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Department of Surgery Medical Student Summer Research Program for 2014

The Department of Surgery has 15 medical students in the summer research program.  Eight medical students will receive funding from external grants and seven medical students will receive funding through a grant by the Department of Surgery.  The summer students and their mentors are listed below.


Student:  Irene Pourladian
Mentor:  Dr. Matt Goldblatt, General Surgery
Project Title:  Evaluation of complex abdominal hernias

Student:  Jonathan Heimler
Mentor:  Dr. Susan Tsai, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  Prognostic value of PET scan during neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer

Student:  Connor Callahan
Mentor:  Dr. Ronald Woods, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Project Title:  Relationship Between Outcomes and Surgical Approach for Neonatal Coarctation of the Aorta and Arch Hypoplasia – A Value Improvement Initiative

Student:  Reece DeHaan
Mentor:  Dr. Jon Gould, General Surgery
Project Title:  Is Fundoplication Necessary Following Heller Myotomy with Limited Histal Dissection?

Student:  Max Schumm
Mentor:  Dr. Jon Gould, General Surgery
Project Title:  Symptomatic outcomes and side-effects following fundoplication according to gastroesophageal junction integrity

Student:  Lauren North
Mentor:  Dr. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Project Title:  Genetic etiology of congenital heart disease

Student:  Katherine Becker
Mentor:  Dr. David Gourlay, Pediatric Surgery
Project Title:  Deficiency of IAP in premature newborns

Student:  Steven Koprowsi
Mentor:  Dr. T. Clark Gamblin, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  The Molecular Targeting of Cholangiocarcinoma Using Curcumin with Emphasis on the Modulation of Notch and Surviving Signaling Pathways

Student:  Mary Potkonjak
Mentor:  Dr. T. Clark Gamblin, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  Gallbladder cancer NLR-A predictor of outcome and survival?

Student:  Yurie Sekigami
Mentor:  Dr. Kiran Turaga, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  Morbidity of curative surgery increases the risk for committing suicide among elderly cancer patients

Student:  Sierra Jin
Mentor:  Dr. Tracy Wang, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  Endocrine surgery in elderly patients: Prediction of outcomes based on preoperative frailty measures

Student:  Jean Kim
Mentor:  Dr. Tina Yen, Surgical Oncology
Project Title:  Racial Disparities in Presentation and Management of Hyperthyroid Patients Prior to Surgical Referral

Student:  Sandra Park
Mentor:  Dr. Christopher Johnson, Transplant Surgery
Project Title:  Incidence and significance of posttransplant donor-specific HLA antibody in renal transplantation

Student:  Kathleen Wilcox
Mentor:  Dr. Karen Brasel, Trauma and Critical Care
Project Title:  Exploratory factor analysis for trauma quality of life measure

Student:  Eric Ohlrogge
Mentor:  Dr. Travis Webb, Trauma and Critical Care
Project Title:  Minimizing Surgical Injury in the aging patient during ventral hernia repair

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