UF College of Medicine surgical residents earn top honors at state conference

Several surgery residents from the University of Florida College of Medicine participated in the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Florida Committee on Trauma’s joint conference. Atif Iqbal, M.D., an assistant professor in the division of general surgery, is pictured at the far right.

The University of Florida College of Medicine was well represented at the joint meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, or FCACS, and the Florida Committee on Trauma, or FCOT. The events took place April 27-28 in Orlando.

At the FCACS meeting, UF surgical residents had six of nine oral presentations and won in all categories. The following awards were presented:

Basic science

  • First place: Tyler Loftus, M.D., “Inflammatory Cytokines, Erythropoietin, and Anemia among Critically Ill Septic Patients.”
  • Second place: David Hall, M.D., “Extended Brain Death Impairs Outcomes in Swine Lung Transplantation.”
  • Third place: Steven Raymond, M.D., “Baseline Neutrophil Function and Transcriptomic Profile of Neonates.”

Commission on Cancer

  • First place: Michael Gerber, M.D., “Molecular Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer Using Soluble Protein Signatures from the Tumor Microenvironment.”
  • Third place: Kristina Go, M.D., “Neoadjuvant Radiation in Stage I Rectal Cancer: Not Worth the Wait?”

Clinical research

  • First place: Lisa Cunningham, M.D., “Quality Improvement in Ileostomy Patients after Implementation of Ileostomy-Specific Novel Protocols.”

Gerber will represent Florida in the Commission on Cancer Abstract Competition at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in October. He was also elected vice chair of the Resident and Associate Society Committee of the FCACS; Juan Mira, M.D., serves as the current chair of that committee.

Additionally, two UF surgical residents presented their work at the FCOT Trauma Paper Competition, accounting for three of 12 oral presentations. Loftus presented the projects “Persistent Injury-Associated Anemia in Aged Rats” and “Mobilization of Hematopoietic Progenitors Following Severe Trauma and Chronic Stress.” Mira discussed “Severe Trauma and the Epidemiology of Chronic Critical Illness.”