Faculty

Roxie M. Albrecht, MD, FACS, FCCM

Academic Appointments: Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair of Quality Improvement
Division Chief of General Surgery/Trauma Surgery/Critical Care
Medical Director of Trauma OU Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Clinical Interests: Emergency General Surgery, Complex Ventral Hernia Repair

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miami

Residency: General Surgery, Michigan State University-Butterworth Hospital/Grand Rapids

Medical Education: University of Iowa/Iowa City

Board Certification: General Surgery with special certificate in Surgical Critical Care

Research Interests: Post-Trauma Abdominal Wall Hernia, Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Management, Post Splenectomy Complications, Geriatric Trauma Resuscitation and Outcomes

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Besem Beteck, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests: Aortic Surgery

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Baylor ​University Medical Center/Dallas

Residency: General Surgery Residency, St Agnes Hospital/Baltimore

Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine/Indianapolis

Board ​​Certification: Vascular Surgery

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Scott Blair, DO

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Trauma Surgery

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, University of South Alabama/Mobile

Residency: General Surgery, University of South Alabama/Mobile

Medical Education: Doctor of Osteopathy, University of Washington/Seattle

Board Certification: Surgical Critical Care

Kristina K. Booth, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Clinical Focus: Colon and Rectal Surgery

Clinical Interests: Robotic Colon Surgery, Colon Cancer, Rectal Prolapse, Anorectal Problems

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Texas Health Presbyterian, UT Southwestern/Dallas

Residency: University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery

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Harold Burkhart, MD

Academic Appointments: Professor of Surgery 
Division Chief of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Clinical Interests: Neonatal Heart Surgery, Complex Single Ventricle Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Regenerative Myocardial Cellular Therapy

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Professional Education:
Fellowships: 
Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children/Toronto, Canada
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic/Rochester, Minn.

Residency: General Surgery, Indiana University/Indianapolis 

Medical Education: East Tennessee State University College of Medicine/Johnson City

Board Certifications: General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery

Research Interests:
Cellular Therapy for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Ross Procedure, Resident Education and Simulation

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​Steven N. Carter, MD

Academic Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Colon and Rectal Surgery

Clinical Interests: Rectal Cancer, Anorectal Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Professional Education:
Fellowships: Colon and Rectal Residency, Baylor University Medical Center/Dallas

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City 

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City

Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery; American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Amanda Celii, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Clinical Interests: Surgical Stabilization of Rib Fractures, Ventral Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Resuscitation Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta, Feeding Access

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Trauma/Critical Care: Emory University Hospital/Atlanta

Residency: Allegheny General Hospital/Pittsburgh

Medical Education: Jefferson Medical College/Philadelphia

Board ​Certification: ​General Surgery, ​Surgical Critical Care

​Research Interests: Surgical Stabilization of Rib Fractures, Traumatic Brain Injury, Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury, Feeding Access and Nutrition

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Juan C. Claros-Sorto, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Surgical Oncology, Breast Cancer

Clinical Interests: Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Breast

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Breast Surgical Oncology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center/Lubbock

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: Meharray Medical College/Nashville

Board ​Certification: ​American Board of Surgery

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Alisa Cross, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director of Fourth Year Surgical Clerkship

Clinical Focus: Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Clinical Interests: Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Trauma/Critical Care, Emory University/Atlanta

Residency: Emory University/Atlanta

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma ​College of Medicine/Oklahoma City

Board Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

​Research Interests: Surgical Education and Simulation, Healthcare Disparity in Emergency General Surgery, Trauma Quality Improvement

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Gozde Demiralp, MD

Academic Appointments: Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Cardiac Intensive Care

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Vanderbilt Medical Center/Nashville

Residency: Anesthesiology Residency, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center/Lubbock

Medical Education: Ankara University School of Medicine/Ankara, Turkey

Board Certification: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine

William C. Dooley, MD

Academic Appointments: Tenured Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Surgical Oncology, Innovative Therapies Coordinating Multiple Disciplines and New Approaches

Clinical Interests: Breast Cancer, Sarcoma, Melanoma, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Sarcomatosis

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology, Oxford University/England

Residency: General Surgery, The John Hopkins University/Baltimore

Medical Education: Vanderbilt School of Medicine/Nashville

Board Certification: General Surgery

Research Interests: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Survivorship in Breast Cancer, Treatment Innovations in Complex and Advanced and Secondary Malignancies

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Gary D. Dunn, MD

Academic Appointments: Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Colon and Rectal Surgery

Clinical Interests: Rectal Cancer, Complex Anorectal Disease

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center/Shreveport

Residency: General Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center/Shreveport

Medical Education: New York Medical College/NY

Board Certification: Colon and Rectal Surgery, General Surgery

Research Interests: Rectal Cancer, Surgical Oncology

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Barish H. Edil, MD, FACS

Academic Appointments: Tenured Professor of Surgery
The John A. Schilling Chair of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Clinical Interests: Pancreas, Bile Duct, Liver, Stomach, Adrenal, Sarcoma, Cancer Surgery

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Research Fellowship, University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City
Surgical Oncology, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Baltimore

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine/Madison

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery

​Research Interests: ​Vaccine Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

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Christian A. El Amm, MD

Academic Appointments: Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Craniofacial Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Microsurgery

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Craniofacial Surgery, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin/Milwaukee

Residency: General Surgery, ​American University of Beirut/Lebanon

Medical Education: American University of Beirut/Lebanon

Board ​Eligibility: Plastic ​Surgery

Laura E. Fischer, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical Director, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

Clinical Focus: Bariatric Surgery, Advanced GI Minimally Invasive Surgery

Clinical Interests: Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Benign & Malignant Diseases of the Esophagus and Stomach – Cancer, Acid Reflux, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Barrett’s Esophagus, Achalasia, Ulcer Disease, Tumors of the Pancreatic Body & Tail, Diseases of the Biliary Tract, Solid Organ Resection – Adrenalectomy, Splenectomy, Abdominal Wall Hernias – Ventral, Umbilical, Inguinal, Femoral

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University/Portland

Residency: General Surgery Residency Program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/Madison

Internship: General Surgery Residency Program, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics/Madison

Medical Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery

Research Interests: Cancer & Obesity, Bariatric Surgery Outcomes, Metabolic Changes After Bariatric Surgery

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Joshua Gierman, MD, FACS, RPVI

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Section Chief of Vascular Surgery
Staff Surgeon, VA Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests: Treatment of Aneurysms, Treatment of Extracranial Cerebral Vascular Disease, Thoracic Outlet Disease, Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease, Treatment of Arterial-Venous Malformations, Dialysis Access Vascular Trauma

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center/Dallas

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: Louisiana State University School of Medicine/New Orleans

Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery – General Surgery, American Board of Surgery – Vascular Surgery

​Research Interests: Treatment of AAA, Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Surgery

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Lacy E. Harville III, MD, FACS

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease, Aortic Surgery, Surgical Ablative Surgery, Quality Metrics in Cardiac Surgery

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center/San Antonio

Residency: General Surgery Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center/San Antonio

Medical Education: University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences/Memphis

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Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Research Interests: Cardiac Anatomy/Education, Quality Metrics in Cardiac Surgery, Arrhythmia Surgery, Structural Heart and Aortic Surgery

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Ajay Jain, MD, FACS

Academic Appointments: Professor of Surgery
Division Chief of Surgical Oncology

Clinical Focus: Surgical Oncology, Robotic Surgery, Surgical Management of Malignant and Benign Diseases of the Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder, Bile Duct and Stomach

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Research Fellow in Immuniology and Oncology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Baltimore
Surgical Oncology Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Baltimore

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Residency: General Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Baltimore 
Royal College of Surgeons/Dublin, Ireland

Medical Education: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Baltimore

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery

Research Interests: Immunology, Oncology

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Jeremy Johnson, MD, FACS

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Co-Director, Third Year Surgical Clerkship

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Surgery

Clinical Interests: Neonatal Surgery, ECMO, Pediatric Trauma, Pediatric Oncology

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery Fellow, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/Oklahoma City

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine/Oklahoma City

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Board Certification: Pediatric Surgery

Research Interests: Pediatric Trauma – Injury Prevention and Outcomes, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Intestinal Adhesive Disease After Abdominal Surgery

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Anil K Kashyap, MD, DDS, MSc

Academic Appointment: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Breast Reconstruction

Clinical Interests: Cutaneous Cancer Reconstruction, Trauma, Wound Care, Head and Neck Reconstruction

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Reconstructive Microsurgery, The Johns Hopkins University/Baltimore

Residency:
Oral and Maxillofacial, University of Maryland Medical System Hospital/Baltimore
General Surgery, University of Maryland Medical System Hospital/Baltimore

Medical Education:
MD, Baltimore School of Medicine/Baltimore
DDS, New York University College of Dentistry/New York

Board ​Eligible: Plastic Surgery

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Ryan Kennedy, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Clinical Interests: Resuscitation Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta, Surgical Stabilization of Rib Fractures, Advanced Mechanical Ventilation and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, UT-Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland

Residency: General Surgery, University of South Alabama Medical Center/Mobile

Medical Education: Ross University School of Medicine/Miramar, FL

Board Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Research Interests: Resuscitation and Blood Product Transfusion, Coagulopathy, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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Jason S. Lees, MD

Academic Appointments: Tenured Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
Residency Program Director 

Clinical Focus: Acute Care Surgery

Clinical Interests: Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Chest Trauma

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miami

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma Department of Surgery/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Board Certifications: Surgery, Critical Care

Research Interests: Medical Education, Trauma Outcomes

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Philip Cameron Mantor, MD

Academic Appointments: Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair of Operations
Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Chief Medical Officer – The Children’s Hospital

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Surgery and Resident Education

Clinical Interests: General Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: ​University of Oklahoma College of Medicine/Oklahoma City

Residency: University of Oklahoma ​College of Medicine/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Texas Medical Branch

Board Certifications: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Pediatric Surgery

Research Interests: Abdominal Wall Defects, Congenital Anomalies

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Suhair Maqusi, MD

Academic Appointments: As​sociate Professor ​of Surgery
Residency Program Director-Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Clinical Focus: Cosmetic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery

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Clinical Interests: Facial Aesthetic Surgery (Rhinoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Facelift, Brow Lift, Ear Pinning), Body Contouring After Weight Loss Surgery, Mommy Makeovers, Breast Surgery (Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction), Abdominoplasty, Liposuction, Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation, Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Removal, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Hand Surgery (Nerve Decompressions, Nerve Injury, Tendon Injury, Bone Fractures, Congenital Hand Deformity, Etc.)

Professional Education:
Fellowship: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Illinois/Chicago)
Hand and Microsurgery, Kleinert and Kutz Institute, Louisville

Residency: General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital/Detroit

Medical Education: Texas Tech University/Lubbock

Board Certifications: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery

Research Interests: Breast Surgery, Pain Management After Breast Reconstruction, Hand Surgery

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Katherine T. Morris, MD, FACS

Academic Appointments: Vice Chair of Academic and Research Advancement, Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Oncologic Surgery

Clinical Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Metastatic Colorectal Cancer, Biliary Cancer

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology with Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Focus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/New York
Research Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University/Portland

Residency: General Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University/Portland

Medical Education: Oregon Health and Science University/Portland

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery 2004, Recertified 2013

Research Interests: Tumor Immune Microenvironment Colorectal Cancer, Mechanisms and Predictors of Metastasis Colorectal Cancer, Sex Differences in Gastrointestinal Cancer Progression and Response to Therapy

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Ciaran M. O'Hare, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Staff Surgeon – VA Medical Center

Professional Education: 
Fellowship: Surgical Registrar, Royal College of Surgeons/Ireland

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University College/Dublin, Ireland

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery

Nikola K. Puffinbarger, MD

Academic Appointments: Associate Professor of Surgery

Professional Education:

Fellowship: Pediatric, Babies and Children’s Hospital of New York-Columbia University

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine/Oklahoma City

Board Certification: Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

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Alexander R. Raines, MD, FACS

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director of Robotic Surgery
Co-Director of Surgical Clerkship
Residency Program Site Director – OU Edmond
Director of Career Advising

Clinical Focus: General Surgery

Clinical Interests: Gallbladder Diseases,  Groin Hernias, Abdominal Wall Hernias, Diverticulitis, Soft Tissue Masses, Robotic/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Emergency General Surgery, Robot Surgery Education

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Professional Education:
Residency: General Surgery, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery – General Surgery

Research Interests: Clinical Outcomes: Robotics, General Surgery, Trauma, Medical/Surgical Education

Achievements:
Board Certified General Surgeon (American Board of Surgery), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Teaching Scholars, Faculty Member Southwestern Surgical Congress, Member Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Member Association for Surgical Education, Member American Hernia Society

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J. Matthew Reinersman, MD

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: General Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Clinical Interests: Robotic/​VATS Lobectomy for Lung Cancer, Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer, ​LINX Reflux Management System for ​GERD, Pulmonary Metastasectomy, Uniportal VATS, Benign Esophageal Disorders

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Professional Education:

Fellowship: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic/Rochester

Research Fellowship in Thoracic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/New York City

Residency: General Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington, D.C.

Medical Education: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine/Springfield, Ill.

Board Certifications: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Research Interests: Preoperative Risk Stratification, Early Detection of Lung Cancer in Pulmonary Nodules, Minimally Invasive Approaches to Thoracic Oncology, Molecular Characteristics of Lung Cancer

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Alejandro R. Ruiz-Elizalde, MD, FACS, FAAP

Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Surgery

Clinical Interests: Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO), Treatment of Diaphragmatic Hernia, Treatment of Congenital Diseases of the Biliary Tract and Childhood Tumors

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Professional Education:

Fellowship:Two-Year Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery, University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma City
ECMO Research Fellowship, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/New York

Residency: General Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University/New York

Medical Education: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine/Springfield, Ill.

Board Certification: Pediatric Surgery

Research Interests: Effect of Chemotherapy Agents on Intestinal Motility and the Enteric Nervous System

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Quratulain (Anna) Sabih, MD

Academic Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Staff Surgeon – VA Medical Center

Professional Education:
Residency:
General Surgery, University of New Mexico School of Medicine/Albuquerque
General Surgery, University of Tennessee Medical Center/Knoxville

Medical Education: Nishtar Medical College/Multan Pakistan

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery-General

Teresa Shavney, MD

Academic Appointments: Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Surgery, General Surgery, Breast Cancer

Professional Education:
Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Oklahoma School of Medicine/Oklahoma City

Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery

Ronald A Squires, MD

Academic Appointments: Tenured Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Breast

Professional Education:
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health Research Scholar, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation/Oklahoma City

Residency: General Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center/Oklahoma City

Medical Education: University of Missouri – Kansas City

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, 1995-2025

Jess L Thompson III, MD, MSc

Academic Appointments: Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Congenital Heart Surgery

Clinical Interests: Complex Neonatal Heart Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery

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Professional Education:
Fellowship: Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital/Houston

Residency:
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic/Rochester
General Surgery, Mayo Clinic/Rochester

Medical Education:
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine/Los Angeles
Master's Degree in Clinical Research, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education/Rochester

Board Certifications: General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery

Research Interests: Effects of Congenital Heart Surgery on Family Dynamics, Molecular Biomarkers of Congenital Heart Surgery

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Luis Daniel Velazco Dávila, MD

Academic Appointment: Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus: Adult Cardiac Surgery

Clinical Interests: Coronary Artery Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, TAVR, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Disease of the Aorta, Arrhythmia Surgery

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Professional Education:

Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University/Richmond

Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine/Indianapolis

Medical Education: Universidad Centro Occidental Lisandro Alvarado/Venezuela

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Research Interests: Outcome Research, Quality and Improvement

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