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At PinnacleHealth, scholarly activity is an essential ingredient of our General Surgery Residency Program. That’s why we strongly encourage faculty and residents to participate in clinical or laboratory research and present at local and national conferences.

PinnacleHealth will support your academic efforts by providing financial and institutional resources, including:

  • A full-time department dedicated to the creation of graphics, slides, and scientific presentation displays
  • Full-time medical librarians
  • 24/7 library access
  • Personnel in the Medical Education Department who can assist in project design, literature review, paper formulation and critical analysis of work in progress
  • Statistician

Current Residents

PinnacleHealth’s current general surgery residents have made many outstanding scholarly contributions in the field of general surgery, including:
 

Karima Fitzgerald, MD
Topic Presentation: Surgical Hand-Off in the Era of ACGME work hour restrictions: Creating a more Effective Model at PinnacleHealth
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014


Poster Presentation: Airing the Dirty Laundry: Do Meaningful Trends Exist on Retrospective Analysis of M&M Data?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 

Poster Presentation: Determining Clinical Significance Between Chest Radiographs and Oxygen Saturation at Time of Discharge in Cardiac Surgery Patients
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2011

Case Report: Lemierre’s Disease: A Community Hospital’s Experience
Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery 48th Annual Meeting 2010

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Peptic Ulcer Disease, Small Bowel Obstruction, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Ethics

Allison Tompeck, MD
Poster Presentation: Percutaneous Transluminal Intervention for Femoropopliteal Occlusive Disease
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2011

Drexel Medical Student Lecture
Wound Care

Johanna Serrano, MD
Topic Presentation: Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Analysis: A Retrospective Cohort Study
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Nutrition, Surgical Infection and Antibiotics

Jonathan Cook, MD
Topic Presentation: The Colorectal Fast-Track Pathway in the Community Setting
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015


Poster Presentation: Airing the Dirty Laundry: Do Meaningful Trends Exist on Retrospective Analysis of M&M Data?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 

Poster Presentation: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy vs. Negative Wound Therapy with Instillation
Wound Care Conference 2014
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 

T. Joseph Watson, MD
Poster Presentation: Acute Celiac Trunk Thrombosis Treated with Open Thrombecotmy
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

Poster Presentation: Airing the Dirty Laundry: Do Meaningful Trends Exist on Retrospective Analysis of M&M Data?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 

Samer Rajjoub, MD
Poster Presentation: Airing the Dirty Laundry: Do Meaningful Trends Exist on Retrospective Analysis of M&M Data?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 

Dheera Reddy, MD
Poster Presentation: Protocol of Urinary Calculi Diagnosis: Decreasing Radiation Exposure and Increasing Patient Safety
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

Topic Presentation: Indentify Inappropriate CT Usage and Decrease Subsequent Radiation Exposure to Improve Patient Safety
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

Leahna Cooney, MD
Topic Presentation: Using Brachial BP Cuff and Passive Leg Raising for Assessment of Fluid Responsiveness in Hypotensive, Hospitalized Patients
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

Farda Qayyum, MD
Topic Presentation: Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Analysis: A Retrospective Cohort Study
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

W. Kurtis Childers, DO
Topic Presentation: Beta Blockers Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence and Breast Cancer Deaths: Results of a Meta-Analysis
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015


Poster Presentation: The Diagnostic Yield of Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy: Are We Getting Everything?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

Lindsey Haga, MD
Topic Presentation: Surgery in the Elderly: Should a Growing Older Population Equate to a Growing Number of Elective and Emergent Surgeries or Should There be a Cap? What More Can or Should We Do When it Comes to End of Life Care?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015


Poster Presentation: Case Series: Surgical Management of Celiac Artery Compression Syndrome
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015


Topic Presentation: The Age of CT Diagnosis: The Effect of Technology on Clinician Confidence in management and Diagnosis
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014


Poster Presentation: Assess the Appropriate Use of CT Scan on Abdomen and Pelvis
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 

Sanja Sljivic, DO
Poster Presentation: Intussusception Caused by Pedunculated Cecal Lipoma in an Adult
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015


Poster Presentation: Forearm Compartment Syndrome of the Newborn’
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2014
 
Jeremy Kaufmann, MD
Poster Presentation: Initiative and Trends in Global Health Participation among PinnacleHealth Employees and Staff
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2015
 

Past Residents


J. Scott Emery, MD
Topic Presentation: Inguinal Hernia Repair: Postoperative Complications and a Class-Action Lawsuit Regarding a Mesh Plug
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Poster Presentation: The Value of Surgical Missions to Third World Countries in a Surgical Training Program
American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, October 2008

Topic Presentation: Role of Laparoscopy in the Treatment of Recurrent Paraesophageal Hernia
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2008

Topic Presentation: No One Told Me That! The Legal Pitfalls Associated with Informed Consent
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2007

Chi Ha, MD
Research Presentation: Do Delayed Incisional Hernia Repairs After Perforated Viscus Have an Increased Rate of Infection?
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2009

Research Presentation: The Difference in Volume of Head and Neck Cancer Cases in Community-Based and Academic Center
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2009

Journal Publication: Urachal Abscess Can Be Confused with Pelvic Appendicitis
The Open Surgery Journal, 2008, 2,21-23

Topic Presentation: Institutional Experience of Sebaceous Carcinoma
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2008

Topic Presentation: Superior Mesenteric Artery Compression Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2007

Case Presentation: Amplatzer Vascular Plug to Occlude the Internal Iliac Artery in Patients Undergoing Aortoiliac Aneurysm Repair
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Seth Judd, MD
Topic Presentation: Intraoperative Death: A Chief Resident’s Experience
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

Case Presentation: Colon Perforation Following Colonoscopy with Polypectomy: A Case Presentation
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Danielle Ladie, MD
Research Presentation: Role of MRI in Breast Cancer
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

Presentation: Humanitarian Aid
The Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
2010 Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2010

Poster Presentation: Complications of Meckel’s Diverticulum in Infants and Children
American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, October 2008

Research Paper: Metastatic Melanoma Presenting As Breast Masses
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2008

Drexel Medical Student Lecture
H&P’s, Pre/Post Op Notes, Labs, Preoperative Assessment of Surgical Patient

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Wound Care

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Nutrition, Surgical Infection and Antibiotics

Wesley Marquart, MD
Research Presentation: The Role of CRP in Acute Appendicitis in Adults
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Steven Chmil, MD
Topic Presentation: Review of Surgical Options for the Management of Vocal Cord Paralysis Secondary to Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Injury
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

Poster Presentation: A Comparison of the Learning Curves of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

Poster Presentation: Concomitant Presentation of a Perforated Duodenal Ulcer and Acute Aortic Thrombosis
Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 36th Annual Critical Care Congress, February 2007

Poster Presentation: MRSA Found in Infected Pancreatic Pseudocyst
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Mykola Prykhodko, MD
Research Presentation: Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in Residents Surrounding the Three-Mile Island Nuclear (TMI) Facility
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Milorad Marjanovic, MD
Poster Presentation: Idiopathic Sclerosing Mesentritis: Two Cases and a Review of the Literature
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

Case Presentation: Liposarcoma of the Spermatic Cord
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2008

Presentation: Superior Mesenteric Venous Thrombosis and Campylobacter jejuni
Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly, November 2007

Douglas McGuirk, MD
Research Presentation: Results of Mandibular Reconstruction Using the Synthes Locking Plate System
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2006

Sara Ohanessian, MD
Topic Presentation: Unusual Cases of Intestinal Obstruction Caused by Congenital Adhesive Bands in Children and Adults
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

John Lazar, MD
Research Presentation: Is Early Surgical Intervention Associated with Improved Survival in Fulminate Clostridium Difficile? A Single Institutional Review
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2011
Research Presentation: Determining Clinical Significance Between Chest Radiographs and Oxygen Saturation at Time of Discharge in Cardiac Surgery Patient
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2010

Poster Presentation: Is Euroscore a More Predictive Model than the STS for Immediate Post-Operative Morbidity and Mortality for Octogenarians Undergoing Cardiac Surgery?
The Pennsylvania Society for Thoracic Surgery -48th Annual Meeting 2010

Research Presentation: Do Delayed Incisional Hernia Repairs After Perforated Viscus Have an Increased Rate of Infection?
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2009

Research Paper: Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomies versus Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomies: A Comparison of Complication Rates At a Community Hospital
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2008

Case Presentation: Liposarcoma of the Spermatic Cord
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2008

Research Presentation: Contaminated Surgical Site Infections (SSI) with MRSA in a Community Hospital. A Prospective Study on Identification, Genotype, Treatment and Post-Acute Phase Follow up
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2007

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
H&P’s, Pre/Post Op Notes, Labs, Preoperative Assessment of Surgical Patient

Jesse Dirksen, MD
Research Presentation: Role of MRI in Breast Cancer
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2010

Case Report:
Dirksen JL, Souder MG, Burick AJ. Metastatic Breast Carcinoma Presenting as Perforated Appendicitis. Breast Care 2010; 5:409-410

Presentation:
Sacchini V, Choi L, Dirksen J. Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer: Continued Outcomes. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Presented at the 6th International Conference of the ISIORT. October 2010

Abstract in Progress:
Tan L, VanZee K, Ross D, Dirksen J. Intranodal Intracystic Papillary Cancer: A Case Report. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. June 2010

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Peptic Ulcer Disease, Small Bowel Obstruction, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Alexander Blinski, MD
Poster Presentation: Negative Appendectomy in the Era of CT
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2011

Matthew Souder, MD
Case Report:
Dirksen JL, Souder MG, Burick AJ. Metastatic Breast Carcinoma Presenting as Perforated Appendicitis. Breast Care 2010; 5:409-410

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Suture Inservice

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Pancreatitis, Pancreatic CA

Jason Marone, MD
Topic Presentation: Appendiceal Colic in Children: Indications for Surgery
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2011

Topic Presentation: Outcomes of Thoracic and Abdominal Penetrating Trauma at PinnacleHealth ER
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2010

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Nutrition, Surgical Infection & Antibiotics

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Cholelithiasis and Acute Cholecystitis
Melanoma/Soft Tissue Neoplasms

Constantine Bulauitan, MD
National Presentation:
Cook J, Bulauitan C, McKean R. Common Femoral Artery Pseudoaneurysm Associated with Arteriovenous Fistula.
The 34th Society for Vascular Ultrasound Annual Vascular Meeting
Chicago, IL June 15-18, 2011

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Trauma Patient Assessment , Burn

John Powell, MD
Topic Presentation: Total Colonic Aganglionosis: Challenges in the Management and Long-Term Follow-Up
PinnacleHealth Hospital Medical Education Day 2011

Case Presentation: Right Sided Post-Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia: An Uncommon Condition
PinnacleHealth Medical Education Day 2010

Poster Presentation: Superior Mesenteric Artery Compression Syndrome: A True Clinical Entity
American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2010

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Diverticular Disease of the Colon, CA of the Colon & Rectum, Anorectal Disease

Drexel Medical Student Lecture:
Ethics