demonstrate early promise of making significant contributions to the practice of surgery.
The 13th annual ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching was presented to Brian C. George,
MD, a fifth-year general surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. The award recognizes
excellence in teaching by a resident and highlights
the importance of teaching in residents’ daily lives.
Dr. George was selected by an independent review
panel of the Committee on Resident Education.
The third annual Jameson L. Chassin, MD,
FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery was presented to Anji E. Wall, MD, PhD,
a chief resident in general surgery at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. The
award recognizes a chief resident in general surgery who exemplifies the values of compassion,
technical skill, and devotion to science and learning.
The ACS established the award with gifts from the
Chassin family, colleagues, and friends of the late
Dr. Chassin, who was a skilled surgeon, teacher,
and scholar in New York, NY. Dr. Wall was selected
by an independent review panel of the Committee
on Resident Education.
Members of the ACS Scientific Forum Committee,
including Mary T. Hawn, MD, FACS, Chair; Dennis
P. Orgill, MD, PhD, FACS, Vice-Chair; Ali Tavak-
koli, MB, BS, FACS; and Paula M. Termuhlen, MD,
FACS, awarded the Best Scientific Poster of Excep-
tional Merit to Michael C. Hu, MD, MPH, for Wounds
Outcompete Tumors for Neovascularization. The
coauthors of this poster included Zeshaan N. Maan,
MB, BS, MS, MRCS; Wan Xing Hong, MS; Graham
G. Walmsley; Robert C. Rennert, MD; David Atash-
roo, MD; Dominik Duscher, MD; Ruth Tevlin, MB,
BCh, BAO(NUI), MRCSI; Andrew S. Zimmermann;
Michael T. Chung, MD; Adrian McArdle, MB, BCh,
BAO(NUI), MRCSI; Geoffrey C. Gurtner, MD, FACS;
Amato J. Giaccia, Ph D; H. Peter Lorenz, MD, FACS;
and Dr. Longaker.
Furthermore, the following medical students
were honored for their Basic Science Research
•First place: Michaela C. Bamdad, Yale University
School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: Serotonin Reup-take Inhibitors Protect the Intestinal Mucosa from the
Effects of Chemotherapy
•Second place: Daniel Walden, Medical College of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Xanthohumol, a Hop Plant
Extract, Decreases NOTCH1 and Mediates Cellular
Anti-Carcinogenic Pathways in Cholangiocarcinoma
• Third place: Jacob C. Young, University of Chicago, IL:
Generation and Characterization of an IL13Rα2-Tropic
Modified Adenovirus for the Personalized Treatment
The following medical students were recognized
for their Clinical and Educational Research posters:
2015 International Guest Scholars and others guests of the IRC. Front row (from left): Drs. Mendez, O’ Connor, Parés, Bankole, Skandarajah,
Mishra, Lawal, Tomimaru, Irtan, and Nigri. Back row: Drs. Yali bin Ramazami, Siu Ho Chok, Bekele, Michalopoulos, Vassos, Tyritzis,
Rodas, Alami, and Morchio; Mohammed Rachad Wehbe, MD, Beirut, Lebanon; Dr. Irvine; and Dr. Chao. Not pictured: Dr. Ojuka.