RESURG (Research Experience in Surgery) is a selective clinical research internship based in the UC Davis Medical Center's Department of Surgery.  Studies that we are working on range from the topics of rural health telemedicine, access to care for trauma patients, peripheral arterial disease, critical limb ischemia, bariatric surgery outcomes, and pediatric trials. As a member of RESURG, you will learn about and engage in clinical human subject research, work with clinicians, and gain valuable professional skills. You will be responsible for a number of tasks including, but not limited to, IRB project development, data collection, screening patients, surveying patients, and assessment of research projects.
We are looking for individuals who are driven, hardworking, creative, and effective communicators. This is a rigorous program that offers unique mentorship opportunities with experienced researchers and clinicians. Our goal is to train competent research professionals and to further students’ individual professional and educational goals.

Mission Statement: Our vision is to promote, develop, and train students to become competent research professionals, while mentoring them in their professional and educational goals.

Misty Humphries, M.D.“This program is a grassroots effort to develop a sustainable research experience for undergraduate students and give them experience with surgeons who are changing the face of surgery through their research. We hope to inspire young minds to contribute to science and encourage them as they look at the medical field for their future, and there is no greater specialty than surgery.”

- Dr. Misty Humphries, RESURG Program Director

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Project Assistance Request: Please download the RESURG PI Resource Request Form HERE and return the completed application to

Highlighted Current Projects

  • Cognitive Impairment, Obesity, and Effects of Bariatric Surgery

    Research Classification: Retrospective/Prospective         
    Principal Investigator: Victoria Lyo, M.D. and Mohamed Ali, M.D. (Co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Zilan Zheng      
    This study aims to better understand the impact obesity has on cognitive decline and the impact of bariatric surgery has on improving or affecting obesity-related cognitive impairment. The retrospective portion will analyze the prevalence and severity of cognitive impairment in patients with obesity and compare these findings with patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. The prospective part will enroll patients planning to undergo bariatric surgery and perform neurocognitive testing before and after the surgery.
  • Pre-operative Prophylactic Antibiotics in Appendicitis

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator:
    Erin Brown, M.D .
    Research Assistants:
    Anjani Patibandla (Lead)                                                                     
    This is a prospective, multi-site study that seeks to evaluate the effects of administering pre-operative prophylactic antibiotics to pediatric patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy. The aim of this study is to determine whether the administration of these antibiotics decreases rates of surgical site infection.  
  • Investigating the role of Timing in Post-Operative Ankle/Toe Brachial Index

    Research Classification: Retrospective 
    Principal Investigator:
     Mimmie Kwong, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Brian Luong (Lead)
    This study’s objective is to investigate the following areas: 
      1)  Investigate whether the ankle/toe brachial index changes over the course of the post-operative period.
      2) Compare the differences in ankle/toe brachial index timing between patients who received open vascular and endovascular interventions.
      3) Determine if there is an optimal time for obtaining a post-operative ankle/toe brachial index.             
  • Implementation of Telemedicine for patient with wounds and ulcers (K23)

    Research Classification: Quality Improvement
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Neha Gondra (Lead)
    The K23 study is a quality improvement project assessing if telemedicine can improve the specialty care offered for new patients with wounds and ulcers due to peripheral artery disease (PAD) and diabetes mellitus (DM) at rural health clinics (RHC). The study aims to implement telemedicine consultations at RHCs, evaluate and improve the time to specialist evaluation/treatment ratio, and determine if telemedicine patients with lower levels of activation need more resources to get additional care.
  • Improving Access to Primary Care for Trauma Patients (TAC)

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator: Joseph Galante, M.D. and Siobhan, Luce (co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Srikar Shrikantham (Lead), Rafael Ricon, and Emily Xu
    The study aims to improve access to primary care services amongst trauma patients via inpatient counseling with or without referral to a free UC Davis student-run clinic to manage a chronic condition. The project is currently screening and enrolling patients for the study.
  • Effect of Prenatal Wildfire Exposure on Childhood Allergic Sensitization and Asthma Development

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Anh Nguyen, M.D.
    Research Assistants:  Elisa Gonzalez  
    The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of prenatal wildfire air pollution on the development of asthma and allergic diseases (allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, and food allergies) and whether exposure at different stages of pregnancy impact the incidence of these conditions.

The positions listed below are all unpaid internships that are completed remotely. All of RESURG’s internship positions have a time commitment of 8 hours per week for 3 consecutive quarters. If accepted into the program, a mandatory 2-hour class will be required as part of the 8-hour requirement in the first quarter of the program.
All of the positions listed below will go through the same program training have the same general duties, such as RESURG program support, Department of Surgery research support, and designated research and project leadership (if applicable). All positions provide the intern with the following experiences and opportunities: 1) education and experience in clinical research and 2) personal and professional development through mentorship. The difference in the positions is which research studies the Research Assistant will be placed on. For example, a Vascular Research Assistant will only be working on Vascular Division research projects. A General Research Assistant can be placed on any divisions study and is dependent on need of the Department of Surgery. Meanwhile, a Data Specialist will work extensively with REDCap to assist Research Assistants and Department of Surgery faculty.

Currently Offered Positions:

  • Research Assistant (RA)
  • Data Specialist (DS)
  • Trauma Research Assistant (TRA)
  • Vascular Research Assistant (VRA)
  • Pediatric Research Assistant (PRA)

Position Descriptions

  • Research Assistant (applicable to RA, TRA, VRA, and PRA)
    • The RESURG Research Assistant (RA) will perform the following duties/tasks/responsibilities: RESURG program support, Department of Surgery research support, designated research, and project leadership (if applicable), education, mentorship, clinical observation (if available), and general compliance. This position provides the RA with the following experiences and opportunities: 1) education and experience in clinical research and 2) personal and professional development through mentorship.

Division Specific RAs (TRA, VRA, and PRA) will predominately work on their assigned division projects. Additionally, their work will be managed directly by the specific divisions CRC’s and Jr. Specialists.

  • Data Specialist
    • The RESURG Data Specialist (DS) position works extensively with REDCap to provide assistance to Research Assistants and Department of Surgery faculty. This position provides the DS with the following experiences and opportunities: 1) experience in clinical research with a focus through Database creation and management and 2) personal and professional development through mentorship.

Brian Luong – Supervising Officer – Admin Lead

Rafael Ricon – Education and Training Officer - Admin

Harshita Naidu – Onboarding Officer - Admin

Nithya Ganti – Regulatory and Compliance Officer - Admin

Srikar Shrikantham – Trauma Research Assistant

Elisa Gonzalez – Pediatric Research Assistant

Neha Gondra – Vascular Research Assistant

Devin Martinez – Research Assistant

Emily Xu – Research Assistant

Alisa Tabaian – Data Specialist

Isabelle Schlegel – Pediatric Research Assistant / Public Relations RA

Julia Lee – Pediatric Research Assistant

Charuthi Arul – Data Specialist

Dena Sayrafi – Research Assistant

Aida Mushell – Research Assistant

Isha Suba – Data Specialist

Veena Arunkumar – Data Specialist

Matthew Jue – Research Assistant

Nethra Krishnan – Research Assistant

Eva Moncada – Research Assistant

Kanksha Koti – Research Assistant

Leo Andrada - Research Assistant - Admin

Leon Gilligan-Steinberg - Research Assistant - Admin

Kevin Dinh - Research Assistant - Admin

Angela Aguirre – Admin

Anastasiya Ivanko – Admin

Amber Solt – Research Assistant

Marc Friedman – Research Assistant

Jerod Yee – Research Assistant

Alisia Do – Research Assistant

Avni Suri – Research Assistant – Admin

Gabrielle Echt - Research Assistant

Christina Brown - Research Assistant – Admin

Matthew Kim – Senior Data Specialist

Andrea Sommer – Vascular Research Assistant – Admin

Alexis Chirco - Research Assistant

Kritika Sharma – Research Assistant

Anya Guzman - Trauma Research Assistant

Kevin Ly – Research Assistant

Elias Jbeily - Research Assistant

Taylor Silva – Research Assistant

Ashley Truong – Data Specialist – Admin

Ryan Nguyen – Cardiothoracic Research Assistant – Admin

Naomi Cinque - Vascular Research Assistant

Amanda Aquilio – Research Assistant

Bryan Kuo – Data Specialist

Samveda Rukmangadhan – Research Assistant

Zilan Zheng – Senior Data Specialist

Anjani Patibandla – Research Assistant

Shyama Chaganti – Research Assistant

Jose Hernandez – Cardiothoracic Research Assistant

The RESURG Spring 2023 Application is now closed. Please check back for future application cycle announcements.

Philanthropy: Fostering the Future

For the past three years, RESURG’s signature annual philanthropy event, Fostering the Future, has been a mainstay for our program. This is a two-day program that aims to provide underserved high school students in Sacramento County the opportunity to explore careers in the field of healthcare and learn valuable professional skills that will aid in fostering a successful future in healthcare careers. During this event, students will attend several workshops that promote professional development, building professional connections, and enhancing education about careers in healthcare, medicine, and clinical research. It is our goal and purpose to support students in successfully pursuing their goals and aspirations, and to ultimately, foster their future. This event was a huge success the past three years, and we are looking forward to hosting this event again for our 4th annual time at UC Davis Health Campus!

Event Details
This two-day event will take place in Summer 2024. This event will take place in-person at UC Davis Health in Sacramento.
Students can look forward to an exciting lineup of classes including an introduction to research, a medicine profession panel, an animal organ dissection, a simulation lab tour, a career fair panel, resume building, and much more!

How to Apply
Our Fostering the Future application cycle for high school students are currently closed. Please contact us for further details on our next annual event!

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"My biggest takeaway from RESURG is learning how to communicate in a professional manner with physicians residents, faculty, and other research assistants. It helped me hone in many of my interpersonal skills important for health profession work, and it’s given me many opportunities to shadow physicians too. I’d say my favorite thing by far, excluding all the amazing people in the program, is the mentorship I have received. I’ve grown a lot as a person and as a student through their advice. I’m really grateful for everyone in RESURG and I’ll continue to put my best work into the program.” 
- Matthew Kim UC Davis Undergraduate

"RESURG has helped me grow through mentorship, leadership development, research experience, and exposure to clinical medicine and surgery. My experiences in RESURG have helped me gain valuable professional skills and have guided me to make an informed and confident decision to pursue a career in medicine.”
 - Leo Andrada, B.S.

"RESURG deepened my understanding of the ethics underlying human subjects research and introduced me to the workflow of clinical research. The opportunities for patient interaction tested my ability to make decisions off limited and imperfect information. RESURG offered a encouraging and supportive environment to develop the skills necessary as a physician that I'll take with me to medical school.” 
- Kevin Dinh, B.S.
"RESURG has allowed me to explore my curiosity in clinical research, deepen my understanding of ethical practices, authenticate my aspirations of becoming a physician, and develop my personal, professional, and team working skills. The incredible amount of mentorship and opportunity to experience clinical research in this internship has created a strong foundation for me to carry onto my job as a Jr. Specialist in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine here at UC Davis Medical Center!” 
- Gabrielle Echt, B.S.
"RESURG has allowed me to be involved in the direct connection between research, patients, investigators, and other professionals. I was able to partake in the start and progression of a project, as well as oversee other research being done in the department, which has led me to develop the skills and confidence needed to continue working in clinical research as a Jr. Specialist. The knowledge, experience, mentorship, and support that I received during my time with RESURG has me excited for my future career in surgery and research." 
- Anastasiya Ivanko, B.S.