Department of Surgery

Research News

Award Winners: 22nd Richard L Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science and Department of Surgery Research Day

On April 24, 2024 we held our 22nd Annual Research Day and Richard L. Simmons Lecture in Surgical Science. The event was a great success highlighted by a remarkable and inspiring talk by our guest lecturer Dr. Jn Jen Yeh from the University of North Carolina. 

The following presenters were selected for special recognition:

Best Oral Presentation:

Alexander Kreger, MD: Chemical pancreatectomy increases b-cell volume and islet vasculature 

Runners up:

Inaugural Health Equity Coalition Summit

On 9 May 2023, the Department of Surgery held the Inaugural Health Equity Coalition Summit at The Homewood Community Engagement Center. The engagement was intended to inspire our community advocates, residents and faculty to see the overwhelming positive benefits that come with collaborating with community partners to build health equity. Our speakers highlighted specific examples of such collaborations with UPMC and the Neighborhood Resilience Project, the Community Collaborative for Special Populations, and Primary Health Services. Program coordinators and speakers included Drs.

UC, San Diego FOCUS Program Awards Funding to Dr. Roberto Mota Alvidrez

A new sub-award for research to be conducted by Roberto Mota Alvidrez, MD, has been approved for funding.

Dr. Mota is the principal investigator (PI) on the project, “Role of Cytosolic Phospholipase A2 in vascular wall lipid accumulation in atherosclerosis” which will be funded by the University of California, San Diego Future Faculty of Cardiovascular Sciences (FOCUS) program.

Congratulations to Dr. Mota!


Dr. Thiagarajan Meyyappan Research Team Wins $100,000 Award at the 2022 Pitt Innovation Challenge

Congratulations to the research team of Thiagarajan Meyyappan, MD; Steven Little, PhD; and Matthew Rosengart, MD, MPH who were awarded a $100,000 Pitt Innovation Challenge 2022 Award for their project "Micro-shield: Abdominal Adhesion Prevention". 


Dr. Edith Tzeng Research Team Wins 2022 Pain Challenge Award

Congratulations to the research team of Edith Tzeng, MD (principal investigator); Katherine Reitz, MD MScJoseph Meyer, MDKyle Markel, MD MSc; and Phil Empey, PharmD, PhD, who were awarded a $50,000 Virginia Kaufman Pain Research Challenge Award for their project “Easing the Pain of Peripheral Artery Disease.”

A video featuring the project is posted on YouTube: