Research Day 2021

The University of Florida Department of Surgery is honored to welcome

Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sandy Feng
Professor of Surgery
University of California San Francisco
Division of Transplant Surgery
Vice Chair for Research
Director, Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program

as the 2021 Dragstedt Visiting Professor for the 16th annual Department of Surgery Research Day which will be held both virtually and with limited socially-distanced engagement on


Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 17, 2021 (5-7:30pm)

Physical location: Harrell Medical Education Building Room 135

If you wish to attend in-person, please register at:

(Please see your email for password access)


Friday June 18, 2021 (7-8:30am)

Quickshot Basic Science and Poster Presentations:

Quickshot Clinical Presentations (7-9am):



As Professor of Surgery and Director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program at UCSF, Dr. Sandy Feng performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplants and teaches surgical fellows, residents, and medical students. She received a doctorate in molecular biology from Cambridge University with her Marshall Scholarship and earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a transplant fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Feng has numerous leadership roles, including Councilor for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, former Co-Chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the American Transplant Congress, and current Chair of the Kidney Pancreas Advisory Committee of the American Society of Transplantation. She has been an invited organizer or participant in several national consensus conferences addressing issues critical to the transplantation community.



Abstract Site Opens:  3/29/21 @ 12:00am

Abstract Site Closes:  4/25/21 @ 11:59pm

Abstract Grading:  5/3/21 – 5/14/21

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  5/19/21

Research Day:  6/17/21 and 6/18/21


Abstract Submission Site
(Active 3/29/21)



Abstract Instructions:

DEADLINE: The deadline for abstract submissions is April 25, 2021, 11:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission link above and no late submissions will be accepted.

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.




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

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

Ryan M. Thomas, MD
(Co-Chair, Research Day 2021)

Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD
(Co-Chair, Research Day 2021)

Gib Upchurch, MD

Joshua Carson, MD

Phil Efron, MD

Zhihua Jiang, PhD

Shawn Larson, MD

Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD

Alicia Mohr, MD

Lyle Moldawer, PhD

Kerri O’Malley, PhD

Ashish Sharma, MBBS, PhD

Kim Wollard, PhD


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