BENJAMIN LEVI , MD, ACS Associate Fellow,
was presented with the 2015 Jacobson Promising
Investigator Award for his innovative surgical
research. He is director of the Burn/Wound and
Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and assistant
professor in surgery, University of Michigan.
To date, Dr. Levi’s research and clinical efforts
have resulted in numerous awards and honors.
He has received career development awards and
grants from the National Institutes of Health,
American Association of Plastic Surgery,
American Association of the Surgery of Trauma,
U.S. Department of Defense, Plastic Surgery
Foundation, and Association for Academic Surgery.
His mentor, Stewart C. Wang, MD, PhD, FACS,
stated, “Dr. Levi is one of the most important young
investigators in the areas of trauma and stem cell
biology and in the surgical care of burn patients.
He is the only person I know who can admit a burn
patient, direct their critical care, perform their
acute operations, and subsequently perform their
reconstructive procedures while taking ideas to his
basic science laboratory to improve all of these steps.
His path-breaking work has opened a new area for
pharmaceutical intervention in the progression of
heterotopic ossification. This fundamental discovery
research is coupled with extraordinary clinical
care of patients and ensures that trauma and burn
patients under his care are provided with the most
informed management of their disease.”
KATHLEEN B. TO, MD, FACS, was selected
to be the inaugural Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS,
Faculty Research Fellowship recipient. She is
assistant professor of surgery in the division of
acute care surgery (trauma, burns, critical care, and
emergency surgery) at the University of Michigan
Hospital and Health System (UMHHS), Ann Arbor.
Dr. To’s clinical practice and research interests are
in emergency general surgery (EGS), trauma,
critical care, wound care, patient outcomes, and
quality improvement. She has served as principal
investigator and co-investigator on a number
of research studies in these areas of investigation.
Using the Russell Fellowship award, Dr. To
will conduct a study titled Emergency General
Surgery—Catalyst For Change: Outcomes, Models
of Care & Performance Improvement, with the
intention of creating a viable platform for
emergency general surgery patient care on a national
level that lowers the mortality and morbidity rate
for EGS patients, especially those 65 and older.
Michael W. Mulholland, MD, PhD, FACS, chair,
department of surgery, UMHHS, said of Dr. To,
“She is a superb surgeon-scientist…inquisitive,
insightful, and committed to the improvement of
patient outcomes. She has already demonstrated the
intellect, ingenuity and drive to make significant
contributions to scientific research in the field of
acute care surgery.”
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Dr. Levi receives the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award
from ACS First Vice-President Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS.
Dr. To presents her research topic at the ACS Foundation
2015 Donor Recognition Luncheon.