Fall 2019

Department of Surgery fall newsletter. The fall issue of SurgeOn keeps you up-to-date on the achievements and recognitions within the Department, highlighting areas of research and clinical expertise. In the cover story, “Breaking through the Barricade,” colorectal surgeon Virgilio George and surgical oncologist E. Ramsay Camp join forces to treat hard-to-reach cancers in the abdomen, first by surgically removing all the disease visible; then by performing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat the residual cells they cannot see through the abdomen. HIPEC in conjunction with surgery involves a coordinated effort between multiple teams to remove the tumors and administer the heated chemotherapy. 

This issue highlights some of the latest research and innovations, including significant NIH funding in the Wang Lab. Hongjun Wang, Ph.D. and her collaborators are moving forward with a new clinical trial to study a new therapeutic for early onset type 1 diabetes.

With the much anticipated opening of the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, we provide a brief overview of the new facility as well as the Summey Medical Pavilion in North Charleston that complements the new Children’s Hospital and provides regional outpatient pediatric care throughout the tri-county area. 

This fall, the Department of Surgery had several opportunities to highlight and celebrate our outstanding faculty, innovative research and accomplished trainees. 

In September, surgical leaders from around the country attended the annual meeting of the Halsted Society, hosted by the Department, bringing great prestige to our University and providing an opportunity to showcase our faculty, research and innovation to national leaders. We also showcased our postgraduate students research during the annual Surgery Research Recognition Day and hosted renowned speakers during the Eric R. Frykberg, M.D. Lecture and the Horace G. Smithy Lecture. 

In October, the Department honored three newly named Endowed Chairs in Cardiothoracic Surgery during an Investiture Ceremony in the presence of more than 100 guests and donors. Chadrick Denlinger, M.D., Marc R. Katz, M.D., MPH, and Lucian Lozonschi, M.D., all newly named endowed chairs in the division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, were recognized during the ceremony as superb servants to our medical community who are broadening the scope and level of care through their innovation and expertise in minimally invasive and robotic approaches to complex cardiothoracic surgeries.

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