ACS awards six Resident Research Scholarships for 2018–2020

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded six Resident Research Scholarships for 2018–2020. The scholarships are offered to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery and carry awards of $30,000 for each of two years, beginning July 1, 2018. These scholarships are supported by the ACS Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The recipients of these scholarships are as follows:

  • Maria Christine Cusimano, MD, postgraduate year (PGY)-4, University of Toronto, ON. Projected specialty: Gynecologic surgery. Research project: Surgical Management of Risk in Hereditary Ovarian Cancer.
  • Ashley L. Titan, MD, PGY-2, Stanford University, CA. Projected specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research project: Understanding the Role of Resident Skeletal Stem Cells in Articular Cartilage Repair.
  • Frank M. Davis, MD, PGY-3, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Projected specialty: Vascular surgery. Research project: Palmitate Regulates JMJD3 Epigenetic Alterations in Macrophages and Directs Wound Healing.
  • Brian E. Diskin, MD, PGY-3, New York University, New York. Projected specialty: Gastrointestinal surgery. Research project: The Role of Galectin-9 in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.
  • Michael J. Zobel, MD, PGY-3, University of California, San Francisco; project to be undertaken at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA. Projected specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research project: The Role of CCL2 and CCL7 in Metastatic Neuroblastoma.
  • William Warren Phillips, MD, PGY-3, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; project to be undertaken at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. Projected specialty: Cardiothoracic surgery. Research project: Identifying Barriers to Lung Cancer Care in Vulnerable Patient Populations.

An updated description and requirements for this program will be posted on the ACS website. The application deadline for the 2019 Resident Research Scholarships is September 14, 2018.

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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