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Resident Research

Research by residents is considered a key part of training, both as a means of achieving critical thinking and analysis skills necessary for life-long learning, and as a tool to ensure competitiveness for fellowship training by trainees so inclined. 

Consistent with its history and mission, there is a very strong tradition of and opportunity for educational research within the division of general surgery. A bimonthly Surgical Education Performance Group meeting chaired by Hilary Sanfey, MD, MBBCh, FACS, Vice Chair for Education, allows residents to meet and  work with thought leaders from multiple divisions and departments within the institution to plan and execute educational research projects.  Residents have also been involved in a number of outcomes and translational research projects, and a list of the resulting resident presentations and publications over the last five years may be viewed below.  Clinical and research interests, as well as recent presentations and publications by specific general surgery faculty, may be accessed through their individual faculty links. 

All residents are required, as a minimum to submit an abstract to the departmental resident research day program.  Opportunities to collaborate with educational, translational, and basic scientists through other departments within the School of Medicine are also available for the interested resident.

Resident Research

Oral Presentations

2019

Khan, Taylor, Zahnd, Ganai. Gastrointestinal Cancer Incidence and Trends in United States Rural and Urban Populations. Presented at DDW 2019 May 18, 2019, San Diego, CA

Shackleton, Knight, Wietfeldt MD, N Engelking RN, J Thiele MD, J Rakinic MD.  Incidence of adenoma in normal risk patients younger than 50 higher than previously reported.  Presented at Ohio Valley Society of Colorectal Surgery, April 27, 2019

Shackleton, Knight, Pacheco, Rakinic, Thiele, Wietfeldt, Engleking. Colorectal cancer screening in average risk patients younger than 50, is it justified?  Presented at Founder's Competition at 1st Annual Illinois Surgical Conference April 26, 2019, Chicago, IL

Smith, Kim, Cianciolo.  What’s in an EPA? An Exploration of Entrustment Decision Making in General Surgery.  Presented at SIU 10th Annual Symposium for Teaching and Learning on April 26, 2019

Knight, S, Huang E, Slama E, Guetter C, Hambleton C, Moller M, Crandall M.  Telesurgery 2019: Consulting, Mentoring, Robotics and More.  Presented at SIU 10th Annual Symposium for Teaching and Learning  April 26, 2019, Springfield, IL

J.W. Feimster, S.W.E. Knight, M.L. Boehler, C.J. Schwind, H. Han, R.H. Kim. Residents’ Oral Patient Presentation Skills of a Surgical Consult.  Presented at SIU 10th Annual Symposium on Teaching & Learning April 26, 2019 Springfield, IL

S. Knight, S. Scaife, J.D. Mellinger, S. Ganai. Cost-effectiveness of Procedural Interventions at Index Admission of Gallstone Pancreatitis. Presented at Founder's Competition at 1st Annual Illinois Surgical Conference  April 26, 2019, Chicago, IL

Smith, Kim, Cianciolo.  What’s in an EPA? An Exploration of Entrustment Decision Making in General Surgery.  Presented at SIU 29th Annual Trainee Research Symposium on April 23, 2019, Springfield, IL

S. Knight, S. Scaife, J.D. Mellinger, S. Ganai. Cost-effectiveness of Index Treatment Strategies for Gallstone Pancreatitis.  Presented at SIU 29th Annual Trainee Research Symposium April 23, 2019, Springfield, IL

Chawla, Crabtree, Hazelrigg. Quality of Life and Treatment-related Costs in Patients Undergoing Surgery vs. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Clinical Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.  Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019, Springfield, IL

Khan, Taylor, Zahnd, Ganai. Gastrointestinal Cancer Incidence and Trends in United States Rural and Urban Populations. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019, Springfield, IL

S. Knight, S. Scaife, J.D. Mellinger, S. Ganai. Cost-effectiveness of Procedural Interventions at Index Admission of Gallstone Pancreatitis. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019, Springfield, IL

Smith, Kim, Cianciolo.  What’s in an EPA? An Exploration of Entrustment Decision Making in General Surgery.  Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019 Springfield, IL

Shackleton, Knight, Wietfeldt MD, N Engelking RN, J Thiele MD, J Rakinic MD.  Incidence of adenoma in normal risk patients younger than 50 higher than previously reported.  Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019 Springfield, IL

Feimster, Mellinger, Ganai, Scaife.  Determinants of 90-day readmission following ventral hernia repair with and without myocutaneous flap reconstruction. Presented at SAGES  April 3, 2019  Baltimore, MD

MacKinney, Smith, O’Malley, Stumpf, Ganai.  Unintended Consequences of a VTE Prophylaxis Order Set for Trauma Patients.  Presented at Academic Surgical Congress February 7, 2019, Houston, TX

S. Knight, S. Scaife, J.D. Mellinger, S. Ganai. Cost-effectiveness of Index Treatment Strategies for Gallstone Pancreatitis.  Presented at Annual Academic Surgical Congress February 7, 2019, Houston, TX

J.W. Feimster , S.W.E. Knight, M.L. Boehler, C.J. Schwind, H. Han, R.H. Kim. Effective Resident Oral Case Presentation Skills During Surgical Consultations. Presented at Annual Academic Surgical Congress February 5, 2019 Houston, TX

2018

Rossi, Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Kim, Zahnd. “Rural-Urban Differences in Time to Radiation among Breast Conserving Surgery Patients”.  Presented at IL Chapter of ACS Meeting April 28-30, 2018, Chicago, IL

Khan, Buckley, Sturm, MacKinney, Rejowski, Ganai. “Adjacency of Rural County of Residence to an Urban County May Determine Survival for Stage I Pancreatic Cancer”. Presented at SIU School of Medicine 28th Annual Trainee Research Symposium, April 18, 2018, Springfield, IL. (won 2nd place)

Bauman, Wood, Poola, Rakinic. “Clinical Outcomes of Hartmann Resection: Benign vs. Malignant Etiology”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 12, 2018, Springfield, IL. 

Rossi, Poola, Rakinic.  “Clinical outcomes of complicated sigmoid diverticulitis with associated tubo-ovarian abscess”.  Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 12, 2018, Springfield, IL. 

Rossi, Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Kim, Zahnd. “Rural-Urban Differences in Time to Radiation among Breast Conserving Surgery Patients”.  Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 12, 2018, Springfield, IL. 

2017

Sturm, Wall, Mellinger.  “An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to the Core Competencies:  Taking it From Theory to Practice”.  Presented at American College of Surgeons Meeting, October 22-26, 2017, San Diego, CA

McDow, Ganai.  “Impact of Endocrinologist and Surgeon Density on Thyroid Cancer Survival”.  Presented at IL ACS Meeting, May 19, 2017, Champaign, IL.

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Rea.  “Impact of Time to Surgery on Rural-Urban Disparities in Breast Cancer”.  Presented at IL ACS Meeting, May 19, 2017, Champaign, IL.

Sturm, Wall, Mellinger.  “An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to the Core Competencies:  Taking it From Theory to Practice”.  Presented at Presented at IL ACS Meeting, May 19, 2017, Champaign, IL.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “Rural-Urban and Regional Differences in Receipt of Esophagectomy for Early-Stage Esophagus Cancer”. Presented at DDW 2017, May 6-9, 2017, Chicago, IL.

McDow, Jakoby, Elayyan, Sharma.  “Parathyroid Carcinoma is a Rare but Important Etiologcy of Hyperparathyroidism”.  Presented (Elayyan) at AACE, May 3-7, 2017, Austin, TX.

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Rea.  “Impact of Rural-Urban Status on Survival After Mastectomy without Reconstruction versus Mastectomy with Reconstruction”. Presented at ASBrS meeting, April 26-30, 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Rea.  “Impact of Time to Surgery on Rural-Urban Disparities in Breast Cancer”.  Presented at SIU 27th Annual Trainee Research Symposium, April 18, 2017, Springfield, IL.  (won 2nd place)

McDow, Ganai.  “Impact of Endocrinologist and Surgeon Density on Thyroid Cancer Survival”.  Presented at SIU 27th Annual Trainee Research Symposium, April 18, 2017, Springfield, IL.  (won 3rd place)

MacKinney, Ganai, Smith, Yeager. “Investigation of Barriers to Utilization of Post-Discharge Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis for Post-Operative General Surgery Cancer Patients”. Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “National trends in local excision and esophagectomy for cT1N0 esophageal cancer”.  Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Rea.  “Impact of Rural-Urban Status on Survival After Mastectomy without Reconstruction versus Mastectomy with Reconstruction”. SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “National trends in local excision and esophagectomy for cT1N0 esophageal cancer”.  Presented at Society for Surgical Oncology 2017 meeting, March 15-18, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Rea.  “Impact of Time to Surgery on Rural-Urban Disparities in Breast Cancer”.  Presented at Society for Surgical Oncology 2017 meeting, March 15-18, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Tehrani, Garfinkel, Desai.  “Oncologic Adequacy of Resection in Elective Versus Emergent Cases of Colon Cancer”. Presented at Academic Surgical Congress, February 7-9, 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “National Trends in Surgical Decision-Making for Early-Stage Esophageal Cancer”. Presented at Academic Surgical Congress, February 7-9, 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

McDow, Ganai.  “Impact of Endocrinologist and Surgeon Density on Thyroid Cancer Survival”.  Presented at Academic Surgical Congress, February 7-9, 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

2016

Barnard, Barnica. “Biofeedback therapy in fecal incontinence; what predicts response? How long should treatment be?”  Presented at 66th Annual Illinois Chapter of American College of Surgeons Meeting, May 18-20, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Buckley, Mellinger, Sanfey.  “Improving resident performance on standardized assessments of medical knowledge; a retrospective analysis of interventions correlated to American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination performance”. Presented at 66th Annual Illinois Chapter of American College of Surgeons Meeting, May 18-20, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Canopy, Zahnd, Breslin, Rea, Mellinger, Ganai. “National Trends of the Impact of Rurality on Breast Cancer Surgery”. Presented at 66th Annual Illinois Chapter of American College of Surgeons Meeting, May 18-20, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Barnard, Thiele, Carnduff.  “Reducing Colon Surgical Site Infections Through Clean Closure Protocol”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

McDow, Zahnd W, Angelos P, Mellinger, Ganai. “Impact of Rurality on National Trends in Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Long-term Survival”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Canopy, Evans, Boehler, Roberts, Sanfey, Mellinger. ” Interdisciplinary cognitive task analysis: a strategy to develop a comprehensive endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography protocol for use in fellowship training”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Greenwalt, Khan, Wilkerson, Desai. “Utilization of Lean Six Sigma at Level I Trauma Center to reduce Off-site Patient Telemetry hours”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Tehrani, Lehman, Desai, Wilkerson. “Implementation of an Early Palliative Care Referral Program: A Pilot Study in Quality”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL (won first place price in Education & Quality Session)

Canopy, Zahnd, Breslin, Rea, Mellinger, Ganai. “National Trends of the Impact of Rurality on Breast Cancer Surgery”. Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Mouw, Mellinger, Reid.  “Emergent reversal of gastric bypass due to severe GI hemorrhage from marginal ulcer eroding into right gastroepiploic artery”. Presented at Surgery Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

Canopy, Zahnd, Breslin, Rea, Mellinger, Ganai. “National Trends of the Impact of Rurality on Breast Cancer Surgery”. Presented at 26th Annual Trainee Research Symposium, April 28, 2016, Springfield, IL (won third place).

McDow, Zahnd W, Angelos P, Mellinger, Ganai. “Impact of Rurality on National Trends in Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Long-term Survival”. Presented at 26th Annual Trainee Research Symposium, April 28, 2016, Springfield, IL (won first place).

McDow, Desai, Ganai, Mellinger. “Impact of Physician Specialization on Inpatient Hospital Outcomes after Thyroidectomy for Cancer”. Presented at Academic Surgical Congress, February 3, 2016, Jacksonville, FL.

2015

McDow, Desai, Ganai, Mellinger. “The impact of physician specialization on clinical hospital outcomes in patients undergoing total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer”. Presented at SIU 14th Annual Resident Research Day, May 8, 2015, Springfield, IL.

Khan A, Desai S. Mellinger J, Ganai S.  “Do National Trends in Surgical Resident Case Volumes for Complex Open Cases Justify a Need for Additional Fellowship Training?” Presented at SIU 14th Annual Resident Research Day, May 8, 2015, Springfield, IL.

Tehrani N, Wetzel S, Mellinger J, Sanfey H, Desai S. “ACGME Duty Hour Reforms Do Not Impact Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Major General and Vascular Surgical Procedures”. Presented at SIU 14th Annual Resident Research Day, May 8, 2015, Springfield, IL.

Regan J, Ganai, Mellinger. “Rural Disparities in Esophageal Cancer Outcomes Based on Distance from Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-Trained Gastroenterologists”.  Presented at SIU 14th Annual Resident Research Day, May 8, 2015, Springfield, IL.

McDow, Desai, Ganai, Mellinger. “The impact of physician specialization on clinical hospital outcomes in patients undergoing total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer”. Presented at SIU 25th Annual Trainee Research Symposium, April 21, 2015, Springfield, IL.

 

Book Chapters

Hazboun, Kim, Poola. "Getting Involved at a National Level." Success In Academic Surgery:  Developing a Career in Surgical Education. Eds. C Pugh, R Sippel. Springer, Cham, Switzerland AG, 2019. 63-72

Feimster, McDow, Mellinger.  “Teaching Residents to Teach: Why and How”. ”.  Surgeons as Educators: A Guide for Academic Development & Teaching Excellence. T Kohler, B Schwartz, Eds.  Springer Nature, Berlin, 2018. 119-136

Smith, Rea. “Resident Duty Hours in Surgical Education”.  Surgeons as Educators: A Guide for Academic Development & Teaching Excellence. T Kohler, B Schwartz, Eds.  Springer Nature, Berlin, 2018.  163-187

Sturm, Kohler. “The Surgical Workplace Learning Environment:  Integrating Coaching & Mentoring”.  Surgeons as Educators: A Guide for Academic Development & Teaching Excellence. T Kohler, B Schwartz, Eds.  Springer Nature, Berlin, 2018.  235-247

Wetzel, Mellinger, Huang.  “Diagnostic Endoscopy During PEG “. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG): Techniques, Effectiveness and Potential Complications. Pauli E & Marks J (eds). Nova Science Publishers. 2017, Ebook, ISBN 978-1-63485-617-1.

McDow, Thiele. Lane Medical Mitigation Guide. Published December 2015

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2019

Knight S, Huang E, Slama E, Guetter C, Hambleton C. Moller M, Crandall M.  Telemedicine and Telementoring in the Surgical Specialties: a Narrative Review.  Am J Surg. 2019 Oct;218(4):760-766.  PMID 31350010

Knight S, Knight t, Murphy A.  Surgical Strategies of Pleuropulmonary blastoma: A Review of Literature.  Children (Basel).  2019 Jul 25;6(8)   PMID: 31349569

Knight S, Lipson A, Brandt M, Wietfeldt E, Cozzens J.  Solitary cerebellar metastasis as herald symptom of primary cecal adenocarcinoma.  ACS Case Reviews in Surgery. 2019;2(3):24–28

Khan, Rakinic, Kim, Mellinger, Ganai. National Trends in General Surgery Resident Exposure to Complex Oncology-Relevant Cases.  J Surg Educ  March-April 2019; 76(2)378-386    PMID  30253983

2018

Knight S, VanHouwelingen L, Cervi D, Clay MR, Corkins M, Hines-Dowell S, Hamilton KV, Mostafavi R, Ward J, Furman WL, Murphy AJ. Genitopatellar syndrome and neuroblastoma: the multidisciplinary management of a previously unreported association.  Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 Dec;65(12):e27373  PMID 30084242

Smith, Mellinger, Faingold.  “Possible Drug-nutraceutical Interaction leading to Unexpected Sequelae after Inguinal Hernia Repair”.  Am J Case Rep. 2018 Jul 17;19:836-838  PMID  30013020

Knight SWE, Aulakh A. Article Summary:  Article Summary: Maertens H, Aggarwal R, Desender L, Vermassen F, Van Herzeele I.  Development of PROficiency Based StePwise Endovascular Curricular Training (PROSPECT) Program.  J Surg Educ. 2016 Jan-Feb;73(1):51-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2015.07.009. Epub 2015 Aug 11  PMID 26276301 Review completed March 2018  American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Faculty Development Series Article of the Month, ACS Online Publication. 2018 Jan. https://acscommunities.facs.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/

Knight SWE, Wood J. Article Summary:  Hashimoto DA, Petrusa E, Phitayakorn R, Valle C, Casey B, Gee D. A proficiency-based virtual reality endoscopy curriculum improves performance on the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery examination. Surg Endosc. 2018 Mar;32(3):1397-1404. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5821-5. Epub 2017 Aug 15. American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Faculty Development Series Article of the Month, ACS Online Publication. 2018 Feb. https://acscommunities.facs.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/

Knight SWE, Wood J. Article Summary:  Ritter EM, Taylor ZA, Wolf KR, Franklin BR, Placek SB, Korndorffer JR Jr., Gardner AK. Simulation-based mastery learning for endoscopy using the endoscopy training system: a strategy to improve endoscopic skills and prepare for the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery (FES) manual skills exam. Surg Endosc. 2018 Jan;32(1):413-420. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5697-4.  PMID  28698900 American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Faculty Development Series Article of the Month, ACS Online Publication. 2018 Jan. https://acscommunities.facs.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/  

2017

Buckley, Zahnd, Rea, Mellinger, Ganai. “Impact of Rural-Urban Status on Survival After Mastectomy without Reconstruction versus Mastectomy with Reconstruction”. American Journal of Surgery. 2017 Oct;214(4):645-650.
PMID 28701264

McDow, Jakoby, Garfinkel. “Portal Vein Thrombosis in the Setting of Newly Diagnosed Cushing’s Syndrome”. Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports April-June 2017: 1–4.

MacKinney, Lin B, Ciecko AE, Serreze DV, Chen YG. “Congenic mapping identifies a novel Idd9 subregion regulating type 1 diabetes in NOD mice.” Immunogenetics. 2017 Mar;69(3):193-198.
PMID  27796442.

2016

Bailey, Reid, Mellinger, Shaheen, Alanee. “Summative evaluation of prosthetics in abdominal wall reconstruction”.  American Urological Association Update Series 2016; lesson 31

Tehrani, Desai, Lehman, Wilkerson. “Implementation of an Early Palliative Care Referral Program: A Pilot Study in Quality”. J Palliat Med 2016 Dec; 19(12):1241-1242
PMID 27792452
 
Cooper, Desai, Scaife, Gonczy, Mellinger.  “Volume, specialty background, practice pattern, and outcomes in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography:  an analysis of the national inpatient sample”.  Surg Endosc. 2016 Nov 4. [Epub ahead of print]    
PMID  27815746
 
Rejowski B, Carr RA, Cote GA, Pitt HA, Zyromski NJ.  “Systematic review of hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis: A more virulent etiology?” Pancreatology. 2016 Jul-Aug;16(4):469-76. 
PMID: 27012480

Tehrani, Tafen, Anoushiravani, Bhakta, Canty, Whyte. “Esophagogastric Fistula Complicating Nissen Fundoplication”.  J Ped Case Reports 10 (2016) (Mar) 14-16.

Tehrani, Anoushiravani, Bhakta, Petro, Tafen, Samuels. “Non-operative management of water injection injury to the neck”. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports 7 (2016) 36-38.

2015

Buckley EJ, Mellinger J, Sanfey H.  “Improving resident performance on standardized assessments of medical knowledge; a retrospective analysis of interventions correlated to American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination performance”. Am J Surg. 2015 Oct;210(4):734-8.
PMID: 26210707
 
Canopy E, Evans M, Boehler M, Roberts N, Sanfey H, Mellinger J. Interdisciplinary cognitive task analysis: a strategy to develop a comprehensive endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography protocol for use in fellowship training. Am J Surg. 2015 Oct;210(4):710-4.
PMID  26188710
 
Ha C, Regan J, Cetindag IB, Ali A, Mellinger JD. Benign esophageal tumors. Surg Clin North Am. 2015 Jun;95(3):491-514
PMID:  25965126

 

Poster Presentations

2019

Knight, S, Huang E, Slama E, Guetter C, Hambleton C, Moller M, Crandall M.  Telesurgery 2019: Consulting, Mentoring, Robotics and More.  Presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019, Springfield, IL

Knight S., Knight T., Murphy A. Current Management of Pleuropulmonary Blastoma: A Surgical Perspective.  SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 5, 2019, Springfield, IL

2018

Tehrani, Rejowski, Barkmeier. “Occult Myxomatous Embolization in the Setting of Acute Limb Ischemia.” Presented at Midwest Vascular Surgical Society, September 13, 2018, St. Louis, MO

Rossi, Poola, Rakinic.  “Clinical outcomes of complicated sigmoid diverticulitis with associated tubo-ovarian abscess”.  Poster presented at Digestive Diseases Week, June 2-5, 2018, Washington, DC.

Bauman, Wood, Poola, Rakinic. “Clinical Outcomes of Hartmann Resection: Benign vs. Malignant Etiology”. E-Poster presented at ASCRS May 19-23, 2018 Nashville, TN.

Buckley, Mellinger, Molik.  “Pancreatic Neoplasm Enucleation - When is it Safe? Case Report and Review of the Literature.” iPoster presented at SAGES April 11-14, 2018, Seattle, WA.

Knight, Buckley, Mellinger, Molik. “Pancreatic Neoplasm Enucleation - When is it Safe? Case Report and Review of the Literature.”  Poster presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 12, 2018, Springfield, IL

Rossi, Rakinic, Wietfeldt.  “Small Bowel Perforation Secondary to Metastasis from Small Cell Carcinoma of the Lung”. Poster presented at SIU Department of Surgery Resident Research Day April 12, 2018, Springfield, IL.

Feimster, Mellinger, Haley-Emery.  “Outcome Analysis Before Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol for Complex Ventral Hernias”. Poster presented at SIU School of Medicine GME QI Poster Symposium February 19, 2018, Springfield, IL.

2017

MacKinney, Ganai, Mellinger, Zahnd, Sturm, Khan. “An Exploration of Regional and Rural-Urban Differences in Pancreas Cancer Surgery”.  Presented (MacKinney) at DDW 2017, May 6-9, 2017, Chicago, IL.

Khan, Ganai, Sturm, MacKinney, Rejowski, Buckley. “Adjacency of Rural County of Residence to an Urban County May Determine Survival for Stage I Pancreatic Cancer”.  Presented (Khan) at Pancreas Club 2017, May 4-6, 2017, Chicago, IL.

Khan, Ganai, Sturm, MacKinney, Rejowski, Buckley. “Adjacency of Rural County of Residence to an Urban County May Determine Survival for Stage I Pancreatic Cancer”.  Presented (Khan) at DDW 2017, May 6-9, 2017, Chicago, IL.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “Rural-Urban and Regional Differences in Receipt of Esophagectomy for Early-Stage Esophagus Cancer”. Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “National Trends in Surgical Decision-Making for Early-Stage Esophageal Cancer”. Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.

Sturm, Wall, Mellinger.  “An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to the Core Competencies:  Taking it From Theory to Practice”.  Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.  Won 2nd place

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Rea.  “Impact of Time to Surgery on Rural-Urban Disparities in Breast Cancer”.  Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 13, 2017, Springfield, IL.

Bauman, McDow, Ganai.  “Laparoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Enucleation of an Insulinoma after EUS-Guided Tattoo”.  Poster presentation (Bauman) at ENDO 2017, April 1-3, 2017, Orlando, FL.

Bauman, Reid.  “Acute GI Bleed and Small Bowel Obstruction Following A Roux En Y Gastric Bypass:  A Case Report”. Presented at SAGES, March 22-25, 2017, Houston, TX.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “National trends in local excision and esophagectomy for cT1N0 esophageal cancer”.  Presented at 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, January 19-21, 2017, San Francisco, CA.

2016

Tehrani, Barnard, McKenna, Daugherty. “Implementation of a Standardized, Evidence-Based Protocol for Routine Central Line Replacement to Decrease Catheter-related Blood Stream Infections in High-Risk Burn Patients: A Pre-Post Protocol study”. Poster presentation (McKenna) at SIU GME QI Research Symposium, September 21, 2016, Springfield, IL. (won 3rd place).

Barnard, Barnica, Wietfeldt, Rakinic.  “Biofeedback therapy in fecal incontinence; what predicts response? How long should treatment be?”.  Presented (Barnica) at ASCRS Scientific Meeting, April 30 – May 4, 2016, Los Angeles, CA.

Bauman, Braner, Desai, Wilkerson. “Pediatric patients in the emergency department:  Streamlining efficient and effective care in the setting of abdominal pain”. Presented at SIU Resident Research Day, April 29, 2016, Springfield, IL.

McDow, Zahnd W, Angelos P, Mellinger, Ganai. “Impact of Rurality on National Trends in Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Long-term Survival”. Presented at American Association of Endocrine Surgeons 2016 Annual Meeting, April 10-12, 2016, Baltimore, MD

Mouw, Reid, Mellinger. “Emergent reversal of gastric bypass due to severe GI hemorrhage from marginal ulcer eroding into right gastroepiploic artery.” Presented at SAGES Meeting March 17, 2016, Boston, MA.

Canopy, Ganai. “National Trends of the Impact of Rurality on Breast Cancer Surgery” Presented at SSO meeting March 3, 2016, Boston, MA.

Cooper, Desai, Scaife, Gonczy, Mellinger. “Comparative ERCP Outcomes of Gastroenterologists and Surgeons:Analysis of National Inpatient Sample”. Presented at Academic Surgical Congress, February 2, 2016, Jacksonville, FL.

Khan, Desai, Ganai, Mellinger. “Do Trends in Surgical Resident Case Volumes Justify Additional Oncology Fellowship Training?” Presented at Academic Surgical Congress, February 4, 2016, Jacksonville, FL.

Tehrani, Wetzel, Mellinger, Sanfey, Desai. “ACGME Duty Hour Reforms Do Not Impact Outcomes in General and Vascular Surgical Patients.” Presented (Tehrani) at Academic Surgical Congress, February 2, 2016, Jacksonville, FL.

2015

Regan J, Ganai, Mellinger. “Rural Disparities in Esophageal Cancer Outcomes Based on Distance from Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-Trained Gastroenterologists”.  Presented at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, June 19, 2015, Peoria, IL.

Buckley, Mellinger, Sanfey, Markwell, Farr.  “Improving Resident Performance on Standardized Assessments of Medical Knowledge:  A Retrospective Analysis of Interventions Correlated to ABSITE Performance”.  Presented at SIU 14th Annual Resident Research Day, May 8, 2015, Springfield, IL.

Regan J, Ganai, Mellinger. “Rural Disparities in Esophageal Cancer Outcomes Based on Distance from Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-Trained Gastroenterologists.”  Presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, May 18, 2015, Washington, DC.

 

Abstracts

2017

Buckley, Sturm, Rejowski, Mackinney, Khan, Ganai. “Adjacency of Rural County of Residence to an Urban County May Determine Survival for Stage I Pancreatic Cancer” Gastroenterology 2017; 152(5): S1251-S1252.

Sturm, Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger. “National Trends in Surgical Decision-Making for Early-Stage Esophageal Cancer”.  J Clin Oncol 2017; 25(4S): S62.

Sturm, MacKinney, Khan, Ganai, Mellinger, Zahnd. “An Exploration of Regional and Rural-Urban Differences in Pancreas Cancer Surgery”. Gastroenterology 2017; 152(5): S1273-S1274.

 

IRB Protocols

IRB Protocol #

Title

Authors

14-207 

An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to the Core Competencies:  Taking it From Theory to Practice 

Wall, Mellinger, Sturm

 

14-138 

Pancreatic cancer as a function of rurality and proximity to providers

Ganai, Regan, MacKinney

 

 

EUS Proximity for esophageal cancer  

Ganai, Regan, MacKinney

 

The impact of rurality and access to gastroenterologists on disparities in pancreas cancer staging and mortality 

Ganai, Regan, MacKinney

14-198 

VTE Prevention in Major Abdominal/Pelvic Oncology Surgical Patients  

Ganai, Smith, MacKinney, Yeager

 

 

Investigation of Barriers to Utilization of Post-Discharge Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis for Post-Operative General Surgery Cancer Patients 

Ganai, Smith, MacKinney, Yeager

15-239 

Impact of Rural-Urban Status on Survival After Mastectomy without Reconstruction versus Mastectomy with Reconstruction  

 

Buckley, Zahnd, Rea, Mellinger, Ganai

 

Rural-Urban trends for breast cancer 

Ganai, Mellinger, Rea, Buckley

 

Timing of Surgery for breast cancer 

Ganai, Mellinger, Rea, Buckley, Bailey

 

Impact of Time to Surgery on Rural-Urban Disparities in Breast Cancer 

Ganai, Mellinger, Rea, Bailey, Buckley

 

 

Rural-Urban Differences in Time to Radiation among Breast Conserving Surgery Patients 

Buckley, Ganai, Mellinger, Kim, Rossi, Zahnd

15-266

Do Trends in Surgical Resident Case Volumes Justify Additional Oncology Fellowship Training?

Khan, Desai, Ganai, Mellinger

15-380

Biofeedback therapy in fecal incontinence; what predicts response? How long should treatment be?

Barnard, Barnica, Wietfeldt, Rakinic

16-487

Impact of Rurality on National Trends in Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Long-term Survival   

Ganai, McDow

 

 

Impact of Endocrinologist and Surgeon Density on Thyroid Cancer Survival 

Zahnd W, Angelos P, Mellinger, Ganai, McDow

16-507 

Community Perspectives of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Illinois 

 

Ganai, Wetzel

16-514 

Disparities in esophageal cancer surgery  

Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger, Sturm, Khan, MacKinney

 

 

National trends in local excision and esophagectomy for cT1N0 esophageal cancer 

Ganai, Zahnd, Mellinger, Sturm, Khan, MacKinney

 

National disparities in pancreas and esophageal cancer 

Ganai, Sturm, MacKinney, Rejowski, Khan, Buckley

 

National Trends in Surgical Decision-Making for Early-Stage Esophageal Cancer

Knight S, Sturm E, Zahnd W, Mellinger J, Ganai S.

16-551

EVAR surveillance in regards to graft migration, endoleak rates, and neck expansion

Tehrani, Nanavati, Hasanadka

16-587 

Adenoma Detection Rates After A Negative Screening Colonoscopy 

Hofmann, Cooper, Bauman, Khan

 

17-073

A Pilot Study Evaluating Leadership Perception and Use of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Guidelines During Trauma Situations at Memorial Medical Center

Shackleton, de la Cruz, Whitehurst

17-139

Clinical outcomes of complicated sigmoid diverticulitis with associated tubo-ovarian abscess

Rossi, Poola, Rakinic

17-159

Incidence of adenoma in normal risk patients younger than 50 higher than previously reported

Knight, Shackleton, Wietfeldt MD, N Engelking RN, J Thiele MD, J Rakinic MD

 

Colorectal cancer screening in average risk patients younger than 50, is it justified?

Knight, Shackleton, Wietfeldt MD, N Engelking RN, J Thiele MD, J Rakinic MD

18-253

What’s in an EPA? An Exploration of Entrustment Decision Making in General Surgery

Smith, Kim, Cianciolo