Spotlight on the SUS 2016-2017 Junior Faculty Research Scholar Award

Sponsored by an educational grant from the SUS Foundation


Ankit Bharat MD

Ankit Bharat, MD
Mentor: Scott Budinger, MD
Sponsor: Nathaniel Soper, MD


Dr. Bharat received his training at Christian Medical College in India following which he joined Washington University in St Louis to purse a post-doctoral research fellowship in transplant and tumor immunology. During the three year research fellowship, he was fortunate to be mentored by world class investigators and developed a keen interest in lung biology and transplantation. He subsequently completed general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Washington University. He then joined Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in July 2013 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Surgery. With institutional support and strong mentorship, he started both a clinical and research program in lung transplantation. He currently also hold the position of the Director of Clinical Lung Transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His clinical practice focuses on patients with complex thoracic diseases and providing advanced therapies such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and lung transplantation to those with end-stage lung failure. His basic laboratory investigates mechanisms of lung allograft rejection as well as lung repair following injury. He is currently supported by a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award from National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a Biomedical Grant from the American Lung Association and Gibbon Scholarship from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

The proposal for the SUS award will focus on identifying the role of lung-tissue restricted autoimmunity in the development of lung allograft rejection. My mentor for this proposal is Dr. Scott Budinger who is a Professor of Pulmonary and a successful clinician scientist. He is well published and has received numerous grants from both NIH and the Department of Defense. Additionally, he has a long-track record of mentoring aspiring clinician-scientists. Upon completion of this work, we hope to validate the practice of monitoring and treating lung transplant recipients for lung-tissue specific autoimmunity in order to improve lung
transplant outcomes.



Spotlight on the SUS 2016 - 2017 Resident Scholar Awards 

Sponsored by an educational grant from the SUS Foundation 


Alessandra Moore MDAlessandra Moore, MD
Sponsor and Mentor: Michael Longaker, MD

M2 Macrophage Enrichment Enhances Cutaneous Wound Healing Via Recruitment of Angiogenic Precursor Cells


Dr. Moore’s medical education began at Hobart and William Smith Colleges with in depth teaching in cellular biology, evolution, chemistry, physics, and physiology. After college, she joined the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital working under Dr. Mehmet Toner and Dr. Sunitha Nagrath and training in a variety of techniques including microfluidic device design and fabrication. She was accepted to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2010 and was awarded the Clinical and Translational Research Scholarship. She subsequently matched into the Brigham and Women’s Hospital General Surgery Residency where she recently completed her second year of residency. Based on her prior experience, she decided to pursue bioengineering as her research focus and is very excited to be working as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University under Dr. Michael Longaker. The awarded project focuses on the use of macrophages to speed and improve wound healing by enhancing angiogenesis, a technique that will be directly applicable to the surgical patient population.



Sponsored by an educational grant from KARL STORZ


Dani Gonzalez MDDani Odette Gonzalez, MD
Sponsor: Benedict C. Nwomeh, MD, MPH
Mentor: Katherine J. Deans, MD, MHSc

Project: Engaging Families Through Shared Knowledge: a Randomized Controlled Trial of Open Access to a Rapid Learning Healthcare System (RLHS)

Dr. Dani Gonzalez completed medical school at the Howard University College of Medicine, where she developed an interest in health services and outcomes research. This interest persisted throughout her surgical residency at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After her third year of surgical residency, she applied for a two-year Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she works in the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research with Drs. Katherine Deans and Peter Minneci. Dr. Gonzalez’s project for the Society of University Surgeons – Karl Storz Resident Research Scholar Award is “Engaging Families Through Shared Knowledge: a Randomized Controlled Trial of Open Access to a Rapid Learning Healthcare System (RLHS)”. The aim of the study is to assess whether providing patients and families access to RLHS data improves patient-centered outcomes in children with complex colorectal diseases.