Duke Surgery Annual Research Day

Duke Surgery's 7th Annual Research Day will be held on April 26, 2023.


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Abstracts should be submitted by Sunday, February 12, 2023.


Abstracts may be submitted by trainees in the Department of Surgery, including fellows (MD or PhD), residents, and graduate, medical, and undergraduate students. The presenting author should be first author on the abstract, and the author list should state the trainee status and name of the division. It is expected that the first author is a trainee, and they will be expected to present if they are selected as a podium presenter.

Abstracts can cover basic/translational or clinical research and should state the most applicable category after the title. Trainees may only submit one abstract per category (basic/translational or clinical). Research should be relatively recent but may have already been presented and/or published within the past year. Trainees must be available to attend Research Day on April 26, 2023.

The abstract submission file should include two pages: 1) a title page and 2) the abstract plus figures or tables. Please use 11-point font and include 1" margins in your file. Submit the title page and abstract in the same file for tracking purposes.

Title Page

The title page should list the following information:

  • Abstract title
  • Clinical or basic/translational research
  • Submitter's name
  • Submitter’s current title (fellow, resident, etc.)
  • Division
  • All authors with full names and degrees if available


The abstract should be divided into the following sections:

  • Background & Hypothesis
  • Methods & Results
  • Conclusions


Please contact Lisa Musty with any questions.

Lisa Musty

Previous Research Day Winners

Basic Research

Li-Chung Tsao, PhD, and Shelley Hwang, MD

Trastuzumab/Pertuzumab combination therapy stimulates anti-tumor responses through complement-dependent cytotoxicity and phagocytosis
Li-Chung Tsao, PhD
Mentor: Herbert Kim Lyerly, MD, PhD

Clinical Research

Neel K. Prahbhu and Shelley Hwang, MD

Machine Learning for Improved Size Matching in Lung Transplantation
Neel K. Prabhu
Mentor: Matthew G. Hartwig, MD

Basic Research

Inducing tolerance of HLA-mismatched Kidney Transplants Following Donor Derived Apoptotic Cell Infusion in Non-Human Primates
Chloe Nobuhara, Brian Shaw, Irma Hussain, Angil Danghi, Miriam Manook, Jeffrey Ord, Dimitrios Moris, Robin Schmitz, Kyha Williams, Xunrong Luo, Allan Kirk


Clinical Research

Machine Learning for Urodynamic Detection of Detrusor Overactivity
K. Tyler Hobbs, MD; Nathaniel Choe, Leonid Aksenov, MD; Lourdes Reyes; Wilkins Aquino, PhD; Jonathan C. Routh, MD, MPH; James A. Hokanson, PhD

Basic Research

Duke Surgery 4th Annual Research Day Basic Science Winners
Targeting S1P1 Internalization Avoids T cell Sequestration and Provides a Novel Immunotherapeutic Approach to Intracranial Tumors
Cosette DeChant, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Lindsey Rein, Alem Kahsai, Xiuyu Cui, Michelle Yang, Daniel Wilkinson, Robert Lefkowitz, and Peter Fecci.

Damage- and Pathogen-Associated Molecular Patterns Play Differential Roles in Late Mortality After Critical Illness
John Eppensteiner, Jean Kwun, Uwe Scheuermann, Andrew Barbas, Alexander T. Limkakeng, Eric Elster, Allan D. Kirk, Jaewoo Lee.


Clinical Research

Duke Surgery 4th Annual Research Day Clinical Research Winner
A Mixed Method Implementation Analysis Assessing Barriers and Facilitators to Improving Safety Culture in a Pediatric Perioperative unit in Guatemala City
Isabelle Sico, Bria E. Johnston, Mónica Orozco, Angie Aguilar-González, Sindy Mendez Soveranis, Astrid Tello, Caroline Doherty, David Boyd, Joy Noel Baumgartner, Jennifer Headley, Kelsey Landrum, Randall Lou-Meda, and Henry E. Rice.

Basic Research

Basic research winner Ibrahim
Implantable Oxygen Platform for Continuous, Real-Time Detection of Vascular Perfusion and Ischemia
Mohamed Ibrahim, Ryan Schweller, Mahmoud Mohamed, David Powers, and Bruce Klitzman


Clinical Research

Clinical research winner Ashley Wietsma
Just a Nudge: Applying Behavioral Incentives to Engage Residents in Quality Improvement Education
Ashley Wietsma, Eugene Cone, Johnathan Bergman, Tannaz Moin, Arlene Fink, Jonathan Routh, B. Price Kerfoot, and Charles Scales Jr.

Basic Research

2017 Basic Research Winners
Low-Dose Exposure to a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Mixture Promotes Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation: A Model Using Creosote-Contaminated Sediment from a Superfund Site
Larisa M. Gearhart-Serna, John B. Davis, Scott J. Sauer, Nishad Jayasundara, Richard Di Giulio, and Gayathri R. Devi

Lymphoid Isolation as an Adjuvant Maneuver for Belatacept-Based Immunotherapy
Michael Mulvihill, Kannan Samy, Robert Patrick Davis, Francis Leopardi, Brad Collins, and Allan D. Kirk


Clinical Research

2017 Clinical research winner
The Impact of Targeted HER-2 Therapy on Breast Reconstruction Outcomes: A Propensity-Matched Analysis
Ronnie L. Shammas, Eugenia H. Cho, Adam D. Glener, Luke P. Poveromo, Lily R. Mundy, Rachel A. Greenup, Kimberly L. Blackwell, and Scott T. Hollenbeck

Basic Research

2016 basic research winner
Oncolytic Poliovirus Activates Antigen-Presenting Cells and Promotes Anti-Cancer Cytolytic Responses in Vitro
Michael Brown, Eda K. Holl, David Boczkowski, Darell D. Bigner, Matthias Gromeier, and Smita K. Nair


Clinical Research

2016 clinical research winner

Rethinking the Current AJCC Staging System for Medullary Thyroid Cancer: An Analysis of 3315 Patients
Mohamed Adam, Samantha Thomas, Sanziana Roman, and Julie A. Sosa