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The Sixth Annual Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Resident Research Day Symposium

June 5-6, 2018

The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery presents the Annual Resident Research Day Symposium to celebrate the accomplishments of its research program trainees in the field of surgical disease. This year, the Symposium highlighted exciting research projects from the Department’s residents, fellows, staff and students. The 136 abstracts submitted presented work including all the Department’s divisions and all its affiliated hospitals.

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The event began with keynote speaker Dr. Rachel R. Kelz from the University of Pennsylvania, presenting, “Defining Metrics for Use in the Assessment of Graduate Medical Education.” Presenters introduced their work either in poster form or orally. At the end of the second day, a panel of guest physician-scientists scored the submitted abstracts and the list of awardees was revealed:

2018 Research Day Awards


Best Poster – Residents and Fellows

Dr. Elaine Vo

Atypical ductal hyperplasia and rate of upgrade to carcinoma on excision at a safety net hospital

Mentor: Dr. Eric Silberfein

$100 educational grant


Best Poster – Clinical and Research Staff

Lin Zhang

Ciprofloxacin increases susceptibility to aortic dissection and rupture in mice

Mentors: Dr. Scott LeMaire and Dr. Ying Shen

$100 educational grant


Best Poster – Medical Students

Evelyn Pan

Cold ischemia time is an important risk factor for post-liver transplant prolonged length of stay

Mentor: Dr. Abbas Rana

$100 educational grant


Best Student Quick Shot Presentation

Jacqueline Olive

Acute type I aortic dissection: Propensity-score analysis for patients who underwent traditional versus hybrid procedure with antegrade endovascular stent

Mentor: Dr. Ourania Preventza

$250 educational grant


Best Quick Shot Presentation

Dr. Emily Steen

Altered shear forces precipitate fibrotic remodeling in discrete subaortic stenosis

Mentor: Dr. Sundeep Keswani

$250 educational grant


Best Basic Science Presentation

Dr. Patricio Lau

Increase in nitric oxide formation and near-infrared spectroscopy values, while NEC incidence decreases with arginine and citrulline supplementation in a premature piglet model

Mentor: Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye

$1000 educational grant


Best Clinical Research Presentation

Dr. Nader Zamani

Addressing postoperative wound complications following lower extremity revascularization: a propensity-adjusted analysis

Mentor: Dr. Neal Barshes

$1000 educational grant

Congratulations to all the awardees and we hope to see you again in 2019!


By Ana María Rodríguez, Ph.D.


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