Fellows & Residents Notes – June 2014

Sarah Brant, M.D. a surgery resident and postdoctoral research fellow at UT Southwestern, won the annual Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract and Case Presentation Competition at the Texas Transplantation Society’s 26th anniversary meeting. Dr. Brant is a fellow in the Department of Surgery, studying cardiac metabolism, preservation, and transplantation under a National Institutes of Health T32 training grant. Her winning abstract was titled, “Characterizing the Agonal Phase of Non-Heart Beating Donor in Canines – Implications for Utilization of DCD Hearts for Transplantation.” The abstracts and case presentations were combined and voted on by the meeting attendees. The Society is a professional association founded in 1987 to facilitate transplantation within the state. With membership nearing 300, its mission is to advance transplantation and organ donation in Texas through education and advocacy with a unified and authoritative voice. The Trinkle-Banowksy competition is named for two of the society’s founding members, Drs. J. Kent Trinkle and Lynn Banowsky, and awards a $500 cash prize, plus travel stipend for the annual meeting. Dr. Brant earned her medical degree in 2009 at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She trained as a general surgery resident for three years at UT Southwestern before being selected for her fellowship in 2012. Dr. Brant will return to her clinical residency this summer.

Kathryn Grande, M.D., has joined the Metro OBGYN staff in Hudson, Wisconsin. Dr. Grande earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her residency at UT Southwestern.

Kelly Schmidt, M.D., has joined Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Schmidt, who completed her neurological surgery residency at UT Southwestern, will focus on adult and pediatric neurosurgery at the Institute.

Christopher Maroules, M.D., has received a $30,000 grant from the RSNA Research & Education Foundation. Dr. Maroules, a fourth-year resident in radiology at UT Southwestern, is one of only a few non-faculty awardees from among a record 264 applicants this year. Dr. Maroules’ research proposal is titled “Quantification of Volumetric Pulmonary Perfusion Using 3D Arterial Spin Labeled Perfusion MRI: Feasibility and Evaluation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.” Pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening condition characterized by the progressive loss of lung tissue perfusion. His investigation, which will be mentored by Dr. Ron Peshock, Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine, aims to develop a novel MRI technique for quantifying lung perfusion that doesn't require injection of intravenous contrast. If successful, this technique may be a useful prognostic marker for patients with pulmonary hypertension, and for monitoring disease progression. The Foundation’s grant applications are peer-reviewed by study sections modeled on those used by the National Institutes of Health. The reviewers’ overall impact scores, as well as their considered assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved, are included in the selection process.

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