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Congratulations to J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society Resident Papers Competition Winners! (2018-06-18)

Dr. Al Fayyadh Earns MSCI Degree! (2018-05-30)

Congrats to Dr. Carla Zeballos on F32 Grant Award! (2018-05-03)

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Hernandez MC, Finnesgard EJ, Aho JM, Jenkins DH, Zielinski MD. Association of post-operative organ space infection after intraoperative irrigation in appendicitis. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2018 Apr;84(4):628-635. PMID: 29271870 View the abstract

Johnson M, Alarhayem A, Convertino V, Carter R 3rd, Chung K, Stewart R, Myers J, Dent D, Liao L, Cestero R, Nicholson S, Muir M, Schwacha M, Wampler D, DeRosa M, Eastridge B. Compensatory Reserve Index: Performance of a novel monitoring technology to identify the bleeding trauma patient. Shock. 2018 Mar;49(3):295-300. PMID: 28767544 View the abstract

Yamamoto R, Clanton D, Willis RE, Jonas RB, Cestero RF. Rapid decay of transthoracic echocardiography skills at 1 month: A prospective observational study. J Surg Educ. 2018 Mar - Apr;75(2):503-509. PMID: 28736288 View the abstract

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Congratulations to J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society Resident Papers Competition Winners!

Basic Science Category:
1st place – Dr. Carla Zeballos, "Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the South Texas Latino Population: Implications of STEAP2."
2nd place - Dr. Nicci Owusu-Brackett, "Efficacy of PI3KBeta Inhibitor AZD8186 in PTEN-deficient Triple Negative Breast Cancer."
3rd place – Dr. Nicholas Robbins, "Prevention of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury and Chronic Rejection in a Porcine Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Model.”

Clinical Category:
1st place – Dr. Abdul Alarhayem, "Application of EMR-derived Analytics in Critical Care: Rothman Index Predicts Mortality and Readmissions in Surgical ICU Patients."
2nd place - Dr. Mallory Wampler, "Injurity Severity is Predicted by Compensatory Reserve Measurement (CRM) at Admission and After Interval Response to Management."
3rd place (tie) – Dr. Nels Carroll, "Circulatory Control in the Operative Management of Renal Cell Carcinoma with Venous Thrombus Extension."
3rd Place (tie) - Dr. Michael Johnson, "Redefining the Abdominal Seatbelt Sign: Enhanced CT Imaging Metrics Improve Injury Prediction."
June 18, 2018


Photo Dr. Al Fayyadh Earns MSCI Degree!
Dr. Mohammed Al Fayyadh (PGY3 General Surgery resident) recently received the Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree from the UTHSCSA in May 2018. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ross Willis, the MSCI degree program was earned during Dr. Al Fayyadh’s two years as a General Surgery Research Resident. His master's thesis was titled "Immediate Auditory Feedback is Superior to Other Types of Feedback for Basic Surgical Skills Acquisition." Great job!
May 30, 2018


Photo Congrats to Dr. Carla Zeballos on F32 Grant Award!
Congratulations to General Surgery Research Resident Dr. Carla Zeballos, who has recently been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) post-doctoral fellowship (F32) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the NIH! Her research, entitled “The role of Six Transmembrane Epithelial Antigen of the Prostate 2 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma," is the topic of her PhD dissertation and will be supported by her F32 fellowship. F32 awards support promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators.

Dr. Zeballos is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. LuZhe Sun’s research group in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, and she has been supported by Dr. Sun’s NCI-funded Institutional National Research Service Award T32 training grant.

Way to go, Dr. Zeballos!
May 03, 2018


Photo Trauma Researchers Win “Big” at Translational Science Research Day!
Two researchers from Surgery’s Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery were winners at the IIMS/CTSA 9th Annual Frontiers of Translational Science Research Day on May 2, 2018 in San Antonio. Each will receive a $500 domestic travel award.

Caroline Zhu (far left) won in the “Student” category for her poster presentation titled “Would Pre-Hospital Whole Blood Transfusion Improve Mortality in Severely Injured Patients?” She is a UT Health/UTSA FAME student working with Rachelle Jonas, Dr. Meenakshi Rani, Tracy Cotner-Pouncy, Jenny Oliver, Dr. Ramon Cestero, Dr. Susannah Nicholson, Dr. Brian Eastridge, and Dr. Donald Jenkins.

Dr. Meenakshi Rani (third from left), a research scientist with the Department, won in the “Other” category for her poster titled “Myeloid Cell Toll-Like Expression Is Increased following Trauma-Induced Acute Lung Injury.” Other co-investigators from the Department on the poster included Shannon Scroggins, Dr. Susannah Nicholson, and Dr. Martin Schwacha. Congratulations to our research team!
May 02, 2018


Photo Congratulations to Dr. Talathoti on Becoming a US Citizen!
Congratulations to Dr. Naresh Talathoti, Clinical Research Project Manager in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, who became a US citizen in December 2017! In honor of this 15-year achievement, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Professor of Surgery, surprised him with a certificate from the Texas House of Representatives, as well as a Texas Flag that was flown over the Texas Capitol Building. Dr. Jenkins also presented him with a US flag which was flown over the US Capitol Building!

Dr. Talathoti is originally from Visakhapatnam, India and was a faculty member at Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia prior to moving to the US in 2002. After working for 14 years at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, he joined our Trauma and Emergency Surgery Research Team in January 2016. Please join us in congratulating our newest US citizen and fellow Texan!
February 07, 2018


Photo Dr. Michael Johnson Presents at EAST
Congratulations to Michael C. Johnson, MD, who presented research results at the 31st Annual Scientific Assembly of the Eastern Association of the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) meeting in Lake Buena Vista, FL, in January 2018. The presentation was titled "Compensatory Reserve Index and Pulse Character: Enhancement Potential to Predict Casualty Urgency after Injury." Dr. Johnson conducted two years of research as a General Surgery Research Resident under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Eastridge.
January 22, 2018


Photo Dr. Alarhayem wins Regional ACS-COT Honor
Congratulations to Dr. Abdul Alarhayem (PGY5) whose abstract was selected as one of the top two abstracts at the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) Region 6 resident paper competition! As a regional winner, he will move on to the National ACS-COT resident paper competition. The regional competition was held on November 18 and included the top abstracts from NM, AR, LA, OK, North TX, and South TX. His research previously won at the South Texas ACS-COT level, qualifying him to advance to Regional competition.

Dr. Alarhayem collaborated with Dr. Ramon Cestero, Associate Professor, Trauma and Emergency Surgery, on a project titled “Application of EMR-derived analytics in critical care: Rothman Index predicts mortality and readmission in surgical ICU patients.”
November 20, 2017


Photo Six Trauma Research Projects Selected for Presentation at Military Health System Research Symposium
Six trauma-related research projects from the Department of Surgery will be presented at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) held in Kissimmee, FL in August 2017. The studies are authored or co-authored by 19 faculty, staff, and research residents. Presenters and co-authors include: Dr. Abdul Alarhayem, Dr. Andre Cap, Dr. Dani Cobb, Dr. Christopher Crane, Mark DeRosa CRT, Dr. Brian Eastridge, Dr. Eva Galvan, Dr. Donald Jenkins, Dr. Michael Johnson, Rachelle Jonas RN, Dr. Aaron Lewis, Dr. Lillian Liao, Daniel Merrill, Dr. John Myers, Dr. Susannah Nicholson, Dr. Meenakshi Rani, Dr. Nicholas Robbins, Dr. Martin Schwacha, and Shannon Scroggins. The MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting, and draws approximately 2,300 attendees. It provides a venue for presenting new scientific knowledge resulting from military-unique research and development. The MHSRS is the only military or civilian meeting that focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of the warfighter.
August 27, 2017


Photo Funding News for Dr. Ismail Jatoi
Congratulations to Dr. Ismail Jatoi, Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology, who is a co-investigator in a recently awarded, five-year NIH grant. He will work with Dr. Rong Li of Molecular Medicine on a National Cancer Institute-funded R01 study titled “Crosstalk between BRCA1 and Transcription in Breast Cancer.” Dr. Jatoi role will provide his clinical expertise and insight to the study which aims to determine the lineage-specific etiology of BRCA1-associated breast cancer.
August 01, 2017


Photo Dr. Michael Johnson Earns MSCI Degree!
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Johnson, who received his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree in June! The MSCI degree is earned after completion of a unique program allowing physicians to be trained in core areas necessary to conduct safe clinical, translational, and basic science research. Under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Eastridge, the MSCI degree program was completed during Dr. Johnson’s two years as a General Surgery Research Resident.
July 01, 2017


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