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.

    Presentations at National Meetings

    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma 71st Annual Meeting, September 12-15, 2012, Kauai, Hawaii

    • William Bromberg, M.D., Moderator, Back to the Future: Reducing Reliance on Torso CT in the Initial Evaluation of Blunt Trauma 

    American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress, September 30, 2012 - October 4, 2012, Chicago

    • Imran Siddiqui, M.D., William Boswell, M.D., David Carney, M.D., Andrew Gamenthaler, M.D., Ashley Rogers, BSc, An Epidemiological Investigation Into the Incidence of Perforated Appendicitis - Does Ethnicity Matter?
    • Tim Fuller, MUSM, MS-III, William Bromberg, M.D. and M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., Is Mitochondrial DNA Recently Postulated to be a Culprit in Inflammatory Response to Injury, Also Found in Blood Transfusion Products?
    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., PG18: Successful Surgical Coding and Compliance (Advanced)
    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Co-moderator, Navigating E-Rx, PQRS, EHRs and Other CMS Programs That Can Affect Reimbursement

    Society of Critical Care Medicine, January 19-23, 2013, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    • Imran Siddiqui, M.D., Megan Schoeffler, PharmD, Andrew Gamenthaler, M.D., Alvaro Fonseca, M.D., A Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial of Transdermal Clonidine for Adjuvant Sedation in Ventilated Trauma Patients Experiencing Delirium

    SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) Annual Meeting, April 17-20, 2013, Baltimore

    • James Depew, M.D., M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., Efficacy of Physiologic Administration of CCK:  HIDA Scan Results and Patient Outcomes
    • William Hampton Pasley, M.D., Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Outcomes After Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy:  A Single Surgeon's Experience
    • Imran Siddiqui, M.D., Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Oncological Outcomes After Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer

    Presentations at Regional, State, and Local Meetings

    Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons, August 25-26, 2012, Savannah, Georgia (formerly Georgia Chapter American College of Surgeons and Georgia General Surgeons Society)

    • William Hampton Pasley, M.D., Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Outcomes After Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy:  A Single Surgeon's Experience

    Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons, August 25-26, 2012, Savannah, Georgia (formerly Georgia Chapter American College of Surgeons and Georgia General Surgeons Society)

    • Carl Boyd, M.D., The Modern Management of Complicated Ventral Hernia
    • Carl Boyd, M.D., Update on NSQIP and the Georgia Surgical Quality Collaborative
    • William Bromberg, M.D., Cognitive Errors in Medicine

    Georgia Surgical Society, September 21-23, 2012, Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., 15Th Annual William G. Whitaker Jr. Lecture: A Brief History of Surgery as Told Through Biography, Art, and Aphorism
    • S. Alan Lord, M.D., Current Management of Complicated Diverticulitis
    • M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., Trauma Panel: Ask the Experts

    Southeastern Surgical Congress, February 9-12, 2013, Jacksonville, Florida  

    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Meaningful Use, E-Prescribing, PQRI, and the VBM (Value-Based Modifier): What Does It All Mean for Surgeons?

    Grand Rounds (All Programs), March 8, 2013, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Campus, at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia

    • “Dissemination of Outcomes for Residency PI/CME Projects” -- Nessa Miller, M.D., James Depew, M.D., Cindy O’Neal, M.D., William Bromberg, M.D., Perioperative Respiratory Failure

    Research Day, May 2, 2013, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Campus, at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia   

    Oral Research Presentations:

    • Brett Armstrong, M.D., William Boswell, M.D., David Carney M.D., Management of Pediatric Soft Tissue Abscesses
    • Rebecca Fabbri, M.D., Christina Berenguer, M.D., Imran Siddiqui, M.D., Jay Howington , M.D., Frank Davis, M.D., Is Cerebral Computed Tomographic Angiography Equivalent to Nuclear Medicine Perfusion Test to Confirm Brain Death? (First-place winner)
    • Elizabeth Helmer, M.D., Robert J. Kelly Jr., M.D., Rebecca Beasley, M.D., M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., Simplifying the Measurement of Pulmonary Contusion to Predict Patient Outcomes (Third-place winner)
    • Luke Kinsinger, M.D., Oliver Whipple, M.D., Retrospective Analysis of Enoxaparin in the Postoperative Bariatric Patient Using Factor Anti-Xa Levels

    Poster Presentations (Presented and judged May 1, 2013)

    • Imran Siddiqui, M.D., Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Oncological Outcomes after Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer
    • Imran Siddiqui, M.D., Megan Schoeffler, PharmD, Andrew Gamenthaler, M.D., Alvaro Fonseca, M.D., A Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial of Transdermal Clonidine for Adjuvant Sedation in Ventilated Trauma Patients Experiencing Delirium
    • Imran Siddiqui, M.D., Robert Jones, M.D., Pericardial Cyst Case Report

    Poster Presentation (Non-judged and presented March 8, 2013)

    • James Depew, M.D., Nessa Miller, M.D., Cindy O’Neal, M.D., William Bromberg, M.D., Perioperative Respiratory Failure

    Other Presentations By Faculty

    Investigation for Identification 15th Annual Educational Conference, August 16-18, 2012, Savannah, Georgia

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., “The Assassination of Lincoln: The Story Your Teacher Did Not Tell You”

    National Presentation at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 11th Inspiring Quality Forum, December 12, 2012, Atlanta

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., Presentation of Academic Model of NSQIP (National Surgical Quality Improvement Program)

    Georgia Podiatric Medical Association 16th Annual Summit Meeting, February 20-23, 2013, Atlanta

    • Jerry Cohn, M.D., “Angiosomal Directed Resvascularization” and “Beyond the Bifurcation”

    Publications

    • Y Perry, H Fernando – Three Field Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy – Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, (Vol. 144 | No. 3 | Pages S63-S66). September 2012.
    • Burlew CC, Moore EE, Cuschieri J, Jurkovich GJ, Codner P, Nirula R, MacNew HG, Ochsner, MG, et.al. Who should we feed? Western Trauma Association multi-institutional study of enteral nutrition in the open abdomen after injury. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Dec;73(6):1380-7.
    • Wixon CL, M.D.; Jain KM, M.D.; Satiani B, M.D., MBA – Single-specialty versus multispecialty vascular surgery group model – J Vasc Surg. 2013 Jun; 57(6):1698-1702. PMID: 23473931
    • Jenny J Jackson, MPH, CPC; Charles D. Mabry, M.D., FACS; Mark T. Savarise, M.D., FACS; Christopher K. Senkowski, M.D., FACS – Effectively using E/M codes for trauma care – Bull. Am Coll Surg. 2013 Jun; 98(6):56-65. PMID: 23789201

    Book Chapters

    • 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, In: Cohen SM, Brower  ST, eds. Surgery: Evidence-Based Practice. USA: People’s Medical Publishing House; 2012: August.
    • Yaron Perry, M.D., Robert Jones, M.D. – The Use of Esophageal Stents – In: Cohen SM, Brower  ST, eds. Surgery: Evidence-Based Practice. USA: People’s Medical Publishing House; 2012: August. 

    Accepted for Publication

    • W. Bromberg, M. Busken, M. Hamilton, E. Bonner, E. Meister, M.G. Ochsner – A Direct Comparison of Helicopter vs. Ground Transportation of Injured Trauma Patients. Presented at WTA in February 2011 and will be published in the Journal of Trauma
    • (Book Chapter) David Carney, M.D. – Perioperative Management of the Pediatric Surgery Patient (Accepted for publication in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Editors:  Wheeler, Wong, Shanley and will be in Second Edition, 2012.
    • (Book Chapter) Christopher Senkowski, M.D., and Lorena Suarez-Kelly, M.D. – Complications of Pancreatic Surgery and Trauma (Accepted for publication in November 2012, Publisher: Informa Healthcare.)

    Abstract Submissions

    • William Bromberg, M.D., Tim Fuller, M.D., M. Gage Ochsner, M.D. – Is mitochondrial DNA recently postulated to be a culprit in inflammatory response to injury, also found in blood transfusion products? Submitted 7/9/2012 – American College of Surgeons
    • Andrew Coble, M.D., Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Robert Jones, M.D., Yaron Perry, M.D. – Laparoscopic repair of perforated epiphrenic diverticulum. Submitted 10/9/2012 – ScholarOne

    2013/2014 Academic Year

    Presentations at National Meetings

    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery, September 18-21, 2013, San Francisco
    Poster Presentation

    • Elizabeth Helmer, M.D., M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., Ernest Gray, M.D., William Brown, M.D., Simplifying the Measurement of Pulmonary Contusion to Predict Patient Outcomes   

    American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress, October 6-10, 2013, Washington, D.C.

    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., co-chair and moderator, General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee – Mastering General Surgery Coding (Advanced) (Presented October 6, 2014)
    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., co-moderator, General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee – Medicare’s Approach to Value-Based Purchasing:  Aligning with the New Medicare Value-Based Payment Modifier (Presented October 7, 2014)

    QUEST- Premier Annual Meeting, November 2013, Atlanta  

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., Retained Foreign Objects in Surgery

    The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma 27th Annual Scientific Assembly, January 14-18, 2014, Naples, Florida

    • Heather MacNew, M.D., The Altered Anatomy/Physiology of the Pregnant Patient and Its Impact on Diagnosis and Treatment  

    Western Trauma Association 2014 Annual Meeting, March 2-7, 2014, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    • Elizabeth Helmer, M.D., M. Gage Ochsner, M.D., Ernest Gray, M.D., William Brown, M.D., Simplifying the Measurement of Pulmonary Contusion to Predict Patient Outcomes   

    16th Annual Hernia Repair, March 12-15, 2014, Las Vegas

    • Carl Boyd, M.D., Is Watchful Waiting Appropriate for Asymptomatic or Minimally Symptomatic Inguinal Hernia?

    Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium, March 12-15, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona
    Poster Presentation

    • Victoria Villescas, M.D., Ray Rudolph, M.D., P.C. DeNitto, M.D., A. Pederson, M.D., C.I. Price, C. Frazier, J. Duttenhaver, M.D., Validation of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Dose for Breast Cancer Using Radiochromic Film 

    Presentations at Regional, State, and Local Meetings

    Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons, August 23-25, 2013, Atlanta

    • Luke Kinsinger, M.D., Oliver Whipple, M.D., Retrospective Analysis of Enoxaparin in the Postoperative Bariatric Patient Using Factor Anti-Xa Levels

    Presentations by Faculty:

    • David Carney, M.D., Moderator, Resident General Surgery Abstract Presentations
    • Yaron Perry, M.D., FACS, Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
    • Guy Petruzzelli, M.D., FACS, Treatment of Neck Lumps of Unknown Cause
    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., FACS, Alternative Payment Methodologies

    Georgia Surgical Society 52nd Annual Meeting, September 13-15, 2013, St. Simons Island, Georgia

    Presentations by Faculty:

    • Heather MacNew, M.D., Trauma and the Silver Tsunami
    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., Georgia Surgical Quality Collaborative Update, Retained Foreign Objects in Surgery, The Power of NSQIP: Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

    Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia (New Models for Ethics Committees:  Preventing Intractable Cases), October 2, 2013, Emory University Center for Ethics in Atlanta

    Presentations by Faculty:

    • William Bromberg, M.D., Frank Davis, M.D., Physician Involvement and Clinical Triggers
    • William Bromberg, M.D., Discussion: Physician Engagement

    American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 2013 Obesity Week, November 13-15, 2013, Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta

    Poster Presentation:

    • Luke Kinsinger, M.D., Oliver Whipple, M.D., Retrospective Analysis of Enoxaparin in the Postoperative Bariatric Patient Using Factor Anti-Xa Levels

    Southeastern Surgical Congress, February 22-25, 2014, Savannah, Georgia

    Poster Presentations:

    • L. Suarez Kelly, M.D., CK Senkowski, M.D., Medha Shukla, MUSM, MS-II, Does Addition of Colectomy to Pancreaticoduodenectomy Increase Surgical Morbidity and Mortality?
    • ZF Solomon, M.D., O Whipple, M.D., The Utility of Oral Antibiotic Bowel Preparation in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass with a Transorally Delivered Anvil

    Scientific Abstract:

    • L Kinsinger, M.D., O Whipple, M.D., Analysis of Current Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis in Bariatric Surgery

    Presentation by Faculty:

    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., Medha Shukla, MUSM, MS-II, Laparoscopic Enucleation of an Insulinoma in the Uncinate of the Pancreas

    “Dissemination of Outcomes for Residency PI/CME Projects,” Presented at Grand Rounds (All Programs) on April 4, 2014 at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Campus, at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia

    • Jing Zhou, M.D., James Depew, M.D., Mickey Ott, M.D., Christopher Senkowski, M.D.,  Katherine McBride, M.D., Joseph Spaniol, M.D., Lisa Aaron, Jean Wiggins, Reduction of inappropriate use of stress ulcer prophylaxis

    Research Day, April 24, 2014, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Campus, at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia   

    Oral Research Presentations:

    • Vinod Chopra, M.D., IV Acetaminophen as an Effective Component of Multimodal Analgesia in the Post-Operative Bariatric Population
    • Cindy O’Neal, M.D., Pancreatic Survival Disparities in Southeastern Georgia
    • Zachary Solomon, M.D., Radiologic Assessment for Safe Vessel Exposure during Anterior Spine Approach Does Not Predict Feasibility:  Evaluation of a Large Consecutive Cohort of 108 Patients
    • Lorena Suarez-Kelly, M.D., Does Addition of Colectomy to Pancreaticoduodenectomy Increase Surgical Morbidity and Mortality?
    • Victoria V. Villescas, M.D., Ray Rudolph, M.D., Validation of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Dose for Breast Cancer using Radiochromic Film

    Poster Presentation:

    • Mrinal Shukla, M.D., Uvula Hair Tourniquet (Presented and judged on April 23, 2014)

    Other Presentations By Faculty

    Health Policy Advisory Council Webinar, June 20, 2013

    • Christopher Senkowski, M.D., “Improved Insurance Payment and RVUs for Surgeons: How and Why the ACS is Involved in the AMA RUC Process”

    U.S. News and World Report Hospital of Tomorrow Conference, November 2013  

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., “Making Quality Stick”

    Georgia NSQIP Collaborative, June 2013, Atlanta  

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., “Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections”

    Medical Association of Atlanta Annual Meeting, June 2013, Atlanta  

    • Carl R. Boyd, M.D., “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln”

    Publications

    • Barney LM, Jackson JJ, Mabry CD, Savarise MT, Senkowski CK - Coding for damage-control surgery – Bull Am Coll Surg. 2013 Aug;98(8):57-61. PMID: 24205577
    • Diaz JJ Jr1, Cullinane DC, Khwaja KA, Tyson GH, Ott M, Jerome R, Kerwin AJ, Collier BR, Pappas PA, Sangosanya AT, Como JJ, Bokhari F, Haut ER, Smith LM, Winston ES, Bilaniuk JW, Talley CL, Silverman R, Croce MA - Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma: management of the open abdomen, part III-review of abdominal wall reconstruction - J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Sep;75(3):376-86. PMID: 23928736
    • Doucet J, MD; Bulger E, MD; Sanddal N, PhD, REMT; Fallat M, MD; Bromberg W, MD; Gestring M, MD - Appropriate use of helicopter emergency medical services for transport of trauma patients: guidelines from the Emergency Medical System Subcommittee, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons – J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Oct;75(4):734-741. PMID: 24064891
    • Miller N, MacNew H, Nester J, Wiggins JB, Shealy C, Senkowski C - Jump starting a quality and performance improvement initiative to meet the updated ACGME guidelines – J Surg Educ. 2013 Nov-Dec;70(6):758-768. E-pub 2013 Sep 13. PMID: 24209652
    • Gage A, MD, MPH; Rivara F, MD,MPH; Wang J, MS,PhD; Jurkovich GJ, MD;  Arbabi S, MD, MPH - The effect of epidural placement in patients after blunt thoracic trauma – J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Jan;76(1):39-45; discussion 45-46. PMID: 24368355
    • Linda Barney, MD, FACS: Charles Mabry, MD, FACS; Vinita Ollapally, JD; Mark Savarise, MD, FACS, Christopher K. Senkowski, MD, FACS - Reporting patient safety indicator-15 – Bull. Am Coll Surg. 2014 May;99(5):39-42. PMID:24868845

    Book Chapters

    • Russell RT, Carney DE, Rescorla FJ. Peri-operative Care of the General Pediatric Surgical Patient. In: Wheeler DS, Wong HR, Shanley TP, eds. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Volume 4. 2nd ed. London: Springer-Verlag; 2014: 119-140.
      (Published May 31, 2014)
    • Senkowski, CK, Suarez-Kelly, LP. Complications of Pancreatic Surgery and Trauma. In: Cohn, SM, Dolich, MO, eds. Complications in Surgery and Trauma, 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2014: 184-195.  (Published February 13, 2014)
    • James Burke II MD, Scott Purinton MD, Heather MacNew MD. Perioperative and Critical Care. In: Barakat R, Berchuck A, Markman M, Randall M. Principles of Practice and Gynecologic Oncology, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013: 151-189. (Published 2013)

    Abstract Submissions

    • Christopher Senkowski, MD, et al, Geographic disparities in pancreatic cancer survival in a Southeastern safety-net academic medical center - Submitted May 2014 - The Journal of Rural Health
    • William Bromberg, MD, Tim Fuller, MD; M. Gage Ochsner, MD, Dominique Broccoli, PhD, Is mitochondrial DNA recently postulated to be a culprit in inflammatory response to injury, also found in blood transfusion products? - Submitted April 30, 2013 - Blood Journal