Volume 24 | May 3, 2019
Surgical Notes
From the Chair

Many thanks to all who came out for Dr. Sugerman's incredible talk at Grand Rounds on May 2nd. I am confident in saying that everyone in the room was moved by his inspirational presentation. We hope to provide a link for those who were unable to attend soon.

Thanks for all you do,
Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Congratulations to Dr. Sudha Jayaraman, Associate Professor for Acute Care Surgical Services, for receiving the 2019 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award.

Established in 1991 by Columbia University, this award is given to a faculty member and trainee each year for demonstrating "both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues."

To learn more about the award, click here .

Congratulations, Dr. Jayaraman!
Society of Trauma Nurses
VCU Trauma was well represented at the 2019 Society of Trauma Nurses conference.

Surgery Advanced Practice Provider Kwame Akuamoah-Boateng, ACNP ( Acute Care Surgical Services ) and Nurse Clinician Beth Torres had a poster presentation entitled “ RAMPED UP: The Development and Testing of an Interprofessional Collaboration Model ” which won the best evidence-based practice poster presentation award.

Beth Broering, Adult Trauma Program Manager, presented an oral abstract entitled “ The Implementation of a Clinical Psychologist Embedded in a Level I Trauma Center, ” based on the research of Katy Maher, PhD and her student Brianna Jackson. This research/oral abstract won the best oral abstract award.

Beth Torres and Beth Broering also presented an oral plenary session on our PI process that was very well received.

Well done, team!
New General Surgery Residency Chiefs
Congratulations to our newest General Surgery Chief Residents for 2019-20!
Jill Peysha, MD
Administrative Chief Resident
General Surgery
Jeffrey Stern, MD
Education Chief Resident
General Surgery
Resident Presentations at 2019 Ivatury Trauma Symposium
General Surgery Residents Ashley Rosenberg , MD and Lindsey Ferro, MD (PGY3) recently presented their research at the 20th Annual Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium .

Lindsey, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Haynes , presented a poster entitled " Pediatric Trauma Specific Pre-Hospital Triage and Inter-hospital Transfer Guidelines in the United States "
Ashley, under the guidance of Dr. Sudha Jayaraman , presented 3 posters entitled " Innovative Mobile Solutions for Ambulances in Low Resource Settings," "Developing Sustainable Prehospital Trauma Care in Rwanda - A Collaboration between Service d'Aide Medicale Urgente, Ministry of Health of Rwanda" and " Virginia Commonwealth University, and Clinical Capacity Building for Prehospital Staff: Rotary-VCU-Rwanda Experience."

Well done, Lindsey and Ashley!
Charles Sternbergh at H. M. Lee Lecture 2019
"Being a successful physician requires a commitment to lifelong learning. That’s the firm conviction of vascular surgeon and housestaff alumnus W. Charles “Chip” Sternbergh III, M.D., H’95, who returned to the MCV Campus March 28 to present the  Department of Surgery’s  annual H. M. Lee Memorial Lecture.
Sternbergh believes continuing education is essential in all medical specialties, and particularly vascular surgery. 'At least two-thirds of what I do now I never did in my training,' he says. 'If I didn’t keep up my education, I’d be a dinosaur.'

Instead, he is professor and chief of vascular and endovascular surgery at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. The invitation to guest lecture enabled him to contribute his own expertise to the education of tomorrow’s vascular surgeons in memory of Lee, under whom he trained for seven years during his general surgery residency.

'He was a master teacher, technician and surgeon — someone you’d like to emulate,” Sternbergh says. “And he really cared about the people he was helping to train.'”

To continue reading this story from the School of Medicine, click here .
Virginia Surgical Society Bigger-Lehman Award
Congratulations to General Surgery Resident Nina Wickramaratne, MD who won the first place Bigger-Lehman award from the Virginia Surgical Society .

Her paper titled, "Resuscitation with Polyethylene Glycol-20k: A Thromboelastographic Analyis," will be presented at the 2019 Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons annual meeting in May. This award is given to two residents, one first place and the other second. The first place winner receives $500 and travel to the annual meeting.

Congratulations Nina!
International Teleconference of Surgery
Congratulations to Riccardo Autorino , MD, PhD and the VCU Urology team for their recent participation in the 3rd edition of a global event dedicated to Live Surgery in Urology: SIU LIVE , held in Rome on the 28th - 29th of March 2019. Surgeons from all over the world (Europe, USA, Asia) broadcasted more than 100 procedures directly from their own operatory rooms to the congress venue in Rome which was equipped with 9 screens streaming at the same time.

SIU LIVE was organized by the Italian Society of Urology in collaboration with the European Association of Urology and American Urological Association. Two robotic surgeries were successfully performed by Dr. Autorino and team at VCU Medical Center and transmitted live to the auditorium in Rome where 300 delegates attended the event.
DC Leadership & Advocacy Summit
Paula Ferrada , MD, Professor with the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services recently presented at the 8th Annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit hosted by the American College of Surgeons . The summit is an annual opportunity for ACS members and advocates to discuss topics such as effective leadership and interactive advocacy training through specialized sessions.

Dr. Ferrada's presentation, titled " ACS Virginia Chapter - A Tale of Inclusion, Empowerment, and Legacy ," was presented to an audience of over 1,000 surgeons.

Congratulations, Dr. Ferrada!
Research Day 2019
Research Day 2019 was a great success with over 20 presentations to include 14 talks and 7 resident posters.

This year's guest lecturer, Timothy Pawlik , MD, PhD, MPH (Urban Meyer III & Shelly Meyer Chair of Cancer Research, The Ohio State University) presented, " Are We on the Same Page? Patient and Provider Perception around Therapeutic Benefit ."

General surgery resident Ashley Rosenberg , MD won first place for her presentation in the clinical category. Urology resident Uzoma Anele , MD won the basic science category.

The event included presentations from residents across the department as well as from our many postdoctoral scholars.
Humera 2019
the 55th Annual Humera Surgical Society meeting is officially in the books. Former faculty, trainees, and residents alike joined in Colonial Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Lodge to catch up and celebrate our newest resident abstract winners, Drs. Nina Wickramaratne (Greenfield Award) and Wayne Tse (Hume Award).

Many thanks to Dr. Stephanie Goldberg as she wraps up her year of being president and welcome to Humera's newest president, former general surgery resident Kevin Long, MD.

For pictures from the scientific session, click here .

Stay tuned for more information for next year's meeting!
Denim Day 2019
Thanks to all who participated in VCU Denim Day on April 24th!

Denim Day was started after an Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction based on the fact that the survivor's jeans were tight, and therefore it was assumed that she must have helped the rapist remove her jeans. Every year since, people from across the globe join together to bring awareness to sexual harassment, abuse, assault, and rape by wearing jeans.

This year, over 10 million people participated.
Surgery Staff Feature
Meet Wanda Peebles, Surgery Administration's finance extraordinaire! Wanda joined the department in 2012 as a senior financial specialist. In her role, she helps manage the department financially through training and support for individual divisions, travel and expense management, timekeeping, purchasing, and fixed assets.

When asked about the most exciting part of her role she responded, "helping other divisions with questions or assistance." Continuing that, she finds greatest satisfaction in her role when she receives a heartfelt "thank you" from those she's helped.

Outside of work you will find Wanda travelling, spending time with her grand dog Bishop, an adorable charcoal lab, and of course attending UVA - yes UVA - basketball games (for which we'll forgive her).
Monthly Wellness Note
VCU recognizes the importance of employee wellbeing and recently created a new blog with daily tips and event notifications regarding university activities and support for health and wellness.

Additionally, the wellness team has quite a few events planned for the month of May for just that purpose. To see the schedule, click here .
Upcoming Events
2019 Virginia Bariatric Society
State Chapter Meeting
May 3 - 5, 2019
Kingsmill Resort & Spa

Click here for more information
Research Open Forum
Monthly, 2nd Mondays
4:00 - 5:00 PM
West 16 Conference Room (16-103)

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