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Owen Frederick McMasters

Brown Cancer Center Creates Owen’s Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research

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Dr. McMasters Named President of Western Surgical Association

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Surgery on Sunday Named Honoree by National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

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Dr. McMasters Named President of Society of Surgical Oncology

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Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez Proposal Accepted for NIH Grant


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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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Owen Frederick McMasters

Brown Cancer Center Creates Owen’s Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research

Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Kelly McMasters, announced on October 17, the Owen’s Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research of the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center.

His son Owen died February 15, 2016 following a courageous four-year battle with leukemia.

"Owen died of leukemia knowing that the science that could have cured him of his cancer was right at our doorstep," McMasters said. "Owen’s wish was that no other children (or adults) would have to endure the ravages of cancer and its treatment without a meaningful chance to be cured."

Cancer immunotherapy has revolutionized the treatment of many types of cancer by harnessing the power of the human body's immune system to eradicate cancer. The Owen’s Wish Fund will allow the Brown Cancer Center to develop a world-class group of scientists and physicians dedicated to advancing the field of cancer immunotherapy and providing state-of-the-art immunotherapy care for patients in our region.

To donate, please visit click here. Under "Designations," click on "Select the fund(s) for your gift," which is in red. Then click "Other," and then in the line under that type "The Owen's Wish Fund."



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Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. McMasters Named President of Western Surgical Association

Dr. Kelly McMasters was recently elected President of the Western Surgical Association at the Western's Annual Meeting in Coronado, Calif. Dr. McMasters is the Ben A. Reid, Sr, M.D. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. The Western Surgical Association is dedicated to the cultivation, promotion, and diffusion of the art and science of surgery, to the sponsorship and maintenance of the highest standards of practice and to the delivery of the best possible care for the public.


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Dr. Erica Sutton

Surgery on Sunday Named Honoree by National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable: Award honors individuals and organizations that contribute to ongoing progress in the fight against colorectal cancer

Surgery on Sunday Louisville, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free colonoscopies and outpatient surgical procedures to uninsured and underinsured residents of Kentucky, was named an honoree by National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Each winner will be recognized on a live broadcast on March 1, 2017.

Surgery on Sunday Louisville is built on a collaborative model in which every hospital in the Louisville area shares a responsibility in providing in-kind services to offer colonoscopies to members of the community who could not otherwise afford colorectal cancer screening. These individuals are also at increased risk. In Kentucky, patients who lack insurance have more than twice the odds of being diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer. Since its founding in 2013, Surgery on Sunday Louisville, Inc. has recruited more than 500 volunteers to treat more than 270 patients, leading to the treatment of more than 125 polyps and two cancers. The organization is now assisting communities in other states to replicate their successful model of partnering to deliver pro bono care to the patients that need it most.

Dr. Erica Sutton, assistant professor of surgery, is President and Founder of Surgery on Sunday Louisville.

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) is an organization co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whose mission is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates across the United States.


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Dr. McMasters Named President of Society of Surgical Oncology

Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, Professor & Chairman, University of Louisville Department of Surgery, has been named 2017-2018 Society of Surgical Oncology President. Dr. McMasters is an accomplished researcher and has authored more than 400 publications. In addition, he is the editor of the book "Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Targeted Therapy and Multidisciplinary Care."


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Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez

Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez Proposal Accepted for NIH Grant

Jorge G. Gomez-Gutierrez, Ph.D.'s project entitled “Targeting melanoma hypoxia with lactic acid bacterium L. lactis” has been selected for a National Institutes of Health grant. Hypoxia is a component of the tumor microenvironment, which reduces efficacy of both immuno- and chemo-therapies resulting in poor clinical outcome.Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez will exploit the hypoxic microenvironment as a target for gene therapy, utilizing commensal facultative anaerobic bacteria. The overall goal of this project is to develop an effective and safe delivery system for cancer gene therapy by targeting the hypoxic tumor microenvironment with food-grade lactic acid bacteria (LAB) Lactococcus lactis (L. lactis). Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology.


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