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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  • Benefits of a Rural Surgery Rotation for General Surgery Training

    Research Classification: Prospective      
    Principal Investigator: Edgardo Salcedo, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Anjani Patibandla     
    Anticipated Enrollment #: 100
    Most surgery residents train in an urban environment, which leads to a lack of exposure to rural surgery rotations. The continued urbanization of American surgery may push rural hospitals to close, worsening issues. There is a current lack of research on whether it’s helpful to include a rural surgery rotation in general surgery training. This study aims to evaluate whether rural surgery rotations are useful for surgery residents to understand rural institutions better and pursue rural surgery in the future.
  • 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      
    Anticipated Enrollment #: 9,500
    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.
  • Site of Relapse in Children with Ewing Sarcoma with Pleural and Pulmonary Metastatic Disease

    Research Classification: Retrospective          
    Principal Investigator: Erin Brown, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Amanda Aquilio 
    Anticipated Enrollment #: 200
    In this multi-institutional study of Children’s Hospitals represented in the Pediatric Surgical Oncology Collaborative (PSORC), the primary aim is to compare pulmonary disease-free survival between patients with initially metastatic EWS who achieve rapid early response (RER) vs those with residual pulmonary nodules after induction chemotherapy. Recent advances in minimally invasive surgery and localization techniques have increased the precision with which surgeons can excise pulmonary nodules. However, it remains unknown whether surgical excision of known pulmonary nodes improves survival in these patients. The first step towards understanding the potential role of surgery in this surgery in this disease is to determine whether relapse occurs at the site of known nodules, i.e., the focus of disease that might be amendable to surgical excision.
  • Effect of Online Family Interventions on Glycemic Control in Children with Type One Diabetes

    Research Classification: Retrospective     
    Principal Investigator: Lindsey Loomba-Albrecht, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Elisa Gonzalez     
    Anticipated Enrollment #: 70-75
    The aim of this study is to determine if online family education video modules will improve glycemic control and A1C levels in children with Type One diabetes. The modules will start to be viewed right after the initial Type One diabetes diagnosis and continue to be viewed several weeks after. We will be collecting A1C data form these children every few months throughout a 2-year time period and analyze the results to see if the modules had any positive effect.
  • A Multi-Center Retrospective Review of Relapsed Favorable Histology Wilms Tumor

    Research Classification: Retrospective     
    Principal Investigator: Marcio Malogolowkin, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Elisa Gonzalez     
    Anticipated Enrollment #: 10
    The aim of this study is to identify all the current treatments for children with Relapsed Favorable Histology Wilms tumor and determine their efficacy in treatment, as well as possible side effects that may occur. We also want to identify the long-term effects of these treatments to ensure they are safe and have no negative side effects on the child or tumor.
  • Preductal Oxygen Saturation Target in Term and Late Preterm Neonates with Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure or Pulmonary Hypertension (POST IT)

    Research Classification: Clinical Trial      
    Principal Investigator: Heather Siefkes, M.D. and Satyanarayana Lakshminrusimha, M.D. (Co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Harshitha Naidu
    Anticipated Enrollment #: 30
    The primary aim of this study is to compare the outcomes of two ranges of target preductal SpO₂ in term and late preterm neonates with acute pulmonary hypertension or hypoxemic respiratory failure. The research study will also aim to understand the variation present in the hypoxemic respiratory failure/pulmonary hypertension score and assess its reliability and validity, as well as potential application in larger trials.
  • COVID-19 Among Obese Patients

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Shushmita Ahmed, M.D.
    Research Assistants:
     Kevin Ly (Lead)
    The main goal of this study is to determine the effect body mass index (BMI) has on mortality and other critical-care outcomes in patients with COVID-19.
  • Pre-operative Prophylactic Antibiotics in Appendicitis

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator:
    Erin Brown, M.D .
    Research Assistants:
     Alexis Chirco (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.                  
  • Improving Access to Primary Care for Trauma Patients (TAC)

    Research Classification: Prospective Human Subjects
    Principal Investigator: Joseph Galante, M.D. and Siobhan Luce (co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Srikar Shrikantham (Lead)
    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.
  • AAST Vascular Trauma Registry: Prospective Observational Vascular Injury Trial (PROOVIT):

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Joseph Galante, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Srikar Shrikantham (Lead)
    PROOVIT aims to capture key elements of vascular trauma presentation, diagnosis, management, and outcomes from leading trauma institutions in the US. The objective is to establish an aggregate database of information for vascular trauma outcomes by subcategorizing the data into anatomic patterns of vascular trauma. 
  • Contemporary Natural History of Internal Carotid Artery Occlusion:

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Nasim Hedayati, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Bryan Kuo
    Currently, there is no data to identify which patients will progress to complete occlusion without the development of neurologic symptoms. This project aims to provide a contemporary natural history of patients with Internal Carotid Artery (ICA) stenosis that progressed to ICA occlusion, focusing on risk factors predictive of neurologic events. We hypothesize that progression from ICA stenosis to complete occlusion is associated with risk factors that have far gone largely undetected.
  • Patient Engagement and Outcomes for Vascular Conditions

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Research Classification: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Ashley Truong (Lead), Christina Brown, Zilan Zheng, Alexis Chirco, Ryan Nguyen, Amanda Aquilio, Naomi Cinque, Anjani Patibandla
    The aim of this study is to determine how patient activation affects outcomes for patients with vascular disease. The project is currently screening and enrolling patients for the study.
  • Adherence to best practice guidelines for palliative care in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery ICU patients

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Research Classification: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Rafael Ricon (Lead), Samveda Rukmangadhan        
    This study seeks to characterize palliative care delivery in admitted Trauma and Acute Care Surgery patients in adherence to palliative care guidelines produced by the American College of Surgeons. This will help guide future provider- and workflow-based strategies to better meet patients’ palliative care needs and routine surgical care such as advance care planning, identification of a health care proxy, communication around prognosis and goals of care, and decision-making around the end of life.
  • Assessing Role of Imaging Sharing Prior to Vascular Surgery E-Consults

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Bryan Kuo
    Specialty e-consults have shown to be very useful cross multiple specialties with high reported satisfaction rates from providers, patients, improved timeliness, and decrease in overall health care utilization and face-to-face visitations. Additionally, with COVID-19 there has been a substantial increase in the use of both telehealth and a push for more providers to use E-consults to answer questions without requiring in-person appointments. E-consults for vascular surgery often require wound pictures (most commonly in cases of peripheral arterial disease and venous disease) as well as occasionally radiology imaging to be readily available in order for a clinical question to be answered. This study aims to evaluate E-consult metrics, such as re-imaging needed, delay in receiving relevant wound images, timeliness of response, need for in-person appointment, and distance traveled, from the last two years (January 2019 - January 2021). We hypothesize that requiring imaging sharing for new vascular surgery E-consults would result in decreased time-to-diagnosis, decreased time to intervention, reduced cost (Medicare savings), and improved patient perspective of care.
  • Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator:
     Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Matthew Kim (Lead)
    The aim of this study is to identify factors associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and develop treatment algorithms for patients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
  • SCOPE-CLI: Shifting Care and Outcomes for Patients with Endangered limbs – Critical Limb Ischemia

    Research Classification: Prospective, Observational
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Avni Suri, Andrea Sommer, Naomi Cinque
    The SCOPE-CLI study is prospective, observational study whose primary objective is to systemically quantify patients’ CLI-specific health status and clinical outcomes through the use of surveys. More specifically, the study aims to generate new evidence on clinical characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes of patients with CLI (critical limb ischemia) across various practices.
  • Opiate Reduction with Erector Spinae Blocks in Patients Undergoing First Rib Resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Amanda Aquilio (Lead)
    This study aims to reduce opiate usage in the inpatient setting of post-operative patients from first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome. Given the current climate of opiate addiction, this retrospective study will evaluate the possibility of reducing opiate usage in a postoperative patient population that historically have required high frequency intravenous and oral opiate pain control by adjunctive erector spinae blocks in the perioperative period.
  • Understanding Telehealth Needs in Rural Communities

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Ryan Nguyen (Lead)
    This study aims to create a telemedicine learning collaborative for evaluation of patients with lower extremity ulcers in rural areas and develop a feasible assessment protocol for providers in rural areas for evaluating patients with lower extremity ulcers.
  • Implementation of Telemedicine for patient with wounds and ulcers (K23)

    Research Classification: Quality Improvement
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Naomi Cinque (Lead), Christina Brown, Zilan Zheng (DS)
    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.
  • Colorectal Surgery Outcomes Database

    Research Classification: Quality Improvement
    Principal Investigator: Deborah Keller, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Amanda Aquilio (Lead)
    This study aims to review the patient demographic, procedural, postoperative, and oncologic variables for quality improvement efforts in colorectal surgery. An ongoing audit of surgeon-specific outcomes will facilitate quality improvement to reduce hospital length of stay, readmissions, reoperations, morbidity, and mortality on a broad scale. We aim to create an all-inclusive QI database with standardized monthly audits and to use the audits to identify the surgeon, patient, system, process, and procedural factors related to surgical and outcomes.
  • Irrigated Radio Frequency Ablation to Terminate Non-Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (Terminal AF Study)

    Research Classification: Prospective Clinical Trial
    Principal Investigator: Bob Kiaii, M.D.
    Research Assistants:  Ryan Nguyen, Andrea Sommer
    The aim of the study is to expand the use of the Cardioblate Surgical Ablation devices to treat non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Surgical ablation is a regularly used, non-experimental heart surgery technique that creates lines of scars on the atria, but the use of this specific device for this specific type of atrial fibrillation is experimental.
  • Percutaneous MitraClip™ Device or Surgical Mitral Valve Repair in Patients with Primary Mitral Regurgitation who are Candidates for Surgery (REPAIR MR)

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator: Bob Kiaii, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Ryan Nguyen (Lead), Andrea Sommer
    This study aims to compare the clinical outcome of MitraClip™ device versus surgical repair in patients with severe primary mitral regulation who are at moderate surgical risk and whose mitral valves has been determined to be suitable for correction by mitral valve repair surgery by the cardiac surgeon on the local site heart team.
  • How Does Obesity Affect Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Victoria Lyo, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Alexis Chirco (Lead)
    This study aims to compare the clinical outcomes of obese and non-obese patients with intestinal disease as well as the associated medical costs of treatment. This study also looks at the prevalence of developing new intestinal disease following bariatric surgery.
  • Improving Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Rates in an Open Health Care System (AAA)

    Research Classification: Quality Improvement 
    Principal Investigator(s): Matthew Mell, M.D.
    Research Assistants:  Avni Suri (Lead), Ashley Truong, Zilan Zheng, Bryan Kuo, Naomi Cinque
    The aim is to increase the rate of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening through electronic medical record (EMR) as a quality improvement program for patients at UC Davis Medical Center, which is an open health care system. This will aid in lowering AAA-related mortality.
  • BEST-Registry

    Research Classification: Prospective Observational Study
    Principal Investigator:
    Matthew Mell, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Avni Suri, Naomi Cinque, Ashley Truong
    The primary objective of the BEST-Registry is to enroll patients excluded from the BEST-CLI Trial and thereby assess real-world therapeutic strategies, clinical outcomes, and costs associated with critical limb ischemia. Since the BEST Registry is designed to capture real world care, there will be no randomization or required / recommended treatment.
  • PCPLC Core Data Project

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator:
     Payam Saadai, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Kevin Ly (Lead)
    The aim of this study is to collect information about the patient population of those with pediatric colorectal disease and maintain a database. The database will be used by PCPLC to characterize the patient population and to describe treatment practices and functional outcomes. 
  • Firearm Safety Study

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Edgardo Salcedo, M.D.
    Research Assistants:  Anjani Patibandla (Lead), Ryan Nguyen
    Despite the readiness of patients to discuss gun safety with medical staff, there is little education provided on how to approach these discussions and many providers do not discuss gun safety with their patients. This study will provide education on how to have a gun safety conversation with surgery residents, emergency medicine residents, and trauma nurse practitioners. Then, it will conduct a retrospective chart review of patients presenting after gunshot wounds for up to 2 years before and after the education and evaluate how many received gun safety education.


  • Sutures vs. Staples: An analysis of Wound Closure Methods for Knee Amputations

    Research Classification: Retrospective 
    Principal Investigator: Mimmie Kwong, M.D. and Matthew Mell, M.D. (co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Avni Suri (Lead); Leo Andrada (Lead)
    This research study compares the post-operative outcomes and closure techniques of both below-the-knee and above-the-knee amputations.  Data is currently being collected through EMR.
  • Time of Arterial Testing Affects Outcomes for Patients with Lower Extremity Wounds

    Research Classification:  Retrospective
    Principal Investigator:Misty Humphries, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Angela Aguirre (Lead), Kritika Sharma
    The study aims to establish a benchmark for time to evaluation and time to treatment for patients with lower extremity wounds. The study is currently collecting benchmark data through EMR.
  • Database of Surgical and Oncologic Outcomes for Liver and Pancreas Surgical Oncology Patients

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Sepideh Gholami, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Alexis Chirco (Lead)
    The study aims to track surgical and oncologic outcomes for liver and pancreas cases for the UC Davis surgical oncology department.
  • Magnesium Infusion for Pain Management in Critically Ill Trauma Patients

    Research Classification: Prospective, Clinical Trial
    Principal Investigator:
    Christine Cocanour, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Kevin Ly
    The study aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of continuous, intravenous administration of magnesium sulfate as compared to placebo in decreasing pain in critically injured patients.
  • Outcomes of Surgery in COVID-19 Infection: An International Cohort Study

    Research Classification: Prospective
    Principal Investigator:
     Rachael Callcut, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Avni Suri (Lead)
    The study aims to analyze the surgical outcomes for patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19 perioperatively, with a primary predictor being 30-day mortality.
  • Characterization of the Melanoma-Specific Immune Response

    Research Classification: Prospective, Clinical Trial
    Principal Investigator: Amanda Kirane, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Kevin Ly (Lead), Matthew Kim
    The studies aim is to test the effects of a melanoma treatment, neoadjuvant Talimogene laherparepvec (or T-VEC) on high-risk melanoma patients who obtained poor outcomes with standard-of-care treatments.

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, M.D. and Cara Pozolo, M.D. (co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Gabby Echt (Lead), Kritika Sharma
    The DVT study aims to retrospectively review all the deep vein thrombosis studies performed by the UC Davis Health Vascular Lab over a six month period. Venous duplex tests are used to rule out deep vein thrombosis. This study hopes to decrease the number of unnecessary tests and provide education about optimal diagnosis techniques for DVTs, consequently reducing medical waste. The DVT study aims to review the number of unnecessary tests that are performed, determine the main risk factors for a positive DVT study, and estimate the risk of DVT based on the Well’s criteria. The study also aims to create an EMR risk calculator to help providers estimate the risk of DVT prior to ordering a DVT study.
  • The Role of GAS6/AXL Expression in Malignant Melanoma and GI Cancers

    Research Classification: Prospective Observational Study
    Principal Investigator: Amanda Kirane, M.D. and Sepideh Gholami, M.D. (co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Kritika Sharma (Lead)
    The goal of this study is to assess the expression of a protein, Ax1, as a clinical correlate of prognosis and response to therapy in malignant melanoma. We also aim to evaluate another protein, Gas6, as a serum marker of disease stage and response to therapy in multiple organ tumors, including gastrointestinal tumors. This study aims to assess the expression of these two proteins, Gas6 and Ax1, as serum biomarkers that reliably predict response to immunologic therapies in patients with melanoma. We hope to use the results of this study as a basis for future therapeutics and as a potential biomarker of response to immunotherapies.
  • Blunt Aortic Injury: A Review of Techniques and Outcomes

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Steven Maximus, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Kritika Sharma (Lead)
    Blunt aortic injury is the second leading cause of death in all blunt traumas. There are different options to treat this injury, including a common open surgery and a more recently used minimally invasive technique called Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair, also known as TEVAR. This specialized technique allows surgeons to perform the entire operation through two small incisions in the groin, instead of having to open up the chest as is necessary in other operations. This study aims to evaluate how the TEVAR operation is performed at UC Irvine Medical Center and their outcomes. It also aims to evaluate all repairs within the UC Health System while also assessing the long-term outcomes of patients who have had this procedure done at multiple institutes.
  • The Immediate Availability of Hyaluronidase

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Lee Pu, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Taylor Silva, Matthew Kim
    The purpose is to determine the immediate availability of hyaluronidase for patients undergoing hyaluronic acid (HA) filler injections to the face. This study will be the first of its kind to elucidate the immediate availability of hyaluronidase at practices that inject HA fillers as well as EDs. This may reveal a significant safety issue regarding HA filler use in the United States, particularly if neither practices nor their neighboring EDs stock hyaluronidase. In addition, our work will determine the underlying reasons for not stocking hyaluronidase such that appropriate recommendations can be made at a policy, practice, and community level to improve patient safety.
  • Analysis of Telemed Survey During COVID-19

    Research Classification: Quality Improvement
    Principal Investigator: Lee Pu, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Matthew Kim
    The study aims to determine the quality and completeness of telemedicine visits performed during COVID-19 from a surgeon perspective and determine the quality and completeness of telemedicine visits performed during COVID-19 from a patient perspective. We suspect that patients and providers will face some challenges as they increase utilization of telemedicine in a crisis situation.
  • Incidental Findings Found on Abdominal Imaging Done on General Surgery Patients

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Michael Campbell, M.D. and Ashly Ruf (sub-I)
    Research Assistants: Rafael Ricon, Amanda Aquilio
    This study aims to identify the incidence of incidental findings found on abdominal CT scans done on patients admitted to acute care general surgery service. We then determine if and how many of these patients with incidentals receive outpatient workup. IFs that are not followed up on can lead to legal liability, delays in a diagnosis, and overall a poor patient outcome. Thus, we are evaluating how many of these patients receive follow up on their incidental findings. 
  • Investigating the role of Timing in Post-Operative Ankle/Toe Brachial Index

    Research Classification: Retrospective 
    Principal Investigator:
     Mimmie Kwong, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Christina Brown (Lead)
    The study aims to determine if there is an appropriate time to conduct an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) exam after a patient has experienced a vascular intervention for infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease. This determination will aid in establishing guidelines for when an ABI exam should be conducted after surgery.
  • Prevalence and Associations of Methamphetamine Use in Patients Admitted to Surgical Services

    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Kathleen Romanowski, M.D.
    Research Assistants: Elias Jbeily (Lead), Taylor Silva, Ryan Nguyen, Samveda Ruk
    This study aims to retrospectively determine the prevalence and associations - mechanism of injury, cardiovascular parameters, and cost of care - of amphetamine use in patients admitted to the Trauma and Burn services from 2015-2019.

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.

Andrea Sommer – RESURG Supervising Officer

Rafael Ricon – RESURG Education and Training Officer

Ryan Nguyen – RESURG Regulatory and Compliance Officer

Harshita Naidu – RESURG Onboarding Officer

Bryan Kuo – Data Specialist

Zilan Zheng – Senior Data Specialist

Anjani Patibandla – Research Assistant

Srikar Shrikantham – Trauma Research Assistant

Brian Luong – Research Assistant

Elisa Gonzalez – Pediatric Research Assistant

Neha Gondra – Vascular Research Assistant

Devin Martinez – Research Assistant

Emily Xu – Research Assistant

Nithya Ganti – 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

Leo Andrada - Research Assistant - Admin

Leon Gilligan-Steinberg - Research Assistant - Admin

Kevin Dinh - Research Assistant - Admin

Gabrielle Echt - Research Assistant

Anastasiya Ivanko - Admin

Angela Aguirre – Admin

Kritika Sharma – Research Assistant

Taylor Silva – Research Assistant

Anya Guzman - Trauma Research Assistant

Elias Jbeily - Research Assistant

Naomi Cinque - Vascular Research Assistant

Alexis Chirco - Research Assistant

Christina Brown - Research Assistant – Admin

Amanda Aquilio – Research Assistant

Matthew Kim – Data Specialist

Kevin Ly – Research Assistant

Avni Suri – Research Assistant – Admin

Samveda Rukmangadhan – Research Assistant

Shyama Chaganti – Research Assistant

Ashley Truong – Data Specialist – Admin

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

We would like to welcome back RESURG’s philanthropy event: Fostering the Future for the second time. 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 and life skills that will aid in fostering a successful future in healthcare careers. During this event, students will attend a number of 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 last year and we’re really looking forward to hosting this event in-person at UC Davis Health this year!

Event Details
This two-day event will take place on July 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This event will take place in-person at UC Davis Health in Sacramento.
To see what classes will be offered during the event, check out our course introductions HERE.

How to Apply
Applications are currently open. Applications will open on Monday, March 28, 2022, and close on Friday, April 29, 2022.

How You Can Help Us
We are currently trying to get the word out about our event! We would like to give as many underserved high school students in Sacramento County the opportunity to apply to this educational and skill building program as we possibly can. If you could take a moment to share our event with a friend, we would greatly appreciate it!

To view or share our event flyer, click HERE.

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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.