Department of Surgery

General Surgery Resident Research Achievements

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We are proud of the research achievements of our residents, many of which are highlighted below. While all categorical general surgery residents are expected to submit three manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals before the start of their chief year, many have far more submissions and presentations at regional, national and international meetings. Many also receive major awards for their work. Finally, many of our residents successfully compete for intramural and extramural grants and funding awards, including those provided through the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program.

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2022 Awards

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Dr. Christopher Ryan: Dartmouth National Implementation Science Program Scholar.

Dr. Eithan Haim: Professional Educator Appreciation and Recognition (PEAR) award from Baylor College of Medicine medical students.

Dr. Youmna Sherif:

  • 2021 Golden Scalpel Award, Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Raleigh Ross Scholar, Texas Surgical Society 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Dr. Vivi Chen: Best Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology on March 16, 2022. 

Dr. Andy Espinoza:

  • Best Clinical Research Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2022 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Dr. Yanming Li: Best Quick Shot Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2022 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentors: Drs. Ying Shen and Scott LeMaire.

Dr. Jorge Portuondo: Best Poster Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2022 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Nader Massarweh.

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2021 Awards

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Dr. Kevin Huang: 2021 Raleigh R. Ross Scholar, Texas Surgical Society.

Dr. Rodrigo Zea Vera:

  • President’s Award for best scientific abstract submitted by a resident or young investigator to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 57th Annual Meeting, STS 2021. Mentor: Dr. Ravi K. Ghanta.
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery Member for a Day Program. Mentors: Dr. Todd K. Rosengart, Dr. Ravi K. Ghanta, Dr. Ourania Preventza.
     

Dr. William T. Cates: Professional Educator Appreciation and Recognition Award, Baylor College of Medicine students. 

Dr. Christopher Ryan:

  • Most Clinically Innovative Award, Baylor College of Medicine Datathon.
  • James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Mentor: Dr. Todd K. Rosengart.
  • Best Clinical Research Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2021 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Ravi Ghanta
     

Dr. Gabriel Glaun: 2020 Resident Consultant Award, Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Dr. Daron Jacob: Professional Educator Appreciation and Recognition Awards, Baylor College of Medicine students. 

Dr. Ashley Dawson: Best Basic Science Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2021 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentors: Drs. Scott LeMaire and Ying Shen 
 
Dr. Richard Whitlock: Best Quick Shot Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2021 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan.
 
Dr. Chen Zhang: Best Poster Presentation by a Resident or Fellow, 2021 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentors: Drs. Ying Shen and Scott LeMaire

Dr. Vivi Chen: NIH grant totaling $166,952, “Optimizing the Risk-Adjusted CUSUM for Monitoring Hospital Non-Cardiac Perioperative Outcomes.” Mentors: Drs. Nader Massarweh and Laura Petersen.

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2020 Awards

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Dr. Rodrigo Zea Vera: Southern Thoracic Surgery Association Brooks Scholarship. Mentor: Dr. Ravi Ghanta.

Dr. Christopher Ryan: James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Mentor: Dr. Todd K. Rosengart.

Dr. Lisa Brubaker: Accepted into the Center for Translational Research on Inflammatory Diseases T32 program Collaborative Research Training in Thrombosis and Inflammation. Mentors: Dr. Qizhi Cathy Yao and Dr. George Van Buren II.

Dr. Andy Espinoza: Received the 2020 Outstanding Intern Award.

Dr. Kevin Huang: Received the 2020 Medical Student Award for Best Teaching Resident. 

Dr. Tashinga Musonza: Received the Outstanding VA Chief Resident Award.

Dr. Christopher Taylor and Dr. Denny Scaria: Received $2,500 in Accelerating Clinical Excellence grant funding. Mentor: Dr. Atif Iqbal.

Dr. Laura Trujillo: Received the 2020 McCollum Academic Achievement Award.

Dr. Elaine Vo: Received the Outstanding Chief Resident Award. 

Dr. Richard Whitlock:

  • Named the Organization of Resident Representatives liaison to the American Association of Medical Colleges Careers in Medicine Advisory Committee. Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan.
  • Received the M. Judah Folkman Memorial Award for Best Podium Presentation in Clinical Science presented by the APSA board of governors and program committee and the Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Directors. Mentors: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan and Dr. Sarah Woodfield.
  • Best Scientific Presentation (Basic Science), 2020 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan.
     

Dr. Andre Critsinelis: Best Quick Shot Presentation (Residents and Fellows), 2020 Research Symposium, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Mentor: Dr. Ourania Preventza.

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2019 Awards

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Dr. Tashinga Musonza: 2019 Golden Scalpel Award by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Eric Rosenfeld: Best Poster Award at the South Texas ACS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Emily Steen: 2019 Samuel Stal Research Award, Texas Children’s Hospital. Mentor, Dr. Sundeep Keswani.

Dr. Yangyang Yu: Best Poster, 2019 Texas Children’s Surgical Research Day.

Dr. Nader Zamani: Best Overall Abstract Presentation at the Association of VA Surgeons (AVAS) 2019 Annual Meeting. Mentor: Dr. Panagiotis Kougias.

Dr. Jorge Portuondo: BCM CPRIT Training Grant. Mentor: Dr. Nader Massarweh.

Dr. Emily Steen: 2019 Samuel Stal Research Award, Texas Children’s Hospital. Mentor: Dr. Sundeep Keswani.

Dr. Yangyang Yu: Best Poster, 2019 Texas Children’s Surgical Research Day.

Dr. Nader Zamani: Best Overall Abstract Presentation at the Association of VA Surgeons (AVAS) 2019 Annual Meeting. Mentor: Dr. Panagiotis Kougias.

Dr. Jorge Portuondo: BCM CPRIT Training Grant. Mentor: Dr. Nader Massarweh.