Each year the AAS Publications Committee reviews hundreds of manuscripts submitted to be considered for presentation at the Academic Surgical Congress. The review work is detailed and very time consuming – we are grateful for the tremendous amount of work our committee members accomplish, and it is with great pleasure that we present and congratulate our 2020 AAS Publications Committee Reviewers of the Year:
Caroline E. Reinke, MD MSPH MSHP FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She is an MIS-trained general surgeon with an elective and emergency general surgery practice. She is also a surgical outcomes researcher, with interests in surgical quality improvement and pragmatic clinical trials focused on delivery of care. Dr. Reinke leads the Atrium Health NSQIP Collaborative and is the Surgical Quality Officer for three hospitals in Atrium Health Central Division. She received the ACS Franklin H. Martin Faculty Research Fellowship and the Gordon P. Buzby Award for leadership and the Jonathan E. Rhoads Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery. She earned her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Duke University, her master’s degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina, and her master’s degree in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her MIS Fellowship at Duke University.
Lesly A. Dossett, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and a health services researcher at the University of Michigan. She is a surgical oncologist with a clinical practice focusing on sarcoma, melanoma, and breast cancer. Dr. Dossett’s academic focus is on health care delivery and the de-implementation of low-value care. Her work is currently funded by a K08 Career Development Award through Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. At Michigan, she is the Vice-Chair for Faculty Life in the Department of Surgery and the Co-Director of the Michigan Program for Value Enhancement (MPrOVE). She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of multiple professional societies. She is an active member of the Association for Academic Surgery and currently serves on the Leadership and Publications Committees.
2020 Publications Committee Reviewer Excellence Award Recipients
Hop S. Tran Cao, MD FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery, in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical focus is the treatment of primary and secondary hepatobiliary malignancies, with a particular interest and expertise in the application of minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy and robotic surgery). He is dedicated to the holistic and comprehensive care of patients with HPB cancers, engaging actively in multidisciplinary tumor boards and conducting research on the interaction of modifiable patient factors, treatment modalities and techniques, and oncologic and quality of life outcomes. His translational research interests include fluorescence-guided surgery and molecular profiling of tumors to predict treatment response.
Dr. Daniel I. Chu MD MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His practice specializes in the spectrum of colorectal disease including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, and anorectal disorders. His NIH-funded research interests focus on identifying, understanding, and reducing health disparities in surgery with particular attention to health literacy.
Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD MPH is an Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She attended medical school, obtained her Master of Public Health degree, and completed General Surgery residency at Vanderbilt University. She then completed her fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplantation and HPB Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Dageforde is involved in health services research, specifically in patient outcomes following liver transplantation. When not reviewing articles for JSR, she loves to be outdoors running and hiking with her husband and dog.
Seth D. Goldstein, MD MPhil is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Following undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering and industry experience at Johnson & Johnson, he was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate engineering work at the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, he completed medical school, general surgery residency, and pediatric surgery fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His academic endeavors include the application of innovative technologies to pediatric surgical conditions. In his clinical practice, he treats newborns, infants, and children with a wide range of conditions, including both congenital and acquired diseases.
Dr. Lindsay Kuo, MD MBA FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is a high-volume endocrine surgeon whose clinical practice focuses on benign and malignant thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease. Dr. Kuo’s research interest lies in practical ways to reduce costs and improve patient care, as well as surgical leadership development and workforce disparities. Dr. Kuo earned her bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her general surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she also obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business. She then went on to an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.