News from the Department of Surgery
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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More about Dr. Stewart
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.
More about Dr. Dent
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.
More about Dr. Alarhayem
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.
More about Dr. Lawson
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.
More about Dr. Wiersch
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.”
More about Dr. Alarhayem
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view or download flyer. (8-13-14)