Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Resident Research

Current Residents

Cori Cason (2015-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. Cason’s research focuses on the impact of the gut microbiome and arterial remodeling. Under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Karen Ho, Cori is studying how changes in gut microbial composition and diversity affect the abundance of microbe-derived metabolites and how these changes impact the severity of arterial remodeling in rodent models of neointimal hyperplasia. Dr. Cason is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University. ​​

Stephen Chiu (2015-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. Chiu’s research focuses on immunology and lung transplantation. Under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Ankit Bharat, Stephen is working on elucidating the pathophysiology of primary graft dysfunction (PGD) in lung transplant recipients. Specifically, he is investigating the biology of a subset of intravascular monocytes that patrol the endothelium and are involved in the innate immune response to injury. This work will provide insight into the mechanisms of PGD and offer targets for novel therapies to prevent PGD and improve outcomes for lung transplant recipients. His multidisciplinary work involves collaboration with the Kovler Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Chiu is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University.

Ramiro Fernandez (2016-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. Fernandez' research is primarily focused on the role of autoimmunity in lung transplantation. Under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Ankit Bharat, Dr. Fernandez is studying the mechanisms by which lung recipients develop autoantibodies to self antigens expressed in the lung. These non-HLA antibodies have been linked to Primary Graft Dysfunction (PGD) and chronic rejection in lung allografts. Hence, we are also studying how these antibodies may promote development of primary graft dysfunction and chronic rejection in a mouse model of lung transplantation. Dr. Fernandez is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University.

Kyle Miller (2015-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. Miller’s research focuses on innovation in healthcare and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Miller is currently a clinical fellow with Northwestern University Center for Device Development where he has been selected to develop and commercialize a medical device with a team of engineers and clinicians. Over the course of the year, he and his team will focus on an unmet clinical need based on observations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His team will then go through the challenges involved with commercializing a medical product to fill that need through prototyping and vetting the idea with a business plan. Products are subject to the University’s Patent and Invention Policy.  This year, the team has strategically focused on the cardiovascular space with a focus on uncontrolled hypertension. They are seeking to create a novel device for diagnosing blood pressure with a continuous noninvasive blood pressure device and recently filed their first provisional patent. In addition, he is working with Dr. Greg Dumanian to investigate a novel approach to abdominal wall closure using mesh suture. He remains active as a medical illustrator throughout his research time. His work can be found at kylemillermd.com

Neel Mansukhani (2015-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. Mansukhani’s research is on applications of nanotechnology for the treatment of atherosclerosis.  The overall goal of his project is to develop a novel nanofiber capable of targeting and delivering highly concentrated therapies specific to sites of atherosclerosis to induce cholesterol efflux and atherosclerotic plaque regression. If successful this therapy will obviate the need for chronic medical therapy and costly, invasive procedures. Dr. Mansukhani is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University.

Michael Nooromid (2016-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. Nooromid's research focuses on the relationship of the microbe-derived metabolites produced by the intestinal microbiome and its impact on arterial remodeling after injury. Under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Karen Ho, Michael is studying how changes in gut microbial composition and diversity in rodents will affect the abundance of microbe-derived metabolites and how these changes will impact neointimal hyperplasia in a carotid injury model. Dr. Nooromid is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University.

Ben Schwab (2015-Present) - General Surgery Resident

The main focus of my research during the first year will be on surgical simulation and education.  In regards to my work with Dr. Hungness, my primary project focuses on the clinical impact of a previously developed laparoscopic common bile duct simulator and curriculum.  In addition, I am working on the expansion of the curriculum to other NM affiliates (LFH, CDH, Delnor).  My work with Dr. Barsness is primarily focused on the implementation and effect of a nationwide curriculum for teaching pediatric fellows minimally invasive approaches to the repair of four congenital abnormalities.  In addition, I will be researching factors leading to recurrence of congenital diaphragmatic hernia after thoracoscopic repair.  We are also studying the use of crowdsourcing in the evaluation of surgeon performance.

Samuel South (2016-Present) - General Surgery Resident

Dr. South's research focuses on trauma and emergency medical systems strengthening in developing countries. Under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Mamta Swaroop and the Northwestern Trauma & Surgical Initiative, Sam is researching how lay-person first responders contribute to injury prevention and trauma systems in the developing world. To do this, he is working to develop and teach lay-person first responder courses in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Sam is also using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods including expanding hospital based trauma registries, and conducting qualitative interviews to better understand the current state of trauma care in the region. These effortwill set the stage for improved resource allocation, the designation of trauma centers, the establishment of protocolized triage and notification systems, and establish the foundation for a sustainable emergency medical system in Bolivia.