ACS awards six Resident Research Scholarships for 2021–2023

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded six Resident Research Scholarships for 2021–2023. The scholarships are offered to encourage residents pursuing careers in academic surgery. This award offers $30,000 for each of two years, beginning July 1, 2021, and is supported by the Scholarship Endowment Fund of the College.

The recipients of these scholarships are as follows:

  • Emily C. Barrett, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Projected specialty: Colorectal surgery. Research project title: Notch Signaling Increases Inflammation in Diabetic Wounds.
  • Holly N. Blackburn, MD, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Projected specialty: Surgical oncology. Research project title: Delineating the Cellular Origin and Molecular Pathways Driving Intra-Abdominal Adhesions.
  • Karlie L. Haug, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Projected specialty: General thoracic surgery. Research project title: Testing the Effect of “Best Case/Worst Case” on the Quality of Communication Between Clinicians and Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease.
  • Hannah M. Phelps, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Projected specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research project title: Hepatic Unfolded Protein Response in Intestinal Resection Associated Liver Injury and Fibrosis.
  • John S. Riley, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Projected specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research project title: Pre-existing Maternal Immunity as a Barrier to In Utero Gene Editing.
  • Burkely P. Smith, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham. Projected specialty: Colorectal surgery. Research project title: Health Literacy and Psychosocial Determinants of Health: A Lens for Surgical Outcomes and Disparities.

The online application for the Resident Research Scholarship will reopen in mid-July. Visit the ACS website for more details. 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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