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Dr. Mohan Rao Receives Faculty Excellence Award

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Department to Offer Vascular Surgery Fellowship

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Trauma Program to Participate in Department of Defense-Funded Clinical Trial Designed to Improve Survival for Trauma Patients

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Department Creates Division of Immunotherapy

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Pediatric Surgeon Mary Fallat, MD, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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The University of Louisville, Department of Surgery, has a long and proud tradition of excellence. From its inception in 1837, when the University of Louisville served as the premier medical training ground for the western frontier of the United States, the Department. Surgery has been at the forefront of surgical education, patient care, and research.
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Faculty Excellence Award

Dr. Mohan Rao Receives Faculty Excellence Award

Dr. Mohan Rao is the recipient of UofL School of Medicine's 2019 Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Education by Gratis Faculty.

Dr. Rao completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Louisville and has enjoyed a distinguished career as a general and critical care surgeon. He is a master surgeon with the heart of a teacher and has demonstrated exceptional loyalty and commitment to the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

For decades, Dr. Rao has been the most popular and effective educator in our student teaching program—all as a gratis faculty member. Our general surgery residents also rotate at Madisonville under Dr. Rao’s mentorship, and he has truly influenced many to enter into careers in rural general surgery.

Dr. Rao puts forth extraordinary effort to make our student and resident teaching programs better in every way and is truly deserving of this award.

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Department to Offer Vascular Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at University of Louisville School of Medicine is proud to announce that we will offer a fellowship in Vascular Surgery in the very near future. Check back here for updates. The Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics is a dynamic academic division of the Department of Surgery. It has a tripartite mission that includes the provision of clinical care and services, conduct of clinical and translational research, and education, which includes undergraduate medical, graduate, and continuing medical education.

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Trauma program

Trauma Program to Participate in Department of Defense-Funded Clinical Trial Designed to Improve Survival for Trauma Patients

Dr. Brian Harbrecht, Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UofL and Director of Trauma Surgery at UofL Hospital, and Dr. Raymond Orthober, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Louisville Metro EMS, will lead UofL's participation in a Department of Defense (DOD)-funded clinical trial aimed at improving survival among people who have difficulty breathing after a trauma.

UofL will join nearly two dozen emergency medical service agencies across the country in the prehospital Airway Control Trial (PACT), which is an $8.8 million, four-year study, beginning at the end of 2019 that will test different strategies to help patients breathe at the scene of a trauma to see if one works better than another at increasing survival.

This is an “exception from informed consent” trial, which means that since the trial requires performing a potentially life-saving procedure in traumatically injured patients who are too injured to give consent to the trial, they will be automatically enrolled if they fit the criteria. Once patients are stable, they and/or their families will be notified that they were enrolled, and they can opt out of continued participation at that point. Learn more at https://www.litesnetwork.org/pact-efic/.

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Department Creates Division of Immunotherapy

Department of Surgery is proud to announce the Division of Immunotherapy, which is leading the way to improve our understanding of the role of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Our team of researchers is engaged in pioneering research designed to trigger our bodies’ own immune system to fight disease.

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Pediatric Surgeon Mary Fallat, MD, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Mary Fallat, the Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UofL School of Medicine, will receive the Pediatric Trauma Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Fallat will be awarded during the 6th annual meeting of the Pediatric Trauma Society Nov. 13 – 16 in San Diego. She will be the fourth recipient of this award.

Dr. Fallat has been selected for this honor because of her longstanding commitment to improving the care of injured children through system development, research and advocacy. She has promoted a focus on injured children in national pediatric and trauma professional organizations. She has served as a role model locally, nationally, and regionally for those with a career focus in pediatric trauma.

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