Past AWS Fellowship Recipients


Year: 2019
Awardee: Keri E. Lunsford, MD, PhD
, Houston Methodist and Weill Cornell Medical College
Topic: Evaluation of Pre-Transplant T cell Exhaustion as a Mechanism for Recipient Immune Dysfunction and Liver Transplant Futility

Year: 2018
Awardee: Smita Sihag, MD, MPH
Topic: Prediction and detection of response to treatment in locally advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma

Year: 2017
Assistant Professor Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University – Nasreen Vohra, MD
Topic: Relationship between the transcriptional profile of the sentinel lymph node and outcomes in triple negative breast cancer

Year: 2016
Assistance in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital – Genevieve M. Boland, MD, PhD
Topic: Analysis of Circulating Exosomal RNA Profiles in Melanoma Responders/non-responders to Immunotherapy

Year: 2015
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Rutgers – Leslie S. Tyrie, MD, FACS
Teaching Palliative Care Communication Skills Following Surgical Emergencies

Year: 2014
Awardee: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Cornell NYP – Heather Yeo, MD
Topic: Clinical Trial on the efficacy of sacral neuromodulation with Interstim for fecal incontinence following surgery for low rectal cancers with sphincter preservation

Year: 2013
Awardee: John Wayne Cancer Institute – Anna Leung, MD
Topic: Translational Immunology: Investigation of in vitro immune phenotypes of responders versus nonresponders in metastatic melanoma patients treated with ipilimumab

Year: 2012
Awardee: Oregon Health and Science University – Erin W. Gilbert, MD
Topic: Optical Fiber Spectroscopy (OFS) and its Applications in Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

Year: 2011
Awardee: University of Pittsburgh – Katie S. Nason, MD, MPH
Topic: Applying Proteomics to the Exploration of Differential Pathways to Carcinogenesis in Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Year: 2010
Awardee: Northwestern University – Jacqueline S. Jeruss, MD, PhD
Topic: Novel Cell Array to Determine Impact of CDK Inhibition on SMAD Signaling in Cyclin Overexpressing Breast Cancer

Year: 2009
Awardee: RUSH University Medical Center – Ai-Xuan Holterman, MD
Topic: Non alcoholic fatty liver disease in morbidly obese adolescents

Year: 2008
Awardee: Penn State Hershey Medical Center – Ann M. Rogers, MD, FACS
Topic: Endoscopic Mucosal Stripping and Plication for Gastric Reduction in a Porcine Model

Year: 2007
Awardee: Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Maryland – Kimberly Eden Steele, MD
Topic: Brain Dopamine Receptor Activity in Obese Subjects Before and After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Year: 2006
Awardee: UCSF – Anjali Kumar, MD, MPH
Topic: Randomized Phase II Pilot Trial of Statin Use in Women with Early Breast Cancer

Year: 2005
Awardee: UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School – Asha Bale, MD
Topic: Role of Ghrelin in Outcomes After Gastric Bypass Surgery in African-American Women

Year: 2004
Awardee: John Wayne Cancer Institute – Lori Wilson, MD
Topic: Translational Proteomics: Identification of Protein Profiles in Breast Disease

Year: 2003
Awardee: Washington University in St. Louis – Rebecca Aft, MD, PhD
Topic: Evaluation of 2-Deoxy-D Glucose as a Sensitizer to Radiation and Chemotherapy in a Mouse Breast Cancer Tumor Model

Year: 2002
Awardee: UCSD – Katie Nason, MD
Topic: Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 in diabetic wound healing

Year: 2001
Awardee: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine – Celia Divino, MD
Topic: Endoluminal Fundoplication for Gastroesophageal Disease

Year: 2000
Awardee: LSUMC, Shreveport – Celeste Hollands, MD
Topic: Short term Assessment of Robotic Surgical Techniques in Porcine Intestinal Anastomosis, Hepaticojejunostomy, and Portoenterostomy Using ZEUS Technology

Year: 1999
Awardee: Joseph Stokes Jr Research Institute – Danielle Walsh, MD
Topic: Endoscopic Technique for Tracheal Occlusion in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Year: 1998
Awardee: UTMB – Aphrodite Henderson, MD
Topic: Endoscopic Saphenous Vein Harvesting Improves Graft Patency and Patient Satisfaction

Year: 1997
Awardee: The Regents of the University of California – Alicia Silva, MD
Topic: Carbon Dioxide versus Air for Intralumenal Insufflation During Endoscopic Assisted Laparoscopy

Year: 1996
Awardee: Dept of Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian – Karen Horvath, MD
Topic: The Effects of Laparoscopic and Open Bowel Resection on Tumor Establishment and Growth in a Murine Model