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2017 Commencement Address

Dr. Kelly McMasters Delivers Powerful Commencement Address at UofL School of Medicine Graduation

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Dr. McMasters Named President of Western Surgical Association

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Dr. McMasters Named President of Society of Surgical Oncology

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Surgery faculty perform First islet cell auto-transplantation In Kentucky

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Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez Proposal Accepted for NIH Grant


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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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Owen Frederick McMasters

For information on Brown Cancer Center Owen's Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research, click here.

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2017 Commencement Address

Dr. Kelly McMasters Delivers Powerful Commencement Address at UofL School of Medicine Graduation

Chairman of the UofL Department of Surgery Dr. Kelly McMasters delivered the commencement address at the 2017 School of Medicine graduation. Click here to read the address, which is titled "Reflections from the Other Side" and describes Dr. McMasters' experience as both a physician and a loved one of a patient. His son Owen died February 15, 2016 following a courageous four-year battle with leukemia. To donate to the Owen’s Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research of the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center, click here.



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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. 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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Surgery faculty perform First islet cell auto-transplantation In Kentucky

Surgery faculty perform First islet cell auto-transplantation In Kentucky

Faculty members from the UofL School of Medicine performed the first Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplantation (TP-IAT) procedure in the Commonwealth of Kentucky at Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health.

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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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