Annual Research Symposium in Surgical Sciences 

The Department of Surgery’s Annual Research Symposium in Surgical Sciences brings together the Department’s faculty, project scientists, residents, research fellows, post-doctoral scholars, and medical students who are engaged and interested in the Department’s research enterprise. This year's meeting, held on May 3rd, embraced the breadth and wide impact of surgical sciences: from research dissecting the molecular response to tissue injury and inflammation; to the deployment of next generation methods to enhance and accelerate repair and regeneration; to improving surgical outcomes through technological innovation, clinical research, clinical trials and health services research. Read the program

This year, the meeting was headlined by Professor Allan D. Kirk, the David C. Sabiston, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Professor Kirk will deliver the morning’s Grand Rounds lecture and in the evening, close a day of poster and oral presentations with a lecture on Science and the Surgeon. In his keynote address, Professor Kirk discussed the decline in funding for surgical research and suggested that the main impediment is incentives: “The financial rewards of doing research are limited. And in surgery, the gap between the fiscal rewards of research and clinical practice is the widest.

Oral Presentations

Charlie Chen
Plastic Surgery Fellow, Division of Plastic Surgery A Longitudinal Look at Resident Cosmetic Experience

Daniel Han
Resident Physician, Department of Urology Pathologic Determinants of Recurrence and Survival in Stage II Renal Cell Cancer

Aria Jafari 
Resident Physician, OtolaryngologyRevision rates after endoscopic sinus surgery: a large database analysis

Sean Li 
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Resident
The Impact of Residents on Patient Satisfaction

Thinzar Lwin
Post-Doctorate Researcher, Cancer Therapeutics Training Program, Moores Cancer CenterEffective Tumor Labeling of Pancreatic Cancer in a Patient Derived Orthotopic Xenograft Mouse Model Using Fluorescent Humanized Anti-CEA Antibody


Quyen T. Nguyen
Professor of Surgery, Otology, Neurotology, Skull-Base SurgeryInjectible Pepties for Intraoperative Nerve Visualization and Preservation

John Pang 
Resident Physician, OtolaryngologyChronic Opioid Use Following Surgery for Oral Cavity Cancer 

Chris Reid 
Plastic Surgery ResidentA Novel Method for Quantifying Intracranial Volume Change by Distraction Osteogenesis for Craniosynostosis

Divya Sood 
PGY-4 General Surgery Resident, Cancer Therapeutics Training (CT2) Research FellowSuper-enhancer Analysis Identifies Therapeutic Targets in Pancreatic Cancer