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Research Symposium in Surgical Sciences 

The Department of Surgery’s Annual Research Symposium in Surgical Sciences brings together the Department’s faculty, project scientists, residents, research fellows, post-doctoral scholars, and medical students who are engaged and interested in the Department’s research enterprise.



"Mentorship and Sponsorship of Surgeons" with guest speaker:
Justin Brigham Dimick MD
Professor University of Michigan School of Medicine


William G. Hawkins

GUEST SPEAKER: William G. Hawkins MD, FACS, Neidorff Family and Robert C. Packman Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine


Professor Allan D. Kirk

The 2017 meeting, held on May 3rd, embraced the breadth and wide impact of surgical sciences: from research dissecting the molecular response to tissue injury and inflammation; to the deployment of next generation methods to enhance and accelerate repair and regeneration; to improving surgical outcomes through technological innovation, clinical research, clinical trials and health services research. Read the program

The meeting was headlined by Professor Allan D. Kirk, the David C. Sabiston, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Professor Kirk will deliver the morning’s Grand Rounds lecture and in the evening, close a day of poster and oral presentations with a lecture on Science and the Surgeon. In his keynote address, Professor Kirk discussed the decline in funding for surgical research and suggested that the main impediment is incentives: “The financial rewards of doing research are limited. And in surgery, the gap between the fiscal rewards of research and clinical practice is the widest.

Oral Presentations

Chen Charlie Chen
Plastic Surgery Fellow
Division of Plastic Surgery
A Longitudinal Look at Resident Cosmetic Experience
Jafari Aria Jafari
Resident Physician, Otolaryngology Revision Rates After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: a Large Database Analysis
Li Sean Li
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Resident
The Impact of Residents on Patient Satisfaction
Lwin Thinzar Lwin
Post-Doctorate Researcher
Cancer Therapeutics Training Program, Moores Cancer CenterEffective Tumor Labeling of Pancreatic Cancer in a Patient Derived
Orthotopic Xenograft Mouse Model Using Fluorescent Humanized Anti-CEA Antibody
Li Quyen T. Nguyen
Professor of Surgery, Otology, Neurotology, Skull-Base Surgery
Injectable Peptides for Intraoperative Nerve Visualization and Preservation
Pang John Pang
Resident Physician, Otolaryngology
Chronic Opioid Use Following Surgery for Oral Cavity Cancer
SOOD Divya Sood
PGY-4 General Surgery Resident
Cancer Therapeutics Training (CT2) Research Fellow
Super-enhancer Analysis Identifies Therapeutic Targets in Pancreatic Cancer