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2024 William Wood Symposium: Final Report

2024 Wood Symposium Award Winners

The 22nd Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium took place on Thursday, April 18, 2024, 7:00AM – 12:00PM, in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. It showcased basic and clinical science research of the Emory Department of Surgery's students, residents, and clinical and post-doctoral fellows.


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Faculty Spotlights

David Kooby, MD 

Dr. Kooby

David Kooby, MD, was awarded the 2024 E. Napier Burson, Jr., MD, Physician Award of Distinction along Dr. Dheval Desai on May 1, 2024. It has been four years since the Burson Award nominating committee has named a recipient.

Dr. Kooby met and exceeded the Burson Award criteria of: 

1. Adherence to the emergency philosophy and contribution to Mercy Mission in Atlanta.

2. Contribution to the quality of medicine practice at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

3. Ability to contribute in a leadership role.

Dr. Kooby is a professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Chief of Emory Surgery in the Northern Arc.

Dr. Kooby's faculty profile >>

Steven Kim, MD

Dr. Steven Kim

Steven Kim, MD, has been awarded a Faculty Development Grant by The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for the funding period of 2024-2026. The title of the grant that was funded is "Investigating the Role of NK Cells in a Preclinical Model of Pig-to-Nonhuman Primate Xenotransplantation." This is the same study that Dr. Kim received a DOS Pilot Research Award for last year, with much of the preliminary data for the ASTS Faculty Development Grant generated using the funds from the DOS Pilot Research Award.

The ASTS Faculty Development Grant is designed to support a junior faculty member in the development of transplant research so that further funding can be obtained. It provides winners $50,000 over two years to support direct research and educational costs.

Dr. Kim's faculty profile >>



Trainee Spotlights

Dr. Ayana Ruffin wins Winship Postdoctoral Award and Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Award


Ayana Ruffin, PhD, won an internal Winship Postdoctoral Award and the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Award to Promote Racial Diversity. 

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity supports qualified young scientists from underrepresented minorities at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology and cancer immunology.

Dr. Francie Bennett wins 2023 Winship Scientific Symposium Poster Competition

Dr. Frances J. Bennett

Francie Bennett, MD, won the 2023 Winship Scientific Symposium Poster Competition Award held on Emory's campus on Wednesday, December 6. Dr. Bennett's poster title was "Expanding immunotherapy options in cholangiocarcinoma: Role of CD27 agonist in combination with PD-L1 and MEK inhibition on antitumor effect and CD8+ T cells."

The annual Winship Scientific Symposium seeks to highlight the outstanding research of Winship investigators, deepen our understanding of important topics and provide opportunities to cultivate collaboration.