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Price Institute of Surgical Research Celebrates 60 Years,
Holds Reunion

Reunion

The Price Institute of Surgical Research held a reunion Sept. 7 - 9 in honor of its 60th Anniversary. More than 30 people attended, including former Price fellows from all over the world. Additionally, a former Fulbright scholar returned from Moldova. Attendees gave scientific presentations and talks about the benefits of having done research at the Price Institute.

Visit here to see photos from the event.

UofL: Buildings don’t perform organ transplants – surgeons do

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

2017 Commencement Address

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.

Dr. McMasters Named President of Society of Surgical Oncology

Dr. McMasters

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."


Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez Proposal Accepted for NIH Grant

Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez

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.

Dr. McMasters Named President of Western Surgical Association

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

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.

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

Dr. Erica Sutton

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.

Department Honors Dr. Frank Miller for Teaching Awards

Dr. Frank Miller

Dr. Frank Miller was recently honored at a reception in the Department of Surgery for receiving the largest number of Golden Apple teaching awards. Over the course of his career, Dr. Miller was selected by the University of Louisville School of Medicine students to receive the Golden Apple "Best Teacher" award 20 times.

One of the Department of Surgery’s most beloved faculty members, Dr. Miller enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator in the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Medicine for 30 years and served as Chief, Division of General Surgery, for nearly a decade. Retired in 2013, Dr. Miller, now Professor Emeritus, has remained part of the Department as gratis faculty and lecturer.

"Dr. Miller has been 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 has been the best teacher in the Medical School for decades," said Department of Surgery Professor and Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters. "He has touched the lives of innumerable patients and students – his contributions cannot be overstated."

Dr. Kasdan's Suture Sundays Featured on Great Day Live

Dr. Morton Kasdan

Dr. Kasdan's Suture Sundays Featured on Great Day Live Despite all of his professional accolades and surgical acumen, Dr. Morton Kasdan is best known in the Department of Surgery for his mentoring of our plastic surgery residents and medical students. Almost every Sunday of the year for the past 20 years, he has hosted groups of medical students in his own woodshop to teach them how to suture. Recently, Dr. Kasdan and Suture Sunday were featured on Great Day Live.

Dr. Jessica Weaver Receives Committee on Trauma Basic Science Regional Paper Award

Dr. Jessica Weaver

Dr. Jessica Weaver won the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Regional Paper Competition, Basic Science Section. She now will be eligible to compete at the National Paper Competition. Her paper is entitled, "Direct Peritoneal Resuscitation Reduces Macrophages and Neutrophils in Kidneys after Brain Death." Dr. Weaver is a fourth year general surgery resident.

Dr. Susan Galandiuk Named Editor-in-Chief of Premier Journal

Dr. Susan Galandiuk

Dr. Susan Galandiuk is the new editor-in-chief of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, the world's premier journal for the specialty of colorectal surgery. In addition, Dr. Galandiuk has been elected Vice President of Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).





Dr. Jessica Weaver Awarded John M. Houchens Prize

Dr. Jessica Weaver

Dr. Jessica Weaver was awarded the John M. Houchens Prize, which is awarded to the doctoral student who represents the most meritorious dissertation for the December commencement. The John M. Houchens Prize honors a former Registrar of the University. In the fall and spring of each year doctoral dissertations are submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for consideration. If one is deemed to be of special merit, a committee may recommend that its author be awarded the Houchens Prize. Dr. Weaver is a fourth year general surgery resident.

Dr. McMasters Named the Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year

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

Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, will be awarded the Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year at the 2016 Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation’s Doctors' Ball, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

The Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year honors a physician who has made significant contributions to the field of medicine, provided humanitarian service, and demonstrated the highest ethical standards. This is typically a physician who has shown long-term service to the community.

Dr. McMasters leads the Department of Surgery with more than 50 full-time faculty members, two residency and six fellowship programs. A prolific researcher, dedicated educator, and seasoned administrator, Dr. McMasters greatly enjoys caring for complex surgical oncology patients. He has a busy clinical practice that spans most of the field of surgical oncology, including melanoma, breast cancer, sarcoma, gastrointestinal malignancies, as well as liver, pancreatic and biliary tumors.

“This field is full of opportunities – to do research, to teach, to provide care – but at the end of the day, there is just something good about cutting someone’s cancer out. It’s that simple. Many more solid tumors have been cured because a surgeon cut out the cancer than by all of the chemotherapy and radiation therapy put together,” he said.

Dr. McMasters graduated with honors from Colgate University. He completed the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Rutgers Medical School, with a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University. After completing general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, he performed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville as the Sam and Lolita Weakley Professor of Surgical Oncology. In 2005, he became the Ben A. Reid, Sr., M.D. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. McMasters is the author and principal investigator of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, at the time the world’s largest melanoma study (involving more than 3,600 patients). He also initiated the University of Louisville Breast Cancer Sentinel Lymph Node Study, a 4000+ patient multi-institutional study that helped bring widespread acceptance of this minimally invasive procedure for the staging of breast cancer. His laboratory research interest has been in developing gene therapy approaches for the treatment of cancer, as well as discovery of cancer biomarkers. His research has been funded by the American Cancer Society, the NIH, and other organizations over the past 20 years.

Dr. McMasters has published nearly 400 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, over 20 book chapters, and a book on hepatocellular carcinoma. He has presented his research at a multitude of national and international meetings and has served as a visiting professor at many of the world’s finest institutions. He served as the 2009-2010 President of the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He is currently President-Elect of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Secretary of the Southern Surgical Association, Recorder of the Western Surgical Association, Secretary-Treasurer of the Society of Surgical Chairs, and Deputy Editor of Annals of Surgical Oncology. He is a member of many other professional and scientific societies, including the American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Surgical Biology Club, Halsted Society, and International Surgical Group, among others.

Department Holds Annual Tennis Tournament

Tennis Tournament

The Annual Department of Surgery Tennis Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 28, 7 -10 p.m. at The Tennis Club at Springhurst. Players of all levels are welcome.

Even if you don't plan to play, please come by to watch some spectacular tennis or just for pizza, beer, soft drinks, and fun.




Dr. Polk Appointed Commissioner of the Department for Public Health at Health and Family Services

Dr. Hiram Polk

Dr. Hiram Polk, professor emeritus, Department of Surgery, has been appointed the Commissioner for the Department of Public Health by Health and Family Services.

A renowned surgeon, Dr. Polk is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, graduate of Harvard Medical School and served as the Ben A. Reid Professor and Chairman of Surgery at the University of Louisville from 1971 to 2005. While Chairman at Louisville, Polk trained more than 330 surgical residents, all of whom hold board certification in general surgery. Dr. Polk also serves as a Steward of The Jockey Club and is a director of the Grayson Research Foundation and the Biomedical Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.

“Many health issues plague the Commonwealth, from chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, to the serious substance abuse and addiction crisis, especially in pregnant women. Meanwhile, we must be vigilant and prepared to respond to emerging public health issues such as the Zika virus or a potential Hepatitis C outbreak from intravenous drug use,” said Dr. Polk. “I am excited to take on the role of public health commissioner because it gives me an opportunity to direct policy and implement pilot programs to address these very serious issues.”

Department Loses a Beloved Son

Owen Frederick McMasters

Owen Frederick McMasters, 16, passed away Feb. 15, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous four-year battle with leukemia. He will always be remembered for his dedication to helping other children with cancer.

Click here to read Owen’s obituary.

Click here to read Dr. McMasters’ eulogy to his son, which was shared at his funeral.

Dr. Bond Receives 2016 KMA Educational Achievement Award

Sheldon Bond, MD

Dr. Sheldon Bond has been selected to receive the 2016 KMA Educational Achievement Award. Dr. Bond has been Director of Student Teaching Programs in the Department of Surgery for the past decade. He also serves as Assistant Dean for Clinical Education. He is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery.




Dr. Sutton to Receive Excellence in Community Service Award

Dr. Erica Sutton

Erica Sutton, MD, will receive the Excellence in Community Service at the 2016 Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation’s Doctors' Ball, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Dr. Sutton, assistant professor of surgery with expertise in minimally invasive procedures and surgical endoscopy, was recently named director of community engagement for the Department of Surgery. She volunteers her services with Surgery on Sunday, an organization that provides in-kind outpatient surgical and endoscopic care to income-eligible members of the Louisville community who are uninsured or under insured.

Dr. Benns Elected Vice Chief of Staff for University of Louisville Hospital

Dr. Matthew Benns

Dr. Matthew Benns, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been elected as Vice Chief of Staff at University of Louisville Hospital. The active medical staff members were asked to nominate individuals who were practicing physicians and full-time faculty members of the UofL School of Medicine but not a department chair. Dr. Benns' position has a three-year term.

 

Final Results of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial Selected for 2016 Best of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting Edition

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

"Final Results of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial: A Multi-Institutional Prospective Randomized Phase III Study Evaluating the Role of Adjuvant High-Dose Interferon Alfa-2b and Completion Lymph Node Dissection for Patients Staged by Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy" has been selected to be included in the 2016 Best of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting Edition.

Dr. Kelly McMasters is the principal investigator of this large clinical study. He is the Ben A. Reid, Sr., MD Professor and Chairman of The Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. McMasters initiated The Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, at the time the world’s largest melanoma study (involving more than 3600 patients), in 1997.

Click here to link to the article.

End of an Era: Dr. R. Neal Garrison Retires

Dr. R. Neal Garrison

One of the Department of Surgery’s most beloved faculty members, Dr. R. Neal Garrison, will retire at the end of this year.

Professor of Surgery and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a member of the Graduate Faculty, Dr. Garrison completed his entire surgical residency at the University of Louisville, serving as the first surgical resident to train all five years under Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD. After a Clinical Fellowship in Oncology, Dr. Garrison went on to serve two years as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. In 1980 Dr. Garrison joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in Surgery and was appointed to full Professor in 1990.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Garrison served as Chief of Surgery for 12 years, Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs and Acting Chief of Staff at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition he directed the Department of Surgery Undergraduate Surgical Education curriculum for eight years. In the eighties, he was instrumental in developing the abdominal organ transplant program for the Department of Surgery. He was the co-founder of the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates in 1987 and continued as its Medical Director. The United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded the University of Louisville Hospital with the HHS Medal of Honor for the organ donation for achieving and maintaining a 75 percent conversion rate in organ donation during this time. ULH also received additional national recognition for meeting or exceeding 3.75 organs per donor over a period of 12 months and 10 percent of donations occurring after cardiac arrest.

Throughout his career, Dr. Garrison has been an active clinical surgeon in the fields of general, vascular and trauma surgery. In addition, he maintained an active bench research laboratory focused on organ blood flow during shock and infection. He received multiple peer-reviewed grants from the NIH, American Heart Association, Surgical Infection Society, Department of Defense, and VA Merit Review since 1983. In the laboratory he mentored more than 40 research fellows, surgical residents and doctoral candidates. Throughout his career Dr. Garrison published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters and has served on the Editorial Board or as reviewer for 12 scientific journals.

Dr. Garrison is a member of 28 medical/surgical professional organizations and has been an officer of more than half of them. He was President of the Association for Academic Surgeons and served as Chairman or Vice-Chairman of committees for virtually all of these groups. He completed a 6-year term as Governor of Kentucky to the American College of Surgeons. He received multiple honors and awards including the Hiram C. Polk Jr. Award for Resident Teaching Excellence on three occasions and was selected by the Louisville Surgical Society as the 2006 Yandell Lecturer and Medal recipient.

Dr. Garrison has made extraordinary scientific contributions and is widely recognized as one of the top surgical scientists in the world.

Department of Surgery Loses A Legend: Microsurgery Pioneer Dr. Robert Acland

Dr. Robert Acland

Department of Surgery Loses A Legend: Microsurgery Pioneer Dr. Robert Acland











Final Results of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial Published in Journal of Clinical Oncology

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

"Final Results of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial: A Multi-Institutional Prospective Randomized Phase III Study Evaluating the Role of Adjuvant High-Dose Interferon Alfa-2b and Completion Lymph Node Dissection for Patients Staged by Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy" has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Click here to review an early release of the article online.

Dr. Kelly McMasters is the principal investigator of this large clinical study. He is the Ben A. Reid, Sr., MD Professor and Chairman of The Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. McMasters initiated The Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, at the time the world’s largest melanoma study (involving more than 3600 patients), in 1997.

Dr. Jarrod Little Performs First-of-its-Kind Procedure on Identical Twins

Surgeon in Operating Room

A woman who survived a rare childhood cancer successfully underwent a first-of-its-kind procedure to help restore her appearance.

Dr. Jarrod Little, Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, used fat grafting from Janna Coleman’s identical twin, Jessie, to reshape Janna’s face from the damaging effects of radiation and chemotherapy. While fat grafting has been done for years, there are no instances in medical literature of it taking place from one person to another and never before on identical twins. While tissue from twins has been used for organ transplants, soft tissue procedures between twins are rare, said Dr. Little.

The surgery took place at University of Louisville Hospital over about three hours and was a success.

“It will make a huge difference for her,” said Dr. Little. “She looks like a new person. I’m very happy with the results.”

Janna, 28, was diagnosed with an aggressive rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 7. Childhood rhabdomyosarcoma is a disease in which malignant cells form in muscle tissue, and Janna’s formed behind her jaw. She was successfully treated, but the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to her head and neck left lasting effects, damaging her pituitary gland, which disrupted her growth, most noticeably around her face. Her jawbone never grew to an adult size.

While Janna is an identical twin, her sister, Jessie, did not have the same condition. Though they once looked so much alike even their father had trouble telling them apart, after her treatment Janna no longer looked as much like her sister.

“The cancer was the easy part, the aftermath is what’s been hard,” Janna said.

Janna went through more than 10 reconstructive surgeries over the years to help but without much success. After moving to Louisville and working as an oncology nurse, she heard of Dr. Little and went to him to see if there was anything else that could be done.

With the jawbone in her face damaged and stunted from radiation, Dr. Little determined reconstruction of her jaw was not an option. Fat grafting to help re-shape her face was, but Janna did not have enough fat and was unable to gain weight because of her development issues. But when Dr. Little learned Janna was an identical twin, he came up with the idea to take fat from Jessie and transplant it into Janna’s face. The procedure was also unique in that many people with Janna’s condition and location of her tumor do not survive to adulthood.

By increasing volume to the face and repairing some of the damaged tissues, the goal of the procedure was to give Janna’s face a more natural volume and contour so the size of the jaw bone will not be as noticeable, Dr. Little said.

Fat was also a good option for Janna because it has a high concentration of stem cells, which are beneficial because they can form into new types of cells. When they are introduced to a new area, they can regenerate surrounding soft tissue. And with the twins having a nearly 100 percent genetic match, the probability of success was high.

“I just want to look like my sister and more like a twin,” Janna said. "It is hard being her twin. She's gorgeous.”

To donate fat, Jessie had to make an effort to gain weight. For months, the normally health-conscious Jessie ate high-calorie foods – including ice cream, pizza and fast food – to develop enough fat that could be removed by liposuction for Janna.

“She’s my sister, my twin,” Jessie said before the surgery. “Of course I’m going to do anything I can to help.”

It will take several months to assess the full effects of the procedure. One or two more sessions may be needed before the reconstruction is complete.

“I want her to be more confident in herself and be proud to say we're twins and not be shy about it because we're exactly alike.”

J. David Richardson Inducted As President of American College of Surgeons

J. David Richardson, M.D.

J. David Richardson, M.D.

Dr. J. David Richardson, Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, was installed as the 96th President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the 2015 Clinical Congress in Chicago.

A general, thoracic and trauma surgeon, and surgical educator, Richardson became an ACS Fellow in 1980. Since then, he has served the ACS in various leadership capacities, most recently as chair of the Board of Regents (2011–2012). In that role, he also chaired the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees.

A prolific author, Richardson has published more than 345 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 50 book chapters, and currently has 10 publications in press. In addition to his leadership roles within the ACS, he has served as former director and chair of the American Board of Surgery, director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, president of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma, president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and secretary and president of the Western Surgical Association. He is editor-in-chief of The American Surgeon.

Richardson is a 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He completed a surgery internship and worked as a junior assistant resident at the University of Kentucky before moving to the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to complete a general surgery and a thoracic surgery residency.

After completing his surgical training in 1976, he returned to Kentucky to teach and practice at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He rose through the academic ranks at the institution, starting as an assistant professor of surgery and becoming associate professor of surgery in 1979. He has served in his current positions as professor and vice chair of surgery since 1983 and 1985, respectively. He has served as chief of surgery service and director of emergency surgical services at the University of Louisville Hospital since 2005.

Dr. Jason Smith Wins 2015 J. Bradley Aust Award

Jason Smith, MD, PhD

Jason Smith, MD, PhD

Dr. Jason Smith, Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. and Mrs. Lily Banerjee Professor and Chair in Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 J. Bradley Aust Award for his abstract and presentation entitled, "Direct Peritoneal Resuscitation Reduces Inflammatory MiRNAs After Hemorrhagic Shock." He made the presentation at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the 2015 Western Surgical Association in the fall.

Department of Surgery Transplant Surgeon On Team that Performs
First Islet Cell Auto-transplantation Procedures in Kentucky

Michael Hughes Jr., MD

Michael Hughes Jr., MD

People with a debilitating and painful disease have a new treatment option available to them.

Michael Hughes Jr., MD, assistant professor of surgery, Division of Transplantation is part of a team of physicians providing total pancreatectomy with islet cell auto-transplantation for some patients with chronic pancreatitis. Since the start of the year, six patients have undergone the procedure and all have functioning islet cells.

The program is funded by an $800,000 grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

Chronic pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, can only be cured with complete removal of the pancreas (total pancreatectomy). However, removing the entire pancreas creates diabetes that is extremely difficult to control, with alternating very high and dangerous, life-threatening low blood sugars. Therefore, only a portion of the pancreas typically is removed in an attempt to prevent post-operative diabetes. This treatment does not very effectively treat the episodes of pain that lead to recurrent hospital admissions for patients with chronic pancreatitis.

The total pancreatectomy with auto-transplantation of islet cells from the pancreas is an alternative treatment being performed by a handful of facilities around the world. This procedure involves complete removal of the pancreas. The patient’s islet cells are isolated in a “cleanroom” facility at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (a partnership between UofL and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence) and then re-implanted into the patient to prevent diabetes.

Chronic pancreatitis is a disabling disease that results in constant, unremitting pain” said Dr. Hughes. “Until now, we have been unable to safely perform these procedures. Islet cell auto-transplant immediately following total pancreatectomy allows us to do this.

Department Surgeons Named Top Docs

11 Doctors

Eleven Department of Surgery faculty members were named “Top Doctors” in their field by their peers according to a Louisville Magazine survey. The results were published in the magazine’s 2015 August edition. The Top Doctors were selected by a survey that was mailed in May 2015 to all physicians who are members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. In the survey, Louisville Magazine asked the question: “If you or a member of your family were in need of medical care or treatment, who among the Louisville-area doctors would you choose to provide care in the following specialties.”
It is important to note there were specialties in the Department of Surgery that were not included. However, of those that were, several Department faculty were named, including:

Newly Created Endowed Chair in Surgery Honors Former Faculty Member

Abrams family reception

From left: Kenneth Abrams; Berel “Bush” Abrams, MD; Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD; Hiram Polk, MD; and Toni Ganzel, MD.

A very generous gift from Kenny Abrams, son of Dr. Berel and Mrs. Nancy Abrams, has established the Berel L. Abrams, M.D. Endowed Chair in Surgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Abrams is a 1956 alumnus of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and served for many years as a gratis faculty member in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Abrams trained a generation of surgery residents and students at Jewish Hospital and was the long-time moderator of the Department of Surgery's Morbidity and Mortality Conference. On Sept. 27, the Abrams family hosted a reception to celebrate Dr. Abrams and the newly created endowed chair. Nearly 100 people were in attendance, including many of Dr. Abrams’ family, to be a part of this special evening.

Dr. Christopher Jones Named Director,
Division of Transplantation

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Christopher Jones, M.D.

Dr. Christopher Jones, Associate Professor of Transplantation, has been named Director of the Division of Transplantation. Dr. Jones attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his General Surgery residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Liver, Kidney, Pancreas and Small Intestine Transplantation at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Jones was recently interviewed in a story about living transplant donors, which can be viewed here: The interview with Dr. Jones is in "A Chance For Life: Looking for Living Donors Part 2."

Dr. Sutton Named Director of Diversity
and Community Engagement

Surgeon in Operating Room

Erica Sutton, M.D.

Dr. Erica Sutton, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been named the Director of Diversity and Community Engagement for the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Sutton’s clinical expertise includes advanced minimally invasive procedures and surgical endoscopy. Dr. Sutton attended medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She then completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Department Alumna Named Surgery Chief at Dartmouth

Sandra L. Wong MD, MS

Sandra L. Wong M.D., M.S.

Department of Surgery alumna Sandra L. Wong MD, MS, has been named Surgery Chief at Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Dr. Wong completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Louisville in 2003. To learn more, click here.


New Data Shows Irreversible Electroporation Nearly Doubles Overall Survival of Patients with Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer When Added to Standard Therapy

STAR Study Results Presented at the American Surgical Association Annual Meeting

Surgeon in Operating Room

Patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer may have a more promising treatment option in the future. Results from the Soft Tissue Ablation Registry (STAR), demonstrating that irreversible electroporation (IRE) with the NanoKnife® System, in combination with chemotherapy, doubled the overall survival rate of locally advanced (Stage III) pancreatic cancer patients to nearly 24 months was recently presented at the American Surgical Association annual meeting in San Diego. Locally advanced pancreatic cancer is Stage III cancer that has not yet spread.

Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest mortality rates of all cancers and is expected to climb from the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. to the second by 2020. Ninety four percent of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis, and 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.

“The STAR data adds to the growing body of evidence that IRE ablation may represent a new treatment paradigm for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer,” said Robert Martin, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., director of the Division of Surgical Oncology, and Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville. “This new analysis of IRE could help change the standard of care for Stage III pancreatic cancer patients whose only treatment options until now were chemotherapy or a combination of chemo-radiation therapy, which will only stabilize the disease and not destroy the tumor. With IRE, these patients now have a surgical treatment option to augment their treatment plan.”

The NanoKnife® IRE system is a tool that destroys cancerous cells by subjecting them to a series of short electrical pulses using high-voltage direct current that does not injure surrounding cells, blood vessels and other vital structures. IRE overcomes rapid growth of the tumor by killing all malignant cells at once so they cannot continue to grow and spread. The NanoKnife® IRE system is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the surgical ablation of soft tissue. It is not approved for use in specific cancers.

Several media outlets recently did stories about the STAR study findings. To view some of those stories, please visit, http://beta.criticalmention.com/app/#report/view?982667/token/3b90d9f0-e66c-43ce-a10f-c97db05615b2

Dr. Charles Scoggins Receives 2015 President’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Charles Scoggins

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A

Dr. Charles Scoggins, Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery, has won the University of Louisville 2015 President’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. A dynamic scholar, Dr. Scoggins has risen rapidly in the academic ranks and has become one of the nation’s most well-known and respected surgical oncologists. He served as the Associate Director of Medical Student Education in the Department ofSurgery for five years. During this time, he made important and lasting changes to improve the medical student educational experience on the Surgery service. In 2006, Dr. Scoggins was instrumental in establishing the ACGME-accredited two-year Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine to train general surgeons in the art and science of modern academic surgical oncology. Dr. Scoggins is Director of the fellowship program.

In addition to his professional accolades and surgical acumen, Dr. Scoggins is best known in the Department of Surgery for his mentoring of our surgery residents, surgical oncology fellows and medical students. He has mentored many students including undergraduate students who have becomemedical students, as well as medical students who have gone on to become surgical residents. A perennial favorite among students, Dr. Scoggins has been awarded for his role as mentor and has received the Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD Outstanding Educator Award twice and the Robert L. Fulton, MD Mentorship Award. Dr. Scoggins is so popular as an educator that he is continually surrounded by students, residents and fellows—they clamor to work with him in the clinic, the operating room, and to have him as their research mentor.

One might surmise that his overwhelming popularity with trainees is because he is an easy grader or simply a nice person who makes learning a stress-free and comfortable experience. However, like the best professors, Dr. Scoggins is popular because he challenges students, residents, and fellows at every turn. He turns every patient, every X-ray, every pathology report, every laboratory test into a teaching point; his profession as a surgical oncologist is his classroom, constantly on the move.

Dr. Scoggins said the greatest achievement that an educator can have is the success of his/her students. His motivation for development of his students, residents and fellows is that “if they succeed, I succeed. Their successes are my accolades.”

Dr. Eugene Shively Named 2015 Compassionate Physician

Dr. Eugene  Shively

Dr. Eugene Shively

Dr. Eugene Shively has been selected to receive the 2015 Compassionate Physician Award at the 2015 Doctor's Ball. A dedicated surgeon from Taylor Regional Hospital, Dr. Shively has been an integral part of the University of Louisville Department of Surgery’s mission to educate the next generation of surgeons. Nearly always on call, innumerable sleepless nights and busy weekends have been the rule throughout Dr. Shively’s career. He is a true general surgeon: he has performed deliveries, Caesarian sections, orthopedic procedures, cares for trauma patients, and has provided the fullrange of surgical care for the citizens of Campbellsville and the surrounding region. His surgical skill and judgment are legendary; it is impossible to overestimate the difference he has made in the quality of medical and surgical care for patients in the region. He is a strong advocate for excellence and quality medical and surgical care. His influence in building Taylor Regional Hospital into a modern regional referral hospital with outstanding facilities and patient care is inestimable.

Dr. Mary Fallat Receives 2015 Leonard Tow
Humanism in Medicine Award

Mary Fallat, M.D.

Mary Fallat, M.D.

Dr. Mary Fallat, Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor and Chief in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, has received The UofL School of Medicine's 2015 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the purpose of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award is to recognize the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families.

"Dr. Mary Fallat epitomizes the professionalism and humanism in physicians and surgeons that the Leonard Tow Award aspires to reward," said Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr., MD, Professor and Chairman, The Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD, Department of Surgery. "She has made a lifetime contribution to the care of sick and injured children, as well as to the education of countless medical students, residents and fellows, not only in Kentucky but in the nation, all the while demonstrating the humanism as a doctor and teacher that has inspired many to pursue pediatric and pediatric surgical careers."

Dr. McMasters Named Vice President of the Society of
Surgical Oncology

Kelly McMasters, MD

Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr., MD, Professor and Chair, The Hiram C. Polk Jr., MD Department of Surgery, has been named the new Vice President of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). The SSO is a professional association for surgical oncologists and non-physician healthcare providers involved in oncologic patient care.

J. David Richardson Named
American College of Surgeons President-Elect

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Dr. J. David Richardson

Dr. J. David Richardson, Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) last month during the college’s Annual Business Meeting that was held during its 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco.

A general, thoracic and trauma surgeon, and surgical educator, Richardson became an ACS Fellow in 1980. Since then, he has served the ACS in various leadership capacities, most recently as chair of the Board of Regents (2011–2012). In that role, he also chaired the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees.

A prolific author, Richardson has published more than 345 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 50 book chapters, and currently has 10 publications in press. In addition to his leadership roles within the ACS, he has served as former director and chair of the American Board of Surgery, director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, president of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma, president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and secretary and president of the Western Surgical Association.

Richardson is a 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He completed a surgery internship and worked as a junior assistant resident at the University of Kentucky before moving to the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to complete a general surgery and a thoracic surgery residency.

After completing his surgical training in 1976, he returned to Kentucky to teach and practice at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He rose through the academic ranks at the institution, starting as an assistant professor of surgery and becoming associate professor of surgery in 1979. He has served in his current positions as professor and vice chair of surgery since 1983 and 1985, respectively. He has served as chief of surgery service and director of emergency surgical services at the University of Louisville Hospital since 2005.

Richardson will be installed as the 96th President of the American College of Surgeons in October 2015, during the Convocation ceremony that precedes the opening of the ACS 2015 Clinical Congress in Chicago.

13 Department of Surgery Faculty Named Top Surgeons

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Their peers, according to a Louisville Magazine survey, named 13 Department of Surgery faculty members “Top Surgeons” in their field. The results were published in the magazine’s 2014 August edition. The Top Surgeons were selected by a survey that was mailed in May 2014 to all physicians who are members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. In the survey, Louisville Magazine asked the question: “If you or a member of your family needed surgery, who among Louisville-area physicians would you choose or recommend most highly to perform the following procedures?”

It is important to note that several of the procedures done by Department of Surgery faculty were not included. However, of those that were, several Department faculty were named, including:

Department of Surgery Adds Five Top-Notch Surgeons

The Department of Surgery has taken advantage of the longstanding tradition of excellence in surgical training at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Medicine by recruiting three of our most outstanding former residents – Drs. Matt Bozeman, Russell Farmer and Paul Tennant, as well as former fellow Dr. Prejesh Philips. We also are excited to announce that we have recruited top-notch breast surgeon Dr. Nicholas Akjay. They all joined the faculty this summer.

Dr. Nicholas Ajkay

Dr. Nicholas Ajkay, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, joins the Department of Surgery upon completing his Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA. Dr. Akjay completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Kentucky, as well as a Plastic Surgery residency at Rosario University in Bogotá, Colombia. He also attended medical school at Rosario University. Dr. Akjay also completed fellowships in Oncologic Plastic Surgery at the National Cancer Institute in Bogotá and Craniofacial Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School & Operation Smile International in Norfolk, VA. His areas of expertise include breast cancer and melanoma.

Dr. Matt Bozeman

Dr. Matt Bozeman, Instructor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, joins the Department of Surgery upon completing his General Surgery residency at UofL. He also completed a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at UofL in 2012. Dr. Bozeman attended medical school at Texas Tech School of Medicine. In Lubbock. His areas of expertise are general surgery, trauma surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr. Russell Farmer

Dr. Russell Farmer, Instructor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, joins the Department of Surgery upon completing his Colorectal fellowship at UofL. He also completed his General Surgery residency at UofL in 2013. Dr. Farmer attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. His area of expertise is colon and rectal surgery with special focus on robotic surgery, laparoscopy, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Prejesh Philips

Dr. Prejesh Philips, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, joins the Department of Surgery upon completing his Surgical Oncology and HepatoPancreaticoBiliary fellowships at UofL. Dr. Philips completed his general surgery residency at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, India, where he also completed medical school. His areas of expertise include esophageal, gastric, liver, pancreatic, colon, and bile duct cancers, sarcoma and general surgical oncology.

Dr. Mary Fallat Named President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association

Mary Fallat, M.D.

Mary Fallat, M.D..

Dr. Mary Fallat has begun her year as President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA). Her presidential year will end in May of 2016. The American Pediatric Surgical Association is the nation's largest professional organization dedicated to the pediatric surgical specialty. Dr. Mary Fallat is the Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor and Chief in the Division of Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Florman Writes Book About the Art of Being a Physician

Larry D. Florman, M.D.

Larry D. Florman, M.D.

Dr. Larry Florman's new book, "The Portable Medical Mentor: Training Success," will be available for purchase on Amazon beginning Nov. 14, 2014. The Portable Medical Mentor: Training Success addresses every facet of “how to be a good physician” in an easy-to-read and down-to-earth, practical fashion. The reader will be convinced early on that there is more to being a good doctor than medical school didactics. Dr. Florman is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Kelly McMasters Named Clinician of the Year

Kelly McMasters, MD

The Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville have named Dr. Kelly McMasters the 2014 Clinician of the Year. He will be honored at the Julep Ball on Friday, May 2, at the KFC Yum! Center. Dr. McMasters is the Ben A. Reid, Sr., M.D., Professor and Chair of the Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D., Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at UofL.

McMasters leads the Department of Surgery with more than 80 full-time faculty members in general surgery, transplant surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, vascular and endovascular therapeutics and hand surgery. The department also has three residency and six fellowship programs with more than 60 surgical trainees each year.

It is his own work as a surgeon, however, that has made him Clinician of the Year. Dr. McMasters puts his life’s work succinctly: “We cut out cancer.” His passion for and dedication to that task are readily apparent.

Although highly trained with years of experience in the complex field of surgical oncology, McMasters sees his role in simple, direct terms: making people’s lives better. “We are able to cure the majority of patients by performing surgery,” he says, “but those few who aren’t cured still see an improvement in the quality of their lives. And, when the cancer isn’t curable, I can help people leave this world with grace and dignity. That is just as important.”

He discovered his vocation early. “In my surgical training, I never saw anyone more appreciative than patients with cancer. It is incredibly rewarding to have that impact. Our patients and their families are so appreciative of our skill as well as our honesty and straightforwardness with them.

“You can’t sugarcoat cancer, and they appreciate that.”

A researcher and educator as well as clinician and department chair, McMasters sees his role as clinician as the most rewarding. “This field is full of opportunities – to do research, to teach, to provide care – but at the end of the day, there is just something good about cutting someone’s cancer out. It’s that simple.”

A native of New Jersey, McMasters came to UofL after graduating with his M.D. degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Rutgers. He was drawn to UofL by the then chair of surgery, Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr.

“I met Dr. Polk during my residency interviews and never wanted to go anywhere else,” he says. “This department is a top 20 surgical department because of Dr. Polk and a great place to do all the things I wanted to do.”

The married father of three – wife Beth is an attorney and the couple has three sons, Austin, Steven and Owen – says the difference in the quality of care provided by UofL is rooted in its multidisciplinary aspect.

“It does matter where you go for your cancer care, and the best care is multidisciplinary care,” McMasters says. “The reason the James Graham Brown Cancer Center is successful is because we have multidisciplinary teams in both clinical care and research made up of the best people not only from this country but from around the world. So whenever we care for patients, we have the best minds, coming from all disciplines, working together. It is what sets us apart.”

He cites the leadership of Brown Cancer Center Director, Donald Miller, M.D., Ph.D., and deputy director Jason Chesney, M.D., Ph.D., as crucial to that success. “Each week, we have had our multidisciplinary melanoma clinic. It is a wonderful collaboration and partnership that brings about the absolute best care for our patients.”

Continuing that high caliber work requires continued investment, he adds. “Our work doesn’t come easy in this day when funding is limited in every way. If we want to be able to continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest clinicians, scientists, and trainees, the ongoing investment of the people in our community is crucial. We need it and are grateful for it.”

Chief Resident Dr. Michael Egger Selected as Second Place
Winner In Commission on Cancer Paper Competition

Michael Egger, M.D.

Michael Egger, M.D.

Chief Resident Dr. Michael Egger's paper, Comparison of Sentinel Lymph Node Micrometastatic Tumor Burden Measurements in Melanoma, was selected as the second place winner in the 2013-14 Commission on Cancer Paper Competition. As an award winner, he received an honorarium and his travel and expenses are paid for his trip to the Commission on Cancer Annual Meeting, where he will present his paper.

Dr. Paul Linsky Selected for Gold Humanism
and Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Paul Linsky

Paul Linsky, M.D.

Dr. Paul Linsky, fourth-year general surgery resident, has been selected to receive the Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is selected by the University of Louisville School of Medicine's Class of 2015. Residents who receive this award have exhibited strong teaching skills and role modeling for compassionate, relationship-centered care. All of the recipients will be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and recognized at the Gold Humanism dinner on Tuesday, August 12 at the Rudd Heart and Lung Conference Center. Dr. Linsky was one of six residents selected this year. With more than 600 residents and fellows on our campus it is indeed an honor to receive this award.
Dr. Linsky attended medical school at the University of Alabama.

Department Surgeons Named Top Docs

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Seventeen Department of Surgery physicians were selected to be listed as the "Best Doctors in America." Only 5 percent of doctors in the United States earn the honor, a product of impartial, validated peer review in which doctors who excel in their specialities are selected by their peers.

The surgeons from the Department of Surgery named are:

It is important to note that several of the procedures done by Department of Surgery faculty were not included.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jarrod Little Donates His Time to
Treat Woman Disfigured After Cancer Misdiagnosis

Jarrod Little, M.D.

Lessya Kotelevskaya, who was disfigured by a misdiagnosis of terminal cancer at age 19 in Kazakhstan, will undergo her major reconstructive surgery with Dr. Jarrod Little on Monday, June 23.

Dr. Little is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Plastic & Reconstructive and Otolaryngology divisions in the Department of Surgery. He is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with UofL Physicians - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Little is donating his time to help Lessya. The surgery is expected to last up to 24 hours or more and will take place at University of Louisville Hospital. Multiple stories have appeared about Dr. Little's upcoming surgery on Lessya including this one on national news, http://abcnews.go.com.

Department To Hold Memorial
for Beloved Resident Mom, Angela Jones

Angela Jones

Angela Jones, known as the "Resident Mom" for her role in coordinating the Department of Surgery Residency Program for more than a quarter of a century, passed away June 15, 2014.

The Department of Surgery will hold a memorial service in her honor in early October.

Angela passed away in Louisville surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was 82. She was the vivacious, energetic Residency Program Coordinator in the Department and worked with residents from the time of their recruitment to their graduation and even beyond - staying in touch with them as they moved into their practices and grew their families.

Angela is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Taylor and Joe Walsh, and her son, Kevin, grandson, Evan, and her granddaughter, Danielle.

If you are interested in sending in a video or letter of remembrance to be shared at the memorial service, please send it to Molly Poole at mbpool01@louisville.edu. You also can contact Molly for more information about the memorial. Condolences may be sent to:

107 West Southern Heights Ave.
Louisville, KY 40214

Three Faculty Members Appointed to Endowed Academic Positions

Three Department of Surgery faculty members have been appointed to endowed academic positions, a recognition of high academic achievement in their respective fields:

Amy R. Quillo, M.D.

Amy R. Quillo, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, has been appointed the Kenneth F. Von Roenn, M.D., Family Chair in Surgical Endocrinology.

Jason W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D. Jason W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been appointed the Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. and Mrs. Lily Banerjee Chair in Surgery.

Congratulations to these faculty members on this well-deserved recognition!

Dr. Smith Receives ACS Scholarship

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Jason Smith, MD, Hiram C. Polk and Mrs. Lily Banerjee Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of General Surgery, has been selected to receive the American College of Surgeons/Eastern Association's Trauma Foundation Health Policy Scholarship. The scholarship will enable Dr. Smith to attend the course "Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management" at Brandeis University in June.

Dr. Morton Kasdan Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

Dr. Kasdan

Dr. Morton Kasdan

Dr. Morton Kasdan has been selected to receive the 2014 Excellence in Education Award at the 2014 Doctor's Ball. Dr. Kasdan has enjoyed a distinguished career as a plastic and hand surgeon. He has a gratis faculty appointment at the University of Louisville’s Department of Surgery, and he volunteers his time to teach. Despite all of his professional accolades and surgical acumen, Dr. Kasdan is best known in the Department of Surgery for his mentoring of our plastic surgery residents and medical students.

Former Resident Elected President of Prestigious Society

Dr. Mark Evers

Former UofL Department of Surgery resident Dr. Mark Evers

Former UofL Department of Surgery resident Dr. Mark Evers, director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, professor and vice-chair for research in the Department of Surgery and Markey Cancer Foundation Endowed Chair, has been elected the new president of the Southern Surgical Association (SSA).

One of the nation’s leading medical groups, SSA is dedicated to furthering the study and practice of surgery. Previously, Evers served as secretary for the association for the past five years. Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr., MD Professor and Chairman, UofL Department of Surgery, has been elected secretary of SSA. His term as secretary will be five years, as well.

Dr. Evers recent election continues UofL Department of Surgery’s tradition of leadership in SSA. Past SSA leaders with ties to the Department of Surgery have been former Chairman of the Department of Surgery Dr. Hiram Polk, Vice Chairman and Professor of Surgery Dr. J. David Richardson and former faculty members Drs. Lewis Flint and Kirby Bland. Each served as Secretary and then President of SSA.

“This is a very influential position and a chance to influence every level of surgery in America,” said Dr. Polk. “In addition, it is very uncommon to have two individuals from the same state in leadership positions (Evers and McMasters) at the same time.”

Department Holds Memorial for Former Administrator

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Parnell Langston, who managed the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville from 1981 to 2003, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Department will hold a memorial service in her honor Friday, March 7 in the Polk Conference Room, 2nd Floor Ambulatory Care Building, at 3 p.m.

Parnell died in Ozark, MO with her brother at her side. She was a tireless and creative worker and was responsible for many innovations at a time when the Downtown Medical Center grew both in size and character. She adroitly managed and fostered important relationships with University of Louisville, Norton, Kosair Children’s, Jewish and Veterans Affairs hospitals. The faculty grew under her leadership and accrued numerous honors and awards for student and resident teaching as well as basic and applied research in all fields of surgery.

Dr. Michael Bahr Joins Faculty

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The Department of Surgery welcomes Dr. Michael Bahr, Instructor of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Bahr's areas of expertise include endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Bahr attended medical school at University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He recently completely an ERCP fellowship at the University of Louisville. We welcome him to our faculty.

Department Hosts Retirement Reception in Dr. Frank Miller’s Honor

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To celebrate one of its most beloved faculty members, the Department of Surgery hosted a retirement reception for Dr. Frank Miller. Dr. Frank Miller has enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator in the Department of Surgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine for nearly 30 years and served as Chief, Division of General Surgery, of the Department for nearly a decade.

Dr. Vitale Receives Ponsky Master Educator in Endoscopy Award

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Dr. Gary Vitale, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has received the prestigious SAGES Foundation Jeffrey L. Ponsky Master Educator in Endoscopy Award.

The Ponsky Master Educator in Endoscopy Award was established by the Foundation in 2007 as a tribute to Dr. Jeffrey Ponsky for his outstanding contributions to endoscopy and surgical education and also as a demonstration of gratitude for his profound influence in so many careers. The Master Educator award recognizes Dr. Vitale as a distinguished SAGES leader who exemplifies Dr. Ponsky’s visionary leadership spirit and his dedication to the development and teaching of surgical endoscopy.

This award will be presented at the upcoming SAGES Foundation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 2 during the SAGES 2014 Surgical Spring Week in Salt Lake City

Department of Surgery Loses a Legend

Dr. Harold Kleinert

Dr. Harold Kleinert, an internationally renowned hand surgeon and founder of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, died Sept. 28, 2013, at age 91.

Kleinert was a pioneer in his field who shared his knowledge with hundreds of surgeons and University of Louisville medical students. He was a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville until his retirement from medical practice in 2008. He was honored with the title of Clinical Professor of Surgery Emeritus in 2012.

Kleinert started a hand surgery clinic in Louisville in 1953. Joined by Dr. Joseph E. Kutz in 1964, they formed the organization now known as the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center. Kleinert and Kutz began their hand-care center in a seventh-floor office in downtown Louisville’s Heyburn Building and later built the clinic into a three-floor, high-tech medical center at the Jewish Hospital medical campus. Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center is one of the largest hand care programs in the world providing comprehensive upper extremity care.

Mayor Greg Fischer said Kleinert “was known internationally for his breakthrough work in the science and care of hands. He also practiced with his heart. Humanity will benefit for decades to come because of his innovations in medicine.”

Kleinert helped establish the Christine M. Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery in 1960 for those residents desiring postgraduate training and, to date, more than 1,200 surgeons from 51 countries have trained as fellows in the program.

He grew up on a ranch near Sunburst, Montana, only 10 miles from the Canadian border. He graduated from Temple University Medical School in 1946 and received its Distinguished Alumni Scientific Achievement Award in surgery in 1987.

In 1973, Kleinert was appointed a national consultant in hand surgery to the surgeon general of the Air Force. In 1977 he performed the first known successful bilateral arm replant, the reattachment of a tin miner’s two severed arms. He previously was president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and received the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Medical Association in 1980. Throughout his career, he wrote more than 200 scientific publications.

“Dr. Kleinert was a conceptual, as well as a technical, wizard,” said former Chairman of the Department of Surgery Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr., Ben A. Reid, Sr. Professor of Surgery, Emeritus. “He approached me about having the Department become a home for his envisaged microsurgery center; I pointed out then (about 1974) that we were having trouble with macrosurgery, much less ‘micro.’ With his personal leadership and dollar support, we were able to bring (Dr.) Bob Acland here and microsurgery became a part of all the twelve disciplines then within the Department and then the world.”

Dr. Smith Awarded For Best New Paper at AAST

Dr. Jason Smith

Associate Professor of Surgery Dr. Jason Smith received the Peter C. Canizaro Award, presented by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). This award was established by the AAST in 1991 to recognize the achievements of new members within the first two years of membership. Dr. Smith’s award-winning paper was entitled, “Adjunctive Treatment of Abdominal Catastrophes and Sepsis with Direct Peritoneal Resuscitation.” Dr. Smith is the Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D., and Mrs. Lily Banerjee Chair in Surgery and Division Director of General Surgery.

UofL Medical Student Samantha Berry and
Dr. Kelly McMasters Win at Research! Louisville

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UofL Medical student Samantha Barry and Dr. Kelly McMasters, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery and Surgical Oncologist, were selected as winners at the 2013 Research!Louisville for their poster, “Identifying serum exosomal microRNA signatures in melanoma patients.”

To review the poster, click here.

The research team for this study included Barry, McMasters, Deyi Xiao, Douglas Taylor, Sabine Waigel, Wolfgang Zacharias, and Hongying Hao.

This Research is supported by NCI R25 grant University of Louisville Cancer Education Program NIH/NCI (R25-CA134283), grant from Melanoma Research Foundation, and University of Louisville Clinical & Translational Science Pilot Grant Innovative Award to Dr. McMasters.

Dr. Fallat Awarded Grant To Better Equip EMS Workers to Manage Out-of-Hospital Pediatric Deaths

Dr. Mary Fallat

The US Department for Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has funded Dr. Mary Fallat’s grant entitled Compassionate Options for Pediatric EMS (COPE). Dr. Mary E. Fallat, Division Director, Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, is the Principal Investigator for the grant, with sub-investigators, Dr. Erica Sutton, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Dr. Anita Barbee, Kent School of Social Work and Dr. Aaron Calhoun, Department of Pediatrics.

The total amount of the three-year grant is $849,246. Many children in this country die of acute illness and injury in out-of-hospital settings or die immediately after transport to a hospital. The goal of the project is to use a systems approach to out-of-hospital pediatric death that equips EMS providers with the knowledge, tools and skills to manage emotional and psychological repercussions for themselves and the grieving families they encounter. The researchers will evaluate existing evidence about effective bereavement of families and coping by EMS providers after child fatalities to develop a mobile app that will help first responders better respond to and manage out-of-hospital pediatric death.

The mobile app will be validated with scenario-based simulation testing and will be modified based on videotaped and live simulation exercises at national EMS meetings. The team will evaluate the impact of the mobile app and will develop a continuous quality improvement process for incorporating evaluation feedback into the mobile app system as it goes live in the field by the end of the project.

This work builds on previous work by Dr. Fallat in understanding the process and impact of out-of-hospital pediatric deaths and work by Dr. Barbee on trauma, coping, and workforce management of secondary traumatic stress, as well as training evaluation as a critical part of CQI and implementation science.

Dr. Nick Nash Joins Department of Surgery

Dr. Nick Nash

The Department of Surgery welcomes Dr. Nick Nash, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Nash's areas of expertise include general surgery, trauma surgery and critical care. Dr. Nash attended medical school and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He has returned home to Louisville following a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Southern California. We welcome him to our faculty.

Updates in the Division of Transplantation

Dr. Chris Jones & Dr. Mary Eng

Dr. Chris Jones, , Assistant Professor of Transplantation, has been named the Associate Director of Liver Transplantation for the Division of Transplantation. Dr. Mary Eng, Assistant Professor of Transplantation, has been named the Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation for the Division of Transplantation in the Department Surgery at UofL.

Thirteen Department of Surgery Physicians Recognized As ‘Top Doctors’ By U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report has listed 14 Department of Surgery physicians as Top Doctors as part of the publication’s online health services program, which provides referral information on thousands of physicians nationwide.

The Department of Surgery represents 41 percent of the 34 total physicians from the Louisville Metro area named to the list.

According to U.S. News, physicians selected as “Top Doctors” have been “nominated by their peers and named to a highly selective list of America’s top physicians by achieving national recognition for outstanding work.”

The 13 Department of Surgery providers recognized by U.S. News are:

For more information, go to http://health.usnews.com

Department Holds 8th Annual Resident Olympics

Read all about it here..

Dr. Hughes Receives AASLD Career Development Award

Dr. Michael Hughes

Dr. Michael Hughes, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation, was selected to receive the 2013 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation in Memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team. This two-year, $90,000 award is intended to fund his research project entitled Role of Envelope Protein Glycosylation Sites in Hepatitis C Viral Infection of Liver Allografts.

Dr. Kelly McMasters unveils The Melanoma Calculator

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Department of Surgery Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized authority on the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma, unveiled a new, more accurate tool for predicting prognosis for melanoma patients who have undergone sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy. SLN biopsy is a minimally invasive method for determining whether melanoma has spread to regional lymph nodes and is important for deciding the best treatment options to prevent recurrence.

From a statistical basis, the calculator uses data from the well-known Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, a multi-center randomized prospective trial involving patients across the United States and Canada. The Melanoma Calculator evaluates more than 200,000 conditions including both node-negative and node-positive patients. This journal publication compares the performance of the Melanoma Calculator to the previously used AJCC staging tool and provides more background information.

"We have put extensive effort and resources into the research and development of the Melanoma Calculator. While no model to estimate prognosis is perfect, the Melanoma Calculator app is a valuable tool for estimating individual patient prognosis and helps patients to understand and decide on the best treatment options. The availability of this tool on the web and on handheld devices makes it easy to use in the clinic--we use it regularly in our clinic," Dr. McMasters said.

The Melanoma Calculator is now available as a native mobile app on Apple® iPhone®, iPad® and Android® devices and as a web application.

The Melanoma Calculator on the web: http://www.melanomacalculator.com

The Melanoma Calculator as a mobile app:

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Dr. Smith Wins Award for Best Paper

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, won the award for Best New Paper at the Central Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Smith’s paper explores the socioeconomic disparities in the surgical management of peptic ulcer disease.

Drs. Jason Smith and Robert Cannon are featured in ACS News.

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Robert Cannon

Dr. Robert Cannon

Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, and Dr. Robert Cannon, third-year General Surgery Resident, are both featured separately in the American College of Surgeons' ACS News this month.

Dr. Smith's story can be found at www.acssurgerynews.com.

Dr. Cannon's story can be found at www.acssurgerynews.com

Dr. Slaughter’s Paper Selected As Among the Most
Significant Papers Published in 2012

Dr. Mark Slaughter

Circulation, a publication that presents peer reviewed reports on clinical and laboratory research relevant to cardiovascular disease, recently published its editor’s picks for the most significant papers published in 2012. Dr. Mark Slaughter’s paper on the cost effectiveness of LVADs for heart failure was the first article selected.

Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon First in State to Offer Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Dr. Matt Williams

Dr. Matt Williams, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, is featured in a story on WHAS-TV about a new, groundbreaking heart treatment alternative. To learn more, visit http://www.whas11.com.

Drs. Kelly McMasters, Toni Ganzel and Mark Slaughter
Recognized by Business First

Drs. Kelly McMasters Dr. Mark Slaughter

In the March 9 Partners in Health Care special section of Business First, Drs. Kelly McMasters, Toni Ganzel and Mark Slaughter were among a group of 30 recognized as movers and shakers in the local health-care industry. The special section features a total of 30 “People to Watch,” an elite group of new and influential health-care leaders and 169 “Partners,” health-care professionals who continue to make a significant impact on the local health-care landscape. To be selected, nominated honorees had to answer several questions related to roles within their organization, accomplishments within the past year, advice for life and goals they have yet to achieve.

Business First identified Drs. Ganzel and Slaughter as “People to Watch” for 2013 and Dr. McMasters was among those named “Partners in Health Care.”

UofL alumnus Dr. Eugene Shively pledges
$400,000 to train rural surgeons

Dr. Eugene Shively For years, Eugene Shively, M.D., has trumpeted the value and need for general surgeons in rural communities. The two-time University of Louisville alumnus is doing his part to ensure this invaluable medical professional continues to be available to people who typically are underserved. He has stipulated that upon his death, UofL will receive $400,000 to fund a scholarship for a surgical resident who is committed to practicing surgery in a rural environment.

“Through this pledge I hope to help address two significant issues that face our health care system and the people of Kentucky,” said Shively, who received his bachelor’s degree from UofL in 1966, his medical degree in 1970 and completed his general surgery residency at UofL in 1977. “Future generations of physicians face an alarming cost to become doctors. I hope that these resources ease the hardship for people who plan to attack the issue of limited health care professionals in rural settings.

“For years I have explored the need for more general surgeons in rural communities. Family practitioners in this setting are so dependent on the general surgeon to do everything from basic surgical care to critical care and in some instances cesarean sections. Rural surgeons are indispensable in our health care system.”

After completing his residency at UofL, Dr. Shively returned to Campbellsville and has worked as a general surgeon there for more than three decades. Dr. Shively has been an integral part of the Department of Surgery’s mission to educate the next generation of surgeons. He regularly has medical students and residents on a rotation under his direction. He frequently drives to Louisville to help with student oral exams and attends major lectureships such as the annual Yandell-Polk Lectureship.

Department of Surgery Adds Two Top-Notch Surgeons

Dr. Eric Davis Dr. Eric Davis returns to the Department of Surgery after taking off two years to complete a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant at the prestigious Recanati/Miller Transplant Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital. A graduate of University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, Dr. Davis joins the Division of Transplantation as an Assistant Professor. His areas of expertise include Liver, Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

Dr. Eric Davis Dr. Keith Miller joins the Department of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery upon the completion of his residency in General Surgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Miller also has completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Louisville. His areas of expertise include Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery.

Dr. Amit Dwivedi Named Chief, Vascular Surgery

Dr. Amit Dwivedi Dr. Amit Dwivedi, Associate Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics, has been named Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics. Dr. Dwivedi was recruited to the Department of Surgery following fellowship training in vascular surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York and joined the faculty in vascular surgery in 2007. Dr. Dwivedi’s clinical interests include diseases of the thoracic aorta (TEVAR), hemodialysis access, continuous study of the roles of open, hybrid, and minimally invasive endovascular therapies in relation to cost and outcome.

SSO Joins Fight on Cancer Drugs Shortage

Viles of prescription drugs The Society of Surgical Oncologists has joined in the fight to end nationwide cancer drugs shortage (visit www.surgonc.org and view the president’s address on the homepage). Department of Surgery Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters, who is an integral part of SSO, as well as his son, Owen, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November, have been on the national news discussing the fight. To learn more about how you can help, please visit facebook.com/OwensWish.

Dr. Garrison selected for Excellence in Research Award.

Dr. Richard Neal Garrison Professor of Surgery Dr. Richard Neal Garrison has been selected for the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Foundation Excellence in Research Award! He will be recognized for this award at the 2012 Doctors' Ball in October.

Dr. Slaughter Named Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Mark Slaughter Dr. Mark Slaughter has been named Editor-in Chief for the Journal of The American Society of Artificial Organs. Beginning, July 1, he will be the Deputy Editor of the journal, and he then will take over as Editor-in Chief at the end of 2013.

Faculty & Staff Participate in Mini Marathon
to Bring Awareness to Owen's Wish

Marathon Runners Department of Surgery faculty, staff, and friends donned Owen's Wish T-shirts at last weekend's Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon to help bring awareness to the nationwide cancer drug shortage. To learn more about the cancer drug shortage go to Facebook.com/OwensWish.

Dr. Michael Hughes

The First International Paired Kidney Donor Exchange in America

History was made this month as the Jewish Hospital Transplant Center took part in the first International Paired Kidney Donor Exchange in America.

This was the first donation chain of which Jewish surgeons have been a part. A chain is a type of “paying it forward.”

"So one of the strategies is to develop the chains where somebody receives a kidney transplant they have a donor and then their donor donates to somebody else and vice versa until the whole chain is completed," said Dr. Michael Hughes, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation.

It all began when a man from Greece couldn't get a kidney transplant there. The man flew to the United States and got a kidney from a woman in Oklahoma in December. The man's wife was willing to donate since her husband received the transplant.

She donated a kidney to a recipient in Pennsylvania. Another donor at the same hospital in Pennsylvania donated a kidney to Jewish Hospital. A woman in Louisville will receive that new kidney.

Dr. Cheadle

Dr. Cheadle elected President-Elect of the Surgical Infection Society

Professor Bill Cheadle, has been elected President-Elect of the Surgical Infection Society. The Surgical Infection Society is a group of reseachers, educators, and surgeons who, together, fight the battle against surgical site infections. The mission of the Surgical Infection Society is to educate health-care providers and the public about infection in surgical patients and promote research in the understanding, prevention and management of surgical infections. Dr. Cheadle practices broad-based general surgery and endoscopy.

Drs. Glenda Callender & Amy Quillo

Drs. Glenda Callender and Amy Quillo on WHAS's Great Day Live

UofL Department of Surgery's Drs. Glenda Callender and Amy Quillo, both surgical oncologists and endocrine surgeons, were on WHAS's Great Day Live this morning. View their segment here! www.whas11.com

Dr. Davis

Dr. Eric Davis featured in the New York Times

Department of Surgery Associate Professor Dr. Eric Davis, who is currently completing a transplant fellowship at Mt. Sinai, and Dr. Sander Florman, Mt. Sinai transplant surgeon and son of the Department of Surgery’s Dr. Larry Florman, did a kidney transplant for brothers who would not otherwise been able to have it done. The New York Times featured this story. Dr. Davis will return to Louisville in July and join UofL Physicians-Surgery's transplant group.

Dr. Polk

UofL Honors Longtime Chair with Renaming of
Department of Surgery
Polk Endowment Completed

Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. is featured in a story that ran in the Courier-Journal about the renaming of the Department of Surgery to the Hiram C. Polk, Jr, MD Department of Surgery: Go to the article.

Leukemia Drug Shortage

Owen McMasters Dr. Kelly McMasters and family are in the news discussing the affects of a nationwide shortage of Methotrexate. The McMasters' son, Owen, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November and is scheduled to start treatment with Methotrexate in mid-March. These links tell the story:

Dr. Marvin Morris and peripheral artery disease on WAVE3

Dr. Morris

Dr. Marvin Morris, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Therapeutics, spoke with WAVE3 anchor Scott Adkins about risks and treatments for peripheral artery disease on Saturday, Feb. 18. To watch the interview, please visit: http://youtu.be/Tt4nToRYzOc

Doctors recognized as influential in Business First

Business First

Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Professor and Chairman, UofL Department of Surgery, Dr. Richard Goldstein, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, School of Medicine, Dr. Laman Gray, Jewish Hospital Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, and Dr. Stuart Williams, Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute have been recognized by Business First for their influence in the health-care business. This is an annual recognition by Business First magazine. To be selected, nominated honorees must answer several questions related to roles within their organization, accomplishments within the past year, advice for life and goals they have yet to achieve.

UofL Honors Longtime Chair with Renaming of Department of Surgery-- Polk Endowment Completed

Dr. Polk

The University of Louisville moved on Thursday, Feb. 16 to rename the Department of Surgery after its former long-time chairman Hiram Polk, M.D. The new name is the Hiram C. Polk Jr., M.D., Department of Surgery.

“Dr. Polk’s leadership was instrumental in our Department of Surgery’s growth in clinical care, teaching and research,” said Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville. “He helped to create the foundation that has made people seek out our department for the surgical clinical care, education and training it provides.”

As part of the renaming, the University has received nearly $6 million for the Hiram C. Polk, Jr, M.D., Endowment from some 300 people throughout the nation to support the clinical and research needs of the department.

“This funding is vital to our ongoing effort to recruit and retain the best and brightest faculty with an interest in independent investigation,” said Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr., M.D., Chairman, Department of Surgery. “As the NIH budget dwindles, it has become increasingly difficult for young academic surgeons to launch and maintain their research programs. This endowment will provide startup and bridge funding to assure that surgical investigators have the best possible chance to develop and maintain their research projects. It also allows us to remain at the leading edge of academic surgery and provide the latest and best treatments for our patients, as well as the best educational opportunities for our residents and students.”

Dr. Charlie Shields, a 1969 UofL School of Medicine graduate who completed his general surgery residency at UofL, and Jack and Debbie Oxley through the Oxley Foundation each provided $1 million to the endowment. Dr. Jim and Diane Payne donated $500,000. Dr. Payne was a plastic surgery resident at UofL.

“The generosity of our alumni, community members and other friends is enormous,” Ramsey said. “They have shown yet again how much they value our University and the people who make it such a great place.”

Polk served as the Ben A. Reid, Sr., M.D., Professor and Chairman of Surgery at the University of Louisville from 1971 to 2005 when he was named the Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D., Emeritus Professor of Surgery. Polk became not only the longest serving chair of a surgery department in the country but also one of the world’s best-known and respected surgeons. During his 34-year tenure, the department saw the development of a prominent trauma center, as well as advances in control of surgical infection and was the site of the first self-contained mechanical heart and hand transplants. The department’s resident physicians, fellows and former faculty hold major positions of organizational and institutional leadership on five continents.

A native of Jackson, Miss., and alumnus of Millsaps College and the Harvard Medical School, Polk trained in Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a fellow at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London while at the University of Miami and at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

In 1971, he was recruited to the University of Louisville as Chairman of Surgery and oversaw the development of the department into a well-respected center for research and surgical education. His further commitment to medical student education was defined by more than two dozen Golden Apple awards to different members of the surgical faculty during that period.

More than 230 surgical residents trained with him at UofL and as many other specialists in all surgical fields: literally, multiple generations of physicians.

Dr. Polk constantly studied and emphasized the causes, prevention and treatment of many diseases requiring surgical attention, for which he was honored by Presidencies or Chairmanships of more than a dozen national and international surgical organizations.

Polk’s most significant contribution to medicine is his landmark research into the use of perioperative antibiotics. Additionally, Polk helped develop some protocols for malignant melanoma treatment that are currently in use worldwide.

In 2008, Polk succeeded Dr. Michael DeBakey as chair of the Board of Governors of the Foundation for Biomedical Research. In 2011, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, standing alongside his prior election to the world's oldest surgical College in Edinburgh, Scotland (founded 1505).

“This significant milestone is a true testament to the impact Dr. Polk has made in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, patients and friends,” Dr. McMasters said. “We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have donated to the Polk Endowment to see his legacy realized.”


Dr. Kelli Bullard Dunn

Dr. Kelli Bullard Dunn featured in Courier-Journal

Dr. Kelli Bullard Dunn, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, and colorectal cancer expert is featured in today's Courier-Journal.

Read the rest of the story here www.courier-journal.com.

Dr. Frank Miller Oversees Surgical Training Project
in Malawi on behalf of Physicians for Peace

Dr. Frank Miller

Dr. Frank Miller at right.

Trauma surgeon Dr. Frank Miller, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, recently returned from overseeing a Physicians for Peace medical training project at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. Physicians for Peace, an international non-profit based in Norfolk, VA, has recently assumed responsibility for recruiting volunteers to serve as surgical faculty overseeing the Malawi hospital’s Surgical Intern Training (SIT) Project. Dr. Miller was the first volunteer surgeon sent by Physicians for Peace to lead the training at this large (1,000+ bed) hospital.

The SIT Project is designed to train interns and registrars (known as residents in the US) in basic surgical techniques. According to Physicians for Peace President and CEO, Brigadier General Ron Sconyers (USAF-Ret), “Because of the shortage of trained surgeons in Malawi, this project is a critical training ground for recent graduates and of the Malawi College of Medicine. We are very thankful to Dr. Miller for his volunteer service and for sharing his surgical craft to ensure that future Malawi surgeons have the skills needed to provide surgical care to their patients.”

The project has a dedicated clinic and operating space, along with a clinical officer. Physicians for Peace surgical faculty will typically accept a 3-month volunteer assignment. The role of the volunteer surgeon is to provide hands on training and guidance to the interns through this clinic.

Identifying qualified surgical faculty for the SIT Project is not easy. First the surgeon must be available for a 3-month period. In addition, Physicians for Peace is looking for surgeons who will focus on the education and training aspects, not only on clinical care. Finally, a successful medical volunteer must be culturally sensitive and be able to adapt to the conditions of the local country and hospital. Dr. Miller was able to bring each of these strengths to the project.

“Dr. Miller has enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator in the Department of Surgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine for several decades. In addition to treating patients with great skill and compassion even in the most difficult circumstances imaginable, Dr. Miller is a professor who uses his surgical expertise to train generations of surgeons,” said Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid Sr., MD Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville. “He has touched the lives of innumerable patients and students.”

Dr. Miller, who has a long history of international medical service in Tanzania, Vietnam, Ghana and Nigeria, learned of the Physicians for Peace opportunity through the American College of Surgeons’ Operation Giving Back Program. Operation Giving Back encourages humanitarian service by helping surgeons find volunteer opportunities best suited to their expertise and interests, both in the US and internationally. Despite his extensive international experience, Dr. Miller notes: “This surgical faculty rotation was different from all my other international medical experiences. There is a tremendous need for experienced surgical faculty, because this large hospital is where the most complicated cases in Malawi are transferred. I saw cases I would never see in the US.” Dr. Miller was actively involved in teaching, and explained: “The medical students were enthusiastic and wanted to learn, just like medical students in the west.”

Dr. Franklin

Dr. Franklin Star of New UofL Commercial

Dr. Glen Franklin, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, and Medical Director for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Burn Unit at University of Louisville Hospital, is featured in a new ULH commercial about his role as a trauma surgeon. He also is featured in ULH’s “Sharing Our Story” blog. To view the commercial and read the blog, please go to: uoflhealthcare.org.

Dr. Richardson

Dr. Richardson Elected As Chair of ACS Board of Regents

Dr. J. David Richardson, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, has been elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Polk Receives Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Dr. Polk Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr., Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Emeritus Professor, has received the prestigious Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of England. An Honorary Fellowship is given to a limited number of individuals of outstanding academic merit or other outstanding contributions to the profession. Those who receive this accolade are usually recognized worldwide in their particular specialty.

Dr. Mark Slaughter Plays Key Role in Effort to Turn
Engineering Innovations into Medical Breakthroughs

Dr. Mark Slaughter University of Louisville bioengineering researchers will use a $3.33 million award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to help commercialize promising academic innovations into medical solutions to benefit patients.

The five-year Coulter Translational Partnership Award has the ultimate goal of focusing on outcomes to save, extend and improve patients' lives.

The Coulter Foundation will form a working partnership with UofL's bioengineering department to promote translational research. The key UofL partners will be J.B. Speed School of Engineering, through Robert Keynton, the lead researcher and bioengineering department chair; the School of Medicine, through Mark Slaughter and the Office of Technology Transfer, through Holly Clark and Melea East, interim co-directors. There also will be an oversight committee of industry representatives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and clinical doctors that will help determine which projects to fund.

“This is an opportunity,” Slaughter said. “It coalesces these emergent centers of excellence within the University of Louisville,” and will allow them “to take these new ideas and decide relatively quickly what is clinically important and make it applicable to improve patient care, quality of life and outcomes. And that’s the ultimate goal.

The award will fund five to six projects per year that are created by engineers and clinicians working side by side.

Dr. Charles Scoggins Named Medical Director
of University Physicians Associates Services, Inc.

Dr. Charles Scoggins Dr. Charles Scoggins, Vice Chair for Operations and Finance for the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named Medical Director of University Physicians Associates Services, Inc. (UPA). UPA is made up of more than 500 doctors and dentists, all members of the University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty, who work together to care for patients from prenatal days to the senior years. As Medical Director, Dr. Scoggins will manage all credentialing of the UPA physicians.

Dr. Scoggins specializes in surgical oncology. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1995, and subsequently entered a General Surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In addition to clinical surgical training, he completed a two-year research fellowship while at Vanderbilt. Dr. Scoggins completed his Chief Residency at Vanderbilt in 2002 and is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Scoggins completed a surgical oncology fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in 2004. While there, he was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding patient care. Dr. Scoggins’ clinical interests include liver and pancreatic cancer, stomach and esophageal cancers, intestinal cancers, melanomas, and sarcomas. His research interests include liver tumors, hepatic metastases, pancreatic cancer, and sarcomas.

Faculty Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Drs. McMasters, Martin & Polk Dr. Kelly McMasters, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, has been named the Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Robert Martin, Division Director, Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named the Sam and Lolita Weakley Professor of Surgical Oncology.

Louisville native Dr. Ben. A Reid Sr., MD established the Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Endowed Chair in 1989. A dedicated general surgeon, Dr. Reid Sr. spent more than half a century treating patients. While his true love was surgery, he also was a former athlete who continued to support UofL athletics throughout his lifetime. Up until the very last years of his life, Dr. Reid could be found in the stands cheering on the UofL basketball team. Former Chairman Dr. Hiram Polk Jr. is the Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D. Emeritus Professor.

Drs. Sam and Lita Weakley donated major gifts to UofL's School of Medicine to endow Chairs in both Surgical Oncology (1995) and Anesthesiology (1999). Dr. Sam Weakley, who was on the clinical faculty of the department from 1955- 2004, was perhaps the most respected senior surgeon in Kentucky. Dr. Lita Weakley was a highly revered anesthesiologist. Drs. Sam and Lita Weakley dedicated their lives to service – both medical and community – and were tireless advocates for educational excellence. Dr. McMasters previously held the Weakley endowed chair in surgical oncology.

Fallat, Gray Receive Awards from Kosair Charities

Dr. Mary Fallat Dr. Mary Fallat , Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, received the Roger Fox Award from Kosair Charities. Dr. Fallat received the award for her dedication to children. She is a pediatric surgeon and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fallat has spent decades treating young patients in need of surgery.

Dr. Laman Gray

In addition, Dr. Laman Gray, Professor Emeritus and former Chief of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, received the Humanitarian Award from Kosair Charities. The Humanitarian Award is given for having a national and global impact within medicine. Kosair Charities donated $5 million for Dr. Gray’s pediatric cardiac research, which has allowed some heart surgeries to be performed prior to birth, lessening the need for open-heart surgeries.

Dr. Jason Smith on victims of violent crimes.

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Trauma Surgeon, is featured in a very touching story about victims of violent crimes and the loved ones they leave behind. View the story at www.wave3.com.

Dr. Yancey Featured In Courier-Journal Story About Her About Volunteer Work

Dr. Andrea Yancey Dr. Andrea Yancey, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics, was profiled in the Courier-Journal about her volunteer work in Landstuhl, Germany helping treat wounded military men and women out of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. To read to story, go to: www.courier-journal.com.

Renowned Melanoma Expert Dr. Kelly McMasters Discusses FDA's approval of skin cancer drug Zelboraf

Dr. Kelly McMasters

Dr. Kelly McMasters is quoted in an article on ABCNews. com about the FDA's approval of skin cancer drug Zelboraf. Visit: http://abcnews.go.com

Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez Wins Award from Alma Mater in Mexico

Jorge G. Gomez-Gutierrez, PhD

Jorge G. Gomez-Gutierrez, PhD, Research Associate, won the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) Research Award in the Health Science Area for a manuscript he published with his team in Cancer (2010,15;116(18):4420-32). Dr. Gomez-Gutierrez will accept the award in September. The local media also will interview him about the research.

The manuscript is “Adenovirus-mediated expression of truncated E2F-1 suppresses tumor growth in vitro and in vivo.” Authors are Gomez-Gutierrez, Aracely Garcia Garcia, PhD, Hongying Hao, MD, PhD, X-Mei Rao, MD, Roberto Montes de Oca-Luna, PhD, Heshan Sam Zhou, PhD and Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD.

Dr. Kelly McMasters and Lukas Dwelly
Receive Development Awards

Dr. Kelly McMasters

Dr. Kelly McMasters received the William J. Rothwell Faculty Award. The annual award honors a faculty member who has distinguished him/herself amongst colleagues in the area of development.

Lukas Dwelly

Lukas Dwelly, who handles development for the Department of Surgery and is Director of Major Gifts for Health Sciences at UofL received the William J. Rothwell Colleague Award. Eligible recipients are front-line development officers who have demonstrated outstanding performance and service to the overall development effort.

Richardson named Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year
Slaughter Recognized for Excellence in Education

Dr. J. David Richardson

Dr. J. David Richardson , Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, has been named the Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare Foundation. Dr. Richardson will be recognized and presented the award at the 2011 Doctors’ Ball in October.



Dr. Mark Slaughter

In addition, Dr. Mark Slaughter, Professor and Chief, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Division, Department of Surgery, will receive the Excellence in Education Award at the event.

Dr. Scoggins Named Vice Chairman

Dr. Charles Scoggins

Dr. Charles Scoggins, Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named Vice Chairman for Operations and Finance for the Department of Surgery. Dr. J. David Richardson, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, remains Vice Chairman for Education and Faculty Affairs for the department.

Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters, Renowned Melanoma Expert, Discusses New Sunscreen Labels

Dr. Kelly McMasters

Dr. Kelly McMasters, Chairman of the Department of Surgery and renowned Melanoma expert, is quoted in today's Courier-Journal article about new sunscreen labels. To view the article, please go to the Features section at www.courier-journal.com

Dr. Kelly McMasters and Lukas Dwelly Receive Development Awards

Dr. Kelly McMasters

Dr. Kelly McMasters received the William J. Rothwell Faculty Award. The annual award honors a faculty member who has distinguished him/herself amongst colleagues in the area of development.

Lukas Dwelly

Lukas Dwelly, who handles development for the Department of Surgery and is Director of Major Gifts for Health Sciences at UofL received the William J. Rothwell Colleague Award. Eligible recipients are front-line development officers who have demonstrated outstanding performance and service to the overall development effort.

Dr. Tobin Receives Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine

Dr. Gordon Tobin

Dr. Gordon Tobin, Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery, received the 2011 Leonard Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine from the Arnold Gold Foundation on May 13, 2011. Dr. Tobin has led many medical missions to third world countries and focuses on burn care education and establishing burn units in hospitals of undeveloped countries. Dr. Tobin is President of the Kentucky Medical Association and is active in improving access to care in medically under served regions of Kentucky.

Six Top-Notch Surgeons Join the Department of Surgery

Dr. Glenda Callender Dr. Glenda Callender joined the Division of Surgical Oncology as an Assistant Professor. She attended Harvard Medical School, completed her General Surgery residency at University of Chicago Medical Center, and fellowships in Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Michael G. Hughes, M.D. Dr. Michael Hughes joined theDivision of Transplantation as an Assistant Professor. He attended Wake ForestUniversity School of Medicine, completed his General Surgery Residency atUniversity of Virginia Health System, and a fellowship in Multi-organ AbdominalTransplant from the University of Minnesota – Fairview Medical Center.

Dr. Christopher Jones Dr. Christopher Jones joined the Division of Transplantation as an Instructor. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed his General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Marvin Morris Dr. Marvin Morris joined the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics as an Instructor. He attended Medical School at Boston University School of Medicine, completed his General Surgery Residency at University of Massachusetts and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Amy Quillo Dr. Amy Quillo joined the Division of Surgical Oncology as an Assistant Professor. She attended University of Louisville School of Medicine, completed her General Surgery Residency at University of Louisville School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Dr. Marvin E. Morris has received intramural funding from UofL

Dr. Marvin E. Morris

Dr. Marvin E. Morris, an Instructor within the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics, has received intramural funding from the UofL School of Medicine Basic Grant Program to further utilize the novel approach of invitro blood vessel mimics (BVM) to elucidate and inhibit neointimal hyperplasia. Neointimal hyperplasia is a dynamic and challenging clinical problem with no clear therapeutic intervention. The ultimate goal of Dr. Morris and his research team at the Cardiovascular Innovations Institute (CII) is to identify a locally delivered, clinically useful therapeutic entity to inhibit this process.

Dr. Jason Smith Receives K23 Award from the NIH for Research on Hemorrhagic Shock and Inflammation

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been granted a K23 Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the NIH’s K23 program is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This $607,112 research grant will enable Dr. Smith, a critical care and trauma surgeon, to achieve his goal of becoming an independent investigator focusing on clinical and translational research in hemorrhagic shock and inflammation. His mentors for this research are Department of Surgery Professors of Surgery Drs. Brian Harbrecht and R. Neal Garrison.

McMasters Publishes New Book

Hepatocellular Carcinoma Book

Dr. Kelly McMasters’ book, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, has just been published. To read about the book or purchase it, please go to http://www.springer.com/medicine/oncology/book/978-1-60327-521-7.
Dr. McMasters is the Ben A. Reid, Sr, MD Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and a world-renowned surgical oncologist.

Researcher Receives Grant to Create
New Therapy for Lung Cancer

Jorge G. Gomez-Gutierrez Ph.D.

Jorge G. Gomez-Gutierrez Ph.D. received a $50,000 grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) to create "A New Model for Viral Therapy for Lung Cancer." This research focuses on a new method for potentially more effective viral gene transfer to treat lung cancer. This work represents a model for highly specific targeted therapy aimed at interrupting specific cell pathways unique to lung cancer cells thus possibly avoiding damage to non-cancer cells. The National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, which is a government agency similar to the NIH, a government agency similar to the NIH, also awarded Gomez-Gutierrez the distinction of “National Researcher Level I.

Montgomery Family Creates Montgomery Professorship in Surgery

Dr. Wally Montgomery

Department of Surgery alumni and lifelong friend of the Department of Surgery Dr. Wally Montgomery and his wife Gerry have pledged a $1 million planned gift to create the Montgomery Professorship in Surgery.

Dr. Montgomery, who is from Paducah, KY, completed his general surgery residency at UofL in 1967.

“This University and the surgery program provided me the tools to prepare for a successful life in medicine,” said Dr. Montgomery.

After residency, Dr. Montgomery practiced for more than three decades in Paducah. Retired for the past 10 years, Dr. Montgomery has not slowed down. He continues to serve on several boards including the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, chairman of the budget committee of KMA, Paducah Rotary, and the Paducah bank board. He still finds time to attend his roses and travel with Gerry, his wife of 50 years.

“The general surgery residency at UofL was and still is a trusted, thorough, and great program,” he said. “I am very proud of the program.”

In fact, his son, daughter and son-in-law are also products of UofL’s School of Medicine.

His son David attended medical school at UofL and now is in practice in Danville, KY. His daughter Evelyn M. Jones and her husband, Shawn Jones, completed medical school and residency at UofL. Evelyn practices dermatology, and Shawn practices otolaryngology in Paducah.

“UofL really is part of our family,” Montgomery said.

Band-Aid Surgery: UofL Surgeon First in State
to Perform SILS for Gallbladder, Spleen

UofL Department of Surgery’s Dr. Farid Kehdy., Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, was the first in the region to perform Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery™ to remove a patient’s gallbladder. He also was the first to perform Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery™ to remove a patient’s spleen. What this means is that he is able to perform laparoscopic surgical procedures through a single skin incision located within the patient's belly button.

The major benefit to the patient is decreased scars. It is a single incision, buried in the belly button so it is cosmetically better. Patients also may have decreased pain since there are a lesser number of incisions. Since there is lesser pain, they can return to normal activity sooner.

Dr. Kehdy’s work with SILS™ exemplifies the Department of Surgery’s commitment to providing patients with the latest treatment options available. Dr. Kehdy is part of a team of dedicated minimally invasive surgery experts. All of the Department’s general surgeons and several in other specialties perform select procedures laparoscopically.

Two New Studies Offer Hope
for Melanoma Patients

UofL Department of Surgery Surgical Oncologists are engaged in two studies that offer enhanced treatment options for melanoma patients.

The first, directed by UofL Department of Surgery Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters is designed to study gene expression patterns in the lymph nodes of patients whose melanoma has not spread beyond the primary site.

Overall, 15 to 20 percent of these patients with cancer-free lymph nodes eventually go on to develop metastases and ultimately die from their disease. McMasters and his team are trying to identify these high-risk node-negative patients who might benefit from additional therapy.

“While other research has focused on molecular detection of melanoma cells in sentinel lymph nodes in order to identify the node-negative patients likely to experience recurrence, we have not found that such methods are reliable,” McMasters said. “In high-risk patients, it is likely true that melanoma cells regularly travel through the lymphatic system to sentinel nodes, whether we can detect the presence of such cells in the nodes or not.”

DaVinci Surgical Robot

The second study led by Dr. Robert Martin, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, offers hope to patients with metastatic melanoma to the liver. The study’s purpose is to test the safety and effectiveness of a study device that might help kill liver tumors in people with this condition. The study device consists of thousands of tiny round beads that together are known as ‘LC Bead’. LC Bead is coated with a chemotherapy drug called doxorubicin.

Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, is the fifth most common cancer in American men and the seventh most common in American women, killing more than 8,000 Americans annually.

A Picture of Perfection: A Tribute to Dr. Samuel D. Weakley

Samuel D. Weakley

The Department of Surgery faculty and staff are deeply saddened to lose surgical pioneer and lifelong friend to the Department Samuel D. Weakley, who passed away Sept. 18, 2010. He was 86. Dr. Weakley, who was on the clinical faculty of the department from 1955- 2004, was the most respected senior surgeon in Kentucky. He completed medical school in 1950 and a general surgery residency in 1955. He practiced as a general surgeon in Louisville for 46 years during which time he received countless accolades.

He was a past member of the UofL Board of Trustees and the UofL Board of Overseers. Dr. Weakley dedicated his life to service – both medical and community – and, along with his late wife, Dr. Lita Weakley, was a tireless advocate for educational excellence.

Drs. Sam and Lita Weakley donated major gifts to UofL's School of Medicine to endow Chairs in both Surgical Oncology (1995) and Anesthesiology (1999). Division of Surgical Oncology Director Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D. holds the endowed chair in surgical oncology.

In 2007, UofL presented Dr. Weakley the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. The award reflected a lifetime of integrity and excellence in their professional field, as well as a significant long-lasting contribution to the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center.

That same year, he also received the Department of Surgery’s 2007 Samuel Gross, MD, Career of Service Award, which recognizes physicians who have dedicated their lives to surgical education, research and patient care.

While Dr. Weakley received many awards in his life, he will be remembered most for his integrity, compassion, kindness and warm smile for everyone he met. He was the consummate gentleman, a true community servant, a loyal friend of the Department of Surgery, and an exemplary role model for surgeons everywhere.

A memorial service in celebration of his life was held at Crescent Hill Baptist Church.

McMasters is quoted in an ABC.com article.

Dr. Kelly McMasterrs

UofL Department of Surgery Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters, is quoted in an ABC.com article about targeted gene therapy for melanoma. To view the story, please visit: abcnews.com

Department Faculty Named Top Surgeons in Louisville Magazine

Several Department of Surgery faculty members were named Top Surgeons in their field by their peers, according to a Louisville Magazine survey. The results were published in the magazine’s August edition. The Top Surgeons were selected by a survey that was mailed in May 2010 to all physicians who are members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. In the survey, Louisville Magazine asked the question: “If you or a member of your family needed surgery, who among Louisville-area physicians would you choose or recommend most highly to perform the following procedures?”

It is important to note that several of the procedures done by Department of Surgery faculty were not included. However, of those that were, several Department faculty were named, including:

Breast Augmentation

Dr. Terry McCurry
Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Terry McCurry
Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi

Breast Reduction

Dr. Terry McCurry (highest percentage)
Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi>

Mastectomy/Lumpectomy

Dr. Anees Chagpar
Dr. Kelly McMasters

Coronary Artery Bypass

Dr. Brian L. Ganzel
Dr. Mark Slaughter
Dr. Sebastian Pagni

Colectomy

Dr. Susan Galandiuk (highest percentage)
Dr. Jeffrey Jorden
Dr. Michael McCafferty

Hemorrhoidectomy

Dr. Susan Galandiuk (highest percentage)
Dr. Michael McCafferty
Dr. Jeffrey Jorden

Abdominoplasty

Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi

Facelift

Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi

Liposuction/Lipoplasty

Dr. Terry McCurry
Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi

Gastric Band Surgery

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Dr. Farid Kehdy

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez


Dr. Farid Kehdy

Fox41 features Dr. Martin with NanoKnife®

Dr.Robert Martin

Dr. Robert Martin, Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, was featured in a story about the groundbreaking NanoKnife® IRE System, which he has been using on patients since last fall. Click here for the story, which ran in Fox41 July 6: (click on the video on the right side of the screen to view)

Dr. McMasters receives CTSPGP award to develop a prognostic system incorporating gene signatures

Dr. Kelly McMasters

Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, and his research team have been granted a Clinical & Translational Science Pilot Grant Program’s Innovative Translational Research Award to “Develop a prognostic system incorporating gene signatures in melanoma patients with positive sentinel lymph nodes.” This topic has not been explored in the past, and successful completion of this project would have immediate effect on the treatment of melanoma patients with tumor-positive SLN. The overall impact of this work will save the unnecessary costs of care and ensure the best quality of life of melanoma patients by avoiding unnecessary toxic treatment, which will help to meet the National Cancer Institute’s challenge of eliminating suffering because of cancer by 2015. This $175,000 award is supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky funded Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Grant Program at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Galandiuk receives CTSPGP award to develop a method for the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease-associated cancer

Dr. Susan Galandiuk

Dr. Susan Galandiuk, Professor of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery, and her research team have been granted a Clinical & Translational Science Pilot Grant Program’s Advanced Translational Research Award to develop a “Method for the Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Associated Cancer.” Dr. Galandiuk and her team propose to develop a biomarker signature model using specific blood microRNA biomarkers to help diagnosis cancer in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. They expect to create a signature model of specific biomarkers that will effectively screen for IBD-associated cancer. This $82,798 award is supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky funded Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Grant Program at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Martin receives CTSPGP Award to study the connection between Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

Dr. Robert Martin

Dr. Robert Martin, Sam and Lolita Weakley Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology has been awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Grant Program award to study the progression of Barrett’s esophagus into esophageal cancer. The award will provide $175,000 to support the project over the year between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. The grant is supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky-funded Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Grant Program at UofL.

Barrett’s esophagus, which is caused by chronic, repetitive gastroesophageal reflux, or heartburn, is a significant risk factor for the development of esophageal cancer, which has increased more than 300 percent in incidence in the past three decades. Esophageal cancer advances rapidly, is often detected at a late stage and carries a poor prognosis. Martin’s study aims to use an animal model to confirm molecular changes associated with the progression of Barrett’s esophagus and better understand the molecular changes effecting the development of esophageal cancer. Martin and his team hope to potentially be able to use this information to identify patients at risk for cancer development in order to screen and treat them earlier and more effectively.

McMasters awarded $200,000 from the Melanoma Research Foundation

Dr. Kelly McMasterrs

Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, and his research team have been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation to study gene expression patterns in the lymph nodes of patients whose melanoma has not spread beyond the primary site.

Overall, 15 to 20 percent of these patients with cancer-free lymph nodes eventually go on to develop metastases and ultimately die from their disease. McMasters and his team are trying to identify these high-risk node-negative patients who might benefit from additional therapy.

“While other research has focused on molecular detection of melanoma cells in sentinel lymph nodes in order to identify the node-negative patients likely to experience recurrence, we have not found that such methods are reliable,” McMasters said. “In high-risk patients, it is likely true that melanoma cells regularly travel through the lymphatic system to sentinel nodes, whether we can detect the presence of such cells in the nodes or not.”

McMasters and his team hypothesize that rather than trying to detect melanoma cells in the sentinel nodes, it may be more effective to examine gene expression patterns in the lymph nodes to determine the response of the sentinel nodes to exposure to melanoma cells.

“This may allow us to identify those patients who may benefit from additional therapy,” he said.

The funded study aims to develop a prognostically significant gene expression signature, which, in combination with other clinical factors, could be used to better predict prognosis, stratify risk, and guide drug therapy decisions in node-negative patients. This study will use some already available data from the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial, the world's largest study of melanoma, involving 79 centers with more than 3600 patients from around the United States and Canada, which also was led by McMasters.

Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, is the fifth most common cancer in American men and the seventh most common in American women, killing more than 8,000 Americans annually.

Dr. Richardson selected for 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. J. David Richardson

Dr. J. David Richardson, Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been chosen for the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. President Ramsey will present this award to Dr. Richardson at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence event in September.

Downard Awarded American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation Research Grant.

Dr. Cynthia Downard

Dr. Cynthia Downard, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery, has been awarded a $25,000 American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation research grant.

The grant will fund a project that will use an animal model to study alterations in the blood flow to the intestines of infants afflicted with necrotozing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease of the intestine that develops in premature infants and results in damage and death to parts of the intestine. Currently there are no good treatments for this problem other than an operation to remove the intestine after it has died. Downard is hopeful that this study will represent a step toward the development of alternative therapies for these patients.

Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery accepted into the CT Surgery Network

The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery has been accepted into the CT Surgery Network, which is a small group of hospitals chosen by the NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, to participate in cardiac surgery clinical trials. The other participants are: Cleveland Clinic, Columbia University, Duke University, Emory University, Montefiore Medical Center, Montreal Heart Institute, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.

Three Department of Surgery faculty members named as this year’s most influential health care business leaders

Drs. McMasters, Gray, and Goldstein

Three Department of Surgery faculty members were among the 21leaders from University of Louisville Health Sciences Center named as this year’s most influential health care business leaders in Greater Louisville, an honor bestowed annually by Business First Magazine.

The honorees from the Department of Surgery were Dr. Kelly McMasters, Ben A. Reid, Sr, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Dr. Laman Gray, Professor of Surgery, Jewish Hospital Distinguished Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Medical Director, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute and Dr. Richard Goldstein, Kenneth vonRoenn MD Family Chair in Surgical Endocrinology, Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology and CEO, UofL Physicians.

The honorees were recognized Monday, March 8, at a reception at Theater Square Marketplace, and their names appear in Business First’s special Partners in Health Care issue, published March 12.

Honorees must be nominated and must answer several questions related to their roles within their organization, greatest accomplishments within the past year, sage advice for life and goals they have yet to achieve. The UofL winners were among 173 total recipients of the distinction.

Dr. Matthew Williams Receives the Richard E. Clark Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Dr. Williams

Dr. Matthew L. Williams, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, received the Richard E. Clark Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for his study titled “Aortic Dissection as a Complication of Cardiac Surgery: Report from the STS Database.” The award recognizes the best use of the STS Database for the year and was presented at the annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday, Jan. 25. The award is named after Dr. Richard Clark, who was instrumental in the development of the database. Database information accumulated over the years has served as a resource for clinical studies, as a source of national benchmarks, and as material for the development of risk models used throughout the field of medicine. Since 1994, more than 40 publications have come from the STS National Databases. These studies have been published in a variety of professional journals and textbooks.

Dr. Glen A. Franklin Named the Region 11 Donation Champion

Dr. Franklin

Dr. Glen A. Franklin, Professor of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery, was named the Region 11 Donation Champion for outstanding work in the field of organ donation at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Organ Donation Collaborative meeting in Dallas. There are only 11 Donation Service Area Regions, and Region 11 includes most of the southeastern USA. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Chris Klug, Olympic Bronze medalist in snowboarding who won his Olympic medal just months after receiving a liver transplant presented the award to him. Dr. Franklin also received a letter of appreciation from Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator for HRSA at the US Dept of Health and Human Services. Dr. Franklin had already been chosen to be on the HRSA’s Organ Donation Collaborative Faculty, and he helped lead the annual meeting.

In addition, The University of Louisville Hospital (ULH) and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) were honored at the same event for achieving a greater than 75 percent conversion rate (consent rate) for organ donation and obtaining greater than 10 percent of their donors as "donation after cardiac death." Several representatives from ULH and KODA along with Dr Franklin received the award on behalf of the hospital.

Dr. Jason W. Smith Awarded Prestigious Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Research Scholarship

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Jason W. Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, has been awarded the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Research Scholarship sponsored by Wyeth Laboratories for the 2010 academic year. This prestigious award is selected nationally from more than 50 applicants. The EAST/Wyeth Laboratories Trauma Research Scholarship is a career development award and is meant to support young investigators who have not yet secured but have high likelihood of securing funding by the National Institutes of Health for their research efforts. The EAST Foundation research scholarship has been awarded annually to a single young researcher since 1990 and has been sponsored by Wyeth Laboratories since 2001. The $40,000 funding will help support the direct costs of research. Dr. Smith is pursuing his PhD in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Louisville. He is working in the laboratory of Dr. R. Neal Garrison, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, on the modulation of the inflammatory response after hemorrhagic shock.

Dr. Susan Galandiuk Named Honorary Professor at Barts & London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Susan Galandiuk

Dr. Susan Galandiuk, Professor of Surgery, has been recommended and approved as Honorary Professor of Translational Surgical Research in the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, within Barts & London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. September 7, 2009 through September 6, 2011.

Department's Surgical Practice is in the TOP 10 PERCENT in Patient Satisfaction!!!!!

UofL Physicians-Surgery, the private surgical practice group made up of Department of Surgery physicians, recently attained the 92nd percentile in overall patient satisfaction. The results were based on Press Ganey’s patient satisfaction surveys given to patients from January – May 2009. They were the highest earned by a UofL practice group.

“Customer service is extremely important to us,” said UofL Physicians-Surgery CEO Tim Crockett. “We strive to always practice the Golden Rule and treat our patients as we would want to be treated if we were in their place. In addition to providing them with the best surgical care possible, they deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion.”