Mentor Name


Edward Bahnson
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Therapy design using nanotechnology
Bruce Cairns
/Rob Maile
  • Immune recovery and defense against systemic and pulmonary pathogens using mouse models of cutaneous burn injury alone, or combined with radiation or inhalation injuries
  • Validation and translations of results using patient blood and pulmonary samples, where possible.
Thomas Caranasos
  • Structural heart disease
  • Lung stem cells
  • Cardiac stem cells
Anthony Charles
  • Trauma/Burn outcomes
  • Health services
  • Global surgery
Jason Crowner
  • Surgical education/simulation
  • Wellness
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Venous stenting
Stephanie Downs-Canner
  • Immunotherapy in breast cancer
  • T regulatory and Th17 cell plasticity
  • Axillary management of patients with breast cancer
  • Elderly patients with breast cancer
Elizabeth Dreesen
  • History of surgery
Timothy Farrell
  • Clinical outcomes after upper GI surgery
  • Surgical education
  • Resident wellbeing
David Gerber
  • Analysis of the pathology of hepatocellular carcinoma and development of therapies
  • Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine in hepatic disorders and diabetes
Samuel Jones
  • Patient immune phenotype after inhalational injury including defining macrophage polarization as a predictor of patient outcome
Hong Jin Kim
  • Role of palladin in the tumor microenvironment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • The role of palladin in defining tumor myofibroblasts and impacting metastatic potential
  • Database analyses examining clinical questions in pancreatic and hepatobiliary malignancies.
John Ikonomidis
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm disease
  • Surgically induced murine model of thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Regulation of extracellular matrix remodeling and aneurysm progression
  • Biomarker discovery in aortic aneurysm
Melina Kibbe/Nick Tsihlis
  • Generate targeted nanoscale therapies to prevent non-compressible torso hemorrhage, restenosis, and atherosclerosis
  • Synthesize biocompatible, elastomeric, polymer-based customizable stents
  • Implement new atraumatic therapies to remove atherosclerotic plaque
  • Explore novel, viral-based gene delivery vehicles
Lawrence Kim
  • Endocrine Diseases
Katharine McGinigle
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
Sean McLean
  • Resources for pediatric surgical care in the State of north Carolina and how that relates to the type and frequency of pediatric surgical procedures that are done in
  • The hospitals in the state using the NC discharge database
  • Pediatric surgical database in Malawi
  • BNP levels in CDH patients
  • Pulmonary hypertension in CDH (clinical and preclinical)
  • Slit3 as an angiogenic regulator
Michael Meyers
  • Graduate/undergraduate education
  • Melanoma
  • Gastroesophageal cancer
David Ollila
  • Melanoma/Complex skin cancers
  • Breast cancer
  • Clinical trials
David Overby
  • Physiologic changes after weight loss surgery
  • Long-term complications after hernia repair
  • Education and academic/surgery lifestyle
Marco Patti
  • Pathophysiology of GERD
  • Evaluation and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus
  • Clinical outcome studies for the treatment of GERD
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Effect of simulation and mentoring
Plastic Surgery Team
(Lynn Damitz, Jennifer Carr)
  • Behavioral economics
  • Bonjoint analysis
  • Quality and throughput projects
  • Business of surgery
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Burn reconstruction
  • Laser
  • Craniofacial
  • Aesthetic
  • Professionalism
  • Women in medicine/surgery
Jin Ra
  • Surgical ICU Quality Improvement
  • Surgical Outcomes and Patient Safety Research
  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Education and Training
  • Interdisciplinary Perioperative Quality Improvement
Sharon Schiro
  • Trauma system development
  • Trauma center and system performance improvement
Karen Stitzenberg
  • Organization of cancer care
  • Uptake of technology
  • Access to care
  • Financial distress
  • Outcomes
  • Comparative effectiveness
Jen Jen Yeh
  • Thyroid/parathyroid diseases
  • Study of new biomarkers for therapy response and identification of new therapeutic targets in pancreatic cancer