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Dr. Kelly McMasters Named New Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology

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Transplant Team Has Banner Year

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ULH Operating Suites Renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites

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Society of Surgical Oncology 2018 Presidential Address by Dr. Kelly McMasters: "The Fundamental Difference Between Cancer Treatment and Patient Care."

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Department Holds Inaugural R. Neal Garrison MD Lectureship]

The Department of Surgery held the inaugural R. Neal Garrison MD Lectureship Feb. 15 and 16, 2018. The speaker was Charles M. Miller, MD, program director for liver transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic.

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From the Chairman

The University of Louisville, Department of Surgery, has a long and proud tradition of excellence. From its inception in 1837, when the University of Louisville served as the premier medical training ground for the western frontier of the United States, the Department. Surgery has been at the forefront of surgical education, patient care, and research.
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Grand Rounds Speaker

Aug 17, 2018: “Overview and rater training for the SIMPL evaluation and feedback tool”

Presentation by:
Dr. Brian George

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Owen Frederick McMasters

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Dr. Kelly McMasters Named New Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology

The Society of Surgical Oncology announced Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD as the new Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO) effective March 2018. Dr. McMasters becomes only the second Editor in the journal’s nearly 25-year history to assume the role. He will oversee the print and online editions of ASO and with Mark Roh, MD, Executive Editor, will lead a prestigious editor roster of expert leaders in surgical oncology, including more than 20 section editors and associate section editors from around the world, as well as U.S.-based associate and deputy editors. Dr. McMasters begins his position on March 23, 2018 in conjunction with the journal’s 25th anniversary and the retirement of Charles M. Balch, MD, who established the prominence of the publication in the field of surgical oncology. Dr. McMasters will report directly to the SSO Executive Council and will carry out editorial responsibilities from his office in Louisville, KY.

"Annals of Surgical Oncology has a rich heritage as the premier source of clinical and translational science related to cancer surgery and multidisciplinary care. It is an honor and a privilege to lead an outstanding editorial board into the future," said Dr. McMasters.

ASO is the worldwide journal of choice of surgical oncologists and is the official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. According to Thompson-Reuters, in the 2016 impact factor ranking among all surgical oncology scholarly periodicals, ASO has the most citations of all surgical journals in the world, the highest number of source items, and a current impact factor of 4.041. The journal promotes clinical and translational cancer research, with an emphasis on clinical trials. Leading subject areas of ASO include Gastrointestinal Oncology, Breast Oncology, Hepatobiliary Tumors, Colorectal Cancer, Thoracic Oncology, and Translational Research. ASO strives to enhance the quality of life and survival of the surgical patient with cancer and to improve the practice environment in which high-quality surgical oncology care is delivered. ASO also facilitates the career development of surgical trainees and their transition into academic and community-based practice and publishes timely articles about public policy and patient advocacy issues related to the surgical patient with cancer.



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Dr. Christopher Jones

Transplant Team Has Banner Year

On Dec. 1, 2017, the Transplant Team at Jewish Hospital Transplant Center performed its 175th transplant of the year - breaking the record for number of transplants done in a year (with 30 days remaining to build on this record)!

In addition, earlier this year, the Transplant Team reached three other milestones. It completed 5,000 organ transplants, including its 900th liver transplant and 3,000th kidney transplant. The Division of Transplantation is in the UofL Department of Surgery and is led by Dr. Christopher Jones. It is an integral part of the Transplant Team at the Jewish Hospital Transplant Center.


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ULH Operating Suites Renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites

On July 18, the operating suites at University of Louisville Hospital were officially renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites in honor of the venerable Dr. Frank Miller, dedicated teacher, surgeon and humanitarian who committed much of his life to giving back through teaching and medical mission work. An accomplished surgeon and academician, Dr. Miller's kindness toward others shined bright throughout his life.

Dr. Frank Miller was an Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he was a captain, prior to general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He joined the University of Louisville Department of Surgery faculty in 1984.

Dr. Miller rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery, where he enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator, and served as Chief of Surgery at University of Louisville Hospital for more than a decade. He was Chief of General Surgery, Director of Surgical Education and Director of Trauma.

Dr. Miller was a highly respected surgeon who was a member of several prestigious surgical societies. He had numerous leadership roles on a local, state and national level and lectured throughout the world. He published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and received innumerable teaching awards—so many that one such award was subsequently named in his honor. Dr. Miller had a long history of international medical service in third-world countries on three continents.

Dr. Miller was the safety net for a generation of surgical residents, who always called upon him to help with the most difficult situations. He practiced general, vascular and trauma surgery with the greatest skill and compassion imaginable. He improved or saved the lives of innumerable patients. He was adored by an entire generation of medical students, residents, fellows, nurses and other healthcare professionals for his teaching skill and compassion. His service to University of Louisville Hospital was unrivaled.


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Dr. Kelly McMasters

Society of Surgical Oncology 2018 Presidential Address

Dr. Kelly McMasters, UofL Department of Surgery Chair, delivered a powerful and inspirational Presidential Address at the Society of Surgical Oncology 2018 Annual Cancer Symposium, which has now been published in Annals of Surgical Oncology. Read the Annals of Surgical Oncology article.








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