2014 Residents Trauma Papers Competition winners announced

COT Meeting - March 2014

From left: Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, Chair of the ACS COT; and Drs. Fawcett, Moore, and Coimbra.

COT Meeting - March 2014

From left: Drs. Rotondo, Kollisch-Singule, and Coimbra.


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) announced the 15 winners of the 37th annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition at its Annual Meeting, March 20–22, in Philadelphia, PA. Each winner received a $500 prize, with an additional $500 awarded to the second-place winners in each category and an extra $1,000 awarded to the two first-place winners.

The competition is open to surgical residents and trauma fellows. Submissions describe original research in the area of trauma care and/or prevention in one of two categories—basic laboratory research or clinical investigation. The Eastern and Western States COTs, Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) and the ACS provided funding for this year’s competition.

Submissions begin at the state or provincial level, and winners are then judged at regional competitions. Each region is then eligible to submit two abstracts to a panel of COT judges who make the final selection for presentation at the Scientific Session of the COT Annual Meeting. Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, San Diego, CA, Vice-Chair of the COT and Chair of the COT Regional Committees, moderated the session.

The 2014 competition winners are as follows:

First Place, Basic Laboratory Research: Michaela C. Kollisch-Singule, MD, Syracuse, NY (COT Region 2): Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) Reduces Alveolar Duct Micro Stress/Strain in Acute Lung Injury

First Place, Clinical Investigation: Hunter B. Moore, MD, Denver, CO (COT Region 8): The Fibrinolytic Response to Trauma and Hemorrhagic Shock: Pathologic of Physiologic

Second Place, Basic Laboratory Research: Matthew W. Ralls, MD, Ann Arbor, MI (COT Region 5): Acute Nutrient Deprivation and Intestinal Environmental Variation: Potential Mechanisms that Drive Intestinal Mucocal Inflammation

Second Place, Clinical Investigation: Vanessa J. Fawcett, MD, MPH, Seattle, WA (COT Region 10): Characteristics of Elderly Patients Readmitted after Trauma: A Competing Risk Analysis

Additional selected surgical residents and the papers they presented are as follows:

  • David W. Fink, MD, Boston, MA (COT Region 1): Pre-Hospital Treatment of Non-Compressible Hemorrhage with a Self-Expanding Polymer Foam: Three Injury Models and Chronic Survival
  • Taryn E. Travis, MD, Washington, DC (COT Region 3): The Application of Pressure Reduces Hypertrophic Scar Pathology: A Gross, Cellular and Molecular Analysis Using a Validated Animal Model
  • Yann-Leei Larry Lee, MD, Mobile, AL (COT Region 4): Oxidative Mitochondrial (mt) DNA Damage as a Mechanism for Trauma-Induced mtDNA DAMP Production
  • Arham Ali, MD, Galveston, TX (COT Region 6): Propranolol Administration Curbs Blood Loss during Burn Excision
  • Jared A. Konie, MD, Columbia, MO (COT Region 7): Gene Expression of Selected Members of the Toll-Like Receptor Pathways and Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling Correlate with Micro-RNA 146a and 155 in Trauma Patients with Hemorrhagic Shock
  • Ammar Hashmi, MD, Tucson, AZ (COT Region 9): The Protective Effects of Remote Ischemic Conditioning in a Septic Mouse Model
  • Markus T. Ziesmann, MD, Winnipeg, MB (COT Region 11): STARTT—Development of National, Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Crisis Resource Management Curriculum: Results from the Pilot Course
  • Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc(C), Toronto, ON (COT Region 12): Do Children with Penetrating Versus Blunt Trauma Receive Better Care at Adult or Pediatric Trauma Centers?
  • CPT Mia D. DeBarros, MD, Tacoma, WA (COT Region 13): The Efficacy and Effects of Tranexamic Acid in a Porcine Model of Severe Shock and Metabolic Acidosis
  • Maria Victoria Nieto Ángel, MD, Bogotá, Colombia (COT Region 14): Epidemiological Description of 2,695 Deaths Due to Electrical Injury in Colombia from 2000 to 2009
  • Mina Cheng, MB, BS, MRCS, Hong Kong, (COT Region 16): Management of Haemodynamically Unstable Pelvic Fractures: An 18-year Experience in a Level I Trauma Center

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