Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Activity

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:

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

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

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

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

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
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