Research/Academics in the General Surgery Residency at
the University of Colorado
In addition to the five years of clinical general surgery training, categorical
residents are expected to spend two to three years as a resident in
research/academics. Most spend two years in research or academics. Opportunities for clinical as
well as basic science research abound. Several of our residents have completed
masters degrees during the two research years. Occasionally residents spend
three years in order to satisfy the requirements for a Ph.D. The residents are
also encouraged to participate in various clinical research projects in
collaboration with the faculty. Diverse research opportunities are available to individuals seeking
careers in academic surgery. Most surgical residents spend a two-year research
fellowship working with established surgical faculty investigators. Those entering the program with a Ph.D. are given the opportunity to set up an individualized curriculum. Residents
pursue research spanning the full range of investigation from basic science to
translational investigations, and clinical and outcomes-based research.
Recent Research opportunities (click here)
CURRENT RESEARCH RESIDENTS:
||Surgical Education, RY3
||Surgical Oncology/Dr. Edi, RY2
||Trauma/Dr. Moore/Banerjee, RY2
||CT Surg/Dr. Reece, RY1
||Surgical Education/QI, RY1
||CHCO - Dr. Liechty, RY2
||Pediatrics - Dr. Karrer, RY1
||Thoracic/Dr. Weyant, RY1
||Global Health, related to MPH,RY2
||Head & Nack CA/Dr. Xiao-Jing Wang, RY3
||National Cancer Institute, Dr. Ripley
||VA and Vascular Research, RY2
||Pulmonary Fibrosis, Dr. Jeff Swigris, RY2
||Trauma/Dr. Moore/Banerjee, RY1
||Plastic Surgery/Dr. Deleyannis, RY1
||CHCO-Dr. Abman Neonatology, RY2
Examples of Project descriptions from current research residents:
Brandon Chapman -
My research is focused in surgical outcomes and quality
improvement, primarily in surgical oncology and colorectal surgery. At
University Hospital, I have helped develop a pancreatic database and have
performed multiple retrospective chart reviews at our institution. I also
work with the Surgical Outcomes and Applied Research (SOAR) using large
national databases including the National Cancer Database and ACS-NSQIP.
In addition, I am getting my Masters in Clinical Science at the
University of Colorado Denver to learn biostatistics.
Peter Einersen- My research in the trauma lab involves clinical outcomes studies utilizing the extensive Denver Trauma Activations Protocol (TAP) database and translational basic science studies, primarily in rat and whole blood models, designed to validate the hypotheses generated in my clinical investigations. So far the highlights of my research have included validating thresholds for a thromboelastogram (TEG) driven massive transfusion protocol, which is now in use at Denver Health and developing a novel hypothesis for the cellular signaling responsible for post-traumatic hyperfibrinolysis, which I will be testing in animal models over the coming year.
Alicia Heelan Gladden-
My research time is focused on completing clinical research in the areas of breast surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and trauma surgery. Additionally, I am developing and executing a curriculum and a large scale project in quality improvement through the CU School of Medicine Institute for Quality, Safety & Efficiency (HQSE).
I am doing basic research with Dr. Weyant with both esophageal and lung cancer cell lines. We are evaluating the different genetic, inflammatory proteins and immune system components essential to these cancerous cell lines growth and proliferation. My clinical research projects include a VA ECMO outcomes and ex vivo lung transplant outcomes.
Geoffrey Nunns -
My research is focused on trauma and the metabolic and coagulaton changes during hemorrhagic shock and tissue injury. Working with Dr. Moore's lab, I am studying the metabolic changes in animal models of trauma. We are also studying the effect of these metabolites in vitro on coagulation abnormalities and ischemic reperfusion injury.
Doug Overbey -
My research is a combination of general and vascular surgery basic and clinical research. With Dr. Robinson at the VAMC, we are performing a clinical trial for loco-regional pain control affecting delirium, and benchtop studies of surgical energy and surgical fires. I am also working with Dr. Nehler and the vascular surgery team on quality improvement projects, surgical education, and database outcomes research specific to aortic surgery and acute limb ischemia.
David Sprunger -
I am working with Dr. Jeff Swigris at National Jewish Health in the interstitial lung disease group on projects related to the epidemiology and molecular biology of pulmonary fibrosis. I am currently working on a pilot study for a clinical trial which will treat skeletal muscle dysfunction in these patients. In addition I am collaborating with the oncology group at NJH to build a nationalwide cohort of patients with pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer in order to better understand the unique mechanisms that lead to malignancy in these patients.
I am investigating the effects of electronic cigarettes and
smoking cessation on wound healing and flap survival. There are a number
of other projects including a clinical/surgical trip to examine genetics
and mosaicism in microtia in the Guatemalan pediatric population.
Bradley Wallace- (Bradley Wallace also serves as the 2016-17 Research Administrative Chief Resident). My research focuses on lung development in neonatal disease states. I work specifically with the Pediatric Heart Lung Center under Dr. Abman alongside Dr. Partrick and Dr. Marwan looking at models for ronchopulmonary dysplasia and congenital diaphragmatic hernias, as well as treatment under these disease phenotypes. I am also working on a wide variety of clinical projects alongside various members of the Pediatric Surgery Team at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Photos are of Research Mentors and PI's. These faculty were included the Research "Match" dinner October 15, 2015 where research PI's and research residents presented their areas of investigation and a panel of research residents answered questions for the categorical residents to assist them in identifying their future research focus. This year's Research "Match" Dinner will take place on October 6, 2016 from 6-8:30 pm and all PGY-1 to PGY-3 categoricals, research residents, faculty PI's and research mentors are invited to attend.
Research Residents and Panelists
Principal Investigators working with Surgery residents:
Steve Abman, MD Carlton Barnett, MD
Frederic Deleyannis, MD R. Taylor Ripley, MD (NCI)
Michael Weyant, MD Timothy Crombleholme, MD
Ernest E. "Gene" Moore, MD Anirban Banerjee, PhD
Vice Chair of Trauma and
Critical Care Research
Brett Reece, MD David Fullerton, MD
Vice Chair of Surgical
David Partrick, MD Kenneth Liechty, MD
Thomas Robinson, MD Mark Nehler, MD
David Kuwayama, MD Jeffrey Swigris, MD (NJH)
Richard Schulick, MD Barish Edil, MD