Announcing the Winners of the 29th Annual Department of Surgery Research Conference

The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the winners of the 29th Annual Department of Surgery Research Conference held Thursday, May 2, 2024. We received a record number of exceptional abstract submissions this year, reflecting a broad collection of basic/translational, clinical, health services and surgical education research topics. Each presentation was scored, and winners selected based on the quality of the science, novelty and diversity of the topic. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners!

Oral Presentation Winners

First Place

Trabectedin Enhances IL-12 Anti-tumor Immunity in Triple-negative Breast Cancer
Emily Shwarz, BS
Faculty Advisor: William E. Carson III, MD

Second Place

Missed Diagnosis of Pediatric Appendicitis in Non-Tertiary Care Facilities: An Opportunity for Intervention?
Shruthi Srinivas, MD
Faculty Advisor: Gail E. Besner, MD

Third Place

Brown adipose tissue’s regulation of systemic metabolism as a response to pathologically stressed hearts 
Natasha M. James, BS
Faculty Advisor: Kristin I. Stanford, PhD



Judged Poster Presentation Winners

First Place

Cleanliness Matters Most: Assessing Patient-Reported Experience in Pediatric Colorectal Disease 
Shruthi Srinivas, MD
Faculty Advisor: Richard J. Wood, MD

Second Place

Th1 CD4+ T cells enhance the development and expansion of alloprimed antibody-suppressor CXCR5+CD8+ T cells
Madison Hart, BS
Faculty Advisor: Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD

Third Place (tie)

A Novel Porcine Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Model Reveals Persistently Elevated Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity in Aneurysmal Tissues 
Jordan Stafford, MD
Faculty Advisor: Bryan W. Tillman, MD, PhD


Assessment of Compliance and Distensibility in Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts: In Vivo and Computational Fluid Hemodynamics Study 
Tatsuya Watanabe, MD, PhD
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Breuer, MD


Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Education & Training | Professor of Surgery, Comprehensive Transplant Center | Director, Ohio State Medical Scientist Training Program | Director, Department of Surgery Research Training Program

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) – Grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) a five-year $1.5 million grant to fund graduate student training in clinical and translational research.

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Welcome New Lab Member Hatem Aldhahi

Hatem Aldhahi, Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hatem is a first-year Biochemistry major at the Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences. He joined the Bumgardner Laboratory in August 2023. Hatem hopes to learn more about how immunology plays a role before, during, and after a surgery, and he is excited to contribute to the ongoing research in the lab.

Welcome Newest Lab Member Hope Uwase

Hope is a Research Associate. She graduated with her Master in Pathology from Case Western Reserve University in spring ’23. Through her academic and professional experience, she has come to appreciate the immune system, which is how she developed a passion for Immunology and all its untapped potential for therapeutic novelty, that is less invasive and improves patient outcome. She is excited to be joining Bumgardner lab this fall ’23 and looks forward to contributing to the lab’s ongoing efforts that aim to understand the role of alloprimed and viral-primed CD8+ T cells and B cells in patient outcomes, post-transplant

2023 OSU MSTP Retreat Surgeon Scientist Dr. Brandon Miller

Surgeon-Scientist Dr. Brandon Miller Invited Alumni Speaker at 2023 OSU MSTP Retreat

Dr. Ginny Bumgardner and Dr. Brandon Miller


Visiting Professor Speakers 2023 OSU MSTP Retreat

Dr. Wayne Yokoyama and Dr. Brandon Miller at dinner with OSU faculty Dr. Tamar Gur, Dr. Ginny Bumgardner, and Dr Gene Oltz