Volume 43 | February 2021
Surgical Notes
Publication News: Annals of Surgical Oncology
A recent article published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology provides guidance on the timing of surgery during the COVID pandemic. The recommendations for managing care takes into consideration the 3–6 month delay in care.

Titled "Management of Cancer Surgery Cases During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations" it is co-authored by Kandace P. McGuire, MD, Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology and Chief, Section of Breast Surgery, Surgical Leader of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at Massey Cancer Center.
Publication News: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Congratulations to Nancy Thompson, MS, RN, CPNP, lead author of a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Titled "Pediatric surgery and school nurse attitudes regarding children with obesity" it is aimed at "describing pediatric surgery and school nurses' weight biases towards children with obesity, and examine factors associated with weight biases." Nancy specializes in adolescent bariatric surgery, and pediatric weight management at the Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR). Link to article
Publication News: Journal of Surgical Education

Congratulations to VCU authors Sally Boyd, MD, General Surgery Research Resident, Jeffrey Stern, MD, GS '20, and Rahul J. Anand, MD, Professor and Program Director VCU General Surgery Residency, et.al..

This collaboration was initiated by VCU Department of Surgery, and grew to include over 50 general surgery residency programs from across the nation.
Resident Research at National Meetings
The Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Sally Boyd, MD, Research Resident in the General Surgery Residency Program on her presentation “Frailty Measurement and Implications for Cerebrovascular Disease Management in a Veteran Based Population" at the 45th Annual Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) meeting in January.
The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting

Congratulations to General Surgery Resident Diana Otoya, MD, PGY-2 on her presentation at The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) 45th Annual Meeting. The title of Dr. Otoya's talk was "Gender Trends of Authors Presenting at a Regional Vascular Surgery Meeting: Are We Missing a Unique Opportunity to Mentor?"

The presentation was led by Dr. Otoya and co-authored with Division of Vascular Surgery faculty Kedar S. Lavingia, MD, RPVI, and Michael F. Amendola, MD, MEHP, FACS, FSVS, from McGuire Medical Center, and represented VCU Health and the Central Virginia VA Health System. This year's SAVS conference was a hybrid format meaning with both an in-person, and virtual component. Well done Dr. Otoya!
Hume-Lee Center Posts Record Year of Saving Lives
"Even in the face of historic disruptions, VCU Health's Hume-Lee Transplant Center performed more solid organ transplants in 2020 than in any other year in its 64-year history." — Jeff Kelley, VCU Health News

Marlon Levy, MD, chair of the Division of Transplant Surgery and director of the Hume-Lee Transplant Center said, "We knew our patients and community were counting on us." Once modifications were put into place, the team never stopped seeing their patients and continued providing life-saving care. "Our patients still needed transplants, even in the pandemic," said Levy.

Congratulations to the entire transplant center team for performing 459 transplants "against the backdrop of a raging global pandemic..." Read more
Surgery Research News
NIH SBIR Phase II Awarded to Martin Mangino, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair, Basic Science Research ORBIT.

“The $500,000 award funds a 2 year project to develop an acellular blood substitute for use in traumatic hemorrhagic shock resuscitation in pre-hospital settings. The synthetic blood product can be reconstituted to provide oxygen carrying capacity and products to prevent the onset of coagulopathy following traumatic injuries.”

Congratulations to Dr. Mangino & team!
2021 General Surgery Administrative Chiefs Announced
Please join the department and Dr. Anand, Program Director, General Surgery Residency as we congratulate Drs. Saba Kurtom and Will Hope — named as 2021 Administrative and Teaching Chief Residents for the academic year.
VCU & VCU Health Annual Service Awards
"We believe our greatest asset is and will always be our employees and we are proud of the years of service each one has provided to VCU and the continued relationship we have." VCU Annual Service Recognition Celebration.

Congratulations to the following Department of Surgery faculty and staff for their years of dedicated service!
Akuamoah-Boateng, Kwame
Borchers, Christopher (Todd)
Davis, Lindsey
Dean, Annette
Dixon, Kirsty
Evans, Timothy
Fung, Racquel
Hayden, Heather
Jackson, Tiana

Jovel, Pedro
Larson, Robert
Levy, Marlon
Mahnken, Christine
Quader, Mohammed
Rocha Campos, Guilherme
Rossi, Alan
Yeh, Thomas
Albuquerque, Francisco
Anand, Rahul
Ferrada, Paula
Mangino, Tyler
Patterson, Demetria
Pope, Mary
Brunson, Melani
Capps, Lisa
Grover, Amelia
Mangino, Martin
Strayhorne, Joyce
Cotterell, Adrian
Edmondson, John
Kasirajan, Vigneshwar
Lucas, Valentina
McCafferty, Shaun
Miller, John
Morris, Joseph
Faculty Announcements: ACSS
Please join the Department of Surgery and Michel A. Aboutanos, MD, MPH, chair of the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services in congratulating Levi Procter and Stefan Leichtle on their recent appointments:
Congratulations to Levi Procter, MD, FACS, appointed as new Medical Director of Emergency General Surgery.

In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Procter will ensure the development of the EGS service including implementation of evidence-based and safe treatment of EGS patients, development of robust quality improvement processes and metrics, and the advancement of the academic and research mission of the EGS service within the health system.
Congratulations to Stefan Leichtle, MD, FACS, named as new Associate Medical Director of the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU) at VCU Health.

In his role as Associate Medical Director of the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Leichtle will focus on the rapidly expanding Trauma- and Burn ICU patient population. Among his responsibilities will be the facilitation of multi-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships with all involved clinical specialties, the development and refinement of best practice treatment guidelines, and the optimization of quality improvement processes and clinical documentation standards to ensure excellence in the care of these complex patients.
Urology Residency Program Announces Match 2021
Please join us and the Division of Urology in welcoming their new residents Brandon Wilson, MD and Ryan Fogg, MD to the Urology family. Congratulations everyone!
Brandon Wilson, MD
Medical College of Georgia
Ryan Fogg MD
Medical College at Thomas Jefferson
In the News: Clinical Trials at Massey

VCU Massey Cancer Center produced a new video to promote clinical trials by highlighting Mr. Reich, a patient who enrolled in a pancreatic cancer study. We'd like to acknowledge the credit he gives to his doctors. See if you hear it —

Link to video: "Howard Reich's story: "The treatment worked"
Surgery Grand Rounds at UVA
Michael Feldman, MD was welcomed as guest speaker at UVA Surgery Grand Rounds on February 3.

As Medical Director of the Evans-Haynes Burn Center, Dr. Feldman shared his experience working with burn patients during COVID-19. He holds the B.W. Haynes, Jr. Professorship in General and Trauma Surgery, and is interim Chair for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Monthly Wellness Note: February 2021
February, February 26th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(A Massey Integrative Health event; Open to everyone)
Join VCU Health work/life coordinator Emmy Rusyniak at this meditation session to help reduce anxiety, manage stress and cultivate mindfulness. To Register
Friday, February 19th – 12 pm
Exercise with Heart
(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Recreational Sports)
Join Jess Norman, Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness, for an educational session about the basics and benefits of cardiovascular exercise. During our time together we'll review the current exercise guidelines and discuss tips on how to meet them.
Register: Talent@VCU
Tuesday, February 23rd – 12 pm
Strength and Cardio Training with Jess
(Presented by VCU HR and VCU Recreational Sports)
This full body workout blends cardio and strength exercises to increase endurance.
Register: Talent@VCU
Wednesday, February 24th – 2 pm
Increasing Mental Toughness
(Presented by VCU HR and Anthem EAP)
This seminar is about using challenging times as an opportunity to increase our mental toughness and a positive way to look at negative events. We will discuss what it means to be mentally tough and we will also dive into the topic of Grit.
Register: Talent@VCU
Upcoming Events
Black History Month

Join VCU for a variety of events in honor of Black History Month with educational opportunities, discussions and performances. Over the course of the month we will be hosting a few events and providing articles and information on the intranet. Learn more

Zero Prostate Cancer Summit

You're invited to the 2021 Virtual ZERO Cancer Summit held online from February 28–March 4!

It's free to sign up and a great chance to hear the latest prostate cancer news from experts, survivors, and patients. Plus, it's virtual which means you can tune in at your own pace and schedule.

At the Summit, the foremost experts will provide educational updates on the latest breakthroughs in research, screening, diagnostics, racial disparities, and more. Plus, it's a great opportunity to connect with a nationwide community of over 1,000 patients, survivors, and caregivers. Additionally, prostate cancer survivor and baseball all-star Cal Ripken, Jr. will serve as the event's mission speaker. It's free to register at zerocancer.org/summit.
Call for Abstracts: XXXIV Panamerican Congress

The Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) encourages all health care personnel interested in trauma care to present an abstract. The abstract should describe original research in trauma care, critical care, injury prevention, or burn care. Learn more
Research Open Forum
Monthly, 2nd Mondays
4:00 - 5:00 PM

All are encouraged to attend!
Have a story to tell? Contact cathy.nelson@vcuhealth.org
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