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Surgical Trainee Paper Competition Program

Monday, February 12th 2024

Oral Presentations


5:45pm - Cocktail Hour

6:15pm - Dinner


6:20pm – 4 Quick Shots

Molly E. Casey DO – Albert Einstein Jefferson
“Association Of Acute Rejection And De Novo Renal Cell Carcinoma In Kidney Transplant Recipients: A UNOS Study”

Basheer Elsolh, MD – Fox Chase Cancer Center
“Establishing the Facility Volume to Outcome Relationship for Minimally Invasive Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer: a National Review of Outcomes"

Terry P. Gao, MD – Temple University Hospital
“Time is Money: The Return on Investment for Surgical Fellowship Training”

Benjamin K. Gundlach, MD – Penn Medicine
“Active ex-vivo perfusion of porcine limbs: increased viability up to 72 hours compared to cold storage”

6:45pm - PAS Business Meeting

7:00pm - Long Presentations

Sultan S. Abdelhamid, MD – Albert Einstein Jefferson
“Integration of shock index with base deficit and elevated lactate for enhanced mortality risk assessment early after blunt trauma”

Elissa Dalton, MD – Fox Chase Cancer Center
“Nodal Surgery for Patients ≥70 Undergoing Mastectomy for DCIS? Choose Wisely”

Yazid Ghanem, MD – Cooper Health
“Dr. Google to Dr. ChatGPT: Assessing the Content and Quality of Artificial Intelligence-Generated Medical Information on Appendicitis”

Nicolas Muñoz , MD – Penn Medicine
“The Impact Of Donor BMI On Safety And Outcomes In Living Donor Liver”

Thais Reif de Paula, MD – Lankenau Medical Center
“Long-term Oncologic Outcomes After Transanal Abdominal Transanal Radical Proctosigmoidectomy (TATA) For Low Rectal Cancer”


8:00pm – Quick shots

Kevin Vega, MD – Temple University Hospital
“To Titrate or Not to Titrate, That is the Burning Question: Enoxaparin dosing for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis”

Michael Wang, MD – Cooper Health
“Interview Hoarding – The Unintended Consequences of Virtual Interviews on Surgical Residency Match”

Leah Winer, MD – Fox Chase Cancer Center
“Immunohistochemical Status Predicts Pathologic Complete Response to Neoadjuvant Therapy in HER2 Overexpressing Breast Cancers”

Anna Garcia Whitlock, MD – Penn Medicine
“Glucagon Blockade Can Prevent and Treat Stress-Induced Hyperglycemia in Trauma”


8:25pm Announcement prize winner/Closing remarks