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Department of Surgery


Achivements, Awards and Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Scott Bradley, MD, Minoo Kavarana, MD and the entire Section of Pediatric CT Surgery Team for being Nationally ranked #17 among 76 facilities ranked in one or more of the 10 pediatric specialties in the 2011-2012 version of Best Children's Hospital published by U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings.

David Cole, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Virginia Herrmann, MD, Surgical Oncology and Carolyn Reed, MD, CT Surgery, were listed among the top 1% in the nation in their specialty by Castle Connolly’s estimation. 

See Summarized Rankings here: with links embedded for more information.

Eriksson EA, Pellegrini DC, Vanderkolk WE, Minshall CT, Fakhry SM, Cohle SD. Incidence of Fat Embolism at Autopsy: An Undiagnosed Epidemic.  Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 71:312-15, 2011.
Minshall CT, Eriksson EA, Leon SL, Doben AR, McKinzie BP, Fakhry SM.  Safety and Efficacy of Heparin or Enoxaparin Prophylaxis in Blunt Trauma Patients with a Head Abbreviated Injury Severity Score (HAIS)>2. Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 71:396-400, 2011.
Samir Fakhry, MD, Chief, Division of General Surgery, was the lead investigator, along with Dr. Christopher Michetti from Fairfax Hospital, for the opening paper at the American Association for the Surgery of  Trauma on   September 14, 2011.  The paper was entitled, "Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Rates at Major Trauma Centers Compared to a National Benchmark: Multiinstitutional Study of the AAST", and was conducted by the AAST Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Investigators Group. The research demonstrates that VAP rates at nationally recognized trauma centers vary greatly and were not consistent with published national benchmark data.
Kenneth Chavin, MD, PhD will be taking over as the Department of Surgery Vice Chair of Research effective October 15th, 2011.  Dr. Chavin has carefully considered this decision and will approach the responsibility of the position with thoughtful energy. This is an exciting leadership transition and Dr. Chavin will prove to be a real asset for the Department in this capacity.

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