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Research/Scholarly Activity

Research and scholarly activity has become a major focus of our residency program and we strive to educate our faculty and residents on research processes and methods. The program hosts a monthly surgery research conference to promote research productivity through collaborative efforts, inside and outside the division. Residents also have the opportunity to attend research lectures provided by the program as well as other units and departments at Carle Foundation Hospital and the University of Illinois. Additionally, the program is supported by research coordinators who assist residents with the development of their research study, serve as a liaison with the Carle Institutional Review Board (IRB) and guide residents throughout the duration of their projects. The Carle General Surgery Residency Program is proud of our accomplishments in research. Our residents are very active in participating in local, regional and national conferences, and have claimed several awards. Below is a list of our faculty's research interests and some of our projects.

  • Sherfield Dawson, MD – Pancreatic and Hepatic Surgery
  • Henry Moore, MD – Rural Trauma, Obesity and Trauma
  • Uretz Oliphant, MD – Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Trauma, Medical Education, Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Michelle Olson, MD – Surgical Education, Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Blair Rowitz, MD – Metabolic Changes After Bariatric Surgery
  • Paul Tender, MD – The Impact of Population Screening for CRC on Surgical Demand

Ongoing Research and Scholarly Activity

S Boppart2 MD, P Ray1,2 MD. Optical Coherence Tomography of Human Tumors.

S Boppart2 MD, P Ray1,2 MD, K Cradock1,2 MD. Real-time Optical Coherence Tomography of Human Tissue.

P Ray1,2 MD. FOXC1 and FOXC2 in Triple-Negative and Basal-like Breast Cancers.

S Dawson1,2 MD. Outcomes of Pancreaticoduodenectomy in the Medium to Large Clinic Setting.

U Oliphant1,2 MD, H Moore1,2 MD, M Voight1 NP. Does direct transport of critically injured trauma patients improve their outcome?

L Sakai1,2 MD, U Oliphant1,2 MD, J Aucar2 MD, F Bokhari2 MD. Antiplatelet Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury.

B Wheatley1 MD, Z Osborne1,2 MD. 5-year Experience with Pulmonary Embolectomy in the Community Hospital.

M Olson1,2 MD, L Tangen1,2 MD, N Bolero1 NP. Massive Hemorrhage Secondary to Flexi-Seal Treated with Arterial Embolization.

D Wall1,2 MD. The Frequency of Neurological Intervention in Patients Transferred to Carle with Isolated Brain Injury.

M Sundaram1,2 MD. ACOSOG X5041 A Phase II Study of Preoperative Gemcitabine and Erlotinib Plus Pancreatectomy and Postoperative Gemcitabine and Erlotinib with Operable Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. (2009-ongoing)


Abstracts/Posters/Presentations

Perez C. Surgical Options for the Treatment of Obesity. 2018 Digestive Health Updates in Primary Care.  Carle Foundation Hospital. Urbana, Illinois. (March 2018)

Perez C. Surgical Option for the Treatment of Obesity. Carle Obesity Symposium. Carle Foundation Hospital. Urbana, Illinois. (August 2018)

Perez C. Rheumatologic disorders and degenerative joint and disc disease: use of biologics, timing of meds and choice of surgery. Obesity Week (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery). Nashville, TN. (November 2018)

Perez C. Surgical Options for GERD management. 2019 Digestive Health Updates in Primary Care. Carle Foundation Hospital. Urbana, Illinois. (March 2019)

Perez C. Rheumatologic disorders and bariatric surgery. XXI Inernational Congress Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Diseases. Mexican College of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. International professor. Guadalajara, Mexico (July 2019) 

Perez C. Debate. The Robotic Surgery is useful for bariatric surgery. XXI Inernational Congress Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Diseases. Mexican College of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. International professor. Guadalajara, Mexico (July 2019)

Perez C. Case discussion about patient with antiphospholipid syndrome and bariatric surgery. XXI Inernational Congress Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Diseases. Mexican College of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. International professor. Guadalajara, Mexico (July 2019)

Vetter CD, Perez M, Stelle L, Schoenheit T, Musaad S, Cradock K, Higham A. Impact of systemic cavity shave margins in breast conserving surgery at a large community hospital.  Presented at American College of Surgeons annual meeting, Oct 2018.

Awah, CE, Schlessinger E, Musaad S, Higham A. 10 year local recurrence of breast cancer patients at a large community cancer center. Presented at U of I COM Research Day 2018. 

American College of Surgeons. ACS Quality and Safety Conference. Quality improvement project evaluating the time to surgery for patients diagnosed at Carle with breast cancer 2018

Robinson, K.N., Rowitz B., Donovan S.M., Oliphant U.J., Teran-Garcia M. Larger Omental Adipocytes Correlate with Greater Fetuin-A Reduction Following Sleeve Gastrectomy. BMC Obesity 2019, 6:15

Zhou, W., Rowitz, B., Dailey, M. Insulin/IGF-1 enhances intestinal epithelial crypt proliferation through PI3K/Akt, and not ERK signaling in obese humans. Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2018, 243(11):911-916

Acevedo, M.B., Bartholow, B.D., Bucholz, K., Rowitz, B., Pepino, M.Y. Beyond Increased Blood Alcohol Concentrations: Sensitivity to the Effects of Bariatric Surgery. Poster Presentation at Obesity Week 2018.


Completed Projects

Moore1,2 MD and J Aucar2 MD. Traumatic Abdominal Wall Hernias.

U Oliphant1,2 MD. Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database.

U Oliphant1,2 MD and Tana Repella, MD. Nurses' Perception of Women Surgeons.

Grants Received

  1. NCI-Phase II SBIR
  2. Warren Cole Foundation Career Development Grant

1 Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL
2 University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL
3 Stroger Hospital, Chicago, IL