Resident Scholarly Activity

Each resident develops research activities in either clinical reviews or actual laboratory work, or both. Fourth year residents serve a formal two-month rotation within the Wound Healing Laboratories. The laboratories are very well funded and staffed, allowing each resident to formulate a research plan and carry it out under the direction of basic scientists. There are presently 23 Ph.D.s and 105 research technicians available to these residents in the laboratories. The entire program is designed so that the resident will be allowed to continue his research interest throughout the remaining residency years. The two-month rotation is the only intensified time, but because of the number of basic scientists and technicians available to help the resident, a continuum of research is encouraged. In addition, the basic science course as outlined above under Conferences is provided for each resident.

Below is a list of our residents and their scholarly activity.


Vanessa Dimas, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed

Kargel, J.S., Dimas, V.M., Kao, D.S., Heggers, J.P., Chang, P., Phillips, L.G. Empiric antibiotic therapy for seawater injuries: a four seasonal analysis. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 121(4):1249-55, 2008

Dimas, V.,Kargel, J., Bauer J., Chang P. Forequarter amputation for malignant tumors of the upper extremity: case report, techniques and indications. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2006


Sylvia Gray, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Sylvia S. Gray, Mahmoud A. Eltorky, Roy F. Riascos, Richard D. Montilla. Spindle Cell Hemangioma Reoccurrence in the Hand: Case Report. American Association for Hand Surgery, 7(1), March 2012
  • Sylvia Gray, Elena Gittleman, Clayton L. Moliver. Safety in Office-Based Full Abdominoplasty. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 32:200-6, February 2012

Abstracts

  • Dr. Moliver; Sylvia Gray; Kristi Hustak. Use of fractionated carbon dioxide laser on striae distensiae of the abdomen. IRB submission, awaiting approval, July, 2011

Presentations, National

  • Classification and Incidence of Glenohumeral Joint Contractures in Patients with Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy
    American Society of Plastic Surgeons Senior Resident Conference, Chicago, IL
    December 13, 2012
  • Sylvia Gray; Steve Xu.
    Reliability and Normative Data for a Novel Method of Testing Intrinsic Hand Muscle Strength
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Boston, MA
    October 6, 2011 – Poster Presentation
  • Sylvia Gray; Steve Xu.
    Trends in Dexterity and Normative Values for the Functional Dexterity Test (FDT)
    American Society of Hand Therapists, Nashville, TX
    September 25, 2011
  • Adult Hand Normative Values for the Functional Dexterity Test (FDT)
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Las Vegas, NV
    September 7, 2011 – Poster Presentation

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Trends in Dexterity and Normative Values for the Functional Dexterity Test (FDT)
    Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    June 10, 2011
  • Trends in Dexerity and Normative Values for the Functional Dexterity Test (FDT)
    Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX
    October 15, 2010
  • Clayton Moliver; Sylvia Gray.
    18-Year Experience with the Outpatient Abdominoplasty
    Texas Society for Plastic Surgery, Bastrop, TX
    September 26, 2010

Jennifer Kargel

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Kargel, J.S., Dimas, V.M., Kao, D.S., Heggers, J.P., Chang, P., Phillips, L.G. Empiric antibiotic therapy for seawater injuries: a four seasonal analysis. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, 121(4):1249-55, 2008
  • Dimas, V., Kargel, J., Bauer J., Chang P. Forequarter amputation for malignant tumors of the upper extremity: case report, techniques and indications. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2006
  • Kargel, J; Moliver, C; Sullivan, M. "Physiologic treatment of nipple hypertrophy by a simplified reduction technique". Submitted to Aesthetic Surgery Journal

Abstracts

  • Kargel, J; Morales, R; Dimas, V; McCauley, R; Chao, C; Hawkins, H. Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Burn Patient Covered With Cultured Epithelial Autografts. Accepted for presentation at TSPS, in process for journal submission

Kristi Hustak, M.D.

Abstracts

  • Dr. Moliver, Sylvia Gray, Kristi Hustak. Use of Fractionated Carbon Dioxide Laser on Striae Distensiae of the Abdomen. IRB submission, awaiting approval, July, 2011

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Management of Severe Axillary Contractures in Children Using the Parascapular Flap
    Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    June 15, 2012

Lisa Moody, M.D.

Book Chapters
Lisa Moody MD, Wesley Meyers MD, John Bauer MD, Linda Phillips MD. Chapter 66 Pressure Sores, Current Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, 2010

Presentations, National
L. C. Moody, C. Chao
Indications for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Multifocal and Multicentric Breast Cancer
Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, NV
February 15, 2012

Presentation, Regional/Local
Management of Severe Axillary Burn Contractures in Children Using the Parascapular Flap
Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting, San Antonio, TX
September 28, 2012
Management of Severe Axillary Burn Contractures in Children Using the Parascapular Flap
Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
June 15, 2012
Indications of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Multifocal, Multicentric Breast Cancer
Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
June 10, 2011


Oscar Masters, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed
Branski LK, Mittermayr R, Herndon DN, Norbury WB, Masters OE, Hoffman M, Traber DL, Redl H, Jeschke MG. A Porcine Model of Full-Thickness Burn, Excision and Skin Autografting. Burns, Epub ahead of print, July 2008
Branski LK, Herndon DN, Celis MM, Norbury WB, Masters OE, Jeschke MG. Treatment of Partial-Thickness Facial Burns with Amniotic Membrane. Burns, 34(3):393-9,May 2008
Wickleffe JK, Herring SM, Hallberg LM, Galbert LA, Masters OE 3rd, Ammenheuser MM, Xie J, Friedberg EC, Lloyd RS, Abdel-Rahman SZ, Ward JB Jr. Detoxification of olefinic epoxides and nucleotide excision repair of epoxide-mediated DNA damage: Insights from animal models examining human sensitivity to 1,3 butadiene. Chemico-Biological Interactions 166(1-3):226-31, March 2007
Wickliffe JK, Galbert LA, Ammenheuser MM, Herring SM, Xie J, Masters OE 3rd, Friedberg EC, Lloyd RD, Ward JB Jr. 3,4-Epoxy-1-butene, a reactive metabolite of 1,3-butadiene, induces somatic mutations in Xpc-null mice. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 47(1):67-70, January 2006

Presentation, Regional/Local
Is Porcine Acellular Dermis an Effective Alternative for Abdominal Reconstruction after Pedicled Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap Breast Reconstruction?
Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
June 10, 2011
Is Porcine Acelluar Dermis an Effective Alternative for Abdominal Reconstruction after Pedicled Transverse Rectus Abdominis Mycoutaneous Flap Breast Reconstruction?
Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX
October 14, 2010
Definitive Closure of Exposed Breast Implants Using Permacol
Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
June 11, 2010


Zachary Hurwitz, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed
Hurwitz, Zachary M. M.D.; Ignotz, Ronald Ph.D.; Lalikos, Janice F. M.D.; Galili, Uri Ph.D. Accelerated Porcine Wound Healing after Treatment with [alpha]-Gal Nanoparticles. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 129(2):242e-251e, February 2012
Hurwitz, Zachary M. MD; Montilla, Richard MD; Dunn, Raymond M. MD; Patel, Neil V. MD; Akyurek, Mustafa MD, PhD. Adductor Magnus Perforator Flap Revisited: An Anatomical Review and Clinical Applications. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 66 (5):438-443, May 2011
O'Brien JA, Broderick GB, Hurwitz ZM, Montilla R, Castle J, Dunn RM, Akyurek M, Lalikos JF. Fleur-de-lis Panniculectomy After Bariatric Surgery: Our Experience. Annals of Plastic Surgery, May 2011 epub ahead of print
James E Carroll, Jr, Zachary M Hurwitz, Jessica P Simons, James T McPhee, Sing Chau Ng, Shimul A Shah, Waddah B Al-Refaie, Jennifer F Tseng. In-Hospital Mortality After Resection of Biliary Tract Cancer in the United States. HPB (Oxford), 12 (1):62-67, February 2010

Abstracts
Hurwitz ZM, Ignotz R, Lalikos JF, Galili U. Accelerated Porcine Wound Healing after Treatment with Alpha-Gal Nanoparticles. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 127(5s):37, May 2011

Presentations, National
Pearls and Pitfalls of Abdominal Wall Anatomy in Component Separation
European Hernia Society, Ghent, Belgium
May 11, 2011
Accelerated Wound Healing after Treatment with α-Gal Nanoparticles.
Plastic Surgery Research Council, Louisville, KY
April 30, 2011
Complex Ventral Hernia Reconstruction: Long-Term Results after Component Separation and Porcine Biologic Graft
American Hernia Society, San Francisco, CA
March 19, 2011
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Using an Acellular Porcine Dermal Implant.
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Washington, DC
June 18, 2010 – Poster Presentation
Pearls and Pitfalls of Abdominal Wall Anatomy in Component Separation.
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Washington, DC
June 18, 2010 – Poster Presentation
Surgical interventions for metastatic lesions to the liver: a national perspective.
American Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association Congress, Las Vegas, NV
April 2007 – Poster Presentation

Presentation, Regional/Local
Accelerated Porcine Wound Healing After Treatment with α-Gal Nanoparticles
Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
June 15, 2012
Seroma Formation in Rat Latissimus Dorsi Resection Model with Porcine Dermis Xenograft Implantation: Results With and Without Quilting Fixation
New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Brewster, MA
June 3, 2011
Adductor Magnus Perforator Flap Revisited: An Anatomical Review and Clinical Applications
Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Washington, DC
October 29, 2010


Brentley Taylor

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Clinical Experience with Autologous Fat Grafting in the Pediatric Patient
    Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX
    September 28, 2012

Shelby Lies, M.D.

Publications, non peer-reviewed

  • Shelby Lies, MD, Terence McIff, PhD, E. Bruce Toby, MD.
    Biomechanical Evaluation of Biotrak Screws for Fixation of Scaphoid Waist Fractures

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Mandible Fractures
    Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
    November 22, 2010
  • Compartment Syndrome
    Emergency Department, Kansas City, KS
    May 28, 2010
  • Management of Facial Burns
    Burn Conference
    February 1, 2010
  • Investigation of Scaphoid Fracture Repair Techniques
    Student Research Forum, Kansas City, KS
    April 30, 2008

Surjit Rai, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Rai, Surjit S. MD; Mahabir, Raman C., MD; Roberts, John W. MD; Song, Juhee PhD; Hamid, Kamran S. MD; White, Raleigh R. IV MD. Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy. Annals of Plastic Surgery, Publish Ahead of Print, April 19, 2011
  • Hamid KS, Rai SS, Rodriguez JA.. Symptomatic Bochdalek Hernia in an Adult. Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 14(2):279-81, April-June, 2010
  • Snyder SK, Hamid KS, Roberson CR, Rai SS, Bossen AC, Luh JH, Scherer EP, Song J. Outpatient Thyroidectomy is Safe and Reasonable: Experience with More Than 1,000 Planned Outpatient Procedures. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 210(5):575-82, May 2010

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Outpatient Thyroidectomy Is Safe and Reasonable: Experience with Over 1000 Planned Outpatient Procedures.
    Southern Surgical Association Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, VA
    December 2009
  • Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy: Is it Really Prophylactic?
    Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, Grapevine, TX
    September 25, 2009

Olga Bachilo, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Ling Wu, Asha S. Multani, Hua He, Wilfredo Cosme-Blanco, Yu Deng, Jian Min Deng, Olga Bachilo, Sen Pathak, Hedioshi Tahara, Susan M. Bailey, Yibin Deng, Richard R. Behringer, Sandy Chang. Pot1 Deficiency Initiates DNA Damage Checkpoint Activation and Aberrant Homologous Recombination at Telomeres. Cell, 126 (1):49-62, July 14 2006

Nicholas Howland, M.D.

Abstracts

  • Howland MD, Nicholas; Phillips MD, Linda; Myers MD, Wes
    The Effect of Age on Fibroblast Expression of Thapsigargin-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress

Presentations, National

  • Lymph Node Involvement in Immunohistochemistry-Based Molecular Classifications of Breast Cancer
    Academic Surgical Congress, New Orleans, LA
    February 5, 2013

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Sentinel Lymph Node Involvement in the Different Molecular Subtypes of Breast Cancer
    Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    June, 15, 2012
  • The Use of Resorbable Plates as a Columellar Strut in Seconadary Cleft Lip Nasal Reconstruction
    Singleton Surgical Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    June 15, 2012
  • The Effect of Age on Fibroblast Protein Expression in Thapsigargin-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
    South Texas Chapter, American College of Surgeons, San Antonio, TX
    February, 16, 2012
  • The Effect of Age on Fibroblast Protein Expression in Thapsigargin-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
    Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX
    October 16, 2011

Awards

  • Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Fellowship, 2012-2013

Mariela Lopez

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Li N, Russell W, Douglas-Escobar M, Hauser N. Lopez M, Neu J. Live and Heat-Killed Lactobacillus Rhamnosis GG: Effects on Proinflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines/Chemokines In Gastrostomy-Fed Infant Rats. Journal of Pediatric Research, 66(2):203-7
  • Lopez M, Li N, Kataria J, Russell M, Neu J. Live and Ultraviolet-Inactivated Lactobacillus Rhamnosis GG Decrease Flagellin-Induced Interleukin-8 Production in Caco-2 cells. Journal of Nutrition, 138(11):2264-8, November 2008
  • Neu J, Douglas-Escobar M, Lopez M. Microbes and the Developing Gastrointestinal Tract. Journal of Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 22(2):174-82, April 2007

Presentation, International

  • Inactivated Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG decreases Intestinal Epithelial IL-8 Production by
    a Different Mechanism than Live LGG.
    Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada
    May 2007

Presentation, Regional/Local

  • Microcystic Adnexal Carcinoma of the Centro-facial Region: A Case Report
    Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, TX
    September 28, 2012
  • Peptidoglycan Decreases Flagellin induced IL-8 Production in Intestinal Epithelium.
    NIH Research Program Symposium, Gainesville, FL
    August 2007
  • Inactivated Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG is as Effective as Live GG at Decreasing
    Intestinal Epithelial IL-9 Production.
    Department of Pediatrics Science Day, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
    April 2007
  • Effects of Probiotics on Intestinal Cell Inflammatory Response.
    Annual Biomedical Research Conference, Anaheim, CA
    November 2006

Stephanie Nemir, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Nemir S, West JL. Synthetic Materials in the Study of Cell Response to Substrate Rigidity. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 38(1):2-20, January 2010
  • Nemir S, Hayenga HN, West JL. PEGDA Hydrogels with Patterned Elasticity: Novel Tools for the Study of Cell Response to Substrate Rigidity. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 105(3):636-44, February 2009

Nandhika Wijay, M.D.

Publications, peer-reviewed

  • Boutros S, Wijay N. The use of z-plasty during delayed autologous breast reconstruction for
    the improvement of aesthetic outcome. Plastic and Reconstructive Journal.
    126 (4):197e-199e, October 2010
  • Kracjer Z, Wijay N. Aortic Aneurysm Exclusion Size Regression After Endovascular Repair.
    Endovascular Today
    , 1(1)9-12, October 2005