As a part of the AAS Fall Courses for this year, we are pleased to announce the recipients of two new awards – the AAS Plastic Surgery Young Investigator Award, and the AAS Urology Young Investigator Award. These awards are designed to promote opportunities that may benefit the urology and plastic surgery research communities, and to engage these sub specialties with the AAS. The award includes complimentary registration to both the Fall Courses taking place October 15, 2016 in Washington DC and the 2017 Academic Surgical Congress taking place February 7-9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The four recipients of these awards for 2016 are:
The AAS Urology Young Investigator Award winners:
Lindsey Herrel is a urologic oncology and health services research fellow at the University of Michigan. Her primary areas of research interest include understanding the impact of payment reform for safety net hospitals and anticipating the impact of accountable care organizations and bundled payments. Clinically, she focuses on care for patients with advanced bladder and kidney cancers.
Kathleen Kieran is a board certified pediatric urologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of urology at the University of Washington. Her clinical interests include general and prenatal urology and her research interests include health care disparities, impact of public health initiatives on pediatric urologic health, and teaching and optimizing communication skills in surgeons. She is a member of numerous local, regional, and national societies, including the American Urological Association, Society for Pediatric Urology, and Society for Fetal Urology. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Executive Board of the Society for Women in Urology, and the Urinary Late Effects Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group.
The AAS Plastic Surgery Young Investigator Award winners:
John Fischer is a plastic surgeon in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. His practice focuses on both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery with a special interest in abdominal wall and hernia repair, breast reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery of the trunk and breasts. In addition to focusing on clinical and patient care, Dr. Fischer is engaged in patient-centered outcomes and health services research, overseeing the Clinic Research Program within the Division of Plastic Surgery.
Benjamin Levi is a Burn, Reconstructive and Critical Care Surgeon Scientist in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Levi directs the Burn/Wound and Regenerative Medicine laboratory which studies the role of burn and extremity trauma on inflammation and stem cell differentiation. Specifically, they work on improving diagnostic and treatment strategies to enhance functional outcomes of combat casualties and civilian trauma patients.