Research Day 2019

The UF Department of Surgery celebrated its 15th Research Day on Friday, April 19. 

Research Day Winners

Award Winners

The Department of Surgery had an excellent collection of quality abstract submissions for both Basic and Clinical Science. The following are this year’s awardees:

Moldawer Basic Science Award – Best Plenary Oral Presentation

  • Qin Yu (Pre-Doctoral Trainee)
    Primary Mentor: Ryan M. Thomas, M.D.
    Intestinal Microbiota Mediates Pancreatic Carcinogenesis Through Modulation of Tumor Infiltrating Natural Killer Cells

Moldawer Basic Science Award – Best Quick Shot Oral Presentation

  • Julie Stortz, M.D. (Lab Resident)
    Primary Mentor: Philip Efron, M.D.
    Old Mice Better Replicate the Human Condition in a Novel Murine Sepsis Model

Clinical/Translational Science Award – Best Plenary Oral Presentation

  • McKenzie Hollen, B.S. (Post-Bac Lab Assistant)
    Primary Mentor: Philip Efron, M.D.
    Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells Evolve After Human Sepsis And Are Associated With Unique Epigenetic Expression Patterns

Clinical/Translational Science Award – Best Quick Shot Oral Presentation

  • Michael Cox, M.D. (Lab Resident)
    Primary Mentor: Scott Brakenridge, M.D.
    Sarcopenia is Associated with Poor Long-Term Functional Status and Mortality Following Intra-Abdominal Sepsis

Research Career Development Award(s)

This year the Department of Surgery continued to award the Research Career Development Award (RCDA). These annual awards, consisting of up to $25,000 in direct funding, are intended to support clinical, translational and basic research programs for junior faculty within the Department of Surgery that will lead to independent external funding. The following is this years awardee:

  • Eric Jeng, M.D.
    Improving the Detection and Clinical Care of Dysphagia in Cardiac Patients

Lester Dragstedt Visiting Professor

  • John C Alverdy, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor
    Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
    University of Chicago
    Pritzker School of Medicine
    The role of the microbiome in surgical disease pathogenesis: leaks, infection and beyond

John Alverdy, MD

John C Alverdy, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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.