Regents award six Resident Research Scholarships for 2014

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently awarded six Resident Research Scholarships for 2014. The ACS offers the scholarships to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery. These scholarships, which carry awards of $30,000 for each of two years, beginning July 1, 2014, are sponsored by the ACS Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Scholarship recipients are as follows:

  • Andrew B. Goldstone, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, postgraduate year (PGY)-3, who will perform his research at Stanford University, CA. Projected specialty: Cardiothoracic surgery. Research project: Elucidating Mechanistic Pathways of Endogenous SDF-EPC Mediated Post-Infarction Myocardial Revascularizaton via Genetic Manipulation.
  • Luka Pocivavsek, MD, University of Pittsburgh, PA, PGY-4. Projected specialty: Vascular surgery. Research project: Renewable Interfaces: Using Surface Topographic Instability to Reduce Platelet Adhesion and Thrombosis in Novel Synthetic Vascular Grafts.
  • Priya Dedhia, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, PGY-4. Projected specialty: General surgery. Research project: Rescue of Diabetes by Direct Reprogramming of Human Intestinal Tissue into Pancreatic Beta-Cells.
  • Eric J. Rellinger, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, PGY-4. Projected specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research project: Oncogenic Function of Twist 1 in Neuroblastoma Metastasis.
  • Victoria M. Kim, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, PGY-3. Projected specialty: Surgical oncology. Research project: Enhancing Vaccine-Induced Anti-Tumor Immune Response by Inhibiting TGF-Beta Signaling in Tumor Microenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer.
  •  Jordan P. Bloom, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, PGY-5. Projected specialty: General Surgery. Research project: Regenerating the Aortic Root.

Applying for 2015

The description and requirements for this program are posted on the College website. The application deadline for the 2015 Resident Research Scholarships is September 1, 2014.

The Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to provide income to subsidize scholarships and fellowships awarded by the Board of Regents. Direct contributions to support the Scholarship Endowment Fund are welcome. Fellows who would like 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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