Investigators

The UI Department of Surgery has active laboratory investigations in surgical oncology, pediatric surgery and gastrointestinal surgery with National Institutes of Health-funded bench research. There are active clinical research projects in all of the Surgical Divisions. Members of the department have established collaborative investigations with other faculty members throughout the Carver College of Medicine and the core research centers at the University of Iowa. Information about research in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery can be found here.

Carlos HF Chan, MD, PhD, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

            Biomarker discovery for gastrointestinal and pancreatic malignancies

            Clinical outcome research on gastrointestinal and pancreatic malignancies

            Basic science and translational cancer research in the following areas:
                        - Immunologic consequences of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
                        - Role of cell adhesion and post-operative infection in cancer metastasis
                        - Metabolic derangement in cancer metastasis

Wei Chen, MD, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

            Supermicrosurgical techniques, vascularized lymph node transfer, lymphaticoveno-anastomosis in treatment of refractory lymphedema. 

            Near-infrared laser-assisted indocyanine green imaging in microsurgery. 

            Virtual surgery and stereolithographic modeling in reconstruction of complex facial trauma. 

            Perforator-based free-style free flap and pedicle flap. 

Kent Choi, MD, Division of Acute Care Surgery

            Studies obesity in trauma care, epidemiology of trauma injury prevention, surgical 
            infections, and steroid usage in critical care.

John Cromwell, MD, Division of Gastrointestinal, Minimally-Invasive, and Bariatric Surgery

            Conducts clinical research related to complex systems.

Joseph Cullen, MD, Division of Gastrointestinal, Minimally-Invasive, and Bariatric Surgery

            Studies treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Hisakazu Hoshi, MD, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

            Conducts clinical research for colorectal cancer liver metastasis.

James Howe, MD, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

            Studies the genetic basis of Juvenile Polyposis.

Daniel Katz, MD, Division of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery

            Conducts clinical trials related to immunosuppression, renal transplantation, and liver 
            transplantation.

Timothy F. Kresowik, MD, Division of Vascular Surgery

            Studies physician and hospital performance measures. 

Geeta Lal, MD, MSC, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery
            Studies genetic markers that can be used in diagnosing and in predicting prognosis of 
            thyroid cancer and other endocrine malignancies.

            Geeta Lal Surgical Oncology Laboratory

Isaac Samuel, MD, Division of Gastrointestinal, Minimally-Invasive, and Bariatric Surgery

            Studies the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis with a view to implement new
            treatment modalities.

Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

            Studies the interaction of pregnancy and breast cancer.

            Advisory to NASA for health care issues related to long duration missions beyond Earth 
            orbit thorough the Institute of Medicine

Mel Sharafuddin, MD, Division of Vascular Surgery

            Conducts clinical research to study Post-Thrombotic Syndrome in patients with 
            proximal deep vein thrombosis.

Joel Shilyansky, MD, Division of Pediatric Surgery

            Studies immune response in pediatric cancer patients.

Dionne Skeete, MD, Division of Acute Care Surgery

            Studies trauma care delivery and surgical critical care.

Ronald Weigel, MD, PhD, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

            Studies the mechanisms of hormone response in breast cancer.

Lucy Wibbenmeyer, MD, Division of Acute Care Surgery

            Conducts clinical research in burn treatment.