Surgery
This spring had been a great season for accolades and achievements for the Department of Surgery:
- Christine Cocanour, M.D. just gave her outstanding presidential address on "End of Life Care in the Trauma Patient" in her role as President of the Western Trauma Association at its meeting in Colorado last week.
- David Cooke, M.D. has been awarded the UC Berkeley Alumni Association, 2015 Alumni Award for Excellence in Achievement.
- We had two teams singled out and awarded the UC Davis Dean's Team Award for Excellence: Pirko Maguina's Wound Care team, and Joe Galante's Acute Care team.
Please join me in extending a congratulations and share in the reflected glory of our excellent faculty!
Congratulations and thank you for what you do! Diana Farmer, M.D.
Campbell presented at ENDO 2015
UC Davis endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell presented “Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Disparities in the Presentation, Treatment and Outcomes of Patients with Medullary Thyroid Cancer: An Analysis of 634 Patients from the California Cancer Registry” at the Endocrine Society's 97th Annual Meeting and Expo (Endo 2015) which took place in San Diego, CA on March 5-8, 2015. His presentation is part of the 2015 Health Disparities Community Forum, that featured poster preview presentations which were selected as top scored health disparities-related posters.
Vascular Care and Strandness Symposium
Vascular Care, the annual CME meeting presented by the Division of Vascular Surgery was a success. The 2015 meeting was filled with superlatives and firsts, including:
- First joint meeting of Vascular Care and the Strandness Symposium. The meeting also had participation of the leaders and faculty of Hawaii Vascular Symposium
- We had the largest CME faculty for any Vascular Care meeting
- There was substantial participation by trainees, including the 20 residents and fellows from across the US who presented abstracts in the Vascular Forum
- This meeting was the first to use a mobile app to support a UC Davis CME program
- This was the largest UC Davis CME program ever (over 35.75 hours of CME and more than 134 separate presentations)
- It was the first UC Davis CME program to incorporate pre-recorded video produced by the Center for Health and Technology
- More CME credit with self assessment was offered for this program than for any prior UC Davis CME activity (up to 23.75 hours), helping surgeons meet their maintenance of certification requirement
- Meeting attendance was record-breaking for us, with 243 participants and 40 faculty.
By all accounts, the meeting was a great success. Vascular Care 2016 will be February 25-28, 2015 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. We have already started planning for our next combined Strandness Symposium and Vascular Care meeting in Hawaii in early 2017.
Young awarded TSFRE/Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award
Dr. J. Nilas Young has been selected to receive the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education / Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award. This award is designed to provide support for programs that educate, screen and/or treat underserved populations to reduce the global burden of heart valve disease, or to support other programs that advance health care and address underserved populations.
Cooke awarded PCORI Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Award
Thoracic surgeon David T. Cooke has been awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Award. The award is a continuation of his Tier I award titled: "Empowering Patients and Their Families to Improve Outcomes That Are Most Important to Them after Lung Cancer Surgery." The One Year award will help fund the building of patient-centered research infrastructure in the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, and the development of comparative-effectiveness studies.
Health system community welcome to Feb. 10 grand round: "A Brit Abroad"
UC Davis vascular and trauma surgery fellow Christopher Lamb will present Department of Surgery grand rounds on "A Brit Abroad — Surgical Training in the U.K." on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7:50 a.m. until 8:50 a.m. in room 2222 of the Education Building. The health system community is welcome to attend.
During his presentation, Lamb will compare vascular and trauma surgery protocols in the U.S. and United Kingdom, and he will highlight the key differences in the two countries' approaches to physician training and certification.
Lamb was commissioned into the British Royal Air Force as a medical student at Cambridge University. Since graduating, he worked as a general surgical trainee, completed a master’s degree in military and trauma surgery, and served in the military hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. He holds the ranks of squadron leader, the equivalent of the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to coming to Northern California, Lamb was a registrar in vascular and trauma physician at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, England, one of the largest trauma centers in Europe.
Health-care leaders participate in American College of Surgeons forum in Sacramento
A panel of health care leaders and policymakers gathered last month for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Health Care Quality Forum in Sacramento, the 21st such meeting in a series of community forums held throughout the U.S. since 2011.
The forum was co-moderated by Julie Freischlag, UC Davis vice-chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, and Immediate past-chair of the ACS Board of Regents; and David H. Wisner, UC Davis professor of surgery.
Participants discussed the state of health care in Northern California and highlighted ways that health leaders and government officials can collaborate to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care. Forum presenters shared their views on policy recommendations, hospital and health system initiatives, physician-satisfaction issues, and the role of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in measuring and improving patient care.
Panelists discussed examples of state and national quality improvement initiatives that have resulted in higher standards, reduced costs, and better outcomes.
U.S. Reps. Ami Bera, (D-CA), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) delivered keynote speeches. Forum panelists included:
- Ronald W. Chapman, director and State Health Officer, California Department of Public Health
- Diana L. Farmer, Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor and Chair, UC Davis Department of Surgery; surgeon-in-chief, UC Davis Children’s Hospital; and member, ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee
- David B. Hoyt, executive director, ACS Mark P. Owens, vice-president of Medical Affairs, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Dignity Health
- Glenn S. Tse, general surgeon, Kaiser Roseville Medical Center; senior partner, The Permanente Medical Group
- Heather M. Young, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Nursing, dean and professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis
Surgery congratulates colleagues on research accomplishments
The following are the research accomplishments of our colleagues in the Department of Surgery. Congratulations go to Aijun Wang and Maricel Miguelino on receiving extramural funding from Biogen Idec. This is a two year project that aims to study chorionic villus tissue for the in utero treatment of Hemophilia A. At the 56th Annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference, their presentation, In Utero Chorionic Villus Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Hemophilia A, was acknowledged as "Best of ASH" (one of the best 20 projects out of 6,500 abstracts).
Drs. William Pevec, Junichiro Sageshima, and Tina Palmieri have been awarded clinical trials. Dr. Pevec is collaborating on an NIH clinical trial with the New England Research Institutes on the BEST trial, which looks at critical limb ischemia in patients. Dr. Sageshima is part of a HRSA clinical trial headed up by Northwestern, which involves evaluating the effectiveness of a culturally competent website dedicated to living kidney donations for the Hispanic community. Dr. Palmieri is part of a DOD funded clinical trial with Arteriocyte, Inc, which is looking to demonstrate the safety of PRP gel to stimulate rapid healing in burns.
Also, I would like to congratulate Drs. Robert Canter and Claus Sondergaard who have been notified that grants that they collaborate with as Co-Investigators have been chosen for funding. Dr. Canter is on an NIH R01 grant with Dr. William Murphy from Dermatology and Dr. Sondergaard will be on a CIRM grant that was just approved for funding in the Marcu lab in Biomedical Engineering.
Please extend congratulations to your colleagues and keep up the great work.
Hundahl highlights UC Davis collaboration for major joint federal health programs
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System and the US Air Force’s 60th Medical Group based at the David Grant Medical Center (Travis AFB) have initiated a number of joint clinical programs (mostly surgical) over the past nine years. Start-up costs for such programs have generally been funded through specific joint program grants (“JIF’s”), which are awarded nationally on a competitive basis. Of course, UC Davis was (and is) an active participant. In contrast to experience elsewhere, each of the joint programs in Northern California have been successful, generating enhanced patient care and “return on investment” averaging 83% on the total $29.6 million investment. In a cover article for Federal Practitioner, Scott A. Hundahl, M.D., writing on behalf of a VA/Air Force Executive Management Team, reported both the experience with these joint programs, and why, in contrast to examples elsewhere, the northern California programs have reliably delivered prompt, measureable value, to the benefit of all concerned. The secret? “Alignment” rather than “merger.” As federal and nonfederal health care entities consider future joint ventures, the lessons have considerable relevance. The full text of the manuscript, "Mutual Alignment Trumps Merger for Joint VHA/DOD Programs" Federal Practitioner 2014; 31(12): 8–15 can be viewed here.
Dr. Hundahl gave a 60 minute presentation at The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS) Meeting, December 2–5, 2014 in Washington, DC on this topic.
Utter part of team awarded contract for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators"
Garth H. Utter, M.D. M.Sc., Associate Professor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, will be participating on a team that has been awarded a subcontract from the US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators." Dr. Utter will serve as "Clinical Enhancement Lead," focusing on updating and improving AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators. The team is based at UC Davis' Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and is led by Dr. Patrick Romano, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. This subcontract will continue Dr. Utter's several-year collaboration with Dr. Romano on the AHRQ indicators.
In utero stem cell transplantation research highlighted as "Best of ASH" 2014
A collaborative project entitled: In Utero Chorionic Villus Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Hemophilia A, was acknowledged as one of the best 20 projects out of 6,500 abstracts presented at the 56th Annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference: https://ash.confex.com/ash/2014/webprogram/start.html
The conference was held in San Francisco December 6-9, 2014 and attended by 26,000 delegates from around the world. Postdoctoral scholar Maricel Miguelino, M.D. presented and worked on this project along with co-authors, Christopher Pivetti M.S., and Lee Lankford, M.A. under the mentorship of Aijun Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory in Department of Surgery, and Jerry Powell, M.D. Professor from the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology.
Dhillon wins resident paper competition
Research resident Tejveer Dhillon, M.D. won first place among 11 clinical papers at the Region IX American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma resident paper competition yesterday in San Diego. (And our former resident Allison Berndtson won second place.) Dr. Dhillon presented our anemia and traumatic brain injury clinical trial dataset analysis. This means he will advance to the national competition at the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma, March 12, 2015 in Chicago, IL.
Shatz receives grant funding from Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Dr. David Shatz, Trauma, Acute Care & Surgical Critical Care Surgery, received grant funding from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation’s Investigator-Initiated Studies Program. The study proposal entitled: Immunologic Response to Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine in Splenic Injury Patients received total funding in the amount of $81,138. The prospective trial will determine the degree of functional antibody response to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination in patients undergoing nonoperative management, angioembolization, or splenectomy following trauma-related injury of the spleen. There will be a total of 90 subjects, with 30 in each of the three arms (nonoperative, angioembolization, splenectomy). Project duration 2 years.
Young publishes his model for medical humanitarian aid
J. Nilas Young, UC Davis chief of cardiothoracic surgery, has published a landmark article on medical humanitarian aid, detailing his 25 years of experience establishing six cardiac surgery sites in Russia.
The article appears in the December 2014 issue of the prestigious Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and is also available online.
Young's UC Davis coauthors were pediatric cardiac surgeon Gary Raff and pediatric critical care physician James Marcin, and his collaborators included colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Emory University, Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, Nationwide Childrens Hospital and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Science.
The article emphasizes the approach of Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance in developing sustainable medical aid programs with high-quality outcomes, scalability and efficacy. Although focused on a specific class of diseases (congenital heart diseases), the authors believe the model is applicable to other medical humanitarian projects, particularly those that involve complex surgical interventions.
In 2012, Young received the the World of Children Health Award — hailed as the "Nobel prize for child advocates" — for his international humanitarian efforts to improve pediatric heart care (read the press release).
Guevara joins Surgical Oncology
Colorectal surgeon Salvador Guevara has joined the Cancer Center care team. With an undergraduate degree from Yale University, Dr. Guevara received his M.D. and general surgery training from UCSF and completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He will begin seeing patients this month, holding clinic on Mondays. Welcome, Dr. Guevara!
Khatri named to board of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Vijay Khatri, UC Davis surgical oncologist and medical director of Clinical Utilization Resource Management, has been named to the 15-member Board of Directors for the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS).
As a board member, Khatri will be responsible for establishing policy related to the long-range goals of the medical society and for providing guidance and direction to society staff on matters brought to the board’s attention.
SSVM board members advocate for physician's rights and work with physician members, patient groups, local and state elected officials, and the California Medical Association (CMA) on issues ranging from adolescent and child health to emergency care and public and environmental health. Khatri also serves as the alternate delegate to the CMA.
Khatri’s clinical focus is on gastrointestinal cancer and in primary and metastatic liver cancers and he co-chairs the cancer center’s weekly Gastrointestinal Cancer Interdisciplinary Tumor Board.
In operation since 1860, SSVMS is the oldest medical society in California and represents more than 3,000 physicians in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. The organization is a component medical society of the CMA.
Study shows that surgeons need to prepare some thryroidectomy patients for possible cancer diagnosis
A study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology led by Michael Campbell of UC Davis and Wen Shen of UC San Francisco showed that patients undergoing thyroidectomy for substernal multinodular goiters (MNGs) have an increased risk of unexpected thyroid cancer when compared to patients with cervical MNGs. The authors reviewed the medical records of over 500 adult patients who were diagnosed with cervical or substernal MNGs and then had thyroidectomies. One out of every seven patients with a substernal MNG were found to have an unexpected thyroid cancer. The authors’ suspect this may be due to difficulties in adequately assessing substernal MNGs prior to surgery. They recommend that surgeons counsel their thyroidectomy patients with substernal MNGs regarding the possibility of this unexpected result to better prepare them for a potential cancer diagnosis. The publication can be viewed here.
Pevec to lead Western Vascular Society
William Pevec, professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at UC Davis, has become president-elect of the Western Vascular Society and will serve as president beginning in 2015. The society’s leadership elections took place at its annual meeting, held Sept. 20-23 in Coronado, Calif.
The society is the premier organization of vascular specialists representing 14 western states of the U.S., Western Canada and the Pacific Rim. Founded in the mid-1980s when vascular surgery was first established as a specialty, the society has grown to over 200 members. The organization provides an ongoing forum for research collaborations, advancing patient care and mentoring the next generation of vascular surgeons.
Pevec specializes in complex vascular surgeries, including aortic reconstructions, mesenteric and renal artery reconstruction, and reconstructions of the arteries of the distal leg and foot. His practice includes both minimally invasive endovascular procedures and open reconstructions. His clinical research focuses on reducing perioperative risks and improving outcomes for patients undergoing vascular operations.
What is liposarcoma? Matt Galloway of CBC/Radio Canada speaks with Dr. Robert Canter
Radio interviewer Matt Galloway of CBC/Radio-Canada in Toronto meets with Dr. Robert J. Canter and discusses treatment options for patients with liposarcoma, a rare but often aggressive form of cancer. Dr. Canter is a surgical oncologist with UC Davis Department of Surgery. [Click here to listen]
Hirose joins Pediatric Surgery
We are please to announce Dr. Shinjiro Hirose has joined Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Hirose was recruited after a lengthy national search to serve as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery for gastro-intestinal, biliary, liver and thoracic disorders in fetuses and children and is a nationally recognized children’s cancer surgeon. He also is an expert in the development and use of surgical robotics in children. We are pleased to expand our specialty surgical services for children in the Northern California region.
Dr. Hirose was the lead pediatric surgeon at UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital and Fetal Treatment Center before joining UC Davis. Dr. Hirose will be responsible for developing a new academic program here at UC Davis and will be partnering with the existing Pediatric Surgery group of Drs. Marr, Greenholtz, Abramson, Graff, and Keller, to provide outstanding surgical care for children throughout the region.
ASPS Plastic Surgery News presents Pu in the Surgeon Spotlight
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery News (January/February issue) presented Lee L. Q. Pu in the Surgeon Spotlight. Between enjoying working as an academic plastic surgeon and his family's photograph-filled vacations, Dr. Pu found time to answer questions for PSN. [read more]
Wisner selected as Associate Director of the Practice Management Board
David H. Wisner, professor and vice chair of Surgery, was recently appointed as the Associate Medical Director of the UC Davis Health System Practice Management Board, or PMB. The PMB is responsible for coordinating the clinical work done by the School of Medicine departments. Dr. Wisner will be involved with the Access Initiative, clinical documentation improvement, preparing for ICD-10, and the implementation of key elements of the recently created PMB strategic plan.
Bold authors study on pancreatic surgery and hospital costs
Richard J. Bold, professor and chief of surgical oncology at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is lead author of a newly published study entitled "Outcomes of Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Where Should We Focus Our Efforts on Improving Outcomes?" Using outcomes from patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy at UCDMC, the study showed that patients with complications drove up the total average cost of postoperative care far more dramatically than any difference in hospital length of stay.
Canter authors study on RVUs and outcomes in general surgery
Robert J. Canter, M.D. and other members of the surgical oncology division published a study in the August edition of The Journal of Surgical Research examining the relationship of relative value units, or RVUs, to other measures of the work involved to perform those procedures. Their analysis revealed wide variability between RVUs and indicators of surgical work and suggested that more objective ways for determining the value of work done by surgeons are needed. The full text of the manuscript can be viewed here.
Sahar is invited speaker at UTHSCSA
David Sahar, M.D., plastic and reconstructive surgeon and research scientist at the Department of Surgery's Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory, was invited on June 20th to speak at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) as part of Visiting Professor Lecture Series. His topic was "Free Tissue Transplantation at UC Davis Medical Center." Dr. Sahar also gave the commencement address to the plastic surgery graduating class on June 21st at the graduation dinner on "Starting Out: Academic Practice."
Khatri receives MBA with help from health system scholarship
Surgical oncologist Vijay P. Khatri graduated from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management through a program in which UC Davis Health System pays for part of its employees’ tuition fees.
Dr. Khatri received his MBA degree from the school earlier this month. He was enrolled in the Graduate School of Medicine’s part-time MBA program for three years.
"This scholarship program is a metaphor for a broader commitment we have as a health system to workforce development," said Fred Meyers, vice dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. "In close partnership with Human Resources, we aim to tailor our workforce training strategies to individual needs that are mutually beneficial to our faculty and staff and health system, thereby promoting our strategy of excellence in people."
Aijun Wang, Ph.D. awarded 2014 Children’s Miracle Network grant
Aijun Wang’s proposal “Beyond the Scalpel: Tissue Engineering to Treat Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia” received the highest score this year and has received the Tony Phillips Research Award.
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a severe birth defect in which the diaphragm – the muscle that expands and contracts the lungs- incompletely develops. The resulting hole in the muscle allows the internal organs to herniate into the chest cavity, compressing the lungs and stunting their development. One of every three newborns with this devastating condition dies, and the survivors suffer debilitating complications for the rest of their lives. With the support of the Children’s Miracle Network, Dr. Wang and his team are working to develop a stem cell derived muscle patch that can be surgically implanted to repair the defect and restore function to the diaphragm, so that children born with CDH not only survive, but thrive.
Junichiro Sageshima, M.D. joins the Division of Transplant Surgery
We are pleased to announce Dr. Junichiro Sageshima has joined the Transplant Center faculty as an attending surgeon. Dr. Sageshima joins us from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital where he has worked as an attending transplant surgeon since 2006. Prior to that, he completed surgical, transplant surgical, and research training at Tokyo Women's Hospital, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Miami. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in diverse topics related to transplantation and immunology. We are excited to have him as part of the transplant team at UC Davis. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sageshima to the Department of Surgery.
David Cooke, M.D., honored at esophageal cancer fundraiser
The Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation held a gala on April 29 in New York City to raise awareness of esophageal cancer and the importance of funding research for this disease. Dr. David Cooke of the UC Davis Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was honored during the event as part of the foundation's seven-member medical advisory committee responsible for identifying research projects that could lead to earlier detection and treatment.
Diana Farmer: pioneer for fetal surgery
It's a moment any prospective parent would dread. Your unborn child has been diagnosed with a congenital birth defect, and has a slim chance of survival unless surgeons can operate while your child is still in the womb.
Dhillon selected for 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff
Surgery resident, Tejveer Dhillon, M.D. has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff in the Department of Surgery by the Class of 2014 students.
Dr. Dhillon will receive his award at the Student-Faculty Awards Luncheon on May 28, 2014. Congratulations Dr. Dhillon.
Galante named chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Dr. Galante has demonstrated outstanding leadership during this transition period serving as Trauma Medical Director and interim division chief in addition to his role as vice chair for Education in the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Galante was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Temple University. He has a long track record of leadership and scholarship, receiving numerous undergraduate honors for academic achievement; serving for three years as class president at Temple, being selected as the medical school commencement speaker, and receiving the Herman Brown Award for Excellence in the Art and Science of Surgery. He received his general surgical training and his Trauma/Critical Care fellowship training at UC Davis where he received the Outstanding Chief Resident Award. In 2010 he received the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Honorary Medal for Combat Surgery. In 2011 he was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40 awardees.
In addition to his work at UC Davis, Dr. Galante is also a highly decorated commander in the Naval Reserves. In 2008 he served as ship surgeon on the USS Ronald Reagan, in 2010 was deployed to active duty as a trauma surgeon in the United States Navy in Afghanistan, and currently is commander at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. Among his many military honors are the National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Bronze Campaign Star, three Gold Star Awards for Navy and Marine Corp Achievement, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
He has served as a team physician to the FBI SWAT team of the Sacramento Division, and as a physician member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the California region of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Cocanour and Shatz elected as WTA officers
Christine S. Cocanour, professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, has been elected president, and David V. Shatz, professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, has been elected secretary of the Western Trauma Association. The elections were held at the association’s Annual Meeting March 2-7 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Cocanour will serve a one-year term, and Shatz’s term will last three years.
The association is committed to the improvement of trauma care through research, education, sharing of clinical experiences, and the development of physicians of all specialties who are involved in the care of trauma patients. The goals of the Association are not only the intellectual growth attained through increased knowledge, but also the emotional growth attained through camaraderie and interaction with family and friends in an environment conducive to winter sports. Next year's annual meeting will be in Telluride, CO, March 1-6, 2015
Diana Farmer receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Diana L. Farmer, chair of the Department of Surgery has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This award recognizes and rewards School of Medicine scholars who excel in mentoring and thus contribute to the success of the faculty and UC Davis Health System. A mentor plays a critical role in the successful development of others to realize their full academic potential. Dr. Farmer will receive her award on March 19, 2014 at the Dean's Recognition Reception.
Richard Bold receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence
Richard J. Bold, surgical oncologist and researcher, has won the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence. This award recognizes Dr. Bold's outstanding contributions as a transformative leader in the mission of clinical care. Dr. Bold will receive his award on March 19, 2014 at the Dean's Recognition Reception.
Cooke receives Pipeline to Proposals Award
David T. Cooke, assistant professor of general thoracic surgery and one of the health system's social media champions, has been awarded a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Tier 1 Pipeline to Proposals Award. The $15,000 grant is designed to improve clinical and functional postoperative lung cancer surgery outcomes through focus groups, Twitter chats and development of a community stake-holder advisory panel. Debora Paterniti, adjunct professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Sociology, will be the co-investigator.
Virtual tumor board research published
Richard J. Bold of the Division of Surgical Oncology was the lead author of an article in Community Oncology describing how disease-specific virtual tumor boards facilitate clinical decision making and speed the dissemination of rapidly evolving cancer care. The research findings suggest virtual tumor boards can improve quality of care for patients in remote areas. The article entitled "Virtual tumor boards: community–university collaboration to improve quality of care" co-authors include Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, Joel Kugelmass, Scott Christensen, Ralph de Vere White and Frederick Meyers, of UC Davis, and Laurence J. Heifetz, of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, part of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network.
Campbell lead author on new multi-institutional, international study
Endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell, M.D. is lead author on new multi-institutional, international study was released this month. The study is looking at the risk factors of neck hematoma's after thyroidectomy. Dr. Campbell presented the original data at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons last year in Chicago. The publication, "A multi-institutional international study of risk factors for hematoma after thyroidectomy" can be view by clicking here.
Christoph Troppmann appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research
Christoph Troppmann, M.D., professor of Transplant Surgery was appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research. He recently presented at a joint Association for Academic Surgery and Italian National Surgical Society sponsored Career Advancement Course held in Turin, Italy, bringing recognition to our department nationally and internationally.
Nationally known specialists
In an annual survey by Best Doctors, Inc., more than 110 UC Davis physicians representing dozens of specialties earned praise and recognition from their peers for being considered among the nation’s best. Only five percent of doctors in America earn the honor. Excerpted from the 2013 The Best Doctors in America® database, Department of Surgery physicians include:
David Greenhalgh, Division of Burn Surgery
Tina L. Palmieri, Division of Burn Surgery
Mohamed Ali, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Diana L. Farmer, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Thomas R. Stevenson, Division of Plastic Surgery
Richard Bold, Division of Surgical Oncology
Scott Hundahl, Division of Surgical Oncology
Richard Perez,. Division of Transplant Surgery
Christine Cocanour, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
James W. Holcroft, Division of Trauma Surgery and Emergency Surgery
David H. Wisner, Division of Trauma Surgery and Emergency Surgery
William Pevec, Division of Vascular Center
Kent Lloyd elected as AAAS fellow
Kevin C. Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of surgery for the UC Davis School of Medicine and director of UC Davis’ Mouse Biology Program, was recognized for scientific advances in the development and application of genetically altered mouse models for biomedical research on disease, developmental disorders and behavioral abnormalities. His work ranges from studies of single-gene products to genome-wide analysis in knockout mice, and his accomplishments reflect innovations in mouse mutagenesis, embryonic stem cell derivation and manipulation, cryopreservation and phenotyping. Read the full story.
Khatri appointed as Medical Director-Clinical Resource Utilization Management
Vijay P. Khatri, professor of surgery, has been appointed to the newly created position of Medical Director-Clinical Resource Utilization Management, effective Nov. 1.
In his new position, Khatri will be responsible for working with the medical staff and leadership for the oversight of appropriate utilization and efficiency of UC Davis Medical Center resources and systems, while maintaining high-quality and safe patient care. His responsibilities also will include ensuring that medical staff engages with and responds to issues from the Medical Officer of the Day program, Transfer Center, Clinical Case Management and the Referral Center. He will lead efforts to maximize bed utilization at times of high census.
The scope of his responsibility ultimately will include these other areas:
- Appropriateness of admission
- Denials and appeals
- Length of stay
- Over-and under-utilization of services, including lab and radiology, case management and care coordination
Khatri will work with nursing supervisors to identify daily resource-utilization triggers and develop effective interventions to promote resource-utilization awareness, patient access and patient flow, and to communicate issues involving these processes with attending physicians and residents.
He will help clinical departments identify projects aligned with the national "Choosing Wisely Campaign" to help educate staff about matching efficiency and effectiveness in clinical care. He will report to the chief medical officer and have a wide collaborative leadership role across the hospital and clinics.
Khatri's first project will be the recently constituted, hospital-wide Performance Excellence project on patient flow. Its goal is to reduce lengths of stay by reducing the time patients spend in the emergency department waiting for an inpatient bed or to be taken to the operating room, and by improving processes across the continuum of care at the medical center.
Amy L. Rahm M.D. joins the Department of Surgery
Dr. Rahm joined us in September after completing her pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles-USC. Prior to her fellowship, she completed her cardiothoracic surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2012 and her general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in 2009.
Dr. Rahm earned her medical degree from University of Tennessee in 2004.
Dr. Rahm specializes in the treatment of complex congenital heart disease and chest-wall anomalies in newborns and children. She sees patients in the Glassrock Building.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rahm to the Department of Surgery.
Khatri named Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Oncology journal
Vijay P. Khatri, professor in the Department of Surgery, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Oncology, an international academic medical journal.
Khatri, a surgical oncologist with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, will lead the peer-reviewed journal, which has headquarters in England.
“It’s a great honor to be selected as editor-in-chief,” said Khatri. “Our goal is to really be a resource for community cancer centers, as well as academic centers. This is a great opportunity to lead a journal to the next level, to expand, and be innovative.”
Khatri is the author of a leading surgery textbook, “Atlas of Advanced Operative Surgery” and more than 85 journal articles. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology and is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the European Society of Surgical Oncology.
Khatri manages a broad spectrum of cancers, but his clinical interests are in rectal carcinoma and primary and metastatic liver cancer. He is also director of Faculty Development and Mentoring for the UC Davis Department of Surgery.
Michael J. Campbell M.D. joins the Department of Surgery
We are pleased to announce Dr. Michael J. Campbell joined the Department of Surgery as an endocrine surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology and in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Dr. Campbell specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic disorders.
Dr. Campbell joined us at UC Davis in August after completing his fellowship in endocrine surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He completed his general surgery residency at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle Washington in 2012 after attending medical school here at UC Davis.
Dr. Campbell will see patients in the Cypress Building and at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, he will see patients at the UC Davis Medical Group office in Elk Grove.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Campbell back to UC Davis and to the Department of Surgery. To read the full article on Dr. Campbell, click here.
Aaron D. Carr, M.D. joins the Department of Surgery
Dr. Carr joined us in August after completing his minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship here at UC Davis. He came from Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta Georgia, where he completed his residency in general surgery in 2012.
A 2002 magna cum laude graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Carr earned his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2007.
Dr. Carr specializes in general surgery and is skilled at performing robot-assisted procedures and in bariatric surgery. He sees patients in the Cypress Building.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Carr to the Department of Surgery.
Benson Won, M.P.H., CAO for the Department of Surgery
Benson Won is the chief administrative officer for the Department of Surgery. In this role, he is responsible for assessing the department’s current market position and competitors, identifying new clinical markets to generate new revenue and referral opportunities and developing strategic business plans for program initiatives and expansion. He oversees the department’s functional area managers in carrying out department goals.
Before joining UC Davis, Won was the administrator for the departments of Surgery and of Plastic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. There, he managed the administrative functions of the departments, including fiscal management, budgets, billing and collections, clinical operations, staff and academic personnel administration and research-related contracts and grants administration. He worked in similar positions at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, supporting its divisions of General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Oncology. He was also practice manager for its Department of Ophthalmology.
Won received bachelor degrees in Biological Sciences and Social Ecology from UC Irvine and his master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from UCLA. Won serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators.
Young selected for national surgery education advisory board
J. Nilas Young, chief of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the UC Davis cardiothoracic surgery residency training program, has been selected to serve a two-year term as a member of the advisory board of the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education.
The goals of the council are to define and improve cardiothoracic surgical resident training and continuing medical education for practicing cardiothoracic surgeons. According to Young, one of the council's most pressing challenges is to evolve cardiothoracic surgery residencies into programs that link general and specialty training right out of medical school, providing essential skills more quickly and reducing overall training time.
“Offering specialty training earlier is key to the success of today’s surgeons, who need broader medical and surgical skill sets than they have in the past,” said Young. “I look forward to helping our specialty set the national standards for that integrated approach.”
Heart to Heart | KCRA 3 News
Heart to Heart Founder & Medical Director Dr. Nilas Young has been honored by the 2012 World of Children Health Award as a "changemaker who has dramatically improved the lives of children around the world" and for "innovating life-changing nonprofit initiatives benefitting the world's most vulnerable children." www.heart-2-heart.org Watch the YouTube video news report.
UC Davis surgeon honored for his international child heart care | SacBee
Dr. Nilas Young, a UC Davis cardiac surgeon who has made 28 trips to the former Soviet Union to save thousands of children with heart disease, has won the 2012 World of Children Health Award, known as the "Nobel Prize for child advocates."
Chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the UC Davis Health System, Young is being recognized for his work with Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance, said UC Davis spokeswoman Karen Finney.