The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded five Faculty Research Fellowships for 2015. 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, 2015, through June 30, 2017.
Three of the Faculty Research Fellowships are named in honor of past ACS leaders and 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 College. The C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care honors the late Dr. Carrico. The new Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship is provided by the Thomas R. Russell Fund, and supports research aimed at improving surgical outcomes. The award honors the late Dr. Russell, who served as ACS Executive Director from 2000 to 2010.
The recipients of these fellowships are as follows:
- Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellow: Bryan M. Burt, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Research project: Allogeneic Antibody Therapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellow: Steven J. Schwulst, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Research project: The Role of Infiltrating Myeloid Cells in Traumatic Brain Injury-Induced Immune Suppression
- Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellow: Kathleen B. To, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Research project: Emergency General Surgery—Catalyst for Change: Outcomes, Models of Care and Performance Improvement
Additional undesignated Faculty Research Fellowships for 2015–2017 were awarded to the following individuals:
- Stephen H. McKellar, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Research project: Genomic and Metabolomic Analysis of Energy Metabolism in Right Heart Failure and Recovery
- Bedabrata Sarkar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, MA. Research project: Mitochondrial DNA Regulates Cytokine mRNA Stability in Sepsis
The description and requirements for this program are posted on the ACS website. The next application deadline for the 2016 Faculty Research Fellowships will be November 2, 2015.
These awards are funded through the ACS Scholarship Endowment Fund, which was established to provide income to fund scholarships and fellowships awarded by the ACS Board of Regents. Direct contributions to support the Scholarship Endowment Fund are welcome. Fellows who are interested in making tax-deductible gifts to fund these vital programs via the Scholarship Endowment Fund or the Thomas R. Russell Fund are encouraged to contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338.