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Current MD-PhD Student - Clement Sun

Clement Sun

Name: Clement Sun

Year in Program: MY3

Undergrad University: University of Washington

Mentor: Mia K. Markey, Ph.D.

Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering

   

    Research Interests

  • Biomedical informatics, clinical decision analysis, preference encoding, machine learning, control systems, and digital signal processing.

    Honors & Awards

  • Biomedical Engineering Department Nominee for The University of Texas Graduate School Outstanding Dissertation Award (2014)
  • Engineering Foundation Endowed Graduate Presidential Scholarship (2013)
  • George J. Heuer, Jr. Ph.D. Fellowship (2011)
  • Republic of China OCAC Outstanding Expatriate Youth (2011)
  • Second Place, University of Texas Medical Branch Ethics Bowl (2009)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project Award (2006)
  • University of Washington College of Engineering Annual Dean’s List (2005, 2006)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2005)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2004)
  • University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences Annual Dean’s List (2003)
  • Advanced Placement Scholar Award (2002)
  • Washington State Honors Award (2002)
  • Second Place, Seattle Chinese School Speech Contest (2000)
  • First Place, Seattle Chinese School Writing Contest (1993, 1994, 1995)

    Publications

  • Clement S. Sun, Scott B. Cantor, Gregory P. Reece, Michelle C. Fingeret, Melissa A. Crosby, and Mia K. Markey. "Helping patients make choices about breast reconstruction: A decision analysis approach." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2014.
  • Sun, Clement S. MS; Cantor, Scott B. PhD; Reece, Gregory P. MD; Crosby, Melissa A. MD; Fingeret, Michelle C. PhD; Markey, Mia K. PhD. "Assessing women's preferences and preference modeling for breast reconstruction decision making." Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2014.
  • Clement Sun. Shared Decision-Making About Breast Reconstruction: A Decision Analysis Approach. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 2013
  • Clement S. Sun, Gregory P. Reece, Melissa A. Crosby, Michelle C. Fingeret, Roman J. Skoracki, Mark T. Villa, Matthew M. Hanasono, Donald P. Baumann, David W. Chang, Scott B. Cantor, and Mia K. Markey. "Plastic surgeon expertise in predicting breast reconstruction outcomes for patient decision analysis." Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2013.
  • Juhun Lee, Clement S. Sun, Gregory P. Reece, Michelle C. Fingeret, and Mia K. Markey. "Towards a case-based reasoning system for predicting aesthetic outcomes of breast reconstruction." 4th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning Technologies. Longbeach, CA. November 2013.
  • Clement S. Sun, Fatima A. Merchant, Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar, Michelle C. Fingeret, and Gregory P. Reece, and Mia. K. Markey. "3D computer technology address body-image issues of breast reconstruction." SPIE Newsroom. 2013. doi: 10,1117/2.21201307.005016
  • Clement S. Sun and Mia K. Markey. "Recent Advances in Computational Analysis of Mass Spectrometry for Proteomic Profiling." The Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 2011. 46: 5. 443-456.
  • Clement Sun, James Etzkorn, Timothy Molter, Sarah McQuaide, Shawn McGuire, Mary Lidstrom, Mark Holl, and Deirdre Meldrum. "Integration of User Interface, Device Control, Data Acquisition and Analysis for Automated Multi-Spectral Imaging of Single Biological Cells." IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. Washington, DC. August 2008.
  • Clement Sun. Software Development and Hardware Integration for the Automation of a Multi-Spectral Imaging Platform for the Study of Single Biological Cells. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 2008.
  • Patrick McVittie, Clement Sun, Timothy Molter, Sarah McQuaide, Mary Lidstrom, Mark Holl, and Deirdre Meldrum. "Automated Classification of Macrophage Membrane Integrity using a Fluorescent Live/Dead Stain." IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. Scottsdale, AZ. September 2007.
  • Brian Davis, Bryan Kelley, Clement Sun, Katrina Noble, Kelvin Liang, Mark Horoszowski, and Zach Grote. Johnsoncius: The Teachings and Memories of Paul Johnson According to His Pupils. Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA. 2002.

    Presentations

  • Clement S. Sun, Gregory P. Reece, Melissa A. Crosby, Michelle C. Fingeret, Roman J. Skoracki, Mark T. Villa, Matthew M. Hanasono, Donald P. Baumann, David W. Chang, Scott B. Cantor, and Mia K. Markey. "Plastic surgeon expertise in predicting outcomes of breast reconstruction." American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. Washington, DC. November 2013.
  • Kaili Fan, Clement S. Sun, Gregory P. Reece, Mia K. Markey. "Towards elicitation of expert beliefs and decision-maker preferences about breast reconstruction: A probability wheel application. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. September 2013.
  • Clement S. Sun, Min S. Kim, Melissa A. Crosby, Gregory P. Reece, Elisabeth K. Beahm, George P. Baum, Michelle C. Fingeret, Mia K. Markey. "Identifying Key Descriptors of Breast Aesthetics for a Standardized Rating Scale." American Medical Informatics Association 2012 Annual Symposium. Chicago, IL. November 2012.
  • Clement S. Sun, Kaili Fan, Gregory P. Reece, Melissa A. Crosby, Elisabeth K. Beahm, Michelle C. Fingeret, Mia K. Markey, "Quantifying breast aesthetics from clinical photographs: Symmetry of lateral extents (SOLE)," Biomedical Engineering Society 2012 Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. October 2012.
  • Clement S. Sun, Daifeng Wang, Juhun Lee, Gregory P. Reece, Michelle C. Fingeret, Melissa A. Crosby, Elisabeth K. Beahm, Mia K. Markey. "Towards a Decision Basis of Breast Reconstruction: Defining the Alternatives." American Medical Informatics Association 2011 Annual Symposium. Washington, DC. October 2011.
  • Clement Sun, Michelle Fingeret, Min Soon Kim, Karen Basen-Engquist, Melissa Crosby, Gregory Reece, Elisabeth Beahm, and Mia Markey. "Towards a Standardized Lexicon for Assessment of Breast Aesthetics." Annual International Conference in Computational Surgery. Houston, TX. January 2011.
  • Daifeng Wang, Clement Sun, Juhun Lee, Gregory Reece, Melissa Crosby, Elisabeth Beahm, and Mia Markey. "Development of a Bayesian Network to Model Decision about Tissue Expansion Implant Breast Reconstruction." Annual International Conference in Computational Surgery. Houston, TX. January 2011.

    Hobbies or just something about yourself in general:

  • Selected interests include: non-competitive tennis, alpine skiing, strategy computer games, paintball, archery, horseback riding, mahjong, hiking, piano (under mute), and violin (with mute). Furthermore, a fascination in history, books by J. R. R. Tolkien, books by Frank Herbert, acquiring a fiefdom, and motion pictures. Competitive vegetable gardening.

Career Development

The career development of an MD-PhD student is critically important and extends out well past the date of graduation with the dual degrees. The UTMB MD-PhD Program carefully guides and nurtures students throughout the Program. Early in the Program, critical issues are mentor selection and choice of a graduate program. MD-PhD students meet regularly with a faculty advisor, a student "big sibling" and members of the advisory committee. Opportunities to be exposed to research opportunities are provided through Program activities as well as the scientific activities on campus. Most students do their initial laboratory rotation during the summer before starting medical school. Additional laboratory rotations can be completed during the summer before the first and second years of medical school and after the second year of medical school. Once students are established in their labs, they are guided through their research by a mentor and dissertation committee.

For MD-PhD students, selection of the dissertation committee is essential and our Program requires students to include a member who is an MD scientist who can provide guidance on career progress and residency selections. As thesis defense approaches, students design their optimal clinical experiences with members of the MD-PhD committee to maximize chances to obtain the types of residency training that will be most compatible with further development as a physician scientist. The Program runs career guidance seminars to alert students to many of the important issues, pitfalls and milestones that they will need to navigate in the future. These include the pros and cons of short-track residencies, the need for additional postdoctoral training, and how to select and negotiate a first faculty appointment. The UTMB MD-PhD graduate is thus well positioned to make the most out of the advantages that MD-PhD careers offer.