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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.

  • 06.19.2020
    A Northwestern Medicine survey found that nearly one in five surgical surgical residents have experienced frequent bullying and that women and racial or ethnic minorities were more likely to report frequent bullying in surgical residency programs.
  • 06.12.2020
    For the first time, Northwestern Medicine surgeons performed a double-lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were irreversibly damaged by COVID-19.
  • 05.28.2020
    James Hill, '74 MD, '79 GME, has dedicated much of his career to advocating for diversity in medicine and orthopaedic surgery.
  • 04.28.2020
    Association for Academic Surgery Presidential Address by Karl Bilimora, MD, MS at the 2020 Academic Surgical Congress in Orlando, FL.
  • 03.24.2020
    Hasan B. Alam, MD, the Norman W. Thompson Professor of Surgery and section head for general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, has been named the Loyal and Edith Davis Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.
  • 02.25.2020
    Kassandra Samuel, a third-year medical student, is interested in improving surgery — both when patients are under the knife and during their recovery.
  • 11.05.2019
    Northwestern Simulation, which was recently reaccredited as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons, provides state of the art simulation-based training and education.
  • 11.05.2019
    Women surgical residents suffer more mistreatment than men, which leads to a higher burnout rate and more suicidal thoughts among female residents, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
  • 10.28.2019
    A recent study found that the genetic distance between kidney donors and recipients could be used to more accurately predict transplant success.
  • Bobbie Moore - Davis Award Winner

    Bobbie Moore, patient procedure scheduler for Vascular Surgery, is the recipient of the 2019 Davis Award for Exemplary Care. Along with her award, Northwestern celebrates her 40 years of service. Congratulations, Bobbie!

  • Dr. Vavra Presents on IVC Filters at MVSS Meeting

    Dr. Ashley Vavra presented, “IVC Filter Removal For all? How I approach my IVC filter patients,” during the 2019 Midwestern Vascular Annual Meeting, in Chicago, IL.


  • New Faculty Announcement
    We are pleased to announce the arrival of Samuel Kim, M.D., FACS to the Department of Surgery and Division of Thoracic Surgery.  Dr. Kim joined Northwestern Medicine as an Associate Professor of Surgery as of August 1st, 2019.  

    Dr. Kim received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2002. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in 2009 and residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012. Dr. Kim completed his fellowship in Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in 2010. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Kim will be involved with our medical students, residents and fellows' education as well as the development of our robotic thoracic surgery practice.

  • New Faculty Announcement

    We are pleased to announce the arrival of Anne Stey, MD, M.Sc. to the Department of Surgery and Division of Trauma and Critical Care. Dr. Stey joins Northwestern Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Surgery as of August 1st, 2019.

    Dr. Stey received her M.D. degree in 2009 from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She took time during medical school to complete an M.Sc. degree in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2008). She completed General Surgery Residency in 2016 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. During residency, Dr. Stey completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Research Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles in 2014. After residency she completed a Pediatric Surgical Oncology Clinical Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Stey joins us after completing a Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Stey has a strong interest in patient care quality, outcomes and value. In addition to her clinical work in Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery she will continue this work as part of SOQIC's research team.

  • Vascular Program Coordinator Appointed to Co-Chair of AVSC Mentorship Sub-Committee

    Jenna Little, Education Coordinator for the Vascular Surgery Training Programs at Northwestern, has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair on the Association of Vascular Surgery Coordinator's (AVSC) Mentorship Sub-Committee. The goal for the new sub-committee is to connect, educate, and empower vascular coordinators across the country.

  • Department of Surgery Promotions

    On behalf of the Department of Surgery’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee I am very happy to announce that Northwestern University has conferred and awarded tenure/promotions effective September 1, 2019 to the following faculty:

    Jason Wertheim, MD, PhD – Award of tenure at rank of Associate Professor of Surgery

    Swati Kulkarni, MD – Promoted to Professor of Surgery

    Chris Malaisrie, MD – Promoted to Professor of Surgery

    Michael McGee, MD – Promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery

    David Odell, MD, MMSc – Promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery

    Andrew Hoel, MD – Promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery

  • Welcome the New Vascular Resident

    The vascular team welcomes Calvin Chao, from the University of Massachusetts, as the newest vascular integrated resident.

    Calvin was first introduced to the team as a visiting medical student in September. He quickly connected with the service and became a valued member of the group. He has a strong background in research and engaged in community service throughout medical school. Calvin plans to pursue a career in academic surgery after residency.

  • 2018-2019 Teaching Awards

    The Department of Surgery has awarded vascular fellow, Gabe Wallace, and vascular resident, Michael Nooromid, with the 2018-2019 Teaching Award. The award is based on the evaluation scores given by the residents and medical students throughout the year. Congratulations, Gabe and Michael!

  • Fourth Vascular Resident Completes Training

    Neel Mansukhani, M.D., was the fourth integrated vascular resident to graduate from the Northwestern Vascular 0+5 Training Program since the program's start, in 2009. Dr. Mansukhani will begin independent  academic practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


  • First William H. Pearce Research Symposium

    The first William H. Pearce Research Symposium was a success!

    Surgical residents and fellows presented their research in basic science and clinical research. This event is partnered with the General Surgery Eldlestone-Bendix Day. Dr. Pearce, and the EB Visiting Professor, Dr. Melina Kibbe were in attendance. 

  • William H. Pearce Research Symposium Awards

    Below are the listed award recipients from the first William H. Pearce, M.D. Research Symposium. Congratulations to all the winners and presenters, including the great work from the vascular division!

    Medical student category: Benjamin Yu, Katherine Shapiro, Linh Ngo Khanh

    Junior Resident category: Andre Son, Andres Guerra

    Senior Resident category: Courtney Furlough, Rhami Khorfan, Tarik Yuce

    Fellow category: Gabe Wallace, Shivangi Yadav, Pieter Norden

  • Eskandari Hosts Vascular Surgery Edition of Coffee with MD

    Dr. Mark Eskandari led the Vascular Surgery edition of the Coffee with MD series this morning.

    The BCVI staff learned all about the specialty and about Dr. Eskandari. The event is sponsored by the BCVI LTR committee.

    Special thanks to our vascular APP, Lauren for organizing! 

  • Dr. William H. Pearce Awarded SVS Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr. William H. Pearce, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Northwestern, was awarded the Society for Vascular Surgery's (SVS) Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting. 

    The award is highest honor that the SVS bestows on one of its members, and it recognizes an individual’s outstanding and sustained contributions in leadership and professional practice. 

    Dr. Pearce has been an invaluable mentor to many vascular surgeons throughout the years, and we congratulate him on his much deserved award. 

  • Dr. Jordan receives The Plastic Surgery Foundation Award

    Dr. Sumanas Jordan receives The Plastic Surgery Foundation Award for her work titled "Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Adolescents".

  • Dr. Teitelbaum receives Alvin H. Baum Simulation Award

    Dr. Ezra Teiltelbaum was awarded the NMF Alvin H. Baum Simulation Award for his research "A Simulator-Based Mastery Learning Resident Curriculum for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy".

  • Vascular Surgery Scientist Trainee Awarded Northwestern's Research Day Award

    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

    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"

    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

    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.

  • Dr. Bharat receives NHLBI R01 award

    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.

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