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Surgery Research News

Dr. Shipper Wins Outstanding Resident Teacher Award (2017-04-22)

Grant Funding News for Dr. Martin Schwacha! (2017-04-18)

Dr. John Admire Awarded Raleigh R. Ross Scholarship (2017-04-09)

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Recent publications

Rani M, Nicholson SE, Zhang Q, Schwacha MG. Damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPS) released after burn are associated with inflammation and monocyte activation. Burns. 2017;43:297-303.

Gardner AK, Scott DJ, Willis RE, Van Sickle K, Truitt MS, Uecker J, Brown KM, Marks JM, Dunkin BJ. Is current surgery resident and GI fellow training adequate to pass FES? Surg Endosc. 2017 Jan;31(1):352-358. View the abstract

Jatoi I, Anderson WF. Breast-cancer tumor size and screening effectiveness. N Engl J Med. 2017 Jan 5;376(1):93. View the abstract

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Surgery Research Administration



The research administration office is responsible for research development and funding, fiscal monitoring, and compliance with institutional, funding source and federal guidelines related to research throughout the Surgery Department. Staff members are available to assist in all phases of grant application production, processing, implementation and reporting. The office is located in 227L.


  • Developing a departmental infrastructure
  • Developing new research initiatives
  • Providing new financial oversight for funded projects
  • Coordinating research-related resources
  • Conducting research faculty and staff development initiatives
  • Ensuring research compliance
  • Coordinating research initiatives for residents and students


Surgery Research Administration Personnel


PhotoMichelle Price, MEd, PhD (Assistant Professor) became the department's first research administrator in April 2005. She has been with the UTHSC since 1995, and currently also serves as the Administrator for the Department of Surgery. She has more than 20 years of experience in research administration, and has been principal investigator on numerous grants totaling more than one million dollars. Michelle holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology as well as a PhD in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas - School of Public Health. | Biosketch

Email: pricema@uthscsa.edu | Phone: 567-1613 | Fax: 567-4994



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KirkLuAnn Kirk, Administrative Assistant, has worked in the Department of Surgery for more than 20 years, primarily with Dr. Mary Pat Moyer. She has extensive experience in preparing grants and contracts, IRB and IACUC protocols, manuscripts, and in administrative management of laboratories. A native Texan, she works part-time for the department and is located in 227L.

Email: kirk@uthscsa.edu | Phone: 567-5882 | Fax: 567-4994




Surgery Research - Resources:


left arrow Levels of Evidence Resources


left arrow The POEM Concept
POEM stands for Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters. POEMs have to meet three criteria:

  • They address a question that we face as clinicians.
  • They measure outcomes that we and our patients care about: symptoms, morbidity, quality of life, and mortality.
  • They have the potential to change the way we practice


left arrow Essential Evidence PLUS (Canadian)
Essential Evidence Plus is the only evidence-based, point-of-care clinical decision support system that gives you access to over 13,000 topics, guidelines, abstracts, and summaries.


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