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Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery Seed Grants

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Seed Funding for Baylor Faculty

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The field of surgery has never been more dynamic and is increasingly impacted by current leaps in molecular science, biomaterials engineering, imaging technologies, robotics, and artificial intelligence. The need for surgeon-scientists who are able to devote time for research has never been greater, but early-career surgeons face many unique barriers as they try to establish themselves as independent investigators. The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery has stepped up to address this critical need for future academic clinicians who will be able to steer innovation through sound research.  Beginning in 2014, the department began providing seed funding to junior faculty for research projects that have high potential for future extramural awards. Clinically-integrated and collaborative projects involving both clinical faculty and non-clinical scientists have been prioritized, providing several of our awarded faculty with the momentum they needed to establish research programs addressing some of the most compelling problems within their areas of expertise.

2020    
Dr. Shawn Groth: Epidemiology and Outcomes of Treatment of Thoracic Malignancies in Texas

Dr. Taylor Ripley: Patient-Derived Organoids as Preclinical Models for Precision-Based Targeting of Thoracic Cancers
        
2019    
Dr. Taylor Ripley: BH3 Profiling of Lung and Esophageal Cancers Enables Precision-Based Targeting of the Mitochondrial Apoptotic Pathways

Dr. Sarah Woodfield: Circulating Tumor Cell-Derived Models of Liver Cancer
        
2018    
Dr. Neal Barshes: Using 16s RNA to Better Understand the Role of Various Microbes in Foot Osteomyelitis Treatment Failure

Dr. Bryan Burt: Tumor-Infiltrating B Cells as Regulators of PD-1 Blockade in Lung Cancer

Dr. Crystal Shin: Development of NOmatrix as a Bandage to Prevent/Treat Nosocomial Infection
        
2017    
Dr. Jian-Ming Lu: Novel LGA-PEI Nanoparticles to Deliver a Therapeutic XIST Functional Domain to Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Ayse Mindikoglu: Validation of Metabolomic Signature of Hepatic and Renal Dysfunction in Patients with Cirrhosis

Dr. Jerry Yang: In Situ Cardiac “Stem-Like” Cell Induction to Repair Infarcted Heart
        
2016    
Dr. David Lee: Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair: Does Major Depression Play a Role?

Dr. Ethan Poteet: Regulation of EGFR by Mesothelin Expression in Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Konstantinos Makris: Evaluation of Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment Utilization of Primary Hyperparathyroidism in the Veteran Population

Dr. Ori Wald: Modulating the Tumor Microenvironment via Targeting the Chemokine/Chemokine Receptor CXCL12/CXCR4 as an Emerging Therapeutic Approach in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.
        
2015    
Dr. David Lee: Major Depression in the Veteran Population and Its Effect on Adverse Outcomes after Ventral Hernia Repair 

Dr. Jian-Ming Lu: Novel PLGA-PEI Nanoparticles To Deliver a Therapeutic XIST Functional Domain (XIST253 plasmid DNA) to Pancreatic Cancer
        
2014    
Dr. Yulong Liang: Targeting BRIT1 Deficiency in Hepatocellular Carcinoma by PARP-Based Single and Combination Therapy

Dr. Steve Singh: Investigating a Novel Synergy: Applying Ischemic Conditioning to Modulate the Altered Physiology for Contemporary Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices to Reduce Stroke and Other Adverse Effects

Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan: Transcriptome Analysis of Metastatic Heptablastoma to Identify New Molecular Targets.

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Seed Funding for Advanced Practice Providers

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A culture of continuous improvement permeates every program and process within the Department of Surgery. Driven to provide quality care and excellent outcomes, the department has encouraged open and honest inquiry at every level of the organization. In support of this commitment, the department provides Quality Improvement Seed Grant Awards for Advanced Practice Providers, who are often uniquely placed to identify innovative approaches for clinical challenges and improving patient care. One-year awards of up to $2000 have been made available to fund projects that will create safer, more effective practices for the patients who depend upon us for their surgical care.

2020    
Michelle Kelly, PA-C, Holly Clayton, PA-C, Charrika Williams, NP: Professional Development and Job Satisfaction among Department of Surgery APPs

2019    
Jana Bishop, PA-C: Increasing Patient Activation and Engagement Post-Cardiac Surgery through Enhanced Educational Tools 

Phillip Bowen, PA-C Brandon Johnson, PA-C Priya Minoje, PA-C: Development of Patient Educational Materials to Improve Understanding of Thoracic Patient Discharge and Self-Care 

Logan Healy, PA-C: Use of APP as Part of the Clinical Team to Improve Patient Satisfaction

Katrina Zahorik, NP-C: Standardizing Communication for Handoff Report Between Perioperative and Postoperative Intensive Care Staff: Safe for the Patient, Safe for the Staff, Increased Satisfaction for All
        
2018
Kolby S. Buckner, PA-C: Standardized Treatment Protocol for Common Pediatric Fractures

Celia Flores, PA-C: Prospective Evaluation of the Necessity for Narcotics After Routine Pediatric Surgery

Michelle Kelly, PA-C:     Creation of Standardized Tissue Expander Protocol
        
2017     
Holly Clayton, PA-C, Kathryn King, PA-C, MPH, Chanda Sou, PA-C: Midlevel Postoperative Phone Call Standardization and Evaluation

Michelle Roy, PA-C: Cleft Care Package

Sarah Allen, PA-C: Ward Based Integrated Multidisciplinary Care

Charrika Williams NP-C: End Stage Renal Disease: The Road to Permanent Dialysis Access Within a Nurse Practitioner Driven Clinic