Surgery Research Recognition Day

Surgery Resident Research Day Award Winners with Leadership
Award winners, Denise Garcia, M.D., Wenyu Gou, Ph.D. and Kunal Patel, M.D. take a photo with leadership.

Surgery Research Recognition Day showcases the exceptional research work in which our residents, medical students and graduate students participate.

“This day provides a great opportunity to not only learn about the fascinating projects pursued by our colleagues, but also to provide meaningful recognition to our hard-working students,” said Jean Ruddy, M.D. associate program director for Resident Research. “This year we had a tremendous response, allowing us to expand the program to include poster presentations.” 

The department highlighted the top ten oral presentations and 11 poster presentations in both Basic and Clinical Science.

Surgery Research Recognition Day is also an opportunity for faculty and residents to stay abreast of the latest data and research during the Eric R. Frykberg, M.D. Lecture.

This year, Melina Kibbe, M.D. professor of Surgery with tenure, the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina delivered her inspiring and motivational talk “The Ups and Downs of Translational Research - One Surgeon’s Journey” where she discussed the challenges and tenacity needed to successfully advance innovation in academic surgery.

Dr. Kibbe also served as guest judge for the day.

Once the scores were tallied, the winners were announced: For both the Clinical Science Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation: Denise Garcia, M.D., Basic Science Oral Presentation: Kunal Patel, M.D. and Basic Science Poster Presentation: Wenyu Gou, Ph.D. Congratulations to all award winners and participants!