Dr. Barbara Trautner discusses funding with Grants and Contracts Specialist Malesa Jackson (320x240)
Dr. Barbara Trautner discusses funding opportunities with Grants and Contracts Specialist Malesa Jackson

The Department of Surgery Research Core Team supports surgical residents, fellows, and faculty members in performing their best research and in sharing these results with a wide audience. Its existence is evidence of our departmental commitment to performing top quality surgical research.

We have a team of research coordinators, regulatory experts, grant managers, medical editor, statistician, database expert, and a medical illustrator to assist with preparing and submitting grants, manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations. 

Our pool of research coordinators can help with clinical trials from IRB submission to enrollment of the final subject, at all the clinical sites of Baylor College of Medicine. 

Grant Submission Assistance

We have guidelines to keep investigators on track with grant submissions and can provide structured internal peer review, budget assistance, figures and graphics, and study design in the early planning stages. Prior to submission, our medical editor can fine tune proposals for clarity.  The pre-grant managers in the core will partner with the investigator from the initial planning stages of a proposal until that proposal is finally submitted.

Post Award Management

The core post-award manager and budget specialist can help track spending rates and address regulatory compliance issues that may arise during the course of a research project.

Presentation of Results and Sharing of New Knowledge

The core helps residents, fellows, and faculty members prepare abstracts, presentations, posters, manuscripts, and book chapters.  Our medical editor reviews and revises drafts prior to submission, our statistician provides statistical analyses, and our medical illustrator prepares figures and tables. 

Team Members: Surgical Research Core

Barbara Wells Trautner, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Research

Urinary tract infections; Healthcare-associated infections; Antimicrobial stewardship

Scott Anthony LeMaire, M.D., FACS

Professor and Vice-Chair for Research

Michelle G. Almarez, B.B.A.

Mgr, Clinical Research

Emily Boeckman, M.Ed.

E-Mail Access


  • (713) 791-1414

Gerardo Buentello

Coord, Research III

Scott C Holmes, C.M.I.

Medical Illustrator, Manager Department Web Production and Special Projects


  • (713) 798-5209

Scientific illustration; 3D Animation; Web Design; Scientific editing; Medical Illustration

Malesa Jackson, B.S., B.A.

Spec, Grnts & Contrcts

Hoa Quach

Adminstr, Database Sr.


  • (713) 798-5096

Reginya Knight

Coord, Research, Sr

Amy McElhany

Coord, Research II

Rashad Mohammed, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Director, Business Operations

Qianzi Zhang