Surgery’s Research Day Showcases 51 Projects

Published June 14, 2019

story by bill bruton

Seven projects and their researchers earned honors as best in their respective categories during the Department of Surgery’s 15th annual Research Day.

There were 36 posters and 15 formal oral presentations. First-, second- and third-place winners were chosen from the oral presentations. There were four groups of nine each in the poster presentations with one winner from each group.

The event took place May 23 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building in downtown Buffalo.

Best Presentations Recognized

The following projects and researchers were recognized as best in their categories:


First Place

“Improving the Performance of the Revised Trauma Score (RTS) for Pediatric Trauma Patients Using Shock Index (SI) and Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) — a National Trauma Databank Study (NTDB) 2011-2015§”

Presenter: Radu Filipescu, MD

Other co-authors: Colin Powers, research assistant of surgery; Han Yu; David H. Rothstein, MD, associate professor of surgery; Carrol M. Harmon; Brian Clemency, DO, associate professor of emergency medicine; Weidun Alan Guo, MD, PhD, professor of clinical surgery; Kathryn Bass, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery

Second Place

“Multisource Feedback Driven Intervention Improves Surgeon Leadership and Teamwork”

Presenter: Jinwei Hu, MD, clinical informatics fellow

Other co-authors: Robert Lee, MD, clinical assistant professor of anasthesia; Sarah Mullin, biomedical informatics doctoral candidate;  Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of surgery; Larry Harmon, PhD; Paul Gregory, PhD; Peter L Elkin, MD, professor and chair of biomedical informatics

Third Place

“The Association of Nodal Upstaging with Surgical Approach and its Impact on Long Term Survival after Resection of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”

Presenter: Luke DeGraaff  

Authors: Mark W. Hennon, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery; Adrienne Groman, PhD; Todd L. Demmy, MD, professor of surgery; and Sai Yendamuri, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery


Group 1 — First Place

“Teaching Surgery Novices and Trainees Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing: A Trial and Tribulations”

Authors: AT Train, DO, MPH1, J Hu, MD1, JR Narvaez, MD1, LM Miller, MA2, GE Wilding, PhD2, L Cavuoto, PhD3, E Noyes, PhD, MPH4, AB Hoffman, MD1, SD Schwaitzberg MD, MA1

Group 2 — First Place

“Reentry Devices at the Infra-Popliteal Level”

Authors: Elias N Fakhoury, DO, medical resident; Mariel Rivero, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery; Sikandar Z. Khan, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery; Gregory Cherr, MD, associate professor of surgery; Linda M. Harris, MD, professor of surgery; Maciej L. Dryjski, MD, PhD, professor of surgery; Hasan H. Dosluoglu, MD, associate professor of surgery

Group 3 — First Place

Ex Vivo Perfusion of Tumor Containing Human Liver Specimens: A Novel Model for Malignancy

Authors: Michael M. Wach, MD, medical resident; Samantha M. Ruff, Reed I. Ayabe, Mohammed Jafferji, Kirsten Remmert, Imani Alexander, Surajit Sinha, Alok Ranjan, James D. McDonald, Shreya Gupta, Maureen George, David Kleiner, Jeremy L. Davis, and Jonathan M. Hernandez

Group 4 — First Place

“Fluorescent Cholangiography in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and the Use in Pediatric Patients”

Authors: Kristen A. Calabro, MD; Carroll M. Harmon, MD, PhD, John E. Fisher Chair and professor of surgery and chief of pediatric surgery; Kaveh Vali, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery