Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dept of Surgery newsletter spring 2023

Spring 2023 Newsletter

A Message from the Publications Committee:

Welcome to the Spring 2023 newsletter for the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch! As our team grows, we have several new faculty and staff who will be furthering our mission to provide optimal care and world-class education. Welcome, new team members!

March 8th was International Women's Day. Our staff wore purple in support. International Women’s Day is an annual celebration to bring awareness of gender equality, violence/ abuse issues, and more. The month of March is also Colorectal Cancer Awereness month.

We will continue to share our successes and programs with the community. As always, if you are a current or alumnus member of UTMB Surgery, please contact our Office of Publications at any time. We want to learn about your work, collaborations, and community-focused initiatives. We might even feature you here in the future!

Spring 2023 Newsletter Featured Department: ASG III and departmental support staff wearing purple for International Women's Day

All Around UTMB Surgery

Invited Speakers

  • Vincent Conti Lecture Series

    February 8, 2023, 10:46 AM by UTMB Surgery

    The Vincent Conti, MD Lectureship started in 2017 and was joined with two other lectureships within the Department of Surgery, namely the William J. Mileski, MD, Lectureship, and Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, FRCSEd (hon) Lectureship.


UTMB Resident, SOM Student Awarded at Joint ACS Meeting

Mar 13, 2023, 10:43 AM by UTMB Surgery

Jana DeJesus, MD and Chris Soudah were awarded Best Paper and E-Poster Session at the North & South Texas Chapters American College of Surgeons meeting. Dr. DeJesus’ paper is titled: “The Safir Houston Model: Comprehensive Local Surveillance to Identify Vulnerable Populations and Risk Factors for Pediatric Firearm Injury Prevention.” Mr. Soudah’s poster is titled: “Effects of One-Year History of Anemia on Burn Surgery Outcomes in Elderly Populations.” 


A message from Mr. Soudah: 

"This was an amazing opportunity to showcase my research at this conference, and I’m incredibly honored to have received this award. I’d like to thank Dr. Wolf, Dr. Golovko, Dr. El Ayadi, and Dr. Song for their help on this presentation, and their continued support!” 


A message from Dr. DeJesus: 

“I’d like to thank Dr. Naik-Mathuria for her guidance and my colleagues for their hard work on this paper. Pediatric firearm injuries are a growing, multifactorial problem. Unfortunately, studies often do not capture the entire spectrum of nonfatal and fatal injuries. The SAFIR Model (Surveillance to Assess for Firearm Injury and Risks) pooled data from multiple sources (trauma centers, medical examiner records, and police reports) to create a comprehensive understanding of pediatric firearm injuries in Harris County. The results from this study provide a county-level view of pediatric firearm injuries, risk factors, and prevention strategies.” 


Congratulations, Dr. Jana DeJesus and Chris Soudah! 

Honors & Awards