Current Residents on Research Sabbatical

Adriana Gamboa

Adriana Gamboa, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2018-2020
– Salary funding: Katz Foundation
– Lab: Surgical Oncology
– Mentor: Shishir Maithel, MD

Research Synopsis: Dr. Gamboa will study the clinicopathologic variables that affect patient outcomes, particularly perioperative morbidity, disease recurrence, and survival for patients with colorectal cancer.

DeAngelo Harris

DeAngelo Harris, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2018-2020
– Salary funding: Department of Veteran Affairs
– Lab: Veteran Affairs Quality Scholars Fellowship Program
– Mentor: Anne Tomolo, MD, MPH

Research Synopsis: Dr. Harris conducts quality improvement and outcomes research for the Atlanta VA Medical Center. His interests include improving OR efficiency, reducing post-operative readmissions, optimizing clinic workflow, and reducing operational costs as they relate to general and thoracic surgery.

Dr. Raheel Jajja

Raheel Jajja, MD
– PGY 3
– Calendar years in the lab: 2017-2019
– Salary funding: Emory University/NIH
– Lab: Surgical Oncology Nanomedicine Research Lab
– Mentor: Lily Yang, PhD

Research Synopsis: Dr. Yang's lab focuses on optimization of targeted nanoparticles in pre-clinical models of pancreatic cancer for imaging, therapeutics, and image guided surgery. The eventual goal is to translate these findings to human clinical trials. The lab is also exploring the use of nanoparticles/quantum dots for early detection of metastatic disease in gastrointestinal malignancies.

Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab:
– Salary funding:
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Dr. Jessica Liu

Jessica Liu, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2017-2019
– Salary funding: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Research Grant
– Lab: American College of Surgeons Clinical Scholar in Residence in Chicago, IL
– Mentors: Cliff Ko, MD; Liza Wick, MD; Joe Sharma, MD

Research Synopsis: National implementation of the AHRQ/ACS Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) program and other quality improvement measures from the American College of Surgeons.

Brendan Lovasik

Brendan Lovasik, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2018-2019
– Salary funding: Resident Scientist Scholarship of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
– Lab: Transplant Immunology
– Mentor: Andrew Adams, MD, PhD

Research Synopsis: Dr. Lovasik will work to develop novel strategies to combat the two principal barriers blocking the use of xenotransplantation as a mode of kidney transplant in humans: hyperacute rejection due to pre-formed antibodies against nonhuman donor cell markers, and acute rejection initiated by recipient lymphocytic, cell-mediated response. See this news feature for details.

Erica Ludi

Erica Ludi, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years: 2018-2019
– Salary funding: Global Health Scholarship, Center for Global Health, Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University
– Mentor: Mamta Swaroop, MD, founder of the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative (NTSI)

Research Synopsis: Dr. Ludi will travel to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and work to strengthen the trauma and emergency medical services system within the region. See this news feature for details.

Abraham Matar

Abraham Matar, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2018-2020
– Salary funding: Emory University
– Lab: Transplant Immunology
– Mentor: Andrew Adams, MD, PhD

Research Synopsis: Use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to promote allograft tolerance. 

Dr. Christopher Nauser

Christopher Nauser, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: Emory University
– Lab: King's College London, Division of Transplantation Immunology & Mucosal Biology
– Mentor: Professor Steven Sacks

Research Synopsis: Investigation of the role of the innate immune system and complement activation in renal transplantation.

Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2018-2020
– Salary funding: U.S. Navy
– Lab: Critical Care
– Mentor: Craig Coopersmith, MD

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