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.
  • Dr. Merkow was recently featured on NBC for first HIPEC treatment

    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
    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
  • 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

    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.


  • 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 - 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”. 

  • VA surgeon researching cell-based tools to create artificial kidney
    03.24.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Dr. Jason Wertheim, surgeon and biomedical engineer at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is part of a project called (Re)Building a Kidney (RBK), a consortium led by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health. The consortium, which includes about 25 biologists and engineers from around the country, is trying to develop tools that will facilitate development of an artificial kidney in the future.  To read more please click here.
  • Community Outreach and Awareness: Mended Hearts
    03.15.2017 - Vascular Surgery
    Courtney Morgan, M.D., Chief Resident of Northwestern's Integrated Vascular Program, counseled members of Mended Hearts of Chicago with a talk entitled, "Peripheral Vascular Disease: What's New?" Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization serving the community through education on cardiovascular health. Visit the Mended Hearts webpage for more information and upcoming meetings.  
  • Dr. Abecassis discusses increase in organ transplants
    02.27.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Dr. Abecassis discusses increase in organ transplants due to recent change in donation age and living donor programs on FOX 32 Morning News. Click here to watch interview. 
  • Illinois plans to lower age requirement to be organ donor
    02.03.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Dr. Leventhal was recently featured in a news story regarding Illinois' plans to lower age requirement to be organ donor so that more lives can be saved.  Please click here to watch the story.
  • Congratulations Drs. Leventhal & Mathew
    02.01.2017 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations to Drs. Leventhal and Mathew who were awarded a $300,000 Falk Catalyst Award for their project "Clinical Transplant Tolerance Induction by the Use of Ex Vivo Expanded Antigen Specific Regulatory T Cells" . The Catalyst Awards provide an opportunity to conduct preliminary work on high-risk, high-reward research addressing a wide variety of clinical disease areas.
  • 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.

  • 5th Annual John J. Bergan, M.D. Lecture
    03.02.2017 - Vascular Surgery
    Lazar J. Greenfield, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chair Emeritus at the University of Michigan will be presenting, "The Filter at 45: Lessons Learned," on March 2, 2017. The lecture will be held in Northwestern's Prtizker Auditorium (251 E. Huron, 3-506, Chicago, IL) at 7:00 am with a morning reception to follow. This is part of the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds Series. Click here to access more information.