ACS awards six Resident Research Scholarships for 2019–2021

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded six Resident Research Scholarships for 2019–2021. 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, 2019. These scholarships are supported by the Scholarship Endowment Fund of the College.

The recipients of these scholarships are as follows:

Hillary J. Braun, MD, University of California San Francisco. Projected specialty: Transplantation. Research project: The impact of domestic and international travel for transplantation on disparities in United States solid organ transplantation.

Ian W. Folkert, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Projected specialty: Surgical oncology. Research project: An IL-13-endothelin 1 axis in sarcoma pulmonary metastasis.

Omar J. Haque, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, Boston, MA. Projected specialty: Transplantation. Research project: Ex-vivo liver graft regeneration via normothermic machine perfusion in a two-thirds partial hepatectomy model.

Amanda C. Filiberto, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville. Projected specialty: Vascular surgery. Research project: The impact of pro-resolving mediators on gender differences in abdominal aortic aneurysms and rupture.

Alixandra C. Kale, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham. Projected specialty: Transplantation. Research project: Establishing Culturally CompetEnt Educational standards for living kidney Donors (ECCEED).

Luis I. Ruffolo, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, NY. Projected specialty: Hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery. Research project: Reprogramming the tumor microenvironment in pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

An updated description and requirements for this program will be posted on the ACS website. The application deadline for the 2020 Resident Research Scholarships is September 15, 2019.

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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