Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

News and Announcements

  • Department of Surgery rises in NIH rankings to #9 in 2016
    01.25.2017 - Research

    Department of Surgery rises in NIH rankings to #9 in 2016. 

    The Department of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine rose to 9th place among U.S. departments of surgery in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016.  Award figures are obtained by Blue Ridge from the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) at the NIH. The report’s calculations include direct and indirect costs, but do not include contracts or other specialized mechanisms.

  • Dr. Bharat receives 2016 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award
    06.29.2016 - Research
    Congrats to Dr. Ankit Bharat for being the 2016 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award winner from the Academic College of Surgeons.
  • 2016 Edelstone-Bendix Award Winners
    05.24.2016 - Research

    On behalf of the 2016 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

    The Effect of BMI on OR Utilization in Breast Surgery

    Julie Dunderdale, M.D.

    Fellow, Breast Surgery

    Resident Clinical Research Competition

    Fear versus Knowledge:  A Qualitative Assessment of the Effect of Medical Malpractice Environment on Surgical Clinical Practice

    Christina Minami, M.D.

    Resident, General Surgery

    Resident Basic Science Research Competition

    Targeted NANOtherapeutics for treatment of atherosclerosis

    Neel Mansukhani, M.D.

    Resident, Vascular Surgery

  • Mark Knab is selected as 2016 Dr. Susan Perlman Award Winner
    05.24.2016 - Research

    Please join us in congratulating chief resident Mark Knab, who has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Susan Perlman Award by the NMH Medical Staff Officers. The Perlman award is given to one senior trainee chosen from all of the senior residents and fellows in the institution who shows not only academic excellence, but has special leadership skills and compassion for patients. We are thrilled that Mark has received such a well-deserved honor. 

  • Dr. Melina Kibbe Wins 2016 Tripartite Prize
    03.23.2016 - Research
    Dr. Melina Kibbe, Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research and vice chair of Research in the Department of Surgery, has been named the winner of the 2016 Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize in Translational Science and Education.
  • Dr. Bilimoria was interviewed by General Surgery News
    03.02.2016 - Research
    "Flexible schedule for residents allows for safe care, study finds" Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, Director of Surgical Outcomes and the Quality Improvement Center at Northwestern Medicine was interviewed by General Surgery News about resident duty hour study, The FIRST Trial.
  • Dr. Bilimoria was interviewed by the Washington Post
    02.03.2016 - Research
    Dr. Karl Bilimoria interviewed by Washington Post about FIRST Trial, resident duty hour study.  Back to extremely long shifts for new surgeons? Study finds few negatives.
  • Dr. Bilimoria was interviewed by CNN
    01.12.2016 - Research
    Dr. Karl Bilimoria was interviewed by CNN about the 5 questions to ask before Surgery found here
  • Dr. Caicedo was interviewed by USA Today
    01.11.2016 - Organ Transplantation
    Dr. Juan Caicedo was intereviewed by USA Today about "Telenovelas, Spanish webiste seek to inform Hispanics about Kidney Donations" found here
  • Dr. Bilimoria was interviewed by Reuters
    01.05.2016 - Research
    Dr. Karl Bilimoria interviewed by Reuters regarding FIRST Trial  Researchers describe controversial study of surgeon training
  • Karl Bilimoria, MD MS interviewed by Modern Healthcare
    12.15.2015 - Research
  • Drs. Galiano, Mustoe, and Hong published in Science Translational Medicine
    11.05.2015 - Plastic Surgery
    Drs. Galiano, Mustoe, and Hong are recently published in Science Translational Medicine for their article "Sodium Channel Nax is a Regulator in Epithelial Sodium Homeostasis". The full article can be found here.
  • Dr. Kibbe interviewed for Radio Health Journal
    11.02.2015 - Research
    Dr. Melina Kibbe is interested for Radio Health Journal. You can listen to the interview here.
  • Department of Surgery publish 5 articles in the October 6th issue of JAMA
    10.06.2015 - Department
    Congratulations to the Department of Surgery for publishing 5 articles in the October 6th, Volumne 314, Number 13, issue of JAMA!  These articles include "Facilitating Quality Improvement: Pushing the Pendulum Back Toward Process Measures" Karil Y. Bilimoria, MD,MS, et. al.; "Minimally Invasive Approaches to Rectal Cancer and Diverticulitis: Does Less Mean More?" Scott A. Strong, MD & Nathaniel J. Soper, MD;  "Eliminating the Confusion Surrounding Concussions in Sports" Michael W. Wandling, MD, et. al.; " Effect of Laparoscopic-Assisted Resection vs Open Resection of Stage II or III Rectal Cancer on Pathologic Outcomes" Anne Marie Boller, et. al.; and "Challenges in Reducing Surgical 'Never Events'" Karl Y Bilimoria, MD, et. al.
  • Dr. Schwulst receives NIH K08 award
    09.25.2015 - Trauma and Critical Care
    Dr. Steven Schwuslt just received a NIGMS-NIH K08 award for his research titled "The role of innate immunity in the traumatic brain injury-induced immune suppression syndrome".
  • Dr. Kibbe was interviewed on the Podcast: Behind the knife
    09.16.2015 - Vascular Surgery
    Dr. Melina Kibbe was interviewed on the topic of Publishing for Behind the Knife, podcase. To listen to the podcast, click here
  • Dr. Hunter receives NIH K08 award
    07.27.2015 - Research

    Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter who received an NIH K08 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for her project entitled, “Defining bacterial virulence, cAMP and PKA in necrotizing enterocolitis” for a total of $750,860 for five years. 

  • Dr. Bharat receives NIH K08 award
    07.25.2015 - Thoracic Surgery

    Congratulations to Dr. Ankit Bharat who received an NIH K08 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project entitled, “High carbon dioxide impairs lung repair” for a total of $652,590 for five years. 

  • Dr. Abecassis receives NIH R34 award
    07.16.2015

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Abecassis who received an NIH R34 award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his project entitled, “Effectiveness, Safety and Value of Integrating Molecular Diagnostics into the Post-Transplant Management of Kidney Transplant Recipients – The Next Frontier of Biomarker Research” for a total of $279,770 for one year. 

  • Dr. Grady receives NIH R01 award
    07.14.2015 - Clinical Trials Unit

    Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Grady who received an NIH R01 award from the National Institute On Aging for her project entitled, “Sustaining quality of life of the aged: Heart transplant or medical support?” for a total of $3.6 million over five years. 

  • Dr. Abecassis receives NIH P01 award
    06.29.2015 - Organ Transplantation

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Abecassis who received a NIH P01 award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his project entitled “Integrating Mechanistic Insights from Diverse Models to Prevent CMV Reactivation following Transplantation”, for a total of $11,848,365 over five years. 

  • Dr. Mark Eskandari receives Cook Medical award
    06.05.2015 - Trauma and Critical Care
    Dr. Mark Eskandari receives the Cook Medical award for the Department of Surgery's Vascular Surgery Fellowship 2015-2016. 
  • Dr. Ison receives NCI via Social & Scientific Systems trial
    06.01.2015 - Organ Transplantation
    Dr. Michael Ison is taking part in an NCI via Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. clinical trial titled "A Randomized, Open-Label, Phase 2, Multicenter Safety and Exploratory Efficacy Study of Investigational Anti-Influenza Immune Plasma for the Treatment of Influenza". 
  • Dr .Yao receives Rene Leriche 2015 award
    05.08.2015 - Vascular Surgery

    Dr. Yao has been notified that the International Society of Surgery/Société Internationale de Chirurgie, by unanimous vote of its Executive Committee, has elected to present him with the René Leriche-Prize 2015. This prize, according to the General Assembly of ISS, is awarded to the surgeon who has made the most significant contribution to surgery of the arteries, veins, or heart.  The Executive Committee cited Dr. Yao’s pioneering work with vascular laboratory techniques as well as his many contributions towards the peripheral vascular problems and non-invasive diagnostics techniques.  The prize will be awarded at the World Congress of Surgery WCS 2015 (formerly International Surgical Week ISW), in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 23, 2015.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Yao on this notable honor.

  • Dr. Wertheim receives Seed Research Funding from International Institute for Nanotechnology
    04.30.2015 - Organ Transplantation
    Dr. Jason Wertheim received an IIN seed research award from Northwestern' International Institute for Nanotechnology for his research titled 'Targetable Nanoparticles to Control Inflammation".
  • Dr. Bharat's mentioned in Science Magazine
    04.23.2015 - Thoracic Surgery
    Dr. Ankit Bharat is mentioned in Science Magazine for his research in lung transplantation and bacteria growth. The article can be found here.
  • Drs. Wertheim and Uzarski receive CBC research grant
    04.10.2015 - Organ Transplantation
    Drs. Jason Wertheim and Joseph Uzarski received the CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant award for their research "Advanced Imaging of Decellularized Kidney Matrices Repopulated with Human Epithelial Cells".
  • Dr. Schwulst receives ACS C. James Carrico Faculty Research Fellow Award
    03.19.2015 - Trauma and Critical Care
    Dr. Steven Schwulst received the ACS C. James Carrico Faculty Research Fellow Award for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care for his project titled " The Role fo Imfiltrating Myeloid Cells in Traumatic Brain Injury-Induced Immune Suppression".
  • Dr. Schwulst receives 2015 CSA Foundation Turcotte Award
    03.16.2015 - Trauma and Critical Care
    Dr. Steven Schwulst received the 2015 CSA Foundation Turcotte Award for his research titled "The Role of Innate Immunity in the Traumatic Brain Injury-induced Immune Syppression Syndrome".
  • Dr. Wertheim receives Nanyang Technological University award
    03.02.2015
    Dr. Jason Wertheim receives an award from Nanyang Technological University for his research titled "3D Liver-Specific Synthetic Scaffold"