The Department of Surgery hosted its 2nd Annual Research Day and Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society Meeting on Friday, June 16 2017. This event brought together over 75 faculty members, alumni, residents, and medical students in the Department to highlight the diversity of clinical and basic sciences research.

The Department welcomed Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS as our Nathan A. Womack Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dr. Haider is an active trauma and critical care surgeon, prolific researcher, and the Kessler Director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The day began with Dr. Haider’s lunch with the residents. This was an interactive discussion about career development for the young surgeon and the six steps for success. Dr. Haider gave the residents a variety of tips and examples of how to become independent investigators in the future.

Participants viewed poster presentations from over 50 residents and medical students across the Department’s nine divisions. Seven posters of distinction were recognized for their outstanding work and judged by Dr. Haider. The poster presentations, which took place in the lobby of the Neuroscience and NC Cancer Hospital, were followed by several oral presentations later in the day.

For the keynote address, Dr. Haider gave a very timely presentation on “Healthcare Outcomes: Should What You Look Like or Who You Love Matter?” As one of the foremost experts on healthcare inequities in the United States, Dr. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury. The day concluded with the Nathan A. Womack Reception and Research Awards ceremony at the Carolina Inn. At this reception, several outstanding residents and medical students were recognized for their research accomplishments.

  • Best Oral Presentation: Benjamin Schmidt, MD – A novel genetically engineered mouse model of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
  • Best Poster Presentation (Basic Science): Mansi Shah, MD – Treatment with inhaled IL10 decreases the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension in Slit3 knockout mice with congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Best Poster Presentation (Clinical Science): Joshua Preiss, MD – Is epiphrenic diverticulectomy necessary at the time of heller myotomy?