The Division of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine is proud to announce that we will offer a fellowship in Vascular Surgery in the very near future.
The Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics is a dynamic academic division of the Department of Surgery. It has a tripartite mission that includes the provision of clinical care and services, conduct of clinical and translational research, and education, which includes undergraduate medical, graduate, and continuing medical education.
Dr. Mary Fallat, the Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UofL School of Medicine, will receive the Pediatric Trauma Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Fallat will be awarded during the 6th annual meeting of the Pediatric Trauma Society Nov. 13 – 16 in San Diego. She will be the fourth recipient of this award.
Dr. Fallat has been selected for this honor because of her longstanding commitment to improving the care of injured children through system development, research and advocacy. She has promoted a focus on injured children in national pediatric and trauma professional organizations. She has served as a role model locally, nationally, and regionally for those with a career focus in pediatric trauma.
The Department of Surgery held its annual Chief Residents Dinner virtually this year in light of the
Here is a link to the presentation of this year’s department recognitions and awards.
Keith Miller, M.D., assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery, has been named as the 2020 Faculty Inductee in the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the University of Louisville School of Medicne. He presented the keynote address at ceremony, which took place March 2. The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. The society is a national cohort of physicians, fellows, residents and medical students who strive to inspire and cultivate humanism within themselves, their peers and their patients.
Keith Miller, MD embodies humanism in medicine. He treats everyone with a level of sincerity, respect and genuine kindness. It doesn’t matter whether you are the president of the hospital or the person cleaning the floors, Dr. Keith Miller knows the names of everyone who works there. He stops and talks to everyone he passes in the hallway to ask how they are doing and about their families.
Dr. Miller’s bedside manner is incredible. He sits and talks with patients and their families as long as needed to put their minds at ease and help them make an informed decisions that he genuinely feels is in their best interest, as well as the most up-to-date, relevant medical options. He has laughed with them; he has cried with them.
Dr. Miller is beloved by his colleagues throughout the hospital. He won our department’s most coveted resident teaching award last year, which is the pinnacle achievement for our teaching faculty. Dr. Miller is very involved in medical education, serving in many roles, including as an academic advisory dean and associate program director for the general surgery residency program. He mentors medical students, residents and fellows on a multitude of research projects. He teaches medical knowledge, judgment, and science. What he teaches that is more important, however, is humanism. Through word, deed, and example, Dr. Keith Miller is the consummate role model for physicians in the care of patients and their families.
The Department of Surgery once again swept a School of Medicine awards competition - this time it was the faculty bringing in the awards. Congratulations to Dr. J. David Richardson for receiving the Service to Profession Award, Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi for winning the Outstanding Educator Award and Dr. Mohan Rao for receiving the Gratis Faculty Teaching Award. They received their awards at the inaugural UofL School of Medicine's Celebration of Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony.
Department of Surgery is proud to announce the Division of Immunotherapy, which is leading the way to improve our understanding of the role of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Our team of researchers is engaged in pioneering research designed to trigger our bodies’ own immune system to fight disease.
Dr. Mohan Rao is the recipient of UofL School of Medicine's 2019 Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Education by Gratis Faculty.
Dr. Rao completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Louisville and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a general and critical care surgeon. He is a master surgeon with the heart of a teacher and has demonstrated exceptional loyalty and commitment to the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
For decades, Dr. Rao has been the most popular and effective educator in our student teaching program—all as a gratis faculty member. Our general surgery residents also rotate at Madisonville under Dr. Rao’s mentorship, and he has truly influenced many to enter into careers in rural general surgery.
Dr. Rao puts forth extraordinary effort to make our student and resident teaching programs better in every way and is truly deserving of this award.
Dr. Gordon Tobin, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, will receive Kentucky Medical Association's 2019 Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 21, 2019. Dr. Tobin is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of medicine.
Dr. Tobin's career encompasses surgical education, pioneering medial research, care for the underserved at home and abroad and physician leadership in local, state and national organizations. Professor of Surgery and former Plastic Surgery Director, he founded a robust research laboratory that developed many new reconstructive techniques and pioneered hand and face transplantation. He is Director of Craniofacial Transplantation at UofL and an original member of the team that laid essential research foundations and performed the world’s first successful hand transplant in 1999.
Congrats to the following physicians named Louisville Magazine's Top Docs in their respective categories:
View the full list of Top Docs on Louisville Magazine's website.
The Department of Surgery is excited to welcome Tyler Ellis, MD, MSCR, to the Colon and Rectal Surgery Section of the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Ellis attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He then completed his general surgery residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at University of Massachusetts in Worchester, MA. He also has a fellowship in clinical research from Medical University of South Carolina.
The Department of Surgery is excited to welcome alumni Dylan Adamson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation. Dr. Adamson attended medical school at University of Toledo College of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery residency at University of Louisville and a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
University of Louisville Department of Surgery recently announced enrollment of the first patient in AngioDynamics’ NanoKnife® Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) "Data IRECancer Treatment” clinical study (DIRECT).
Read more about the DIRECT Study.
Dr. Kelly McMasters has been named president of the Southern Surgical Association, one of the nation's leading surgical societies dedicated to furthering the study and practice of surgery. Dr. McMasters previously served a five-year term as secretary of the Southern Surgical Association.
View photos from the Southern Surgical Society event.
Debbie Krause, Department of Surgery coordinator, received the inaugural Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the UofL School of Medicine Dean’s Appreciation Reception, Nov. 13. The Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award was created by School of Medicine Dean Toni Ganzel, MD, as a special recognition for employees who have served the school with excellence for many years. Debbie has worked for the Department of Surgery for nearly 45 years. During her tenure, she has completed a variety of tasks in service to UofL with the greatest loyalty, professionalism, competence and grace.
“Debbie exemplifies the excellence we strive to achieve in the department. Throughout the course of her career, Debbie has always paid meticulous attention to detail and plans well in advance for every possible contingency. She is the consummate ambassador for the University, as she is our liaison with countless other institutions and leaders in American medicine and surgery,” said Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. “She exudes warmth for our medical students and residents, as well as new and veteran faculty and co-workers. She remembers the names of their spouses and children, as well as special details about each and every one of them. For her role in coordinating our visiting lectureships and grand rounds programs, Debbie is the perfect host and continually receives letters of praise from visiting professors and their staff.”
On July 18, the operating suites at University of Louisville Hospital were officially renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites in honor of the venerable Dr. Frank Miller, dedicated teacher, surgeon and humanitarian who committed much of his life to giving back through teaching and medical mission work. An accomplished surgeon and academician, Dr. Miller's kindness toward others shined bright throughout his life.
Dr. Frank Miller was an Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he was a captain, prior to general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He joined the University of Louisville Department of Surgery faculty in 1984.
Dr. Miller rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery, where he enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator, and served as Chief of Surgery at University of Louisville Hospital for more than a decade. He was Chief of General Surgery, Director of Surgical Education and Director of Trauma.
Dr. Miller was a highly respected surgeon who was a member of several prestigious surgical societies. He had numerous leadership roles on a local, state and national level and lectured throughout the world. He published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and received innumerable teaching awards—so many that one such award was subsequently named in his honor. Dr. Miller had a long history of international medical service in third-world countries on three continents.
Dr. Miller was the safety net for a generation of surgical residents, who always called upon him to help with the most difficult situations. He practiced general, vascular and trauma surgery with the greatest skill and compassion imaginable. He improved or saved the lives of innumerable patients. He was adored by an entire generation of medical students, residents, fellows, nurses and other healthcare professionals for his teaching skill and compassion. His service to University of Louisville Hospital was unrivaled.
The Department of Surgery celebrated the retirement of research faculty members H. Sam Zhou, Ph.D. and X. Mei Rao, MD on June 7, 2019. In 2002, they joined the research team of Dr. Kelly McMasters and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center to conduct research in the field of cancer gene therapy. Working closely with his wife, X. Mei Rao, MD, Dr. Zhou has had continuous research funding throughout his career in the Department of Surgery at UofL, including his work as Principal Investigator on a $1 million NIH R01 grant funded from 2009-2014. Together, their work on oncolytic virus replication and cancer gene therapy resulted in multiple high-quality publications and major contributions to science.
"Dr. Zhou and Dr. Rao have dedicated their careers to the fight against cancer and have made significant contributions to the field," said Dr. McMasters. "It is our honor to celebrate their careers."
The Kentucky Medical Association presented its Educational Achievement Award to Bradon Wilhelmi, MD
at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25.
The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in the area of continuing medical education. Dr. Wilhelmi is a Chair of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
He was recognized for his efforts to revitalize UofL’s Plastic Surgery Residency program. Since joining the faculty in 2007, Dr. Wilhelmi worked to revamp the program, and since his changes were implemented, the program’s annual in-service scores have improved by 200 percent, and the board pass rate has been 100 percent since he came to the Department. His mentorship of students involved in research projects has culminated in 100 scientific research publications and 25 textbook chapters. He was lauded by colleagues for having a passion and dedication to teaching and has mentored more than 25 residents and 75 medical students.
“Dr. Wilhelmi carries substantial teaching responsibilities, which he fulfills in an outstanding manner,” said colleague and KMA past-president Gordin Tobin, MD. “The formal teaching programs and quizzes he organizes are most effective in keeping our residents broadly informed and up-to-date, as demonstrated by our residents’ high performance level on in-service and Board examinations, as well as in clinical skill evaluations.”
The Society of Surgical Oncology announced Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD
as the new Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgical Oncology
(ASO) effective March 2018. Dr. McMasters
becomes only the second Editor in the journal’s nearly 25-year history to assume
the role. He will oversee the print and online editions of ASO and with Mark Roh,
MD, Executive Editor, will lead a prestigious editor roster of expert leaders in
surgical oncology, including more than 20 section editors and associate section
editors from around the world, as well as U.S.-based associate and deputy editors.
Dr. McMasters begins his position on March 23, 2018 in conjunction with the journal’s
25th anniversary and the retirement of Charles M. Balch, MD, who established the
prominence of the publication in the field of surgical oncology. Dr. McMasters will
report directly to the SSO Executive Council and will carry out editorial responsibilities
from his office in Louisville, KY.
"Annals of Surgical Oncology has a rich
heritage as the premier source of clinical and translational science related to
cancer surgery and multidisciplinary care. It is an honor and a privilege to lead
an outstanding editorial board into the future," said Dr. McMasters.
ASO is the worldwide journal of choice of surgical oncologists and is the official
journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
According to Thompson-Reuters, in the 2016 impact factor ranking among all surgical
oncology scholarly periodicals, ASO has the most citations of all surgical journals
in the world, the highest number of source items, and a current impact factor of
4.041. The journal promotes clinical and translational cancer research, with an
emphasis on clinical trials. Leading subject areas of ASO include Gastrointestinal
Oncology, Breast Oncology, Hepatobiliary Tumors, Colorectal Cancer, Thoracic Oncology,
and Translational Research. ASO strives to enhance the quality of life and survival
of the surgical patient with cancer and to improve the practice environment in which
high-quality surgical oncology care is delivered. ASO also facilitates the career
development of surgical trainees and their transition into academic and community-based
practice and publishes timely articles about public policy and patient advocacy
issues related to the surgical patient with cancer.
Beloved former Department of Surgery employee John Edward McKiernan, Jr. passed away Friday, March 1, 2019. He was 78.
A graduate of Flaget High School class of 1958 and Western Kentucky University, John was a proud U.S. Navy veteran and long-time member of St. Barnabas parish.
In the late 1960s John taught commercial business at Seneca, Fairdale, Western and Southern high Schools. He was employed for 20 years at the L&N Railroad and later at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Broadway Series. He retired from the University of Louisville Department of Surgery in 2009 after 12 years of service.
A seasoned world traveler, he was loved and remembered for his passion for dancing, Frank Sinatra music, his larger-than-life personality and generous heart. He possessed a natural gift for conversation and was interested in everyone who crossed his path. In his Flaget days he was the jitterbug king at just about every Catholic teen club in Louisville. He was especially proud of his Irish Catholic heritage and was admired and adored by everyone.
At John's request, expressions of sympathy may be made to Presentation Academy Development Office, 861 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
This year's Society of Surgical Chairs meeting focused on two important topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Sexual Harassment & Misconduct. Department of Surgery Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters served as president of the Society of Surgical Chairs and organized this year's meeting.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion don’t happen by accident; a deliberate approach is needed. Similarly, creating an environment that diminishes the likelihood of sexual harassment and misconduct requires leadership, education and communication," Dr. McMasters said. "As the leaders in American surgery, it is important for the Society of Surgical Chairs to engage in ongoing conversations about these issues.”
A champion of medical education and a patient advocate, clinical faculty member John L. Falcone, MD, MS, was recently recognized for his tremendous contributions as a surgical educator with the Association for Surgical Education Linnea Hauge, PhD Promising Educational Scholar Award. In addition, he has been selected to receive a University of Louisville Gratis Faculty Teaching Award.
At the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Dr. Falcone has been an integral part of our teaching faculty in the community rotation at Owensboro, KY. The hospital in Owensboro has a regular rotation of general surgical residents who are actively mentored and trained in a comprehensive, community surgical experience. As many academic institutions now lack a meaningful community hospital rotation, Dr. Falcone’s leadership of that program has been invaluable to the education of our surgical residents. His teaching evaluations from both the medical students who participate in that rotation as well as our surgical residents are always excellent.
On Dec. 1, 2017, the Transplant Team at Jewish Hospital Transplant Center performed its 175th transplant of the year - breaking the record for number of transplants done in a year (with 30 days remaining to build on this record)!
In addition, earlier this year, the Transplant Team reached three other milestones. It completed 5,000 organ transplants, including its 900th liver transplant and 3,000th kidney transplant. The Division of Transplantation is in the UofL Department of Surgery and is led by Dr. Christopher Jones. It is an integral part of the Transplant Team at the Jewish Hospital Transplant Center.
The Department of Surgery held the inaugural R. Neal Garrison MD Lectureship Feb. 15 and 16, 2018. The speaker was Charles M. Miller, MD, program director for liver transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Kelly McMasters
, UofL Department of Surgery Chair, delivered a powerful and inspirational Presidential Address at the Society of Surgical Oncology 2018 Annual Cancer Symposium, which has now been published in Annals of Surgical Oncology. Read the Annals of Surgical Oncology article.
Watch the video of the Presidential Address.
Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Kelly McMasters, delivered a touching tribute to Dr. Frank Miller at a memorial service in honor of Dr. Miller, Jan. 20. View Dr. McMasters' tribute.
First-year medical students attend the Freshman-Sophomore Surgery Club Dinner on March 26, 2018 at The Olmsted. Dr. Matt Bozeman was the guest speaker.
Dr. Kelly McMasters
has been named president of the Society of Surgical
Chairs (SSC), an international organization comprised of chairs of departments of
surgery and surgical specialty departments of medical schools, academic medical
centers and teaching hospitals of the United States and Canada. The purpose of the
SSC is to cultivate and enhance academic surgery. The SSC is a managed program of
the American College of Surgeons.
Gordon Tobin, MD, was awarded the Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year at the 2017 Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Doctors’ Ball.
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.
Born and raised in Idaho, Dr. Tobin completed his undergraduate degree at Whitman College in Washington and his medical degree at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. He completed residencies and General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University of Arizona before coming to Louisville.
Dr. Tobin career encompasses surgical education, pioneering medial research, care for the underserved at home and abroad and physician leadership in local, state and national organizations. Professor of Surgery and former Plastic Surgery Director, he founded a robust research laboratory that developed many new reconstructive techniques and pioneered hand and face transplantation. He is Director of Craniofacial Transplantation at UofL and an original member of the team that laid essential research foundations and performed the world’s first successful hand transplant in 1999.
Dr. Tobin is a member of the Jewish Hospital and UofL Cardiac Innovation Institute Pancreatic Islet Transplantation Team, which seeks a cure for diabetes. He also studies and writes extensively on medical ethics and medical history. He has written more than 300 scientific and medical papers, book chapters and books.
As founder of the UofL Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory, Dr. Tobin’s early research provided many breakthroughs in reconstructive surgery for cancer, burns and trauma. His technique of pelvic and vaginal reconstruction after radical pelvic cancer has become the preferred method worldwide. He pioneered reconstruction of cardiac and thoracic surgery defects, as well as early excision and coverage of burns. He also developed methods of vital organ coverage in separation of conjoined (Siamese) twins, working with UofL Pediatric and Cardiac Surgery teams.
Throughout his career, Dr. Tobin has embraced medical missions abroad and at home. In 1991, he co-founded the Vietnam Burn Care Mission to bring modern burn care to Southeast Asia. The mission team made repeated medical care and teaching visits to Vietnam burn centers over the subsequent decade, leading to vastly improved burn survival. He is a care provider and Board Member of Healing the Children, and he supports the volunteer efforts of Surgery On Sunday. His long-standing support of The Healing Place has helped the recovery program reach beyond alcohol-dependency recovery to address the current opioid and heroin epidemic.
Dr. Tobin is also a long-standing supporter of Kentucky’s Supplies Over Seas (SOS) organization. He led the 2005 SOS effort for Afghanistan and is involved in current relief effort for Syrian refugee camps. In 2015, he obtained a grant from the Kentucky Medical Association Foundation to test and refurbish costly, high-tech equipment. This effort recycles sophisticated equipment worth millions of dollars for impoverished overseas hospitals while keeping tons of metal and toxic electronics out of U.S. landfills. He has received multiple humanitarian service awards and election to humanitarian honor societies.
Dr. Tobin has served in local, state and national roles in various medical societies. He is Past President of both the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS) and the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) and continues service on the KMA Foundation Board. His key advocacies are promoting health-enhancing behavior, protecting a health-sustaining environment and finding consensus solutions to fully insure health care for all citizens.
A fundamental shift in how cancer research is conducted and how cancer care is delivered
in the United State is required in order to deliver on the US Cancer Moonshot initiative,
according to a major new report published today in The Lancet Oncology
The report sets out a detailed roadmap to deliver on the Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations,
including a focus on prevention, a new model for drug discovery and development,
a vast expansion of patient access to clinical trials, and an emphasis on targeted
interventions to improve cancer care for underserved groups, specifically children,
cancer survivors and minority groups. The report emphasizes the importance of addressing
health disparities in all recommendations.
The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future
Research Priorities in the USA is authored by more than 50 leading oncologists in
the United States, including Dr. Kelly M. McMasters
and other members of leading US cancer organizations,
and sets out 13 key priority areas, each with measurable goals, to focus the $2
billion of funding released to the National Cancer Institute as part of the 21st
Century Cures Act.
It highlights how technological advances, including understanding and mapping pre-cancer
biology and the rapid adoption of big data, as well as new collaborations across
industry, patient groups, academia, government and clinical practice will be critical
to advancing research, and ultimately improving patient care.
"Among the thousands of technical details necessary for the success of an actual
Moonshot, some fundamental principles remained the same; chief among them was the
necessity of reaching the moon. The Commission brought together experts from across
the spectrum of oncology research to help define the proper trajectory for the mission
ahead," says McMasters, President, Society of Surgical Oncology and Ben A. Reid,
Sr., MD Professor and Chairman, The Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD Department of Surgery,
University of Louisville School of Medicine.
The Commission was launched on Nov. 1 at an event on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
and will be presented on Nov. 3 at the United Nations Association of New York Humanitarian
Awards, where former Vice President Joe Biden is being honored for his work on improving
cancer outcomes as part of the US Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
For access to the report, please visit: www.thelancet.com/commissions/usa-oncology
The Price Institute of Surgical
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
Visit here to see photos from the event.
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.
Click here for more information.
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.