Volume 46 | July 2021
Surgical Notes
A monthly newsletter from VCU Department of Surgery
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU again ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report
Congratulations to our pediatric urology specialists in the VCU Division of Urology, Pediatric Urology as one of four specialties recognized.
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU earned rankings in four pediatric specialities: urology (#28), pulmonology (#30), nephrology (#42), and cancer (#50). Ranking higher in urology and nephrology than last year, "CHoR landed at #10 out of all children's hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region, which included Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia." Read more

About the rankings: Established in 2007, U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospital rankings are designed to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find quality medical care in 10 pediatric specialities.
Publication News: "Diversification of Academic Surgery, Its Leadership, and the Importance of Intersectionality" — JAMA Surgery
Congratulations to Jose Trevino, MD, and Kandace McGuire, MD, co-authors of the recent study published in JAMA Surgery identifying the lack of minority surgeons in academic leadership positions. Link to publication here.

Dr. Trevino is surgeon-in-chief at VCU Massey Cancer Center and chair, VCU Division of Surgical Oncology, and Dr. McGuire is a professor of surgery also in the Division of Surgical Oncology, VCU School of Medicine.

In the News: Jaime Bohl, MD on Virginia This Morning
Division chief of colon and rectal surgery at VCU Massey Cancer Center, Jaime Bohl, MD, FACS, FASCRS appeared on WTVR-6 CBS' "Virginia This Morning" recently to share information on early detection of colon cancer.

Dr. Bohl is also chair of the Division of Colon and Rectal surgery at VCU School of Medicine.

18th Annual Resident & Fellows Research Day
Congratulations to First Place Winners Hae Sung, MD and Travis Sullivan, MD!

"VCU School of Medicine's Annual Resident and Fellow Research Day was held on June 3rd and was a great success. Residents and fellows showcased the results of their fine work in virtual poster sessions in four categories, with top presentations in each listed below." — VCU School of Medicine

To see these posters and all research presented in this year's competition, please visit SOM's website
Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, Education, Innovation Category

First Place (tie)
"Harnessing Remote Patient Monitoring Technology to Improve Transitions of Care" – view poster
Basic and Clinical Science Research Category

First Place
"Pediatric Intensive Care Delirium: a Novel Model of Inflammation and Analgesia and Sedation" – view poster
Surgical Oncology Fellow Catalina Mosquera, MD to Join GenesisCare
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mosquera on her graduation, and wishing her the best of luck in her new career.

Dr. Mosquera will be joining Dr. Mark Bloomston and Dr. Basson J. Allan at GenesisCare in Fort Myers, Florida, specializing in GI/HPB (hepatopancreatobiliary) surgery.

Learn more about GenesisCare, a worldwide cancer care center.
Abraham Korn, MD, Vascular Fellow 2019–21
Please join us in sending congratulations to Dr. Korn on his graduation from the Vascular Surgery Fellowship program. He will begin his career as a vascular surgeon at Hilo Medical Center, Hilo, Hawaii.

Best of luck in your future, Dr. Korn!
General Surgery 2021 Graduation Awards
Congratulations to the General Surgery Residency Program's annual award winners for academic year 2020-21

General Surgery "Intern of the Year" Award
Dr. Bhavishya Ramamoorthy was awarded the "Intern of the Year Award" — Best all-around PGY1 resident.

I.A. Bigger Award
Dr. Lindsey Ferro received the "I.A. Bigger Award" — awarded to one Chief Resident in recognition of their integrity, leadership, teaching, and clinical ability.

Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education
Dr. Edgar Rodas, Associate Professor, was recognized with the "Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in Resident Education" — awarded by General Surgery Residents to faculty who exhibit excellence in clinical teaching.

The Arnold Salzberg Award
Dr. Stephen Cohen received the "Arnold Salzberg Award" — awarded by the Graduating Chiefs to faculty in recognition of their integrity, leadership, teaching, and clinical ability. 

The Most Valuable Player Award
Dr. Brian Kaplan received the "Most Valuable Player" Award — recognized by Graduating Chiefs for the faculty who was their MVP.
VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center & TP-IAT
"New Mexico nurse travels 1,800 miles to Hume-Lee, a national leader in this complex surgery."
Dr. Marlon Levy, chair of the Division of Transplant Surgery and director of VCU Health's Hume-Lee Transplant Center is one of America's leading experts in total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplantation (TP-IAT), a complex procedure for patients whose chronic pancreatitis hasn't responded to normal treatment.

read more from VCU Health News
Mohammed A. Quader, MD, New Interim Chair, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic surgeon
Please join VCU Surgery in welcoming Dr. Quader into this new role as interim chair of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Quader completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic in 2000 and then led the University of Nebraska heart transplant program. He joined VCU in December of 2011 and is currently the surgical director for heart transplantation, and holds the Richard Lower Professorship in cardiac surgery.

In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Quader maintains an active basic and translational lab investigating ultrastructural changes in the heart following cardiac arrest. He has been continuously funded by a Veterans Administration Merit grant for the last 5 years.
In the News: Nicholas Thomson, PhD
Nicholas Thomson, PhD, Director of Research at VCU Trauma Center's Injury and Violence Prevention Program was interviewed by VCU News.

Dr. Thomson was awarded a $2.5 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health to study conduct disorder and callous-unemotional traits using VR techology.

An assistant professor in the Departments of Surgery and Psychology, Thomson will lead the study, "and aims to shed new light on the mechanisms that underlie callous-unemotional traits, thereby allowing for a more targeted approach in treating young people who exhibit them."

Please join us in welcoming our 2021–22 class of surgery residents and fellows to VCU!


General Surgery Residents
Vashti Bandy, MD
Ruby Barq, MD
Graham Gardner, MD
Alyssa Habemann, MD
Cody Tragesser, MD
Katherine Yu, MD

Katherine Yu, MD
Mohamad Chehab, MD
Brian Hoffman, MD
Reginald Osardu, MD
Guadalupe Osorio, MD
Rocklin Shumaker, MD
Dylan Steffey, MD

Talal Beidas, DDS
Peter Broccoli, DDS
Hunter Watson, DMD
Trevor Liljenquist, DDS (non-categorical)

Joseph Lewcun, MD
Megan Newsom, MD

Brandon Wilson, MD
Ryan Fogg, MD

Lindsey Ferro, MD

Rahul Rajeev, MD

Michael Iannamorelli, DO
Mike Mallah, MD

Tina Wai Ting Wong, MD

Mehdi Eslami, MD

Francisco Aponte-Rivera, MD
Monthly Wellness Note: July 2021
Well-Being Sessions offered on Physical Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Financial Wellness, and more! 

Check out the schedule on the Work/Life home page!

Well-Being Blog
VCU HR have a well-being blog which provides information on what is available to VCU employees as well as encourage employees toward living a healthy lifestyle. View or subscribe to the blog here.

Tap Into the Power of Mindfulness with the ICA
Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved through nonjudgmental awareness and acknowledgment of thoughts and physical/feelings in the present. VCU faculty and staff experience pressures at work, from family responsibilities or from financial stress. Try attending the ICA mindfulness sessions every first and thirs Tuesday from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Find the next session on the ICA event calendar.

Artfulness Artfulness is a short web based curriculum developed here at VCU to help practice mindfulness and stress relief through the arts. There are 20 art based activities to choose from (and could be great for a whole family activity) Artfulness information

The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) located on the 1st floor of the Gateway Building on the MCV Campus is a free library of health and wellness information staffed by a knowledgeable consumer health librarian. The library is jointly sponsored by VCU Libraries, VCU Health, and the MCV Auxiliary. They offer access to high-quality health information in easy to read and understandable formats, promote health literacy initiatives and sponsor educational opportunities for employees and staff at at VCU and VCU Health. They can be reached at 804-828-0626 or ejhurst@vcu.edu 
Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium — Recap from Dr. Aboutanos
The 21st Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium was held earlier this month, and this year's theme, “Trauma Care – Critical Decisions, Optimal Outcomes” resulted in another very successful meeting.

According to Michel Aboutanos, MD, MPH, Medical Director of VCU Trauma Center and Chair, Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, "we had 222 EMS, Nurses, and providers in attendance." A virtual conference, this year included a full history of VCU’s leadership in the field of trauma and Burn Surgery. Local, regional, and national speakers presented cases and discussed all "aspects of critical decision making that leads to optimal outcomes for the patient." A very special, provocative session on disaster management that dealt with the Las Vegas shooting tragedy also added real-life examples where life-saving decisions resulted in saving more lives.
"I'm very proud of the team this year, and we had great feedback throughout the week. The majority of attendees were from the Central Virginia region, others traveled from 12 other states including, California, DC, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas.
American Association of Cancer Research, Virtual Conference: October 6 – 8, 2021

Join the AACR 14th Annual Conference on the "Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved"

The conference advances the understanding of, and ultimately helps to eliminate, the disparities that represent a major public health problem in our country. Reflecting this transdisciplinary field, professionals from academic, industry, government, and the community are brought together to promote the exchange of novel ideas, discuss the latest findings in the field, and stimulate the development of new research on cancer health disparities. Jose Trevino, MD, Chair of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Surgeon-in-Chief at VCU Massey Cancer Center is serving as a co-chair at this year's conference.

Research Open Forum

Every 2nd Monday of the Month

4:00 – 5:00 PM

All are encouraged to attend!
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