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This year’s Department of Surgery Resident Research Forum marked a special milestone for the event. Not only was it the 10th anniversary of recognizing resident research, but this year also welcomed back the event’s founder, Dr. David M. Mahvi.

Dr. Mahvi, now the James R. Hines Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, initiated the Resident Research Forum when he was Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology and General Surgery Residency Program Director at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery. While at UW, Dr. Mahvi was awarded and served as the Principal Investigator for the department’s NIH “Surgical Oncology Research Training Program” (T32) Grant. During his return visit, Dr. Mahvi also presented Grand Rounds titled “Translating Academic Pursuits into Medical Innovations.”


Surgery residents and departmental faculty gathered at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on May 26 to hear presentations and discussions on a range of topics including health services/outcomes research, basic science and translational research, medical device research, and clinical research.


Andrew Russ, MD, a PGY-3, was the recipient of the basic science award for his presentation titled, “In vivo exposure of resting T cells to tumor results in suppression of antigen driven proliferative expansion.” While Aaron Chalmers, MD, also a PGY-3, won the award for the best clinical presentation for his abstract titled, “Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy: a comparison using the NSQIP database.”

Research Presentations

Hospital Variation in Sphincter Sparing Surgery for Rectal Cancer
Christopher Dodgion, MD, MPH, MBA
Discussant: Eugene Foley, MD

Natural products derived from un- and under-explored terrestrial and marine microorganisms as potential Notch1 activating agents
Barbara Zarebczan, MD
Discussant: K. Craig Kent, MD

Sestamibi Imaging for Primary Hyperparathyroidism: the Impact of Surgeon Interpretation and Radiologist Volume
Saqib Zia, MD
Discussant: Clifford Cho, MD

In vivo exposure of resting T cells to tumor results in suppression of antigen driven proliferative expansion
Andrew Russ, MD
Discussant: Kenneth Kudsk, MD

Creation of a Preoperative Risk-Stratification Tool for Pancreaticoduodenectomy
David Yu Greenblatt, MD, MPH
Discussant: Herbert Chen, MD

A novel method for detection of peritoneal micrometastases with EGFP-expressing herpes simplex virus: Preclinical studies
Kaitlyn Kelly, MD
Discussant: Sharon Weber, MD

Perioperative Outcomes of Surgical Procedures for Recurrent GERD Following Nissen Fundoplication
Sandeepa Musunuru, MD
Discussant: Michael Garren, MD

A Novel Mechanism for TGF-β/Smad3 in the Development of Intimal Hyperplasia
Pasithorn Amy Suwanabol, MD
Discussant: Gregory Kennedy, MD, PhD

Rapamycin Decreases Tumor Burden in Newly Developed Anal Cancer Mouse Models.
Marie Stelzer, MD
Discussant: Charles Heise, MD

Identification and Validation of a Diagnosis of Diverticulitis in the Outpatient Setting
Erin O’Connor, MD, MSPH
Discussant: Heather Neuman, MD, MPH

Tumor-Expressed Soluble Tie2 Remodels Vasculature in a Ewing’s Sarcoma Tumor Model
Ari Reichstein, MD
Discussant: Peter Nichol, MD, PhD

Comparison of thermal profiles of vessel sealing technology using infrared thermography.
Carter Smith, MD
Discussant: Girma Tefera, MD

Laparoscopic versus open appendectomy: a comparison using the NSQIP database
Aaron Chalmers, MD
Discussant: Dennis Lund, MD

Bombesin corrects parenteral feeding-induced changes in gut lymphocyte phenotypes
Mark Jonker, MD
Discussant: Josh Mezrich, MD Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System