We are very proud of the incredible research achievements our residents, many of which are highlighted below. All categorical general surgery residents are expected to submit three manuscripts to peer reviewed journals before the start of their chief year. Residents are also encouraged to present their work at local, regional, and national scientific conferences, where many win major awards for their work. Finally, many of our residents successfully compete for intramural and extramural grants and funding awards, including those provided through the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program.

2019 Awards

Dr. Emily Steen: 2019 Samuel Stal Research Award, Texas Children’s Hospital. Mentor, Dr. Sundeep Keswani.

Dr. Yangyang Yu: Best Poster, 2019 Texas Children’s Surgical Research Day.

Dr. Nader Zamani: Best Overall Abstract Presentation at the Association of VA Surgeons (AVAS) 2019 Annual Meeting. Mentor Dr. Panagiotis Kougias

Dr. Jorge Portuondo: BCM CPRIT Training Grant. Mentor, Dr. Nader Massarweh.

2018 Awards

Dr. Patricio Lau: Kenneth L. Mattox MEDISS Resident Scholarship Award at the 22nd Congress of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society, Aug. 25, 2018 in Grapevine, Texas.

Dr. Emily Steen: best presentation at the International Society of Pediatric Wound Care (ISPeW) conference in Rome. Mentor Dr. Sundeep Keswani

Dr. Nader Zamani: first place in the Texas Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (TSVES) Trainee Abstract Presentation at the 34th TSVES Annual Meeting in Houston. Mentors: Dr. Panos Kougias and Dr. Houssam Younes

Dr. Katherine Baugh: NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine. Mentor: Dr. William Fisher.

Dr. Erin Corsini: 2018 Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Looking to the Future Resident Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. Scott LeMaire.

Dr. Rachel W. Davis: $5000 grant from the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation to help support her second year of global surgery training at Baylor. Mentor: Dr. Larry H. Hollier.

Dr. Jessica Mayor: Center of Excellence Clinical Fellow Scholar by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research. Mentor: Drs. Joseph Mills and Nader Massarweh.

Dr. Catherine Seger: Raleigh R. Ross Texas Surgical Society Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. R. Mario Vera.

Dr. Mariatu Verla: Baylor College of Medicine Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research (COE) Clinical Fellow Scholar (2018-2019). Mentor Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye.

Dr. Ahmed Khouqeer: Lowry Award for Best Paper at the 2018 Southwestern Surgical Congress (SWSC) held April 8-11, 2018 in Napa, Calif. Mentors: Dr. Ramyar Gilani, Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox, Dr. Joseph L. Mills,  and Dr. S. Rob Todd.

2017 Awards

Dr. Patricio Lau: Jens Rosenkrantz Resident Clinical Research Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Surgery meeting Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye

Dr. Rachel W. Davis: Elected for Induction as Resident Honoree into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Baylor College of Medicine chapter Mentor: Dr. Jed G. Nuchtern

Dr. Gregory Pattakos: 2nd Place Poster, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Mentor: Dr. Ourania Preventza

Dr. Darrell Wu: Cover article of the April 2017 issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Mentors: Drs. Scott A. LeMaire and Ying Shen

Dr. Nader Zamani: Top Poster Award, South Texas American College of Surgeons (ACS) Meeting Co-authors: Drs. Sherene Sharath and Neal R. Barshes Mentors: Drs. Panos Kougias and Neil R. Barshes

Golden Scalpel by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Mentor: Dr. Joseph Mills.

Dr. Stephanie Cruz: Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) Runner-up Oral Presentation. Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka O. Olutoye.

Dr. Brandi Scully: Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship. Mentors: Drs. Charles Fraser and Jeffrey Heinle.

Dr. Dor Yoeli: 2017 Association for Academic Surgery Senior Medical Student Travel Award

7th Annual International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Transplantation Symposium Best Oral Presentation. Mentors: Drs. John Goss and Thao Galvan.

Drs. Elaine Vo, Yangyang Yu, and Nader Zamani: The Comparative Effectiveness Research Training and Instruction (CERTaIN) program’s Winter Institute offered by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

2016 Awards

Rohan M. Shah 2016 finalist for the Southern Thoracic Society Association (STSA) James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship. Mentors: Dr. Todd Rosengart, Dr. Bryan Burt and Dr. David Sugarbaker.

Dr. Patricio Lau 2016 American College of Surgeon’s Operation Giving Back Resident and Junior Faculty Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye.

Second Prize for Best Poster at the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye.

Jens Rosenkrantz Resident Clinical Research Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Surgery Meeting. Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye.

Dr. Vivekkumar Patel 2016 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Resident Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. Todd Rosengart.

Kayla Kumm first prize in the Clinical Research Category Medical Student Program Poster Session at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Washington, DC. Mentors: Dr. John Goss and Dr. Christine O'Mahony.

Dr. Eric Rosenfeld 2016 Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) Fall Courses Travel Grant. Funded by the NIH and the University of Wisconsin. Mentor: Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria

Dor Yoeli is the recipient of a 2017 Senior Medical Student Travel Award from the Association for Academic Surgery. The award will allow him to travel to the 12th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Las Vegas in Feb. 2017. Mentor: Dr. John Goss.

Best Oral Presentation (awarded a two-week fellowship with the Division of Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery at the University of Montpellier in 2017) 7th Annual International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Transplantation Symposium. Mentor: Dr. John Goss.

Dr. Stephanie Cruz Runner-up Oral Presentation Award at the Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) in Washington, DC (Oct 8-11). Mentor: Dr. Olutoye Olutoye.

Dr. Jessica Mayor Finalist STSA Resident Scholarship Award. Mentor Dr. Ourania Preventza.

Dr. Peter Chen Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education Top Gun Competition finalist. Mentor: Dr. Lorraine D. Cornwell.

Dr. Courtney Gemmato 2016 Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Boot Camp.

Dr. Meredith Mason CPRIT Training Grant “The impact of Institutional National Quality Forum (NQF) quality metric performance on short- and long-term outcomes in colon cancer.”

Dr. Vivekkumar Patel 2016 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Resident Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. Todd Rosengart.

Dr. Sherene Sharath 2016 Association for Veterans Affairs Surgeons Award for Best Health Services Research Paper. Mentors: Dr. Panos Kougias and Dr. Neal Barshes.

Dr. Brandi Scully Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract and Case Competition, Texas Transplantation Society. Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Heinle.

Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship. Mentors: Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr. and Dr. Jeffrey Heinle.

2015 Association for Academic Surgery Fall Courses Travel Grant

Dr. Nicole Villafañe-Ferriol CPRIT Training Grant “Functionalizing Metabolic Pathway Driver Aberrations in Pancreatic Cancer.”

Dr. Elaine Vo 2016 Baylor College of Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference Outstanding Abstract: 2nd Place; Surgical Infection Society Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Mentor: Dr. Samir Awad.

Dr. Xinyi Wang Pediatric Research and Fellows’ Symposium Award for Translational Research Poster Presentation - Postdoctoral Fellow. Mentors: Dr. Sundeep Keswani and Dr. Swathi Balaji.

2015 Awards

Dr. Paulette Abbas Best Poster Award, Sixth Annual Texas Children’s Surgical Research Day. Mentors: Dr. Darrell Cass, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and Dr. Monica López.

Dr. Adesola C. Akinkuotu Best Oral Presentation, Sixth Annual Texas Children’s Surgical Research Day. Mentors: Dr. Darrell Cass, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and Dr. Monica López.

Dr. Muhammad Aftab Resident Research Poster Award, Adult Cardiac Surgery Section, 2014 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 94th Annual Meeting.

Dr. Jennifer Carpenter Association of Academic Surgeons Travel Award. Mentor: Dr. Mary Brandt.

Anand V. Ganapathy Travel Scholarship to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Ramar Gilani.

Dr. Jason Ho T32 fellowship. Mentor: Dr. Steven Curley.

Michael S. Hughes Third place, Outstanding Poster Presentation at the 56th Annual National Student Research Forum. Mentors: Dr. Hu-Ying Shen and Dr. Scott LeMaire.

Dr. Irene T. Ma Second place, Commission on Cancer National Paper Competition. Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan

Dr. Meredith C. Mason Third place, Best Oral Presentation; South Texas ACS Chapter.

Dr. Somala Mohammed American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-In-Training Award.

Dr. Sonia T. Orcutt Raleigh R. Ross Texas Surgical Society Scholarship.

Dr. Vivekkumar B. Patel First place Best Oral Presentation; South Texas ACS Chapter. Mentor: Dr. Todd Rosengart.

Best Poster, 2015 CVRI Symposium. Mentor: Dr. Todd Rosengart.

Dr. Celia Robinson Second place, Resident Award Poster Presentation at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS).

Dr. Yesenia Rojas Best of International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO) session. Mentor: Dr. Jed Nuchtern.

Dr. Brandi Scully Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. Scott LeMaire.

Dr. Fariha Sheikh Starr Poster Resident Award, Association of Women Surgeons. Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye.

Dr. Yan Shi Best Oral Presentation, IPSO/ SIOP Congress, Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan.

Samuel Stal Research Award for outstanding research by a resident or fellow, Sixth Annual Texas Children’s Surgical Research Day. Mentors: Dr. Jed Nuchtern and Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan.

Dr. Darrell Wu Finalist, C. Walton Lillehei Resident Award 2014 American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 94th Annual Meeting.

Dr. Nader Zamani Travel Scholarship, Society for Vascular Surgery to attend the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting.

Dr. Yanqiu Zheng American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Outstanding Poster Award at the 56th Annual National Student Research Forum. Mentors: Dr. Hu-Ying Shen and Dr. Scott LeMaire.