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Dr. Kelly McMasters Named New Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology

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Surgery Chairman Addresses Diversity and Sexual Harassment at National Meeting

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ULH Operating Suites Renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites

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Dr. Falcone Recognized for His Commitment to Medical Education

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From the Chairman

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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Nov 16, 2018: “Colon Cancer in 2018 – The Young and the Restless”

General Surgery Resident Interview Day — No QI Conference or Resident Teaching Conference

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Dr. Russell Farmer

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Dr. Kelly McMasters Named New Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology

The Society of Surgical Oncology announced Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD as the new Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO) effective March 2018. Dr. McMasters becomes only the second Editor in the journal’s nearly 25-year history to assume the role. He will oversee the print and online editions of ASO and with Mark Roh, MD, Executive Editor, will lead a prestigious editor roster of expert leaders in surgical oncology, including more than 20 section editors and associate section editors from around the world, as well as U.S.-based associate and deputy editors. Dr. McMasters begins his position on March 23, 2018 in conjunction with the journal’s 25th anniversary and the retirement of Charles M. Balch, MD, who established the prominence of the publication in the field of surgical oncology. Dr. McMasters will report directly to the SSO Executive Council and will carry out editorial responsibilities from his office in Louisville, KY.

"Annals of Surgical Oncology has a rich heritage as the premier source of clinical and translational science related to cancer surgery and multidisciplinary care. It is an honor and a privilege to lead an outstanding editorial board into the future," said Dr. McMasters.

ASO is the worldwide journal of choice of surgical oncologists and is the official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. According to Thompson-Reuters, in the 2016 impact factor ranking among all surgical oncology scholarly periodicals, ASO has the most citations of all surgical journals in the world, the highest number of source items, and a current impact factor of 4.041. The journal promotes clinical and translational cancer research, with an emphasis on clinical trials. Leading subject areas of ASO include Gastrointestinal Oncology, Breast Oncology, Hepatobiliary Tumors, Colorectal Cancer, Thoracic Oncology, and Translational Research. ASO strives to enhance the quality of life and survival of the surgical patient with cancer and to improve the practice environment in which high-quality surgical oncology care is delivered. ASO also facilitates the career development of surgical trainees and their transition into academic and community-based practice and publishes timely articles about public policy and patient advocacy issues related to the surgical patient with cancer.



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Dr. Kelly McMasters at the Society of Surgical Chairs Meeting

Surgery Chairman Addresses Diversity and Sexual Harassment at National Meeting

This year's Society of Surgical Chairs meeting focused on two important topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Sexual Harassment & Misconduct. Department of Surgery Chairman Dr. Kelly McMasters served as president of the Society of Surgical Chairs and organized this year's meeting.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion don’t happen by accident; a deliberate approach is needed. Similarly, creating an environment that diminishes the likelihood of sexual harassment and misconduct requires leadership, education and communication," Dr. McMasters said. "As the leaders in American surgery, it is important for the Society of Surgical Chairs to engage in ongoing conversations about these issues.”


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Frank B. Miller, M.D. Surgical Suite

ULH Operating Suites Renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites

On July 18, the operating suites at University of Louisville Hospital were officially renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites in honor of the venerable Dr. Frank Miller, dedicated teacher, surgeon and humanitarian who committed much of his life to giving back through teaching and medical mission work. An accomplished surgeon and academician, Dr. Miller's kindness toward others shined bright throughout his life.

Dr. Frank Miller was an Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he was a captain, prior to general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He joined the University of Louisville Department of Surgery faculty in 1984.

Dr. Miller rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery, where he enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator, and served as Chief of Surgery at University of Louisville Hospital for more than a decade. He was Chief of General Surgery, Director of Surgical Education and Director of Trauma.

Dr. Miller was a highly respected surgeon who was a member of several prestigious surgical societies. He had numerous leadership roles on a local, state and national level and lectured throughout the world. He published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and received innumerable teaching awards—so many that one such award was subsequently named in his honor. Dr. Miller had a long history of international medical service in third-world countries on three continents.

Dr. Miller was the safety net for a generation of surgical residents, who always called upon him to help with the most difficult situations. He practiced general, vascular and trauma surgery with the greatest skill and compassion imaginable. He improved or saved the lives of innumerable patients. He was adored by an entire generation of medical students, residents, fellows, nurses and other healthcare professionals for his teaching skill and compassion. His service to University of Louisville Hospital was unrivaled.


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Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi at the KMA Annual Meeting

Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi Receives KMA Educational Achievement Award

The Kentucky Medical Association presented its Educational Achievement Award to Bradon Wilhelmi, MD at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25.

The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in the area of continuing medical education. Dr. Wilhelmi is a Chair of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He was recognized for his efforts to revitalize UofL’s Plastic Surgery Residency program. Since joining the faculty in 2007, Dr. Wilhelmi worked to revamp the program, and since his changes were implemented, the program’s annual in-service scores have improved by 200 percent, and the board pass rate has been 100 percent since he came to the Department. His mentorship of students involved in research projects has culminated in 100 scientific research publications and 25 textbook chapters. He was lauded by colleagues for having a passion and dedication to teaching and has mentored more than 25 residents and 75 medical students.

“Dr. Wilhelmi carries substantial teaching responsibilities, which he fulfills in an outstanding manner,” said colleague and KMA past-president Gordin Tobin, MD. “The formal teaching programs and quizzes he organizes are most effective in keeping our residents broadly informed and up-to-date, as demonstrated by our residents’ high performance level on in-service and Board examinations, as well as in clinical skill evaluations.”

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Dr. John L. Falcone

Dr. Falcone Recognized for His Commitment to Medical Education

A champion of medical education and a patient advocate, clinical faculty member John L. Falcone, MD, MS, was recently recognized for his tremendous contributions as a surgical educator with the Association for Surgical Education Linnea Hauge, PhD Promising Educational Scholar Award. In addition, he has been selected to receive a University of Louisville Gratis Faculty Teaching Award.

At the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Dr. Falcone has been an integral part of our teaching faculty in the community rotation at Owensboro, KY. The hospital in Owensboro has a regular rotation of general surgical residents who are actively mentored and trained in a comprehensive, community surgical experience. As many academic institutions now lack a meaningful community hospital rotation, Dr. Falcone’s leadership of that program has been invaluable to the education of our surgical residents. His teaching evaluations from both the medical students who participate in that rotation as well as our surgical residents are always excellent.

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