Faculty Research Fellowships beginning in 2012 awarded

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) awarded its Faculty Research Fellowships for 2012 earlier this year. These two-year fellowships are offered to surgeons entering careers in surgery or a surgical specialty and carry awards of $40,000 per year from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014.

Faculty Research Fellowships are sponsored by the Scholarship Endowment Fund of the College. The Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons honors the founder of the ACS. The C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care honors the late Dr. Carrico. The Louis Argenta, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship is presented by Kinetic Concepts, Inc., to support research in wound healing and is presented in honor of Dr. Argenta, who is a plastic surgeon; this fellowship is one year in length.

The recipients of these fellowships are as follows:

Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellow: Derrick C. Wan, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Stanford University, CA. Research project: Epigenetic Regulation of Adipose-Derived Stromal Cell Differentiation.

C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellow: Rachel G. Khadaroo, MD, FACS, FRCSC, assistant professor of surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Research project: The Role of Oncostatin M in Organ Injury Following Acute Intestinal Ischemia/Reperfusion.

Louis Argenta, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellow: Kimberly J. Riehle, MD, acting assistant professor of surgery, University of Washington, Seattle. Research project: Improving Regeneration in the Fibrotic Liver.

Additional Faculty Research Fellowships for 2012–2014 were awarded to:

Philip Wai, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL. Research project: Inhibition of Circulating Osteopontin Inhibits Growth and Metastasis of Hepatocellular Cancer.

Parsia A. Vagefi, MD, assistant in surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Research project: Creation of Chimeric Pig Liver Xenografts Utilizing Baboon Bone Marrow Transplantation: The Potential of Surrogate Tolerance.

The description and requirements for this program are posted on the College website. The application deadline for the 2013 Faculty Research Fellowships is November 1, 2012.

The Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to provide income to fund scholarships and fellowships awarded by the Board of Regents. Direct contributions to support the Scholarship Endowment Fund are welcome. Fellows wishing to make tax-deductible gifts to fund these vital programs are encouraged to contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338.

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