Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

News and Announcements

Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
  • 2017-2018 Teaching Award Recipients Announced
    06.21.2018 - Vascular Surgery

    The Department of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine announces Resident as Teacher and Fellow as Teacher Awards each year. Awards are bestowed to surgical trainees who serve as excellent role models, clinicians, and learners. These individuals embody the educational mission of Northwestern and prioritize learning.

    This academic year (2017-2018), four vascular trainees were awarded:

    Fellows as Teacher

    Michael Soult, MD and Gabe Wallace, MD

    Resident as Teacher

    Matt Chia, MD and Courtney Furlough, MD 

  • Dr. Pearce Emeritus Status
    06.21.2018 - Vascular Surgery
    After 30 of excellence and "leading by example," Dr. William Pearce has been approved for Professor Emeritus Status, effective 7/1/2018. Dr. Pearce is a pioneer in the field of vascular surgery and has successfully shaped the division of vascular at Northwestern. He is known for his impact in research, education, clinical expertise, humanitarian work, and for his mentorship. It is with deep appreciation and admiration that we thank Dr. Pearce for his service.
  • Dr. Rodriguez Professor Promotion
    06.21.2018 - Education
    The Division of Vascular Surgery is proud to announce that Dr. Heron Rodriguez has been promoted to Professor of Surgery and Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez has been a faculty member at Northwestern since 2006 and has been devoted to patient care and education. To learn more about Dr. Rodriguez, please visit his faculty page.
  • Resident, Dr. Katherine Hekman Receives Excellence in Research Award
    06.21.2018 - Vascular Surgery

    Resident Dr. Katherine Hekman has been selected for an Excellence in Research Award in the category of vascular surgery. She is one of the total of sixteen authors receiving an award.

    Dr. Hekman will be presenting her awarded abstract, "Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Bundled Quality Improvement Intervention in Reducing Surgical Site Infections in Lower Extremity Vascular Bypass Procedures,"  at the 2018 Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum in October 2018.

  • Dr. Abecassis Wins 2018 Tripartite Prize
    04.04.2018 - Organ Transplantation
    2018 Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize in Translational Science and Education winner is Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, the James Roscoe Miller Distinguished Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center. To watch video click here.
  • Dr. Merkow was recently featured on NBC for first HIPEC treatment
    01.25.2018

    Dr. Ryan Merkow and his patient, Corey Campers, were recently featured on NBC5. Dr. Merkow performed the first HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) treatment at NMH last month, and Corey now shows no signs of cancer. To read the full article and watch the news clip, please click here

     

  • Dr. Mamta Swaroop recognized at 39th Annual Humanitarian Awards
    01.24.2018
    Dr. Mamta Swaroop was recognized at the Northwestern Medicine 39th Annual Humanitarian Awards Program. Additional information about the celebration and Dr. Swaroop's accomplishments can be found here
  • Transplant Fellowship Progam Director Change
    01.01.2018 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations Nitin Katariya, MD on your new role as Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program Director. Joseph Leventhal, MD, PhD will continue his involvement as the Assistant Program Director for the fellowship.
  • Congratulations Dr. Leventhal
    12.19.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations Dr. Leventhal for your recent research award from U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for the study, "T Cell Receptor Repertoire Analysis as a Biomarker for Predicting Graft Rejection in Transplant Recipients".
  • Congratulations Dr. Wertheim
    12.19.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations on your named professorship Jason Wertheim, MD, PhD, Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research.
  • Congratulations Dr. Leventhal
    12.19.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations Dr. Leventhal for your recent research award from U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for the study,  "T Cell Receptor Repertoire Analysis as a Biomarker for Predicting Graft Rejection in Transplant Recipients".
  • Research Institute’s Bold Approach to Discovery Matched by Teaching Mission
    11.20.2017 - Research

    Dr. Jason Wertheim was acknowledged for his role as a mentor in the rigorous Chemistry of Life Processes Postdoctoral Training Program. Read the full article here.

  • Dr. Yang receives collaborative NCCN & Pfizer Pathways Award
    11.08.2017 - Research

    Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Yang who received the Clinical Pathways In Breast Cancer award from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Pfizer. His project is titled "Statewide Learning Collaborative to Improve Adherence to Breast Cancer Guidelines" and was awarded  for a total of $230,000.

  • Dr. Stulberg receives Digestive Health Foundation Award
    10.24.2017 - Research
    Congratulations to Dr. Jonah Stulberg who received the Digestive Health Foundation award for his project entitled "A Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Minimize Diversion of Opioids" for a total of $24,793.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    09.26.2017 - Vascular Surgery
    The division is proud to announce Dr. Karen Ho as the 2016-2017 recipient of the, "Excellence in Teaching Award" for the third consecutive year. Teaching awards are assigned by the Department of Surgery and speak to the faculty's dedication to the vascular surgery program and to the program's academic mission. To learn more about Dr. Ho, please view her faculty profile
  • Dr. Abecassis receives NIDDK T32 award
    08.30.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Abecassis and the Transplant Surgery Division who received an NIH T32 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for the renewal of the Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program.  To read more about the T32 TSSTP please click here.
  • Dr. Kulkarni receives Northwestern Memorial Hospital Lynn Sage
    10.24.2017 - Research

    Congratulations to Dr. Swati Kulkarni who received the Lynn Sage award from the Northwestern Memorial Hospital for her project entitled, “Alterations in gene expression and ER-alpha binding profile in mammary tissue after bariatric surgery” for a total of $50,000.

  • Dr. Stulberg & Dr. Johnson receive NIH R34
    08.23.2017

    Congratulations to Dr. Jonah Stulberg and Dr. Julie Johnson who received an NIH R34 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their project entitled, “System-Level Implementation to Reduce Excess Opioid Prescribing in Surgery” for a total of $711,000 for three years. 

  • Rodriguez Distinguished Fellow Award
    08.10.2017 - Vascular Surgery

    Dr. Heron Rodriguez is the recipient of the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Society of Vascular Surgery. The award recognizes continual contributions in research, education, and service. Click to learn more about Dr. Rodriguez.

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  • Dr. Kulkarni receives NCI R01 award
    07.21.2017 - Research

     Congratulations to Dr. Swati Kulkarni who received a NIH R01 award from the National Cancer Institute for her project entitled, “Evaluating the protective effect of a tissue selective estrogen complex (TSEC) in women with newly diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ” for a total of $3,158,830 for five years. 

  • Jimmy Su and Dr. Wertheim receive NIDDKD F31 award
    07.13.2017 - Research

    Congratulations to Jimmy Su, BS and his mentor, Dr. Jason Wertheim, who received an NIH F31 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for their project entitled, “Microenvironmental Signaling Cues to Model Glomerular Endothelial Cell and Podocyte Interactions” for a total of $112,983 for 3 years. 

  • Fellow's as Teacher Award
    07.11.2017 - Vascular Surgery

    We are proud to annouce Dr. Ashish Jain and Dr. Micah Girotti as the receipents of the 2017 Edleston Bendix Department of Surgery award, "Fellows as Teachers Award." Awards are based on teaching evaluation scores from their peers and junior residents. Dr. Jain, and Dr. Girotti are fellows of the division of Vascular Surgery at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

  • Meet Our New Vascular Resident and Fellow
    07.11.2017 - Vascular Surgery

    The division welcomes Dr. Andres Guerra, MD and Dr. Gabe Wallace to the division of Vasular Surgery. Dr. Guerra is our new intern within the Integrated Vascular Surgery Program (0+5). He is a recent graduate of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where Andres earned his M.D.

    Dr. Wallace is joining the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program (5+2) after completing his general surgery residency at the University of Washington. Our new trainees come to us after Dr. Courtney Morgan (0+5) and Dr. Micah Girotti (5+2) have successfully completed their training.

  • Dr. Abecassis receives NIDDKD T32 award
    07.11.2017 - Research

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Abecassis and the Transplant Surgery Department who received an NIH T32 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for their project entitled, “Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program” for a total of $1,219,210 for five years. 

  • 2016-2017 Department of Surgery Resident as Teacher and Fellow as Teacher Awards
    07.10.2017 - Department

    Fellow as Teacher and Resident as Teacher awards are bestowed on those Department of Surgery trainees who are regarded as excellent role models, clinicians, and learners to their peers, students, and other health professionals.  They are noted to make teaching a purposeful activity in their daily efforts and reliably participate in Department of Surgery education-related activities and reporting systems.  We thank them for their dedication to teaching and learning. 

    Resident as Teacher:  Brian Brajcich (General Surgery), Ben Deschner (General Surgery), Brett Duncan (General Surgery), Michael Gart (Plastic Surgery), Sumanas Jordan (Plastic Surgery), Azad Karim (Thoracic Surgery), Erberto Michel (Thoracic Surgery), William Phillips (General Surgery), Chad Purnell (Plastic Surgery), Ravi Rajaram (General Surgery), and Tarik Yuce (General Surgery). 

    Fellow as Teacher:  Jonathan Bean (Surgical Critical Care), Micah Girotti (Vascular), and Ashish Jain (Vascular).  

  • Matches Made in Heaven: 8 patients involved in kidney swap meet
    07.10.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    NBC Nightly News covers the story of 8 patients meeting their kidney donors for the first time post-surgery
  • Pen pals of 47 years share incredible bond, bolstered by kidney donation
    05.31.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Pen pals of 47 years share incredible bond, bolstered by kidney donation.  Click here for full story.
  • 2017 Edelstone-Bendix Award Winners
    05.23.2017
    05.23.2017 - Research

    On behalf of the 2017 Edelstone-Bendix Awards Selection Committee, we are pleased to announce that the following abstracts have been selected as the winners to the open competitions. 

    Fellow Competition

    A validated model for prediction of upgrade to invasive breast cancer following core biopsy diagnosis of DCIS

    Elizabeth DesJardin, M.D.

    Fellow, Breast Surgery

    Resident Clinical Research Competition

    Impact of cytomegalovirus transmission on lung allograft survival in the United States

    Ramiro Fernandez, M.D.

    Resident, General Surgery

    Resident Basic Science Research Competition

    Donor pulmonary intravascular nonclassical monocytes mediate primary lung allograft dysfunction by recruiting recipient neutrophils in a CXCL2-dependent manner

    Stephen Chiu, M.D.

    Resident, General Surgery

  • Congratulations Dr. Wertheim
    05.16.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations Jason Wertheim, MD, PhD on the 2017 AST Basic Science Career Development Award!
  • Dr. Katherine Hekman receives NHLBI F32
    05.02.2017 - Research

    Congratulations to Dr. Katie Hekman, and mentors Dr. Jason Wertheim and Dr. Guillermo Ameer who received an NIH F32 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute entitled, “Modulating senescence in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived endothelial cells for vascular disease modeling and therapy”.