Allan Pickens, MD
Dr. Pickens directs the minimally invasive thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology services at Emory University Hospital Midtown. One of his primary specialties is the minimally invasive removal of early stage lung cancers and esophageal cancers using a procedure called video assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Pickens was at the forefront of reducing the incision sizes made in the chest wall for VATS to only one-to-two inches. A tiny camera or endoscope is inserted into one incision to view the lung or esophagus, while the others are used for passing small instruments to perform the surgery or biopsy.
Monica Rizzo, MD
After completing her surgical oncology fellowship at Emory in 2005, Dr. Rizzo joined the Emory division of surgical oncology. As an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Dr. Rizzo is actively involved in maintaining quality and excellence in cancer care at the hospital. Dr. Rizzo successfully led the EUHM Breast Center's application for accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in 2010, and its reaccreditation process in 2013.
Top Surgery News
I. Raul Badell Receives 2018 ASTS Vanguard Prize
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons' (ASTS) Vanguard Prize recognizes and honors ASTS junior members for authoring the previous year's best clinical and basic research manuscripts from young investigators. Emory kidney transplant surgeon I. Raul Badell, MD, won the 2018 edition of the award for his paper "Selective CD28 Blockade Results in Superior Inhibition of Donor-Specific T Follicular Helper Cell and Antibody Responses Relative to CTLA4-Ig," which was first published electronically in August 2017 by the American Journal of Transplantation.
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ASCO Merit Award Winners Present at 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium
General surgery resident Alexandra Lopez-Aguiar, MD, and research fellow Mohammad Zaidi, MD, presented their abstracts at the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.
Resident Presents Study at Panamerican Trauma Society Annual Congress
Erica Ludi, MD, presented "Trauma Surveillance and Epidemiology in Haiti: A Pilot Study" at the 2017 Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery in Mexico City.
Priya Rajdev Certified in CCM
General surgery resident Priya Rajdev, MD, successfully passed the American Board of Surgery's Surgical Critical Care Certifying Exam, signifying the completion of a year-long fellowship. Dr. Rajdev has achieved comprehensive knowledge of the CCM aspects of many disciplines, is sanctioned as having the skills necessary to work with the various specialty care teams in the ICU, and is able to apply intensive techniques for support of the critically ill patient.