Top Awards Recognize Leaders and Contributors in Surgery

More than two dozen surgeons, trainees, and others were honored with special awards presented during Clinical Congress 2022, held recently in San Diego. They include:

Distinguished Service Award

Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum Award

Distinguished Philanthropist of the Year Awards

  • 2020: Generoso D. Duremdes, MD, FACS, and family (Princeton, WV)
  • 2021: Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Lucas (Detroit, MI)

ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

  • Academic Global Surgeon Award: James Allen Brown, MD, FACS (Johns Island, SC)
  • International Surgical Volunteerism Award: Eid B. Mustafa, MD, FACS (Wichita Falls, TX)
  • Surgical Humanitarian Award: Ted Sugimoto, MD, FACS (Rockford, MI)
  • Resident Surgical Volunteerism Awards: Alexis Bowder, MD (Milwaukee, WI), and Matthew Goldshore, MD, MPH, PhD (Philadelphia, PA)

Advocate of the Year Award

  • John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS (Ocala, FL)

Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

  • Laura S. Johnson, MD, FACS, FCCP (Atlanta, GA)

Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award

  • Idelberto R. Badell, MD (Decatur, GA)

Jameson L. Chassin Award for Professionalism in General Surgery

  • Simin Golestani Roward, MD (New Braunfels, TX)

Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching

  • Brendan P. Lovasik, MD (Atlanta, GA)

RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award 

  • Laura S. Johnson, MD, FACS, FCCP (Atlanta, GA)

History of Surgery Poster Competition

  • First place: Sadhana Anantha, Carlos Theodore Huerta, MD, Steve S. Courel, BS, and Eduardo Alfonso Perez, MD, FACS (Miami, FL): “Brazen in Brazoria, Texas: Dr. Sofie Herzog and Her Bullet Necklace”
  • Second place: Youmna Ashraf Sherif, MD, Sukriti Bansal, MD, Lubna Khan, MD, Todd K. Rosengart, MD, FACS, and Rachel Wilkins Davis, MD (Houston, TX): “The Evolution of Ethical Dilemmas in Global Surgery—The Transition from Mission Trips to Capacity Building and the Challenges of Autonomy, Itinerant Surgery, and Neocolonialism”

CoC Cancer Research Paper Competition

Clinical Research

  • First place: by Peter L. Zhan, MD (New Haven, CT): “Association between Metastatic Pattern and Prognosis in Stage IV Gastric Cancer: Potential for Stage Classification Reform”
  • Second place: Sarah Azari, MD (Washington, DC): “Utilizing Prostate Specific Antigen Density to Risk Stratify Equivocal Lesions on Multiparametric MRI during Prostate Cancer Screening Evaluation”
  • Third place: Alexander Frey, MD (New Haven, CT): “Immunotherapy Utilization in Stage IIIA Melanoma: Less Can Be More” 
  • Honorable mention: Naveen Manisundaram, MD (Houston, TX): “Circumferential Resection Margin in Rectal Cancer Surgery– How Well Are We Reporting This New Quality Measure?”
  • Honorable mention: Hamza Khan, MD (Charleston, SC): “Disparities in Receipt of Guideline-Concordant Therapy in Foregut Cancers: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database” 

Basic Science

  • First place: Omair Shariq, MBBS, MS (Rochester, MN): “The Bromodomain and Extra-Terminal Domain (BET) Protein Inhibitor: I-BET151 Shows Preclinical Efficacy in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors via Modulation of mTOR Signaling”
  • Second place: Megan Harper, MS, MD, PhD (Lexington, KY): “Unique Somatic Mutation Genotype Profile in Kentucky Patients with Colon Adenocarcinoma”
  • Third place: Naresh Sah, PharmD (Lubbock, TX): “Upregulated Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Derived Sequence-1 Promotes the Progression and Metastasis of Ovarian Cancer” 

Medical Student Program Poster Awards

Basic Science

  • First place: Brendan Stewart: “Location of Distal PQ Repair in Distal Radius Fractures: A Cadaveric Biomechanical Study”
  • Second place: Montana Morris: “Multiomic Analysis Reveals Potential Mechanisms of EGFR-Inhibitor Resistance in Right-Sided Colon Cancer Liver Metastases”

Clinical Science

  • First place: Anchith Kota: “Apert Hand Syndactyly Presentation and Management: An Analysis of Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors in 106 Webspace Releases”
  • Second place: Deepak Lakshmipathy: “Aspiration of Foreign Bodies: Incidence, Outcomes, and Common Objects”

Education, Innovation, or Outcomes

  • First place: Danielle Brown: “The Effects of Serious Mental Illness on Surgical Consult, Operative Treatment, and Operative Approach in Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized with Acute Cholecystitis and Biliary Colic”
  • Second place: Samuel Perez: “Perioperative Outcomes for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass versus Sleeve Gastrectomy in Patients with Super Obesity: A Matched Review of the MBSAQIP Database”

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum ePosters of Exceptional Merit


  • Darren B. Abbas, MD (Stanford, CA): “Radiation Injury Therapy with Transdermal Deferoxamine Patch Is Dose Dependent”        


  • Astrid K. Christensen, Medical Student (Copenhagen, Denmark): “The Clinical Relevance of a Repeated Gastroscopy for Patients Referred to a Highly Specialized Center with Gastroesophageal Cancer—Preliminary Results” 

Other Recognized ePosters

  • Nir Horesh, MD (Weston, FL): “Total Neoadjuvant Therapy Is an Independent Predictor of Complete Pathologic Response in Rectal Cancer Patients”
  • Mariam Rizvi, BS (Lubbock, TX): “Symptomatology of Hypertrophic Scaring in Full and Partial Thickness Burns Using Autologous Keratinocyte Suspension in Conjunction with Split-Thickness Skin Grafts”
  • Ahmed Siddique Ammar, MBBS, MS, FACS (Lahore, Pakistan): “Outcome of Patients Presenting 6 to 12 Hours after Isolated Vascular Trauma in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Pakistan”
  • Matthew F. Mikulski, MD (Austin, TX): “Open vs Endoscopic Fetal Myelomeningocele Surgery Displays a Similar In-Hospital Safety Profile Utilizing a Large, Multi-institutional Database”
  • David M. Holmes, MD (Houston, TX): “Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Surgery at a Central Referral Hospital in Malawi”
  • Dallas G. Hansen, MD, FACS (Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio): “Implementation of Non-Technical Skills Evaluation for Air Force Ground Surgical Team Training: A Feasibility Study”
  • Alexis Colley, MD (San Francisco, CA): “That Piece Seems to Be Missing: Interviews with Clinicians Reveal Psychosocial Assessment and Care Are Lacking for Older Adults Undergoing Surgery”

Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum Excellence in Research Awards


  • Andrei Moscalu, MRCS, MCh, MD (Brighton, MA): “A Bariatric Surgery Derived Gut Metabolite Is a Potent Single and Combination Oral Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)” 


  • Matthew G. Davey, MB, BCh, BAO, MCh, MRCSI (Sligo, Ireland): “Evaluating the Role of Circulating Micrornas in Predicting Long-Term Survival Outcomes in Breast Cancer—A Prospective, Multicenter Clinical Trial”   

Cardiac Surgery

  • Cynthia Xu, MD (Pawtucket, RI): “Protein Composition and Mechanisms of Human Bone Mesenchymal Stem Cell Production of Antioxidant Enzymes in Extracellular Vesicles”           

Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Hillary R. Johnson, MD (Madison, WI): “Use of a Topical Protease Inhibitor, Saquinavir, to Prevent Anal Carcinogenesis in an Infectious Mouse Model”
  • Jun Yan, MD, PhD (Guangzhou, China): “Association of the Pathomics-Collagen Signature with Lymph Node Metastasis in Colorectal Cancer”                  


  • Bailey Hilty, MD (Rochester, NY): “Analysis of Adrenocortical Tumor Microenvironment Highlights Mechanisms of Immune Evasion and Demonstrates Cytotoxic T-Cells Predict Survival”         

General Surgery

  • Nicole H. Goldhaber, MD, MA (Los Angeles, CA): “Surgical Pit Crew: Optimizing Measurement and Accountability for Operating Room Turnover Time”
  • Andrew Kemerley, DO (Hartford, CT): “Extracellular Vesicles Derived from Thioredoxin-1 (trx-1) Overexpressed Mice Ameliorates Pathologic Wound Healing and Promotes Angiogenesis in Murine Ischemic Wound Model”

Global Surgery

  • Ruth Laverde, BS (San Francisco, CA): “Impact of Upgraded Pediatric Operating Rooms on Surgical Volume in Africa: Evidence from Burkina Faso”

Health Services Research

  • Kathryn K. Taylor, MD (Mountain View, CA): “Out-of-Pocket Spending and Work Loss after Common Surgical Procedures among Working-Age Adults”

Hepatobiliary and Pancreas

  • Nobu Oshima, MD, FACS (Minoh Osaka, Japan): “Application of Hyperpolarized 13C-MRI to Cancer Treatment: Real-time Monitoring of Pyruvate Metabolic Fluxes In Vivo and Targeting Intra-Tumor Metabolic Plasticity with Small Molecules”
  • Fuming Xie, MD (Chongqing, China): “M6A Methyltransferase Mettl16 Suppresses the Proliferation of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Cancer through P21 Pathways”             

Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Kevin Wall, MD, MPH (Birmingham, AL): “Nerve Block with Liposomal Bupivacaine Yields Fewer Complications and Similar Pain Relief When Compared to an Interscalene Catheter for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial”          

Pediatric Surgery

  • Talha Rafeeqi, MD (Las Vegas, NV): “Use of Niclosamide Ethanolamide (NEN) as a Mitochondrial Decoupler in Neuroblastoma”

Plastic/Maxillofacial Surgery

  • ​​Michael Januszyk, MD, PhD (Redwood City, CA): “Inhibition of Yes-Associated Protein Promotes Skin Wound Regeneration in Large Animals”

Surgical Education

  • Mary A. Siki, BS (Haverford, PA): “The Impact of The Covid-19 Pandemic on the Experiences of Female, Underrepresented-in-Medicine Surgical Applicants during the 2020-2021 Residency Match”      

Surgical Oncology

  • Sara Kryeziu, MD (Floral Park, NY): “Drugs Targeting the Proteasome and Exportin-1 Synergize to Inhibit Well-Differentiated Liposarcoma Cell Proliferation”   

Thoracic Surgery

  • Ryan Rebernick, BS (Ann Arbor, MI): “Interleukin 4 Levels Predict Survival Independently of Pathologic Stage in a Mixed Esophageal Cancer Cohort”           

Transplantation & Tissue Engineering

  • Arthur Cross-Najafi, BA (Indianapolis, IN): “Co-Expression of HLA-E And HLA-G in Porcine Endothelial Cells Attenuates Human Natural Killer Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity”

Trauma/Burn/Critical Care

  • Jennifer L. Darby, MD (Pittsburgh, PA): “Exercise Protects against Organ Damage from Trauma/Hemorrhagic Shock (T/HS) Via Modification of Immune Cell Progenitors”
  • Joseph Edwards, MD (Baltimore, MD): “Partial vs. Full Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of The Aorta (REBOA) In A Swine Model of Raised Intracranial Pressure and Hemorrhagic Shock”
  • Radhika Rastogi, MD (Charlottesville, NC): “Topical Neck Cooling Attenuates Inflammatory Responses and Sepsis Progression in Intra-abdominal Sepsis”            


  • Kevin J. Chua, MD (Plainsboro, NJ): “Wound Complication Rates after Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection—Contemporary Analysis of The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database”         

Vascular Surgery

  • Eric Sung, BA (Cerritos, CA): “Hemodialysis Access Outcomes among Patients with Unstable Housing”    

Watch Clinical Congress Sessions On Demand

Virtual registration is still an option for Clinical Congress 2022. An on-demand library of recorded sessions from San Diego is available until May 1, 2023.