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Department of Surgery

Surgery Faculty Research Interests

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The research interests of our faculty members span the gamut of surgical subspecialties and research disciplines, including basic and translational research; clinical research, including investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials; health services research, including quality and safety studies; and innovation and bioengineering. Listed below are the major areas of interest of our faculty members. For additional details, please see our current Surgical Research Catalog.

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Faculty A-C

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Iki Adachi, M.D.

  • Pediatric heart failure
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Myocardial recovery in children
     

Samir S. Awad, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Severe sepsis
  • Multisystem organ dysfunction
  • Outcomes
     

Swathi Balaji, Ph.D.

  • Mechanical tension
  • Murine models
  • Skin and lung fibrosis
  • Endothelial and endothelial progenitor cells

 

Omar Barakat, M.D.

  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Artificial liver

 

Neal Barshes, M.D.

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Diabetic limb salvage
  • Infrainguinal bypass

 

Elizabeth Bonefas, M.D.

  • Breast cancer

 

Edward Buchanan, M.D.

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniofacial deformities

 

Bryan Burt, M.D.

  • Tumor immunology
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Malignant pleural mesothelioma

 

Stacey Ann Carter, M.D.

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery

 

Philip W. Carrott, M.D.

  • Perioperative care and improvement
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Transplant donor management
  • Gastric ischemic conditioning prior to esophagectomy

 

Christy Chai, M.D.

  • Quality improvement
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Preoperative optimization of cancer patients

 

Changyi 'Johnny' Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Endothelial dysfunction and vascular disease
  • PLGA-PEI based nanotechnology
  • Pancreatic cancer

 

Louisa Chiu, M.D.

  • Benign biliary disease
  • Soft tissue lesions

 

Eugene Choi, M.D.

  • Metastasis
  • Cell signaling
  • Pancreatic cancer

 

Jayer Chung, M.D., M.Sc.

  • Diabetic foot
  • Lower extremity revascularization
  • Chronic critical limb ischemia

 

William E. Cohn, M.D.

  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Surgical instruments and devices

 

Lorraine D. Cornwell, M.D.

  • Thoracic oncology
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy

 

Joseph S. Coselli, M.D.

  • Aortic valve disease
  • Connective tissue disorders – Marfan Syndrome
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections

 

Ronald Cotton, M.D.

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • Genomic differences between Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
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Faculty D-K

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Drew Davis, M.D.

  • Patient through-put in the emergency room setting

 

Xin-Hua Feng, Ph.D.

  • Tumorigenesis and metastasis
  • Stem cells and development
  • Cell signaling and protein modifications

 

William E. Fisher, M.D.

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Gene sequencing
  • Clinical trials/outcomes/quality

 

O. Howard Frazier, M.D.

  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Artificial heart

 

Nhu Thao Galvan, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Surgical Technique of Transplantation
  • Additive Bioengineering in Transplantation
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery

 

Ravi Kiran Ghanta, M.D.

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Aortic Surgery

 

Ramyar Gilani, M.D.

  • Vascular surgery and endovascular interventions
  • New paradigms in hemorrhage control
  • Blood vessel prosthesis implantation

 

Stephanie Gordy, M.D.

  • Surgical Sepsis
  • Critical Care Nutrition
  • Hemostatic Dressings
  • Spinal Cord Trauma and Timing of Tracheostomy
  • Advance Directives in the ICU
  • Post Rib Fracture Disability

 

John A. Goss, M.D.

  • Liver transplantation
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Cirrhosis
  • Portal hypertension
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Sugiura procedure
  • Intraoperative RFA

 

Shawn Groth, M.D.

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Translational Medical Research

Natasha Hansraj, M.D.

  • Limb salvage
  • Tibial intervention
  • Cerebrovascular disease

Jeffrey Stephen Heinle, M.D.

  • Cerebral and myocardial protection during cardiac surgery
  • Early extubation following congenital heart surgery
  • Congenital heart surgery

 

Juliet Holder-Haynes, M.D.

  • Adult and adolescent obesity

 

Larry H. Hollier, M.D.

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Mandibular fractures
  • Distraction osteogenesis

 

Cary Hsu, M.D.

  • Cancer biology
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Clinical outcomes

 

Amy Dao Huynh-Tran, D.D.S.

  • Children with developmental differences
  • Pediatric plastic surgery

 

Atif Iqbal, M.D.

  • Health-science research
  • Outcomes research
  • Colorectal cancer research

 

Prasun Jalal, M.D.

  • Hepatitis
  • Liver transplantation
  • Liver cancer
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Gastroenterology

 

Peter Jindra, Ph.D.

  • Anti-HLA antibodies
  • Hematopoietic stem sell transplantation
  • microRNA in the immune system

 

Sundeep Keswani, M.D.

  • Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Wound Healing
  • Regenerative Medicine

 

Saira A. Khaderi, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Portopulmonary HTN
  • Project ECHO
  • Liver transplant outcomes

 

Alice King, M.D.

  • Fetal surgery
  • Congenital lung malformation
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

 

Pawel Jan Kolodziejski, M.D.

  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Proteasomes
  • Nitric oxide

 

Panagiotis Kougias, M.D.

  • Endovascular treatment abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Systems re-design and health care delivery optimization
  • Carotid endarterectomy and stenting

 

SreyRam Kuy, M.D., M.H.S.

  • Quality
  • Healthcare policy
  • Outcomes

 

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Faculty L-O

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David S. Lee, M.D.

  • Advanced Laparoscopy
  • Anti-reflux surgery

 

Timothy C. Lee, M.D.

  • ECMO
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Gastroschisis

 

Scott A. Lemaire, M.D.

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Thoracic aortic surgery
  • Aortic dissection

 

Brian D. Lepow, D.P.M.

  • Diabetic foot
  • Wound care
  • Foot/ankle surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Limb salvage and reconstructive surgery

 

George V. Letsou, M.D.

  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure

 

Kaiyi 'Kelly' LI, Ph.D.

  • DNA Repair
  • Mechanisms for cancer formation
  • Personalized cancer treatment

 

Kenneth K Liao, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Valve surgery
  • Heart transplantation
  • Ventricular assist devices

 

Xia Lin, Ph.D.

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • TGF-beta

 

Gabriel Loor, M.D., FACC

  • Heart and Lung Transplant
  • Mechanical assist devices
  • Ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP)
  • Coronary artery revascularization
  • Arrythmia surgery
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
  • Percutaneous valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Aortic dissection repair
  • Aortic aneurysm repair

 

Michele Loor, M.D.

  • Surgical critical care
  • Surgical infections
  • Enterocutaneous fistulas

 

Monica E. Lopez, M.D.

  • Pediatric surgical clinical outcomes

 

Jian-Ming Lu, M.D.

  • Nanoparticle drug delivery
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Oxidative stress, Free radicals and Antioxidants

 

Konstantinos Makris, M.D.

  • Benign foregut diseases
  • Endocrine Surgery

 

Nader Massarweh, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Health services
  • Health policy
  • Surgical quality improvement
  • Cancer outcomes
     

Samer Mattar, M.D.

  • Metabolic surgery
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Radiofrequency energy
  • Cryotherapy
     

Megumi Mathison, Ph.D.

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiac regeneration
  • Cardiac cellular reprogramming

 

Mark Mazziotti, M.D.

  • Minimally-invasive pectus excavatum repair
  • Advanced minimally-invasive and robotic general pediatric surgery
  • Choledochal cyst laparoscopic excision

 

Allen L Milewicz, M.D.

  • Skeletal malformations of the chest
  • Hepatobiliary disorders

 

Joseph L. Mills Sr., M.D.

  • Noninvasive diagnosis
  • Vein graft stenosis
  • Intimal hyperplasia and limb-salvage
  • Diabetes mellitus

 

Laura Monson, M.D.

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Quality of life
  • Cleft lip and palate

 

Miguel Montero-Baker, M.D.

  • Critical limb ischemia
  • Endovascular
  • Implantable technology

 

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, M.D.

  • Pediatric trauma
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Congenital anorectal malformations and gastrointestinal anomalies

 

Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc.

  • Wearable technology
  • Movement science
  • Digital health

 

Jed G. Nuchtern, M.D.

  • Neuroblastoma in infants
  • Tumor progression
  • Cancer target discovery

 

Christine A. O'Mahony, M.D.

  • Liver transplantation
  • Bile duct resections
  • Intraoperative RFA
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Hepatobiliary surgery

 

Claire F. Ozaki, M.D.

  • Acute Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
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Faculty P-Z

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Ourania Preventza, M.D.

  • Surgical outcomes
  • Aortic surgery
  • Valvular and thoracic aortic disease

 

Abbas Rana, M.D.

  • Liver transplantation
  • Bile duct resections
  • Intraoperative RFA
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Hepatobiliary surgery

 

Edward Reece, M.D.

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Hand surgery
  • Brachial Plexus surgery
  • Complex Reconstruction
  • Aesthetic surgery
  • Lower extremity surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Facial Plastic surgery
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Facial Reconstruction

 

Robert Taylor Ripley, M.D.

  • BH3 profiling
  • Metabolomics
  • Thoracic oncology

 

Yesenia Rojas-Khalil, M.D.

  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pelvic floor disorders

 

Todd K. Rosengart, M.D.

  • Gene therapy
  • Cellular reprogramming
  • Angiogenesis

 

Sohail Shah, M.D.

  • Pediatric surgery outcomes
  • Patient-centered outcomes
  • Healthcare delivery

 

Hu-Ying Shen, Ph.D.

  • Vascular biology
  • Vascular disease
  • Diabetes

Crystal S. Shin, Ph.D.

  • Drug delivery
  • Nanomedicine
  • Biopolymer engineering

 

Eric J. Silberfein, M.D.

  • Natural history of solid organ tumors
  • Therapy of solid organ malignancy
  • Cancer in minority populations

 

Gagan K. Sood, M.D.

  • Ascites
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Portal hypertension
  • Wilson's disease

 

Robert Ellis Southard, M.D.

  • Trauma
  • Immune function
  • Infection

 

Risë Stribling, M.D.

  • Abdominal paracentesis
  • Acute and chronic liver disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver transplantation
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma

 

James W. Suliburk, M.D.

  • Mobile Technology
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Patient safety and quality in underserved populations

 

Norman L. Sussman, M.D.

  • Acute liver failure
  • Artificial liver support
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis

 

Alastair Thompson, M.D.

  • DCIS 
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer 
  • Clinical translational trials

Galina Toniva, M.D.

  • Myocardial depression in septic shock

 

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

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Antimicrobial stewardship

 

George Van Buren, II, M.D.

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Whipple procedure

 

Sanjeev Vasudevan, M.D.

  • Pediatric surgical oncology
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pediatric liver cancer
  • p53 regulation, and MYCN tumorigenesis

 

R. Mario Vera, M.D.

  • Trauma surgery
  • General surgery
  • Acute care surgery
  • Critical care

 

John M. Vierling, M.D.

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Hepatitis
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Wilson's disease

 

Adam Vogel, M.D.

  • Pediatric general surgery
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery

 

David Wesson, M.D.

  • Pediatric trauma
  • Pediatric injury prevention
  • GI disorders

 

Chad T. Wilson, M.D.

  • Trauma
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Education
  • Disparities
  • Surgical Global Health

 

John Wirthlin, D.D.S., M.S.D.

  • Craniofacial development
  • Pre-surgical infant orthopedics
  • Cleft lip and palate orthodontics

 

Sarah E. Woodfield, Ph.D.

  • Pediatric liver cancer

 

Qizhi 'Cathy' Yao, M.D., Ph.D.

  • HIV vaccines
  • Pancreatic cancer pathogenesis
  • Nanoparticle targeted delivery