Research Day 2019


The University of Florida Department of Surgery is honored to welcome

John Alverdy, MD

Dr. John C. Alverdy
Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

as the 2019 Dragstedt Visiting Professor for the 15th annual Department of Surgery Research Day which will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Harrell Medical Education Building.



Abstract Site Opens:  2/4/19 @ 12:00am

Abstract Site Closes:  3/3/19 @ 11:59pm

Research Grant Application Deadline:  3/10/19 @ 11:59 pm (*Email submission*)

Abstract Grading:  3/5/19 – 3/18/19

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  3/25/19

Research Day:  4/19/19





Abstract Instructions:

DEADLINE: The deadline for abstract submissions is March 3, 2019, 11:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission link above.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: There are no restrictions on the number of submissions you may submit. An individual can be named as first author on more than one abstract. However, an individual may be the first author on only one abstract accepted for oral or quick shot oral presentation.

  • Abstracts from the same first author not accepted for oral presentation will be potentially eligible for oral poster presentation.

CHARACTER LIMIT: There is a 150 character count limit for the title (including spaces) and a 3,000 character count limit (including spaces) for the body of the abstract (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion).  Figures and tables are not allowed.

DISCLOSURES: You will be asked to complete specific disclosures in order to finalize your submission.



Research Day Grant Application Instructions:


The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the continuation of the Research Career Development Award (RCDA) and Mentored Resident Research Award (MRRA) to faculty in the Department of Surgery. These annual awards are intended to support clinical, translational and basic research programs within the Department of Surgery that will lead to independent external funding. This year’s award(s) will be announced at Research Day, on April 19, 2019.

Grant Application Instructions:

DEADLINE:  The deadline for submission for the RCDA and MRRA via email is Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

GRANT SUBMISSIONS:  A faculty member can submit and be the principle investigator (PI) on only one RCDA and/or MRRA application (ie they may not be the PI on multiple RCDA or MRRA applications).  All applications (see link below for packet) must be submitted via email to Angela Avery ( prior to the deadline above.  Applications which are incomplete or missing information will not be considered after the deadline.


  • Proposed Research Program, including a) Specific Aims or Hypothesis, b) Background and Significance, and c) Research Design. Preliminary data, although optimal, is not required for the submission, and any preliminary data of the applicant should be integrated into the Background and Significance Section. The Proposed Research Program cannot exceed a total of four pages. There are also font and spacing requirements. The application should be submitted in either a sans serif font of 11pts or greater (Helvetica, Arial, Verdana) or a serif font of 12 pts or greater (Times New Roman). The application should be single-spaced and the margins should not be less than 0.75”. Applications that do not comply with these space or font requirements will be returned to the applicant.
  • Detailed Budget for one calendar year. Use the enclosed form. Please note that the award is not intended to support recurring or ongoing expenses (such as salary), so unless a specific justification is provided, salary support is not to be included. There are no travel, indirect charges, or collaboration expenses to be supported by this award. In addition, the funds are intended to be used during the 2019-2020 academic year. Unused funds are returned to the Department. No-cost extensions are not permitted, unless approved by the Research Advisory Committee ahead of time.
  • Proposed Development Program. These grants are primarily intended to provide seed money for projects that will ultimately be submitted for outside peer-review funding. In the space provided, the applicant should detail a brief development plan regarding how this funding instrument will be used to seek and obtain additional peer-review funding.
  • Current PHS 398 form (modular) for the Applicant containing NIH bibliography, including Other Support (4 page maximum).
  • The Award is open to all faculty members at the rank of Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor (Clinical, Research and Adjunct included). Recipients who have received the Award within the past five years may not reapply.
  • The Award decision will be made by the Chairman of the Department in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee. Applications will be judged on their scientific merit, and their likelihood of leading to independent, external funding.
  • Award decisions will be announced at the Department of Surgery Research Day, April 19, 2019.


Research Career Development Award Application Packet

Mentored Resident Research Award Application Packet

Lester Dragstedt Visiting Professor

John Alverdy, MD

Dr. John C. Alverdy
Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr Alverdy is the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery and Executive Vice-Chair of the department of surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr Alverdy is the director of the Center for Surgical Infection Research at the University of Chicago that studies the microbial pathogenesis of infections that develop following surgery including sepsis, wound infection, and anastomotic leak. He has been funded by the NIH for this work since 1999. He is the co-PI on a T32 training grant and has trained over 30 postdoctoral fellows in his laboratory over the last 25 years. Dr Alverdy is the co-director of the Digestive Disease Research Center Core (DDRCC- Eugene Chang MD Director) and a fellow of the Institute of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He is the current president of the Surgical Infection Society North America. Dr Alverdy attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and Loyola University and received his surgical training at the Michael Reese Hospital/University of Chicago. He completed a surgical research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Alverdy has an active gastrointestinal surgery practice involving minimally invasive surgery of the foregut including esophagus, stomach and pancreatobiliary tree.


Special thanks to the University of Florida Department of Surgery Research Advisory Committee for help making the annual Research Day a success:

Scott Berceli, MD, PhD
(Chairman Research Advisory Committee)

Ryan M. Thomas, MD
(Chairman, Research Day 2019)

Joshua Carson, MD

Phil Efron, MD

Kristina Giles, MD

Zhihua Jiang, PhD

Shawn Larson, MD

Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD

Alicia Mohr, MD

Lyle Moldawer, PhD

Kerri O’Malley, PhD

Jose Trevino, MD

Gib Upchurch, MD

Kim Wollard, PhD

Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD