Current Residents on Research Sabbatical

Dr. Katherine Baxter

Katherine Baxter, MD
– PGY 3
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: Emory University
– Lab: Clinical Research Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
– Mentor: Mehul Raval, MD

Dr. Clara Farley

Clara Farley, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: Elkin Fellowship
– Lab: Emory Transplant Center
– Mentor: Mandy Ford, PhD

Research Synopsis: Therapeutic targeting of metastaic melanoma.

Dr. Caitlin Fitzgerald

Caitlin Fitzgerald, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: NIH T32 Training Grant
– Lab: Emory Transplant Center
– Mentor: Craig Coopersmith, MD

Research Synopsis: Investigation of the relationship between the immune system, sepsis, and cancer.

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

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.

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

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.

Dr. Alexandra Lopez-Aguiar

Alexandra Lopez-Aguiar, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: Katz Fellowship
– Lab: Surgical Oncology
– Mentor: Shishir Maithel, MD

Research Synopsis: GI/HPB cancer

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.

Dr. Nnaemeka Ndubisi

Nnaemeka Ndubisi, MD
– PGY 4
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: Emory Department of Surgery
– Lab: Cardiothoracic Surgery Center for Clinical Research
– Mentor: Michael Halkos, MD

Research synopsis: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, robotic cardiac surgery, and hybrid coronary revascularization.

Dr. Matthew Perez

Matthew Perez, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
– Lab: Cutaneous Oncology
– Mentor: Jonathan Zager, MD

Research synopsis: Cutaneous melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, and soft tissue sarcomas.

Dr. Matthew Stanley

Matthew Stanley, MD
– PGY 2
– Calendar years in the lab: 2016-2018
– Salary funding: NIH T32 Training Grant
– Lab: Surgical Critical Care
– Mentor: Timothy Buchman, PhD, MD

Research Synopsis: ICU streaming data analysis.

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