Thank you Dr. Nathaniel Soper

Dr. Nathaniel Soper with Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg at grand rounds on 11/7/2019
Dr. Nathaniel Soper (Right) with Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg (Left) at grand rounds

Dr. Nathaniel Soper is a Professor of Surgery at Loyola and Edith Davis in Chicago, Illinois. Many thanks go out to Dr. Soper for his presentation, Engendering Operative Autonomy in Surgical Trainees, at grand rounds on 11/7/19.

Department of Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship Position


The Department of Pediatric Surgery, directed by David Rothstein, MD, MS, at the recently-opened John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, a Kaleida Health facility, is seeking individuals who are looking for a dedicated research experience in areas of Pediatric Surgery. This position offers research opportunities in basic science, translational and clinical research focused on best practices, cost-effectiveness evaluation, and innovations in a wide range of topics (trauma, wound care, minimally invasive surgery, thyroid cancer and vascular anomalies). The research fellow will participate in mentor-directed research and the educational activities within the department. The department consists of a diverse faculty, AAPs, a pediatric surgery fellow, general surgery residents and medical students. Research Fellows may also have some exposure to our clinical service, including opportunities to operate and participate in the senior resident call schedule. Clinical call is required, some evenings and weekends.

This is a 2-year position with openings for 2020 and 2021. Residents interested in a career in pediatric surgery are most encouraged to apply.


Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in general surgery and be able to obtain a New York State medical license.

Research projects and opportunities focused on

  • Pediatric trauma simulation, team training, mass casualty
  • Outcomes research using a variety of national databases (NTDB, TQIP, NSQIP, KID, PHIS), as well as the local trauma, thyroid and vascular anomalies databases
  • Pediatric burn care
  • Pediatric wound care
  • Global health (a richly diverse local immigrant/refugee community and a collaborative project in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Participation in department meetings including

  • Research meetings: collaborate as one of three research fellows
  • Academic teaching conferences: trauma performance improvement and patient safety, grand rounds, journal club, morbidity and mortality, case conference, pediatric surgery fundamentals, solid tumor board, thyroid tumor board, pathology/radiology

To apply

Please send a CV, letter of interest and contact information to Dr. David H. Rothstein.

Heart of Gold Gala raises funds for Haven House

Heart of Gold Gala

Tickets still available for Nov. 7th Gala

With the first annual Heart of Gold Gala less than two weeks away, there is still time to
donate, sponsor and purchase tickets for the Nov. 7 event.

The UB Association of Women’s Surgeons and Department of Surgery are hosting the
event, which aims to raise funds for the Haven House of Buffalo. The black-tie optional event will be held 7-9:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel and tickets cost $65 for students, residents nurses, APPs and administrative staff, and $100 for the general public. Guests can enjoy an art exhibition and dance performances by Premier Dance Arts, music, a photo booth, food and an open bar. UB AWS and the Department of Surgery are also accepting luxury item donations for the gala’s silent auction. This year’s gala benefits Haven House, which works to prevent domestic violence, offering services including an emergency shelter and transitional housing.

Kelly Wagner, a UB surgical resident and the president of UB AWS, said she hopes to
host the gala yearly to raise funds for various local charities.

“As part of an initiative to give back to the community we serve we have organized this annual event to raise funds for local charities… ” Wagner said in a press release. “We pride ourselves on being the City of Good Neighbors, and [Haven House] truly embodies that motto. As such, we are thrilled to raise funds for them this year and hope you will be able to contribute.”

Tickets for the event are available until Nov. 7, and are worth the price –– for only $65- 100, guests receive a night of luxury, a silent auction and celebration, and help a great local organization.

Silent auction items currently include Buffalo Bills signed memorabilia, a jump with
Western New York SkyDiving, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra tickets and various distillery and spa gift cards.

Those who would like to donate can do so via the Buffalo AWS Gives website for opportunities to sponsor the event as well as donate items for the silent auction or fiscal donations for Haven House.

Wagner said she hopes the gala will encourage community members to get involved and better their city.

“In the words of someone with far greater experience than myself, Winston Churchill,
‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

JACKLYN WALTERS – Health Journalist

Welcome our newly matched fellows for 2020-2021

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Christopher DeJesus

Dr. Christopher DeJesus

Residency: Mount Sinai St. Lukes – Roosevelt

Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine, Santo Domingo

Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Matthew Burstein

Dr. Matthew Burstein

Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Dr. Tracie Terrana

Dr. Tracie Terrana

Residency: University at Buffalo

Medical School: University at Buffalo

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Tom Langan

Dr. Tom Langan

Residency: University at Buffalo

Medical School: University at Buffalo

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Ruchi Amin

Dr. Ruchi Amin

Residency: Eastern Carolina University

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Med School

SUNY Alumni Reception

For those attending the American College of Surgeons in San Francisco, the SUNY Alumni Reception will be on:

Monday October 28th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Rooms 5 & 6

333 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

ACS Abstracts Due 11/15

The WNY American College of Surgeons if looking for abstracts to be presented at December Grand Rounds. This competition is open to residents and fellows in all surgical specialties.

There are three categories to be awarded first and second place prizes.

  1. Clincal
  2. Basic Science
  3. Quality Improvement / Medical Education

First place is awarded $200 and second place is awarded $100. The winners will present their papers at the Grand Rounds meeting on December 19, 2019.

Abstracts should be unpublished and a maximum of one page. Abstracts can have been presented before.

Please submit abstracts to by November 15, 2019.

Welcome Dr. Deborah Kuhls for a discussion on her experiences involving the mass shooting on 10/1/2017 in Las Vegas

Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Professor of Surgery and Cheif of the Section of Critical Care at the University of Nevada
Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Professor of Surgery and Cheif of the Section of Critical Care at the University of Nevada


Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a professor of trauma and critical care in the UNLV School of Medicine, is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and critical care. She is program director of the UNLV School of Medicine’s Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program and medical director of University Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She was on duty at UMC on the night of October 1, 2017, when Las Vegas had the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Dr. Kuhls is the president of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee, UNLV School of Medicine’s representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine, and is treasurer of the Clark County Medical Society.


Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, M&T Auditorium, room #2120B


Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

8:30a – 9:30a: “One October Mass Shooting: Lessons Learned to Inform Readiness”

9:30a-10:30a: “Firearm Injuries in the U.S.: What Each of Us Can Do To Decrease Injury and Death”

Thank You Dr. Daniel Deziel!

Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg with Dr. Daniel Deziel
Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg (left) with Dr. Daniel Deziel (right) at Grand Rounds

Dr. Deziel is a professor and Helen Keith Chari Emeritus at Rush University’s Department of Surgery. The UB Department of Surgery would like to recognize and thank Dr. Daniel Deziel for his amazing presentation at this week’s grand rounds on “Gallbladders of Buffalo: The Prim, The Perverse, The Impossible.”

UBMD team granted $15,000 at D’Youville Healthcare Hackathon

Team Journey wins competition with microservices platform

UBMD’s team Journey won D’Youville’s Healthcare Hackathon Competition on Friday, Sept. 27.

The Hackathon was a two-day, multi-round event which asked teams to “solve real world problems” in healthcare. Journey members –– Suakshay Bahal, UB management information systems student, Vito Galvez, UB computer science student, Ashley Levine, UBMD general surgery resident, Megha Shirodkar, UB management information systems student, Brian Quaranto UBMD general surgery resident and Colin Allen, RIT software engineering student –– created a microservices platform which will allow patients and families to track medical care experiences, progress of surgeries, patient’s location and receive live updates on status changes. The app helped Journey become a finalist in round one, earning $10,000, and the overall Hackathon winner, earning an additional $5,000 to further research and implement their project.

Team Journey with the two winning checks for a combined $15,000

Levine said she first got the idea for TrackOR –– one element of Journey’s project –– in her Innovators in Health Care class, when tasked with applying other areas of specialty to problems she faces.

“I was thinking about airlines and how good airlines are at keeping people informed of
when their flight comes and goes. So I was like, ‘Man, why is that not a thing for the operating room?’” Levine said. “Why is it not possible to see before you come in whether or not your surgery, or your ‘flight,’ was on time or delayed?”

Quaranto said the app brings together various concepts to help improve patients’ overall OR experience.

“The issue is there’s all these tiny concepts that would move the needle in a big way for
patients,” Quaranto said. “And we had this idea storming session where we had a whole bunch of [ideas] and none of them individually seemed like strong enough candidates to pursue direct competitors already in the market. But what would work… was to come up with an idea that allows a lot of the smaller ideas to become integrated, and then to allow purchasers to just pick whichever ones they want.”

Levine said the team spent roughly eight hours of the first Hackathon day “idea storming” before finalizing the winning project.

The $15,000 prize will help the team to work on software for the app and further develop the system before they can place the product in patients’ and surgeons’ hands.

Once the app is on the market, it will no doubt alleviate the stresses of patients and their
families alike.

“The TrackOR is really valuable in the preoperative phase for the patients’ families. And
then while their loved ones are being operated on, the real value is there while they’re under the knife,” Quaranto said. “Then afterwards there’s a complicated, long postoperative course. … And that’s the idea, that this whole operative course is a journey.”

JACKLYN WALTERS – Health Journalist

Thank You Dr. Nancy Perrier!

The UB Department of Surgery would like to give special thanks to Dr. Nancy Perrier for coming to Buffalo last week to present at our annual Winfield Butsch Lecture.

Nancy Perrier, MD, FACS is a Surgical Oncologist and tenured and endowed Professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX. She completed her surgical training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and fellowship training in both Endocrine Surgical Oncology and Outcomes Based Research in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a National Institute of Health funded T32 research fellow. She is a graduate of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, with a certificate in Health Care Management as well as the Harvard Business School – Value Measurement for Health Care Executive Education program. Dr. Perrier has had a career interest in endocrine neoplasms. Her scholarly works, of more than 340 publications and 42 book chapters, range from safe implementation of new medical technology to value based cost of care. She currently serves as a Director on the American Board of Surgery which provides oversight of more than 30,000 surgeons with regard to training, certification and professionalism policies governing surgery in the United States. Regarded as an expert, Dr. Perrier serves in multiple capacities at MD Anderson including Director of Value for the Division of Surgery, Section Chief and medical director. Nationally, her influence extends across multiple societies and organizations including senior authorship of guidelines for care and lead editing of the American Joint Commission on Cancer 8th Edition Manual for staging of cancers. She is highly regarded for her clinical excellence, integrity, initiative, effectiveness and as a consummate leader for her peers.