Surgery Resident Research

  • Each resident is expected to be involved in research activities during his/her training at Memorial University Medical Center. Our department of surgical education has been a leader in research, publishing the results of clinical research in national journals. Because of the great volume of clinical experience, there is much opportunity for research. At a minimum, residents are required to complete one peer-reviewed publication as principal author. Below are examples of our residents' research.

    2011/2012 Academic Year

    Presentations at National Meetings

    American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress, October 23-27, 2011, San Francisco
    Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Postgraduate Course 15, Rocket to Reimbursement Success (Basic)
    Christopher Senkowski, M.D., EMR and Meaningful Use in a Small Group Practice, Expert Panel
    Christopher Senkowski, M.D., E-Prescribing for Surgeons, Expert Panel

    American Medical Association CPT and RBRVS 2012 Annual Symposium, November 16-18, 2011, Chicago
    Christopher Senkowski, M.D., General Surgery session on November 17, 2011

    Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS), March 19-24, 2012, San Diego
    Jump Starting a Quality and Performance Improvement Initiative with Residents To Meet the Updated ACGME Guidelines, (Authors: Jane Nester Dr.PH., Nessa Miller, M.D., Heather MacNew M.D., Cindy Shealy BSN, Jean Wiggins, Christopher Senkowski, M.D.)

    Presentations at Regional, State, and Local Meetings

    Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS), August 27-28, 2011, Atlanta. (Formerly Georgia Chapter American College of Surgeons and Georgia General Surgeons Society)

    Georgia ACS Committee on Trauma (State) Resident Paper Competition. Held at the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons 2011 Annual Meeting, August 27-28, 2011 in Atlanta

    Oral Presentation, Rebecca Fabbri, M.D., Utility of Fractional Excretion of Urea Versus Fractional Excretion of Sodium as a Marker for Critically Ill Trauma/Surgical Patients for Acute Renal Failure (First Place Winner)

    Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) - August 27-28, 2011, Atlanta. (Formerly Georgia Chapter American College of Surgeons and Georgia General Surgeons Society)
    Presentation by Faculty: Christopher Senkowski, M.D., “Health Care Reform and ACS Efforts,” Lead Lecture Presentation, Invited Lecture

    ACS-COT Regional Resident Paper Competition for Region 4 (Southeastern Region - 8 States), November 19, 2011, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
    Oral Presentation, Rebecca Fabbri, M.D., Utility of Fractional Excretion of Urea Versus Fractional Excretion of Sodium as a Marker for Critically Ill Trauma/Surgical Patients for Acute Renal Failure

    Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC), February 11-13, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama
    Poster Presentations
    Rebecca Fabbri, M.D., Utility of Fractional Excretion of Urea Versus Fractional Excretion of Sodium as a Marker for Critically Ill Trauma/Surgical Patients for Acute Renal Failure
    Nessa Miller, M.D., GI Surgery Outcomes: A Comparison of NSQIP and HealthGrades Databases

    Presentation by Faculty, Carl Boyd, M.D., “Appendicitis: Operate Now or Wait Until Morning?” Pro-Con Debate at Morning Session on February 14, 2012

    Resident Physician Performance Improvement Projects, Presented at Grand Rounds (All Programs) March 8, 2012, Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah Campus at Memorial University Medical Center
    Andrew Coble, M.D., Clostridium Difficile: Early Detection and Treatment (Authors: Andrew Coble, M.D./Nessa Miller, M.D.)

    Research Day, May 3, 2012 at Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah Campus at Memorial University Medical Center, Oral Research Presentations
    William Hampton Pasley, M.D. - Port site hernia incidence after single incision lap cholecystectomy (Authors: W. Hampton Pasley, M.D., and Christopher Senkowski, M.D.)
    James Depew, M.D., Effect of Physiologic Administration of CCK: HIDA scan results & patient outcomes (Authors: James Depew, M.D. and M. Gage Ochsner, M.D.)
    Tim Fuller, MUSM, MS-III, Is mitochondrial DNA recently postulated to be a culprit in inflammatory response to injury, also found in blood transfusion products? (First Place Winner) (Authors: Tim Fuller, MS-III, W. Bromberg, M.D., and M. Gage Ochsner, M.D.)

    Research Day Poster Presentations (Presented May 2, 2012)
    Andrew Coble, MD - Emergency laparoscopic repair of perforated epiphrenic diverticulum
    James Depew, M.D., Surgical Management of a patent urachus in a 30 year old woman
    Andrew Coble, M.D., and Nessa Miller, M.D., Clostridium Difficile: Early Detection and Treatment (PI project)

    Other Presentations by Faculty

    Frontiers in Surgery, Steamboat Grand Hotel in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, February 2-4, 2012
    Anthony Avino, M.D., Peripheral Vascular Disease: Risk Reduction with Best Medical Therapy
    Christina Berenguer, M.D., Addressing the Challenges of Managing Surgical Care in Rural Communities
    William Boswell, M.D., Short Gut Syndrome
    Jerry Cohn, M.D., Vascular Surgery
    Alvaro Fonseca, M.D., Update in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care Update
    Patrick Hammen, M.D., Obesity in Colon and Rectal Surgery
    S. Alan Lord, M.D., Management of Diverticulitis

    33rd Annual Reynolds Lecture, The University of Alabama School of Medicine, February 3, 2012
    Presentation by Faculty: Carl Boyd, M.D., The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Peer-Reviewed Publications by Faculty

    Rudolph R, Griffeth, WD. Extensive breast calcification in a patient with history of partial mastectomy and postoperative radiation therapy. Am Surg. 2012;78(1):139-41.

    Senkowski, CK, Jackson, J: Coding hernia and other complex abdominal repairs. ACS Bull 96(9)42-44. September 2011.

    Satiani, BB, Motew, SJ, Darling III, RC, Jain, KM, Wixon, CL, Johnson, BA, Weiss, VJ, Gable, DR. Changing practice paradigms: Negotiating your future. J Vasc Surg 2012;55:1206-12.

    Book Chapters

    David Carney, M.D., Peri-operative Management of the Pediatric Surgery Patient (accepted for publication in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine). Editors: Wheeler, Wong, Shanley. Second Edition, 2012.

    William Bromberg, M.D., A Direct Comparison of Helicopter Vs. Ground Transportation of Injured Trauma Patients (Authors: W. Bromberg, M. Busken, M. Hamilton, E. Bonner, E. Meister, M.G. Ochsner). Presented at WTA in February 2011 and will be published in the Journal of Trauma

    David Carney, M.D., Miller Hamrick, M.D., and William Boswell, M.D., Esophageal Atresia and Tracheosophageal Fistula in the Evidence-Based Medicine Book of Surgery, Editors: Steven Brower, M.D., and Stephen Cohn, M.D.

    Yaron Perry, M.D., The use of esophageal stents in the Evidence-Based Medicine Book of Surgery, Editors: Steven Brower, M.D., and Stephen Cohn, M.D.

    Steven Brower, M.D., The use of esophageal stents in the Evidence-Based Medicine Book of Surgery, Editors: Steven Brower, M.D., and Stephen Cohn, M.D.

    2010/2011 Academic Year

    Presentations at National Meetings

    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) 69th Annual Meeting, September 22-25, 2010, Boston
    William J. Bromberg, M.D., Invited Discussant, Improving the Screening Criteria for Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury: The Role of CTA
    Poster Presentation: Christopher Busken, M.D., A Pilot Study to Determine the Incidence of Acute Renal Failure in Emergency General Surgery Patients Undergoing Contrasted CT Scans, (Authors: Christopher Busken, M.D., J. Clyde Smith, Rebecca Coefield, M.D., Christina Berenguer, M.D., William Bromberg, M.D., and M. Gage Ochsner, M.D.)

    41st Annual Western Trauma Association Meeting, February 27 – March 5, 2011, Big Sky, Montana
    Presidential Address: M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., March 1, 2011, The Surgeon’s Role in Patient Safety: Past, Present & Future
    Oral Presentation: William Bromberg, M.D., A Direct Comparison of Helicopter vs. Ground Transportation of Injured Trauma Patients (Authors: W. Bromberg, M. Busken, M. Hamilton, E. Bonner, E. Meister, and M.G. Ochsner)

    SAGES 2011 Scientific Session, March 30 – April 2, 2011, San Antonio, Texas
    Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Getting Paid for What You Do Symposium: EMR, Coding, Reimbursement – “Basics of Reimbursement, Coding and Valuation”

    Presentations at Regional, State, and Local Meetings

    Georgia Surgical Society, September 17-19, 2010, Ponte Vedra, Florida
    Carl Boyd M.D., “Closing the Loop – Using NSQIP to Evaluate and Improve the Quality of Local Surgical Care”
    Heather MacNew, M.D., "The lights are on. Is anyone here? The diagnosis and management of ICU delirium"

    Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC), February 12-15, 2011, Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Poster Presentation: Rebecca Coefield, M.D., The usefulness of repeating CT scans in the acute transferred trauma setting (Drs. Coefield/Davis)

    Resident Physician Performance Improvement Projects, Presented at Grand Rounds (All Programs) February 18, 2011, Memorial University Medical Center
    Rebecca Coefield, M.D., VTE Reassessment (Audience Choice Winner)

    Research Day, April 22, 2011, at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah Campus, Mercer University School of Medicine
    Oral Research Presentation: Andrew Gamenthaler, M.D., An Epidemiological Investigation into the Incidence of Perforated Appendicitis at MHUMC: Does Ethnicity Matter? (Tied for Second Place)

    Research Day Poster Presentations (Presented April 21, 2011)
    Rebecca Coefield, M.D., Pseudoaneurysm of Posterior Humeral Circumflex Artery
    Robert J. Kelly, Jr., M.D., Retained Anvil after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: A Case Report General Surgery (Second Place Winner)
    Imran Siddiqui, M,D, Isolated Tubal Torsion of a Fallopian Tube

    Research Day Research in Progress Poster Presentations (Non-Judged Group)
    Rebecca Fabbri, M.D., Utility of Fractional Excretion of Urea versus Fractional Excretion of Sodium as a Marker for Critically Ill Trauma/Surgical Patients for Acute Renal Failure
    Nessa Miller, M.D., GI Surgery Outcomes: A Comparison of NSQIP and Health Grades Databases
    Andrew Coble, M.D., A Randomized Trial Comparing Harmonic Scalpel Use in Axillary Node Dissection vs. Standard Technology for the Primary Outcome of Reduction in Bulb Suction Drainage Volume
    Andrew Gamenthaler, M.D., A Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial of Transdermal Clonidine for Adjuvant Sedation in Ventilated Trauma Patients Experiencing Delirium

    Other Presentations By Faculty

    Frontiers in Surgery, January 27-29, 2011, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
    Anthony Avino, M.D., What’s New in Endovascular Surgery
    Steven Brower, M.D., Quality Control amongst Surgeons: Operative Notes and Pathological Reports in Pancreas Cancer
    Steven Brower, M.D., Odyssey Into the Land of the Small Blue Cells: Update on Surgery for Carcinoid
    Jerry Cohn, M.D., Vascular Surgery
    Patrick Hammen, M.D., Operative Indications for Diverticulitis
    Patrick Hammen, M.D., Use of Robotics in Colorectal Surgery
    Robert Jones, M.D., Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes
    Alan Lord, M.D., Minimally Invasive Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Alan Lord, M.D., Modern Treatment of Rectal Cancer

    Medical University of South Carolina 40th Annual Postgraduate Course in Surgery, April 28-30, 2011, Charleston
    Carl Boyd, M.D., Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair – How I Do It
    Carl Boyd, M.D., Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia Repairs
    Carl Boyd, M.D., Post Herniorrhapy Inguinodynia

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia 38th Annual Day of Surgery, May 12, 2011, Macon, Georgia
    Oliver Whipple, M.D., Bariatric complications encountered by the general surgeon

    Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, June 15-18, 2011, Amelia Island, Florida
    David Carney, M.D., Presentation at “Pediatrics by the Sea”

    Society for Vascular Surgery, Vascular Annual Meeting, June 16, 2011
    Christopher Wixon, M.D., Single Specialty presentation in Single Specialty vs. Multi-Specialty Group Model

    Publications

    Hamrick MC, Duhn RD, Carney DE, Boswell WC, Ochsner MG. Pulmonary contusion in the pediatric population. Am Surg. 2010 Jul;76(7):721-4.

    Hamrick MC, Boswell W, Carney D. Management of delayed complications after repair of esophageal atresia with creation of a neoesophagus. Am Surg. 2011;77(2):251-252.

    Peer-Reviewed Publications By Faculty

    Barraco RD, Cheng JD, Bromberg WJ, et al. Child passenger safety: an evidence-based review. J Trauma. 2010 Dec;69(6):1588-90.

    Burlew CC, Moore EE, Cuschieri J, et al. Sew it up! A Western Trauma Association multi-institutional study of enteric injury management in the post injury open abdomen. J Trauma. 2011 Feb;70(2):273-7. (Authors: Burlew, Clay Cothren, Moore, Ernest E., Cuschieri, Joseph, Jurkovich, Gregory J., Codner, Panna, Kaups, Krista L., Crowell, Kody, Nirula, Ram, Haan, James, Rowell, Susan E., Kato, Catherine M., MacNew, Heather, Ochsner, M. Gage, Harrison, Paul B., Fusco, Cynthia, Sauaia, Angela.)

    Matthew H. G. Katz, M.D., Nipun B. Merchant, M.D., Steven Brower, M.D., Megan Branda, M.D., Mitchell C. Posner, M.D., L. William Traverso, D, Ross A. Abrams, M.D., Vincent J. Picozzi, M.D., Peter W. T. Pisters, M.D., and the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. Standardization of Surgical And Pathologic Variables is Needed in Multicenter Trials of Adjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer: Results from the ACOSOG Z5031 Trial. Ann Surg Oncol (2011) 18:337-344.

    Steven Brower, Matthew Katz, Peter Pisters, Nipun Merchant, Sharon Weber, Mitchell Posner. Electronic Synoptic Operative Reporting (E-SORs) for Pancreatic Resection. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2011 March;212(3):425-426.

    Book Chapters  

    Carney D, Hamrick M. Cardiovascular and Renal Physiology/ Fluids and Electrolytes/ Thermoregulation. In: Ladd AP, Grosfelf JL, Rescorla FJ, eds. Handbook of Pediatric Surgical Patient Care. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Co., Inc.; 2011.

    Accepted for Publication

    William Bromberg, MD – A Direct Comparison of Helicopter Vs. Ground Transportation of Injured Trauma Patients (Authors: W. Bromberg, M. Busken, M. Hamilton, E. Bonner, E. Meister, M.G. Ochsner) – Presented at WTA in February 2011 and will be published in the Journal of Trauma

    (Book Chapter) David Carney, Miller Hamrick and William Boswell – Esophageal Atresia and Tracheosophageal Fistula in the Evidence-Based Medicine Book of Surgery, Editors: Steven Brower, M.D., and Stephen Cohn, M.D.

    (Book Chapter) Yaron Perry, The use of esophageal stents in the Evidence-Based Medicine Book of Surgery, Editors: Steven Brower, M.D., and Stephen Cohn, M.D. (Proofs submitted March 2011)

    (Book Chapter) Steven Brower, The use of esophageal stents in the Evidence-Based Medicine Book of Surgery, Editors: Steven Brower, M.D., and Stephen Cohn, M.D. (Proofs submitted March 2011)

    Ray Rudolph, M.D., Extensive breast calcification in a patient with history of partial mastectomy and postoperative radiation therapy, Accepted for publication in The American Surgeon