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Surgery Research News

Zhenyu Qin, MD, requested as consultant for NSF (4-1-14)

Devon Harris, former VMRL research asst, accepted into UTHSCSA Dental School (3-4-14)

Amita Shah, MD, PhD, 2013 graduate, to present at 2014 American Burn Association mtg (1-28-14)

House Staff Council Traveling Scholarships for Residents & Fellows (1-28-14)

Heather Harrison, MS3, to present at 2014 Southwestern Surgical Congress (11-6-13)

Meenakshi Rani, PhD, presents at 2013 FloTex conference (11-6-13)


Recent publications

Villamaria CY, Morrison JJ, Fitzpatrick CM, Cannon JW, Rasmussen TE. Wartime vascular injuries in the pediatric population of Iraq and Afghanistan: 2002-2011. J Ped Surg. 2014 Mar;49(3):428-432.

Villamaria CY, Eliason JL, Napolitano LM, Stansfield RB, Spencer JR, Rasmussen TE. Endovascular Skills for Trauma and Resuscitative Surgery (ESTARS) course: Curriculum development, content validation, and program assessment. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Apr;76(4):929-36.

Villamaria CY, Fries CA, Spencer JR, Roth M, Davis MR. Hydrogen sulfide mitigates reperfusion injury in a porcine model of vascularized composite autotransplantation. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May;72(5):594-8.

Durant RW, Wenzel JA, Scarinci IC, Paterniti DA, Fouad MN, Hurd TC, Martin MY. Perspectives on barriers and facilitators to minority recruitment for clinical trials among cancer center leaders, investigators, research staff, and referring clinicians: Enhancing minority participation in clinical trials (EMPaCT). Cancer. 2014 Apr 1;120 Suppl 7:1097-105. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28574. PMID:24643647[PubMed - in process]

Lazar DA, Fallon SC, Benson EM, Hassan SF, Brandt ML. Scarless laparotomy in children: a transumbilical technique with umbilicoplasty. Am Surg. 2013 Dec;79(12):1304-5.

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Surgery Research — UT School of Medicine San Antonio


Basic, translational and clinical research: Research constitutes a significant component of our department, with innovative projects leading to greater scientific understanding and improved human health. The Department of Surgery at UTHSCSA has the expertise, resources, facilities, and environment to conduct research in both the basic and the clinical sciences. The research is multidisciplinary and includes investigators with specialties in surgery, medicine, physiology, pathology, immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology. Through the interaction of these diverse areas of expertise, is it possible to accomplish the goals of obtaining new and pertinent information for better care and management of surgical patients. This combined team effort and integrative approach contributes to improved procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and critical care that will result in decreased complications, morbidities, and mortality rates in our patient population.


Although the research interests in the department are multifaceted, particular areas of interest include the immunopathology of trauma, angiogenesis and tissue regeneration, vascular metallomics and cancer epidemiology. Our research endeavors are funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, the VA and other sources.


The Department of Surgery at UTHSCSA has a strong commitment to the training of residents and fellows in research. Investigators have trained and are training several residents/fellows who have received various awards and presented at high profile conferences and meetings nationally and internationally.