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Research Day 2013

The department of surgery held its ninth annual Research Day in April. Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, the Dallas B. Phemister Professor of Surgery and chair of the department of surgery at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, was the Lester R. Dragstedt Visiting Professor for this event. Matthews spoke about the long-standing history between the two institutions and the journey Dragstedt and Woodward made from the University of Chicago to work at the University of Florida.

Earning Research Career Development Awards, which are $25,000 grants funded by the department, were:

  • Shawn Larson, MB, ChB, an assistant professor in the division of pediatric surgery
  • Jose Trevino, MD, an assistant professor in the division of general surgery

Surgical residents, Sugong Chen, MD, Luke Gutwein, MD, and Makesha Miggins, MD, each won $500 awards for their abstracts. Chen won the award for “Best Basic Science Abstract Presentation,” while Gutwein and Miggins both won awards for “Best Clinical/Translational Science Abstract Presentation.” Because of the high quality of the clinical/ translational science presentations this year, the judges gave awards to two presenters for the first time.