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.
  • Vascular Surgery Scientist Trainee Awarded Northwestern's Research Day Award
    04.05.2019 - Vascular Surgery
    Congratulations to Rhami Khorfan for winning first place at Northwestern’s Research Day for his working looking at the long-term outcomes of the FIRST Trial. No difference in resident wellness with cumulative years under flexible duty hour policies.
  • Vascular Surgery Scientist Trainee Awarded a VRIC Trainee Award
    04.01.2019 - Vascular Surgery
    Edmund Chen, a surgical resident on our Northwestern Vascular Surgery Scientist T32 training grant, has been awarded the Vascular Research initiatives Conference (VRIC) Trainee Award from the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation. Chen will be presenting  Microbial Colonization Restores Neointimal Hyperplasia Development after Arterial Injury in Germ-Free Mice at VRIC on 5/13/19.
  • Lanterman Vascular Surgery Student is Named, "EJ Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award"
    04.01.2019 - Vascular Surgery

    Jason Khanh, a Lanterman Vascular Surgery Student and mentee of Dr. Karen Ho, is a named recipient of the EJ Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award.

    The Award is given by the Society for Vascular Surgery. The purpose of the award is to help advance the maturation of future physicians by funding travel costs to a number of excellent vascular surgery centers worldwide.

  • Presentations at APDVS and AVSC Annual Meeting
    03.29.2019 - Vascular Surgery

    Program Coordinator Jenna Little presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery APDVS/AVSC Annual Meeting on the ACGME Self-Study Process, and participated as a panelist in the combined session on, "Rethinking Recruitment." Additionally, Vascular Integrated Resident, Katherine Hekman, M.D., presented on the topic of, "Trainee Mentorship," during the APDVS Business Meeting.  

  • Soper Steps Down as Chair of Surgery
    03.26.2019

    Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, the Loyal and Edith Davis Professor of Surgery, has stepped down as chair of the Department of Surgery after nearly 12 years of leadership in the role.

    A national search will be conducted to recruit a successor to Soper, who will continue on as a professor in the department. Howard Chrisman, MD, MBA, professor of Radiology and of Surgery and president of Northwestern Medical Group, will serve as interim chair.

    See the story on the Feinberg News Center.

  • Dr. Bharat receives NHLBI R01 award
    01.04.2019

    Congratulations to Dr. Ankit Bharat who received an NIH R01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project entitled, “Donor Nonclassical Monocytes Initiate Lung Injury Following Transplantation” for a total of $2,756,135 for five years.

  • Dr. Merkow receives ACCELERAT K12 Award
    12.06.2018 - Research

    Dr. Merkow has been selected as a scholar for A Chicago Center for Excellence in Learning Health Systems Research Training (ACCELERAT) program.  This highly competitive award is funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

  • Goldberg Travel Award
    11.23.2018 - Vascular Surgery
    Integrated Resident, Katherine Hekman is named the 2018 4th quarter Goldberg Travel Award Recipient from the Northwestern Department of Surgery. 
  • Vascular Nursing Conference
    11.08.2018 - Vascular Surgery
    The Vascular Surgery faculty and staff educate nurses across Chicago at the 32nd Annual Nursing Conference on Selected Topics in Vascular Disease. Check out more on the conference by visiting the nursing conference webpage
  • Hekman ACS Award
    11.08.2018 - Education

    Vascular Surgery Integrated Resident, Dr. Katherine Hekman was awarded, "Excellence in Research Award" from the American College of Surgeons for her abstract: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Bundled Quality Improvement Intervention in Reducing Surgical Site Infections in Lower Extremity Vascular Bypass Procedure. Click here to view her abstract. 

     

  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
    11.08.2018 - Vascular Surgery
    Dr. Heron Rodriguez was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Northwestern Department of Surgery for his commitment to students, residents, and education activities for the academic year of 2017-2018. Dr. Rodriguez also serves as Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program, and has a strong educational mission. 
  • Faculty Service Recognition
    11.08.2018 - Vascular Surgery
    Dr. Heron Rodriguez has been featured in Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine's Faculty Service webpage for his work with Altus Academy and international education. To view his profile, visit the Faculty Service Website.
  • Congratulations Dr. Christopher
    11.02.2018 - Organ Transplantation
    Congratulations Derrick Christopher, MD MPH on your new role as Associate Program Director of Evaluation in the General Surgery Residency Program.
  • Dr. Wertheim receives DOD award
    09.14.2018

    Dr. Wertheim received a DOD award from the U.S. Medical Research Acquisition Activity for his project entitled “Uncovering the circulating factor in FSGS” for a total $316,000 for two years.

  • Dr. Wertheim receives NIH R01 award
    09.14.2018
    Dr. Wertheim received a NIH R01 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for his project entitled, “Repairing the Kidney Endothelium via Targeted Extracellular Matrix Modifiers” for a total of $1,580,000 for five years.
  • 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