News from the Department of Surgery
Battlefield Breakthroughs: An active war zone may not seem like the time for medics and surgeons to reinvent the wheel. But trauma often calls for quick thinking, for decisiveness, for innovation.
While serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Donald Jenkins, M.D. ’84 helped to revolutionize an important corner of modern medicine through what he called “rediscoveries.” Years later, Daniel Grabo, M.D. ’98 followed the lead of one of his mentor’s in Afghanistan, employing Jenkins’ rediscoveries to save countless lives. Jenkins and Grabo both grew up in Luzerne County, a region that, Grabo noted, regularly breeds people who place utmost importance on country, family and faith. It’s the place that helped launch both surgeons down military paths, and it was their Scranton education, they agreed, that helped lay the groundwork for the doctors they would become.
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Drs. Donald Jenkins and Daniel Grabo: A Closer LookDrs. Donald Jenkins '84 and Daniel Grabo '98: A Closer Look
From left: Dr. Grabo receives his Romanian Medal of Honor; Dr. Jenkins ‘84 at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in 2014, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion’s highest honor. Previous recipients of the award include President John F. Kennedy, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Dr. Jonas Salk.
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Congratulations Dr. Lillian Liao! You've been named one of San Antonio's Health Care Heroes Winners
You have been selected as a 2016 Health care hero winner by the San Antonio Business Journal. As a winner, we will be honoring you and the rest of the 2016 winners at a dinner to be held at Pearl Stable on Wednesday, October 12th from 6:00pm-8:30pm.
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“Congratulations Samuel Hoh-Yan Hui!”
Congratulations Samuel Hoh-Yan Hui on passing the General Surgery Qualifying Examination.
“Stop the Bleed”
Dr. Stewart taught a “Stop the Bleed” course to our Department of Surgery administrative staff on Monday, August 8th. The course was very well received. The goal is to equip all citizens with lifesaving techniques to stop bleeding after injuries in emergency situations. This is part of a nationwide effort to make bleeding control as commonplace as CPR.
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Welcome back Dr. Jason Kempenich!
Dr. Kempenich joined our Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery in July as an Assistant Professor. He was a former general surgery resident in our program from 2007-2012 and came back to us after completing his military obligation as an attending general surgeon at Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Mississippi.
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Bariatric Surgery Combats Obesity
For the past six years the UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery has been offering solutions to help combat obesity. The most commonly performed procedures are the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding. Our team of surgeons also offer revision weight loss surgery and will discuss this with patients on an individual basis. All procedures can be performed laparoscopically with very low rates of complications.
We received official notification of our verification as a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center.
We received official notification of our verification as a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center. The transition from a Pediatric Level II to a Pediatric Level I trauma center was possible only because of a superlative partnership effort from the UHS and UT Medicine multidisciplinary pediatric trauma team.
Our ACS Verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center is truly an exceptional program with exceptional people working together to care for the children of South Texas! Dr. Lillian Liao and her team have taken the pediatric trauma program to a whole new level. Special thanks to Dr. Francisco Cigarroa for his critical help and stewardship. And, we couldn’t have done this without the unwavering commitment of George Hernandez, President and CEO of UHS, to the program and the partnership.
Per the announcement of the press conference is scheduled for this Thursday, June 30th, by UHS, this is a major milestone in the care of badly injured kids. Injuries are the biggest killer of children and the main reason they are rushed to an ER. In Bexar County and South Texas, the number of seriously injured kids treated at University Hospital has skyrocketed by 78 percent since 2010. Given the magnitude of the problem, the importance of having expert trauma care in one of the fastest-growing regions of the country is vital. Story Here
Welcome to Dr. Donald Jenkins
Welcome to Dr. Donald Jenkins, Professor/Clinical, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Surgery, Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery, and Associate Deputy Director, Military Health Institute.
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Area medical officials are confident San Antonio would be able to handle a mass casualty event similar to the Orlando shootings.
“If a situation were to arise that we were exceeding our capability to manage the patient load, we would basically activate an MCI, mass casualty incident, through the hospital," said Eastridge.
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Congratulations to Abdul Alarhayem, MD for winning the 2016 Southwestern Surgical Congress Jack A. Barney Resident Paper Award
Dr. Abdul Alarhayem won the 2016 Southwestern Surgical Congress Jack A. Barney Resident Paper Award for his paper on "Time is the Enemy: Morality in Trauma Patients with Hemorrhage from Torso Injury Occurs Long Before the "Golden Hour". This is the second consecutive year that Dr. Alarhayem has won this award. He is only the second person to win this award twice. Our chairman, Dr. Stewart is the other two-time winner.
Congratulations to Jessica Raley, PhD, Daniel Dent, MD, and Ross Willis, PhD
Congratulations to Jessica Raley, PhD, Daniel Dent, MD, and Ross Willis PhD for their presentation “Learn how to train surgery residents to use the I-PASS handoff method” as a workshop at the annual meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS). Dr. Raley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. Dr. Dent is a Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. Dr. Willis is an Associate Professor and the Director of Surgical Education.
Congratulations to Edward Shipper, MD
Congratulations to Edward Shipper, MD for being named the recipient of a the Association for Surgical Education and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery Collaborative Research Grant. His grant project is titled “Bridging the Gap Between Simulation Center and Patient Bedside: A Point of Care Video-based Curriculum for Common, Low-Risk Bedside Procedures”. Dr. Shipper is a graduate of the UTHSCSA School of Medicine and is a UTHSCSA Surgery resident who is currently in his first year of a Surgical Education Research Fellowship at Stanford. This project is a collaborative effort between UTHSCSA and Stanford and includes Daniel Dent, MD, Ross Willis, PhD, and Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD of UTHSCSA as co-investigators.
Congratulations to John Wiersch, MD
Congratulations to John Wiersch, MD for his presentation “Surgical Boot Camp for Senior Medical Students Improves Knowledge-Based Preparedness for Intern Year” as a podium presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Dr. Wiersch is a PGY3 resident who is mentored by Ross Willis, PhD.
Congratulations to Jason Kempenich, MD
Congratulations to Jason Kempenich, MD for his presentation “The Effect of Patient Education on the Perceptions of Resident Participation in Surgical Care” as a podium presentation at the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Dr. Kempenich is a UTHSCSA Residency Graduate who will join our faculty later this year after he completes his service in the Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base. This project was a collaborative effort between UTHSCSA and Keesler Air Force Base.
Congratulations to Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD
Congratulations to Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD for his presentation “Predicting Success of Preliminary Surgical Residents: A Multi-Institutional Study” as a podium presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Dr. Al Fayyadh is a research resident who is completing a 2 year research fellowship in surgical education under the mentorship of Drs. Daniel Dent and Ross Willis.
Congratulations to Daniel Dent, MD
Congratulations to Daniel Dent, MD for his presentation “Malpractice Risk Correlates Negatively with States’ Surgery Residency Graduates’ Performance on American Board of Surgery Examinations” as a podium presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Dr. Dent is a Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Dent
Daniel L. Dent, M.D., was elected President of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston. The APDS represents the Program Directors and Associate Program Directors from over 250 Surgery residency programs. Dr. Dent is a Professor of Surgery and the Surgery Residency Program Director. He previously served as Chair of the Program Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee, Foundation Board, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee of the APDS.
Congratulations to Jessica Raley, PhD
Congratulations to Jessica Raley, PhD for her presentation “Trauma Team Choreography: Organized Chaos or A Seamless Performance? Preliminary report on the development of a new assessment module” at the Thinking Outside the Box Luncheon at the annual meeting of the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. Raley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.
Congratulations to Eileen Kleffner and Ashley McGinity, MD
Congratulations to Eileen Kleffner and Ashley McGinity, MD for their presentation “Teamwork and Surgical Residents: Team Based Education in Surgical Residency: A New Paradigm” at the annual meeting of the Association of Residency Coordinators in Surgery. Ms. Kleffner is the Surgery Residency Coordinator. Dr. McGinity is a PGY5 resident who will be continuing her education at UTHSCSA as a fellow in Surgical Critical Care starting in July, 2016.
Congratulations to PGY1 Michael Sippel, MD
Congratulations to PGY1 Michael Sippel, MD on the recent publication entitled, “Predictors of a Prolonged Length of Stay in Children with Perforated Appendictis”. It has been published in the Southern Medical Journal.
View story on ACS Surgery News
Congratulations to Dr. Juan Marcano, UTHSCSA General Surgery Resident,
who has been awarded the 2016 J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society Traveling Fellowship. The award will assist Dr. Marcano in his travel to Strasbourg, France to attend the IRCAD Intensive General Surgery Course. Dr. Marcano will present his educational experience at the June 2016 annual meeting of the Aust Society.
Dr. Jatoi featured in ACS Surgery News
Dr. Ismail Jatoi, Dr. Fiona MacNeil, and Dr. Benjamin D. Smith challenged conventional wisdom on breast cancer surgery at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
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Data being used to prevent head trauma - Head trauma in children is up 50 percent in five years
University Health System released its third annual Community Trauma Report Thursday. Its purpose is to highlight areas of concern where trauma trends are concerned.
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Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Dent, Professor, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Dent, Professor, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, for receiving the 2016 Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award. Awardees will be recognized during a special dinner in March, 2016, when each will be provided with a plaque and a cash award.
Congratulations on Brian J. Eastridge, MD,FACS on a recent award at EAST
Congratulations on Brian J. Eastridge, MD,FACS being a recipient of the John P. Pryor, MD Distinguished Service Award for Combat Casualty Care. The John P. Pryor, MD Distinguished Service Award in Military Casualty Care is an annual award presented at the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly. The award recognizes EAST members who have distinguished themselves in the field of military casualty care.
Congratulations to Dr. Susannah Nicholson
Congratulations to Dr. Susannah Nicholson for her recent grant funding from the UTHSCSA Military Health Institute and School of Medicine Basic and Clinical Research Pilot Program. Her project, titled “Trauma, Inflammation and Injury to the Gastrointestional Microbiome,” will facilitate a greater understanding of the complexity of the microbiome within the gut following trauma. (1-5-16)
Congratulations to Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD, Ross Willis, PhD, and Daniel Dent, MD
Our abstract titled “Predicting Success of Preliminary Surgical Residents: A Multi-Institutional Study”: has been accepted for oral presentation to the Association of Program Directors in Surgery meeting in April 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA with Dr. Mohammed Al Fayyadh as the presenting author." (1-5-16)
Congratulations to Daniel Dent, MD, Mohammed Al Fayyadh, MD, Ross Willis, PhD, Ronald Stewart, MD
Our abstract titled “Malpractice Risk Correlates Negatively with States’ Surgery Residency Graduates’ Performance on American Board of Surgery Examinations”: has been accepted for an oral presentation to the Association of Program Directors in Surgery meeting in April 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA with Dr. Daniel Dent as the presenting author." (1-5-16)
Congratulations to the Vascular Surgery Division
Congratulations to the Vascular Surgery Division on acquiring Vascular Testing Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission(IAC) UHS is commented for demonstrating our facility’s pursuit of Excellence in the field of Vascular Testing.
- The University Hospital System Vascular Center-3 rd. floor
- University Hospital - Robert B Green Vascular Center- 2nd Floor
- MARC Vascular testing 3rd floor
Congratulations to Dr. Ramon Cestero
Dr. Ramon F. Cestero, Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, speaks at the 16th Annual Rio Grande Trauma Conference on Friday at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Dr. Cestero was interviewed by the El Paso Times for his research on the spillover violence from Mexico along the U.S. border.
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Congratulations to Dr. Basil Pruitt, Jr. for receiving the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Lifetime Achievement Award!
Dr. Pruitt graduated from Harvard College (1952) followed by Medical School at Tufts (1957). He completed his initial surgical training at the Boston City Hospital under the tutelage of C. Gardner Childs (1957-1962). From there he completed his surgical residency at Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio (1964). From 1967-1968 Dr. Pruitt served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Professional Services at the busiest evacuation hospital in Vietnam (400 to 500 major operations a month) and then Chief of the Trauma Research Team, where he studied the cardiopulmonary responses to injury in combat casualties. Dr. Pruitt became the Commander and Director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research where he served for the next 27 years. He went on to make surgical history by revolutionizing the management of trauma, burn and critically ill or injured patients worldwide.
Although Dr. Pruitt’s research had a military beginning, the fruits of his labor have been assimilated into civilian medical practice worldwide with associated dramatic reductions in both death and complication rates.
Dr. Pruitt has been internationally recognized with appointments to the NIH study sections, the Veterans Administration Merit Review Board for Surgery, and the Shriners Hospitals Research Advisory Board and Clinical Outcomes Studies Advisory Board. He has also served as a reviewer and referee for the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the BC Health Research Foundation and Alberta Heritage Foundation in Canada, the Veterans Administration in the United States, and the NIH for which he has functioned as a special panel member.
Dr. Pruitt’s most enduring legacy is his mentorship of a cadre of physicians and scientists who have become international leaders in Medicine. Among that group are 46 past or present directors of burn centers and units across the globe, 23 department chairs (including departments of surgery, urology, anesthesiology, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery and medicine), 11 past presidents of the American Burn Association, and two past presidents of the International Society for Burn Injury, two past Presidents of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the current Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and at least six academic chairs in the Japanese fields of Acute Care Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Pruitt has authored over 465 journal articles. He served for twenty years as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Trauma. Following this he became the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Trauma for the next 17 years. Additionally, Dr. Pruitt served or serves as a member of the Editorial Board of 13 other journals, including two published in China and one published in Turkey. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for an additional 26 journals.
One measure of Dr. Pruitt’s stature as an innovator is the recognition by his peers. He was elected as the president
of 12 surgical societies, including the:
- I. American Burn Association
- II. American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
- III. Southern Surgical Association
- IV. American Surgical Association
- V. Halsted Society
- VI. Surgical Infection Society
- VII. American Trauma Society
- VIII. North American Burn Society
- IX. Western Surgical Association
- X. International Society for Burn Injuries
- XI. Surgeons Travel Club
- XII. Shock Society
He has received both national and international recognition in the form of the National Safety Council’s Surgeons Award for Distinguished Service to Safety, the 1984 American College of Surgeons Scudder Orator, the Danis Prize of the Societe Internationale de Chirurgie, the Medallion for Scientific Achievement of the American Surgical Association, the Distinguished Investigator Award of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Whitaker International Burns Prize and the 2006 Tanner-Vanderput-Boswick International Burn Prize. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of University Surgeons and the Roswell Park Medal. He recently received the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine and was recently recognized by Tufts Medical School as one of its ten most influential graduates of all time. Of burn care peer reviewed articles over the past 55 years, Dr. Pruitt has had the largest number of top cited articles. His work was cited 2,320 separate times.
Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr. is a great citizen, surgeon, innovator, mentor and leader. His work has had a remarkable
transformational impact on an international scale. Congratulations Dr. Pruitt on receiving the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States!
Congratulations Dr. Jatoi
Dr. Jatoi was the senior author of a paper that was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute entitled “Time-varying Effects of Breast Cancer Adjuvant Systemic Therapy”. This article was first published online on October 30, 2015. He and his coauthors reported on the effects of breast cancer adjuvant systemic therapy in 19 trials conducted by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), and found that treatment effects often vary over time. Previously, it was generally assumed that these treatment effects were constant over time, but this study found statistically significant time-varying treatment effects in 9 out of the 19 breast cancer adjuvant systemic therapy trials conducted by the NSABP. Dr. Hanna Bandos and Dr. Jong-Hyeon Jeong undertook the statistical analyses in this study. The authors suggest that the results of this study should be considered in the design, analysis, reporting, and translation of breast cancer adjuvant therapy trials.
Cigarroa Revives Liver Transplant Program in San Antonio
After six years as University of Texas System chancellor, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa has returned to full-time patient care as surgical director of the pediatric transplant program at University Hospital.
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Dent
Daniel L. Dent, M.D., was elected to the Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors (ACS-BOG). In this role, he will be the Pillar Lead for the Education Pillar of ACS-BOG where he will oversee Workgroups on Surgical Training, Continuing Education, and Patient Education. He will also serve on the Program Committee for the ACS Clinical Congress. ACS is the world’s largest professional scientific and educational association of surgeons, with more than 80,000 members. Dr. Dent is a Professor of Surgery
and the Surgery Residency Director. He also currently serves as the President-Elect of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.
Congratulations to Phyllis Gordon
Phyllis Gordon, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, of San Antonio, Texas was named President of the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) at the SVN 33rd Annual Convention held April 28 – May 1, 2015 at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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2015 Resident Paper Competition Winners
1st Place – Shari Lawson
Locally Applied Enzyme Activated Tacrolimus Eluting Hydrogels Significantly Delay the Onset of Acute Rejection of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Grafts
2nd Place – Sunthosh Sivam
A Novel Approach to Cricoarytenoid Joint Injections: An Anatomic Study
3rd Place – John Wiersch
No Evidence for Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Contribution to Pancreatic Regeneration in a Mouse Parabiosis Model
2015 Resident Paper Competition Winners
1st Place – Luke Putnam
The Impact of Social Inequality on Perforation Risk in Children with Appendicitis
2nd Place – Chris Lee
Effectiveness of Supraglottic Botulinum Toxin Injection in Patients with Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia
3rd Place – Jeremy Somerson
Meniscal Allograft Interposition versus Non-Prosthetic Glenoid Arthroplasty with Hemiarthroplasty
Congratulations to the 2015 General Surgery Graduates
Dr. Guillermo Portillo Ramila:
General Surgery/MIS/Bariatric Surgery - Baptist Health System, San Antonio,TX
Dr. Zack Nash:
Vascular Surgery Fellowship - Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
Dr. Kareem Edi:
Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland,OH
Dr. Sayl Bunyan:
General Surgery - Surgical Group of the Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX
Dr. Heather M. Hancock:
Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship - San Antonio Military Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX
Dr. Johanna Bayer:
Transplant Fellowship - Baylor University, Dallas, TX
Dr. Elizabeth P. Scherer:
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship - UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Timothy A. Abston:
General Surgery - Lakeland Surgical Clinic PLLC, Jackson, MS
Congratulations to Research Resident Dr. Edward Shipper
Research Resident Edward Shipper, M.D. was selected from over 20 applicants across the country to receive the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) International Exchange Scholarship. He will represent the RAS-ACS and UTHSCSA in Perth, Australia in May 2016 at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress.
Welcome 2015 – 2016 General Surgery Interns
Congratulations Dr. Ashraf A. Hilmy
Congratulations to Dr. Hilmy at the RAHC on being the recipient of two awards this year - the RAHC Faculty of the Year Award and the RAHC Favorite Attending of the Year Award as voted on by our RAHC students.
Congratulations Drs. Sirinek, Bialowas, Marcano, and Cajipe
On behalf of the Department of Surgery Medical Student Educational Program I would like to congratulate Drs. Sirinek, Bialowas, Marcano, and Cajipe as the recipients of the 2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Medical Students Award.
Congratulations to Dr. Stewart
Dr. Stewart recently gave his Presidential Address entitled “Perspectives on the Profession” at the recent 68th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Surgical Congress, April 3-6, 2015, in Coronado, CA.
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As the organization that represents surgical residency directors, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS) elected Daniel L. Dent, MD, Residency Director and Professor of Surgery, as the President-Elect at their annual meeting in Seattle.
Dr. Dent serves on the Finance Committee, the Program Committee, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the APDS. In 2013, he served as the chair of the Program Committee and he previously chaired a task force on resident duty hours. Dr. Dent is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and is the
Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors Continuing Education Workgroup.
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Congratulations to Georges Haidar, MD on Passing the Vascular Surgery Board Exam
We are pleased to announce Georges Haidar, MD is now an American Board of Surgery certified Vascular Surgeon. Congratulations on passing the Vascular Surgery board exam Dr. Haidar, we are so proud of you!
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Congratulations to Abdul Alarhayem, MD for winning the
2015 Southwestern Surgical Congress Jack A. Barney Resident Paper Award
Dr. Abdul Alarhayem has won the 2015 Southwestern Surgical Congress Jack A. Barney Resident Paper Award
for his paper on "BLUSH AT FIRST SIGHT"; Significance of CT and Angiographic discrepancy in patients with blunt abdominal trauma."
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Congratulations to Abdul Alarhayem, MD for being selected at the AAST 2015
His abstract “NO TIME TO BLEED: The impact of the time from injury to the operating room on survival in patients with hemorrahage from blunt abdominal trauma” has been accepted for presentation at the AAST 2015 as a Quickshot. The program selected from over 600 submissions this year.
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Congratulations to Shari D. Lawson, MD,
General Surgery Resident on receiving the,
2014 Heritage Award for Outstanding Transplant Resident
In 2014 the John D. and Debra Heritage endowed award for excellence in transplantation was established. This would be a permanent endowment and shall be used for the benefit of the School of Medicine Transplant Center. Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide a yearly award for excellence to a surgical resident on the transplant service. The award would be called the “Heritage Award for Outstanding Transplant Resident”. Recipients will be known as “Heritage Scholars”.
John D. Heritage loved life and loved people. The doctors and nurses of the University of Texas Health Science Center gave John the opportunity to live for at least five additional years through their medical expertise and personal commitment and dedication to him as a patient but more importantly to him as a person. It is fitting that a permanent endowment bearing his name be established to honor surgical residents who apply their knowledge and expertise in transplantation giving them the opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds who are also in need of a second chance to live their lives to the fullest. The 2014 “Heritage Award for Outstanding Transplant Resident”, along with a check for $1500 shall be presented to Dr. Shari D Lawson.
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Congratulations to Ashley E. McGinity, MD for being selected as a Raleigh Ross Scholar
She has been selected for the Spring 2015/Centennial Texaurgical Society meeting in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Raleigh R. Ross, a past president of the Texas Surgical Society, left land, a trust and a directive to the Society to use any funds generated by the trust for the education of Surgical Residents in each of the eight programs in Texas. We have program chairmen select candidates for each of our biannual meetings. You have been chosen as your program's outstanding resident to be honored at our meeting in Galveston, TX, April 10-12, 2015.
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Congratulations to John Wiersch, MD, General Surgery Resident
He has been awarded an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Scholarship to attend the ACS 2015 Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. The Leadership Summit will convene on Sunday, April 19 and will focus on building leadership and mentoring skills, developing resilience, and chapter development. Dr. Wiersch will join with other ACS leaders to meet with elected officials or their health care policy staff on Capitol Hill.
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Congratulations to Abdul Alarhayem, MD and Edward Shipper, MD
They have won the 2015 South Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Jeopardy Competition. Contestants from all 10 Surgery residency programs in South Texas participated in the competition.”
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Congratulations to the New Student Leadership of the Student Surgical Society for the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year.
President – Katharine Diaz
Vice-President/Treasurer – Kevin Records
Secretary – Jeremy Rawlings
MS1 Liaison – Jaime Guerrero
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Congratulations to Surgery Department faculty and staff celebrating milestone years of service!
Thank you for your dedication to UTHSCSA.
Kenneth Sirinek, MD, PhD - 35 years of service
Jana Lee Normandin - 20 years of service
Wayne Schwesinger, MD - 40 years of service
Ninfa Alvarado, 20 years of service
Rebecca Ann Holloway 10/10/1952-9/14/2014:
It is with great sadness to report that Rebecca Ann Holloway (Becky) passed away 09/14/2014 after a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Becky is survived by father John L Ray (mother Charlotte Ray, deceased 2005); her Mama's girl and daughter Rachel Holloway (Mark O'Meara), and sisters Mary Overton (Dave Overton, DDS, deceased 2013) and son John Overton; Jenny Rosanbalm (Clifford) and daughter Stephanie Bouvier, MD (Brian), son Glen Lewis, great nieces Corinne and Caroline Bouvier; sister Melissa Isbell, MD (Patrick, MD) and the Isbell kids, Nicholas, Cassie, Sean and Kayla.
Becky was an Army officer's brat, born at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and then lived in Philadelphia, San Antonio, Ft Benjamin Harrison, IN again, Heidelberg, Germany, Ft Leavenworth, KS, Washington, DC area (N Springfield, VA) and finally back to San Antonio. She attended Annandale, VA High School, graduated from Churchill High School, San Antonio and then attended University of Houston and University of Texas, Austin.
Becky was a vibrant, loving and generous person who celebrated life and worked at UTHSCSA as a web master for Surgery for many years but thrived working on her house and yard or cooking for the family. She could barbecue, bake or roast anything. Becky adored her family life and fiercely protected any ill family members throughout her mother's Alzheimer's, her daughter's Crohn's disease, her sisters' and brother in law's cancer or whatever fell the family's way. Never one to mince words, Becky freely shared her opinions if she thought anybody had been wronged but just as freely talked about her love for family and friends. In her loving spirit, Becky was an organ donor who hoped to make life possible for others.
"For decades, Becky has been a great contributor and supporter to the Department of Surgery and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As a highly skilled web master and graphic designer, she was critical to all things in Surgery. She was a great friend and colleague with a wonderful intellect and a tremendous work ethic. She will be sorely missed." - Dr. Ronny Stewart, Dept of Surgery, UTHSCSA
Please join us this Saturday, September 20th for a Memorial Service for this fantastic lady. The service will be held at the home of Patrick and Melissa Isbell (Becky's sister - Please call Molly West at 567-5705 for the address) 11:00 am - 1:30 pm (or so!). Carpooling is encouraged.
We will be outside primarily with the plants and flowers as Becky would have wanted it. Dress is casual. If you would like to share any memories or stories about her, we would love to hear them!
Congratulations to Meeghan Lautner, MD, Assistant Professor / Clinical, UT Surgical Oncology and
on her oral abstract presentation, entitled "Disparities in utilization of breast conserving therapy among breast cancer patients', at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium Sept 4, 2014, in San Francisco. View MD Anderson press release | More about Dr. Lautner | More about the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery (9-9-14)
Free CME Friday August 15, 2014 - Uvalde:
Boulos Toursarkissian, MD, Chief of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery, will speak in Uvalde, TX, from 6-7 pm for a free dinner CME presentation at the Uvalde Country Club, 407 East Garden Street, Uvalde, TX 78801. Topic is "Peripheral Arterial Disease: When and How to Intervene." Please call ahead for reservations to 210-412-7906 or you can email Lisa Gonzalez at email@example.com. Click here to view or download flyer. (8-13-14)