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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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Research Residents Program


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Current & past NIH-funded residents


Our residents have the opportunity to spend one, two, or three additional years doing clinical and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. Conducting research during residency is highly recommended, however, it is not required for incoming interns who elect to apply for the non-research track. During these research years the department sponsors and pays tuition for the research resident to complete a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) in our NIH-sponsored program.


This research experience can set the stage for a productive academic career, propel the resident to a top fellowship, or simply allow the young surgeon an opportunity to learn what really goes into research so that he/she may evaluate medical literature more critically. Regardless of a surgeon's ultimate career path, we believe that time spent in research should complement the clinical training and make one a better surgeon over the long term.


Research opportunities are at the discretion of the resident and can be mentored by faculty within the Department of Surgery or in conjunction with other departments. Some residents have even chosen to do research at other institutions. Past resident research projects have been the realms of bench science, clinical research, education, and public health policy.


Surgical Research Conferences


11:00 a.m. Thursdays, Room 2.022 (under the Library/Subway)
Each week residents who are currently on research assignment will present their work and receive feedback from faculty on their research design, method, data analysis, and interpretation. Surgery faculty, residents and students who wish to rehearse a research presentation to better prepare for a meeting are encouraged to schedule an opportunity to do so at this meeting.


MSCI Program


(Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Investigation)
Conducted through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health Science Center, the MSCI degree program offers coursework and mentored research for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students. Health Science Center faculty members, staff, students, residents and fellows are invited to apply for the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree program.
Visit MSCI website


Martin Schwacha, PhD, Director of Surgical Research Residents


Professor of Trauma Research
Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Photo Division: Trauma
Email: schwacha@uthscsa.edu
Dr. Schwacha's faculty profile
Trauma Immunopathology Lab website


Dr. Schwacha is a Professor of Surgery at UTHSCSA in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. He also holds the position of Research Scientist at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research. He has served/serves on the editorial boards of Shock and International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine as well as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other scientific journal. Martin has also served as a review committee member for the NIH, Shriner's Hospital and DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and is an active member of a number of scientific societies focused on trauma, infection and/or immunology. He has obtained research funding from both the NIH and DoD. Martin received his BS from the University of Rhode Island in 1981. After working for the Veterans Administration in Providence RI as a research assistant he entered graduate school and obtained a PhD from Albany Medical College, Albany NY in 1992. Postdoctoral studies in immunology were completed at the Gamble Institute, Cincinnati, OH and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. In 1997 he joined the Surgery faculty at Brown University, Providence RI and subsequently joined the faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. In 2008 he joined the faculty at UTHSCSA.



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