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Podium Prize Essay Award Recipients

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The New England Surgical Society Scholars Foundation sponsors a Podium Prize, awarded to the top Annual Meeting podium presentations for which residents/fellows/medical students in a surgical program in New England or Albany Medical Center serve as the presenting author.

2021 Clinical
A rising tide lifts all boats: combined volume of complex cancer operations protects patient outcomes in a low-volume setting
Susanna W. de Geus, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Basic Science
Inhibition of lactate export suppresses growth and metabolism of anaplastic thyroid cancer
Bixiao Zhao, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
2020 First Place
Teaching the Learner to Teach: An Effective Curriculum to Engage Residents as Educators
Mollie R Freedman-Weiss, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Second Place
Transfer or Keep Criteria: Defining emergency general surgery (EGS) patients who can remain at the rural community hospital
Jennifer MacDowell, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

Third Place
Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Under Spinal Anesthesia
Meagan Derbyshire, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
2019 First Place
A Volume-Restrictive Burn Resuscitation Bundle and The Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury
Roberto Cortez, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital

Second Place
The Impact of Fresh Frozen Plasma to Packed Red Blood Cell Ratio on Mortality in Traumatic Hemorrhage: a Nationwide Analysis
Charlie Nederpelt, Massachusetts General Hospital

Third Place
Care Discontinuity in Emergency General Surgery: Does Hospital Quality Matter?
Manuel Castillo-Angeles, Brigham and Women's Hospital
2018 First Place
Practice Patterns and Guideline Non-Adherence in Surgical Management of Appendiceal Carcinoid Tumors
Danielle R. Heller, Yale University School of Medicine

Second Place
Atrial Fibrillation After Anatomic Lung Resection: Amiodarone Prophylaxis and Risk Stratification
Eleah Porter, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Third Place
Does Overlapping Surgery Result in Worse Surgical Outcomes? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Rajshri Mainthia Gartland, Massachusetts General Hospital
2017 Basic Science Award Winner
Tissue Engineering Approaches for Treating Long Gap Esophageal Atresia
Ishna Sharma, Uconn Health

Clinical Science Winners (in no particular order)
The Impact of Race on the Surgical Management of Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction
Alexander S. Chiu, Yale School of Medicine

A Guideline for Discharge Opioid Prescriptions after Inpatient General Surgical Procedures
Maureen Hill, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

The Impact of an Acute Care Surgery Model on the General Surgery Service Revenue Stream
Adam N. Paine, University of Vermont Medical Center
2016 Clinical Science Award
Single Incision Pediatric Endoscopic Surgery with a Glove Access Technique vs Multiport Laparoscopic Appendectomy in Children: A Retrospective Study
Maria Carmen Mora, Baystate Medical Center

Basic Science Award
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Accelerates Compensatory Lung Growth by Increasing Alveolar Units
Duy Dao, Boston Children's Hospital

Historical Award
William W.L. Glenn: Surgeon-Scientist, Inventor, and NESS President
Andrew C.W. Baldwin, Yale School of Medicine
2015 First Place
Suboptimal Compliance with NCCN Melanoma Guidelines: Who is at Risk?
Danielle S. Comissiong, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University

Second Place
Operative vs Non-Operative Management of Pediatric Blunt Pancreatic Trauma: Evaluation of the National Trauma Data Bank
Maria Carmen Mora, Baystate Medical Center
2014 First Place (tie)
Peri-operative Bundle Reduces Post-operative Hepatic Surgery Infections
Maureen V. Hill, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

First Place (tie)
The Liver Transplant Timeline: A Comparison of Patients With and Without Hepatocellular Carcinoma From Listing to Post-Transplant Care
Madhukar S. Patel, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
2013 First Place
Reducing Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism Complications with a Standardized Risk-Stratified Protocol and Mobilization Program
Michael R. Cassidy, Boston University Medical Center

Second Place
Epidemiology and Outcomes of C. Difficile Infections in the Elderly
Courtney Collins, University of Massachusetts

Third Place
Impact of Insurance Type on Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes: A Decade in Review
Mariam Eskander, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2012 First Place
Graduating Surgical Resident Operative Confidence:
Insights into Residency Training Environment

Annabelle L. Fonseca, Yale University School of Medicine Department of Surgery

Second Place
Secondary Overtriage: The Burden of Unnecessary Interfacility Transfers
in a Rural Trauma System

Meredith J. Sorensen, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Third Place
Impact of Immunocompromised Status on Outcomes in Patients
with Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection

Emily K. Zeung, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2011 First Place
The Clinical and Economic Impact of a Sustained Program in Global Plastic Surgery:
Valuing Cleft Care in Resource-Poor Settings

Christopher D. Hughes, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Second Place
Join the Club: Impact of Resident and Attending Social Interactions on Overall Satisfaction
Among 4,390 General Surgery Residents

Michael C. Sullivan, MD, Yale School of Medicine

Third Place
Variability in Utilization of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Treatment of Women with Invasive Breast Cancer Eligible for Breast Conservation Therapy
Jill K. Onesti, MD, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
2010 First Place
Acute Cholecystitis in the Elderly. Is Cholecystectomy Necessary?
Edward McGillicuddy, MD, Yale University School of Medicine

Second Place
The CT Diagnosis of Pneumatosis Intestinalis: Clinical Measures Predictive of the Need for Surgical Intervention
Vincent Duron, MD, Brown Medical School

Third Place
Aeromedical Transport of Patients With Traumatic Injuries: Discharge Within 24 Hours
Meredith Sorensen, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
2009 First Place
Family and Gender Impact Career Goals: Results of a National Survey of 4586 Surgery Residents
Kate V. Viola, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Second Place
Surgery and Radiation Therapy for Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcoma: Both Necessary and Sufficient?
Jessica P. Simons, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

Third Place
Pre-Operative Predictors of Positive or Close Margins Following Initial Partial Mastectomy for Breast Cancer
Alicia R. Privette, MD, University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont
2008 First Place
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Non-neonatal Acute Respiratory Failure: The Massachusetts General Hospital Experience from 1990 to 2008
Deepika Nehra, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Second Place
Fulminant Clostridium Difficile Colitis: Patterns of Care and Predictors of Mortality
Elizabeth A Sailhamer, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Third Place
Outcomes Following Thyroidectomy and Parathyroidectomy in Pregnant Women in the US
SreyRam Kuy, MD, New Haven, Connecticut
2007 First Place
Improving Communication in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit: A Prospective Trial
Mallory Williams, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Second Place
Do All Patients Undergoing Parathyroidectomy Require Additional Neck Exploration When Intraoperative PTH Levels Do Not Decrease Appropriately?
Patrick B. O’Neal, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Third Place
Angiographic Embolization for Gastroduodenal Hemorrhage: Safety, Efficacy, and Predictors of Outcome
George A. Poultsides, MD, Farmington, Connecticut
2006 First Place
Evolving Patterns in the Detection of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (PNETs): The Massachusetts General Hospital Experience from 1977 – 2005
Parsia A. Vagefi , MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Second Place
Improved Outcome Following Colectomy for Fulminant Pseudomembranous Colitis (PMC)
Syed O. Ali, MD, Hartford, Connecticut

Third Place
Endoscopically Assisted Laparoscopic Resections of Submucosal Gastric and GE Junction Tumors: A Novel Approach to Resection Based on Tumor Location
Alicia Privette, MD, Burlington, Vermont
2005 First Place
Neoadjuvant Therapy and Local Recurrence in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Sarah E. Greer, MD, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Second Place
Risk Factors for the Development of Abdominal Abscess Following Operation for Perforated Appendicitis: A Multi-Center Case Control Study
Marion C.W. Henry, MD, New Haven, Connecticut

Third Place (tie)
Is Right Hemicolectomy for 2.0 cm Appendiceal Carcinoids Justified
Zubin M. Bamboat, MD, Boston, Massachusetts
Women in Surgery: Do We Really Understand the Deterrents?
Debra A. Gargiulo, MD, Burlington, Vermont
2004 First Place
Poly ADP-Ribose Polymerase (PARP) Inhibition Modulates Skeletal Muscle Injury Following Ischemia Reperfusion
Hong T. Hua, MD, Boston, MA

Second Place
Carotid Endarterectomy in 1,650 Patients Under 60 Years Old: Implications for Screening
Desarom Teso, MD, Waterbury, Connecticut

Third Place
Localizing Colorectal Cancer by Colonoscopy: Are We Missing the Boat?
Nicole P. Piscatelli, MD, Burlington, Vermont
2003 First Place
Major Lower Extremity Amputation: Outcome of a Modern Series
Bernadette Aulivola, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Second Place
Is Completion Lymphadenectomy Following a Positive Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Malignant Cutaneous Melanoma Always Necessary?
Nathel Elias, MD, Boston, Massachusetts
2002 First Place
MEN2: Genotype-Phenotype Analysis
Linwah Yip, MD, Houston, Texas

Second Place
Casting Type Calcifi cations with Invasion and High-Grade DCIS: A More Aggressive Disease?
Raul G. Zunzunegui, MD, Providence, Rhode Island

Third Place
Minimally Invasive Collis Gastroplasty: Institutional Experience
David H. Rothstein, MD, Portland, Maine

Third Place
Management of Adult Splenic Injury: A 20-year Perspective
Kimberly L. Hartnett, MD, Portland, Maine
2001 First Place
Abnormal Motility in Ulcerative Colitis: Role of Infl ammatory Cytokines
Matthew D. Vrees, MD, Providence, Rhode Island

Second Place
Late Outcomes After Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Jean Y. Liu, MD, White River Junction, Vermont

Third Place
Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Liver Surgery
Marc Anotonetti, MD, Hartford, Connecticut
2000 First Place
Ten-Year Experience with 734 Pancreatic Resections: Changing Indications, Older Patients, and Decreasing Length of Hospitalization
James H. Balcom, IV, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Second Place
Repair of Pectus Excavatum Deformities in Children: A New Perspective of Treatment Using Minimal Access Surgical Technique
Peter C. Wu, MD, Hartford, Connecticut

Third Place
The Effect of Grade and Surgery on Outcome of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Jean-Pierre E.N. Pierie, MD, Ph.D., Boston, Massachusetts
1999 First Place
Mechanisms of the Salutary Effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone Following Trauma-Hemorrhage: Direct or Indirect Effects on Cardiac and Hepatocellular Functions
Doraid Jarrar, MD, Providence, Rhode Island

Second Place
Impact of Laparoscopic Staging in the Treatment of Pancreatic Carcinoma
Ramon E. Jimenez, MD, Boston, Massachusetts

Third Place
Is Admission for Pediatric Trauma Patients with Isolated Head Injury and Normal Head CT Scan Necessary?
Bernard Benedetto, MD, Springfield, Massachusetts
1998 First Place
Does Uninjured Skin Release Pro-Infl ammatory Cytokines Following Trauma and Hemorrhage?
Robert A. Catania, MD, Providence, Rhode Island

Second Place
Percutaneous Sclerosis of Recurrent Thyroid Cysts
Sara W. Mayo, MD, Portland, Maine

Third Place
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Non-Neonatal Acute Respiratory Failure
Peter T. Masiakos, MD, Boston, Massachusetts
1997 First Place
Effect of Delayed Fluid Resuscitation on Cerebral Hemodynamics in a Swine Model of Head Injury and Simulated Uncontrolled Hemorrhagic Shock
Paul R. Bourguignon, MD, Burlington, Vermont

Second Place
Influence of Peritoneal Cytology on Treatment of Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Martin A. Makary, Boston, Massachusetts

Third Place
Neoadjuvant Chemo-Radiotherapy for Esophageal Cancer. Is it Worthwhile?
Wael Z. Tamin, MD, Worcester, Massachusetts
1996 First Place
The Impact of Histopathology on Nodal Mestastases in Minimally Invasive Breast Cancer
Isha A. Mustafa, MD, Providence, Rhode Island

Second Place
The Use of Authentic Angiotensin II in the Treatment of Refractory Septic Shock
Mary B. Harler, MD, Providence, Rhode Island

Third Place
Gastrointestinal Complications are Predictable Following Cardiac Surgery
Richard A. Perugini, MD, Worcester, Massachusetts
1995 Moose Motor Vehicle Collision: An Increasing Hazard of Northern New England Life
Timothy M. Farrell, MD, Lebanon, NH
1994 Prostaglandin Protects Renal Cortical Blood During Infrarenal Aortic Clamping
Elias J. Arbid, MD, Boston, MA
1993 Parastomal Hernia: Is Stoma Relocation Superior to Fascial Repair?
Marc S. Rubin, MD, Boston, MA
1992 Continuous Arteriovenous Hemofi ltration Attenuates Polymorphoneuclear Leukocyte Phagocytosis in Porcine Intra-Abdominal Sepsis
Anthony W. DiScipio, MD, Lebanon, NH
1991 Preliminary Assessment of a Basic Science Curriculum in a Surgical Residency Program
David B. Safran, MD, Hartford, CT
1990 Patterns of Venous Incompetence in Patients with Varicose Veins
Lawrence M. Hanrahan, MD, Boston, MA
1989 Albumin Therapy in the Critically Ill: A Prospective Randomized Trial
Eugene F. Foley, MD, Boston, MA
1988 Liver Abscess—The Need for Complete Gastrointestinal Evaluation
Jeffrey L. Cohen, MD, Burlington, MA
1987 Predicting Hospital Charges for Trauma Care
Susan E. Pories, MD, Burlington, VT

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