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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 biweekly 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
  • Partha Ray, MD – Cancer Biomarkers - Diagnostic, Prognostic, Predicative, Catheter Directed Therapy of Hepatitis Pancreatic Biliary (HPB) Cancers, Cancer Stem Cells – Biology and Therapeutic Targeting
  • Blair Rowitz, MD – Metabolic Changes After Bariatric Surgery
  • Magesh Sundaram, MD – GI Tract and HPB Cancers, Melanoma, Cancer Disparities
  • Paul Tender, MD – The Impact of Population Screening for CRC on Surgical Demand
  • Derek Wall, MD – Trauma Surgery, Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Education

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)


Presentations and Journal Acceptances

Regional

B Wheatley, MD and Z Osborne, MD. Case report: Emergent Intraoperative Pulmonary Embolectomy (Off Pump) During a Lower Limb Amputation.
  • Abstract accepted to the Midwest Surgical Association, July 2013
B Wheatley, MD and Z Osborne, MD. Case Series: Pulmonary Embolectomy in a Community Hospital.
  • Abstract accepted to the American Journal of Surgery
B Rowitz, MD, H Moore, MD, U Oliphant, MD, M Olson, MD, J Aucar, MD, and Z Osborne, MD. Obesity in Trauma: Outcomes and Disposition Trends.
  • Abstract accepted to the American Journal of Surgery
B Rowitz, MD, H Moore, MD, U Oliphant, MD, M Olson, MD, J Aucar, MD and Z Osborne, MD. Obesity in Trauma: Outcomes and Disposition Trends.
  • Abstract accepted to the Midwest Surgical Association, July 2013
B Wheatley, MD and Z Osborne, MD. Surgical Pulmonary Embolectomy in a Community Hospital.
  • Abstract accepted to the Midwest Surgical Association, July 2013

National

J Cull, MD and L Sakai, MD. Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury for Patients Presenting on Antiplatelet Therapy.
  • Abstract accepted for poster presentation to the AAST and Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery, September 2013

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