Department of Surgery

2021 Research Symposium


Keynote Speaker

Media Component
Dr. Craig A. Miller

Craig A. Miller, M.D., FACS
OhioHealth Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgeons,
Riverside Methodist Hospital

Dr. Miller was born in Columbus, Ohio and educated at Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is a board-certified vascular surgeon with OhioHealth Heart, Lung, and Vascular Surgeons at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He is the author of three books: The Making of a Surgeon in the 20th Century, which is in its fourth U.S. edition and has been translated into several languages, The Big Z: The Life of Robert M. Zollinger, which was nominated for the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine as the most outstanding book on American medical history for 2015 and, most recently, A Time for All Things: The Life of Michael E. DeBakey, which has been published this year by the Oxford University Press. He is a scholar-in-residence at the Medical Heritage Center of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and Michael E. DeBakey fellow in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.




Best Clinical Research Presentation by a Resident or Fellow
"Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes and Cost after Cardiac Surgery"
Dr. Christopher Ryan
Mentor: Dr. Ravi Ghanta 
Best Basic Science Presentation by a Resident or Fellow
"Elastin in the Aortic Wall Specific to Ascending Aortic Aneurysms in Patients with Marfan Syndrome"
Dr. Ashley Dawson
Mentor: Drs. Scott LeMaire and Ying Shen 
Best Quick Shot Presentation by a Resident or Fellow
"Pathologic Correlation with Near Infrared-Indocyanine Green Guided Surgery for Pediatric Liver Cancer"
Dr. Richard Whitlock
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan 
Best Quick Shot Presentation by a Student
"Constructing a Reference Dataset of Neck Anatomy Utilizing CT Imaging to Assist in the Design of Novel Transoral Thyroidectomy Instruments"
Ryan Nowrouzi
Mentors: Drs. Raymon Grogan and Fanny Moron
Best Quick Shot Presentation by a Member of the Clinical, Research, or Education Staff
"Effectiveness of Electrical Stimulation to Improve Lower Extremity Muscle Perfusion in Critical Ill ICU Patients with Severe COVID-19 Infection"
Alejandro Zulbaran y Rojas
Mentor: Dr. Bijan Najafi
Best Poster Presentation by a Resident or Fellow
“Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Reveals the Heterogeneity of Aortic Fibroblasts During Aortic Disease Development in Mice” 
Dr. Chen Zhang
Mentors: Drs. Ying Shen and Scott LeMaire
Best Poster Presentation by a Student
“Allograft Discard Risk Index for Lung Transplantation” 
Ross Michael Reul
Mentor: Dr. Abbas Rana
Best Poster Presentation by a Member of the Clinical, Research, or Education Staff
“Dynamic BH3 Profiling as Preclinical Models for Precision-Based Therapy in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma” 
Yuan Xu
Mentor: Dr. R. Taylor Ripley