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Division Highlights from Dr. Ram Nirula - July 2022

USTARS Under-Represented Minorities in Surgery Mentorship Program Huge Success!


With the support of the University, Dr. Elliot Asare (surgical oncology) assembled a fantastic team of educators and created an outstanding educational program for medical students from under-represented minorities to come from across the country to spend 6 weeks with us learning about surgery. This mentorship program is designed to give these students exposure to the great career opportunities and excitement that lead us into surgery as well as creating mentor-mentee relationships for these students to serve them throughout their future. Eventually this program will be extended to undergraduate and graduate students. Truly outstanding initiative Dr. Asare and team!

Dr. Laura Lambert Receives Distinguished Surgeon Educator Award

Congratulations Dr. Lambert!

L. Lambert, MD prof headshot

With her determination and focus on building one of the strongest general surgery residency programs in the country it is no surprise that Dr. Lambert was awarded the honor of the Dr. Clark Lowe Rich education in surgery award.

About Dr. Clark Lowe Rich:

Dr. Clark Lowe Rich was educated in Ogden and at the University of Utah. He attended Harvard Medical School, completed his internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and returned to Ogden, Utah, to practice. Dr. Rich was a co‑founder and the first president of the Ogden Surgical Medical Society, and served as Chief of Staff at the Dee Hospital and St. Benedicts Hospital. He was a gifted diagnostician and surgeon with unusual insight and caring demeanor. Quite an honor Dr. Lambert – congratulations!

Comprehensive Weight Management Receives Outstanding Reviews and Full Accreditation Under Dr. Eric Volckmann’s Leadership

Eric Volckmann weight management

This program started a decade ago and has been rigorous in its multidisciplinary approach. Our surgical outcomes in bariatrics are the envy of the Intermountain West and the quality of the program is evidenced by the program’s glowing review and full accreditation.  Congratulations Drs. Volckmann, Ibele, Morrow, Chen and the entire wright management team!

Dr. Marta McCrum (acute care surgery) and Dr. Lyen Huang (colorectal surgery) Present at AcademyHealth Conference in Washington, DC


Marta McCrum Presenting at AcademyHealth

Dr. McCrum presented her work entitled “Disparities in Access to Emergency Surgical Services in the United States: The Case for Comprehensive Geospatial Metrics” at this year’s AcademyHealth Scientific Meeting. AcademyHealth is advancing the fields of health services research and health policy through the transfer of relevant information across the research and policy arenas. Dr. McCrum’s work identifies the continued barriers to access for  emergency surgical  services highlighting the need for an organized system for care delivery. Excellent work Dr. McCrum!

Lyen Huang presenting at AcademyHealth

Also presenting at this meeting was Dr. Lyen Huang who discussed his paper entitled, “Promoting disposal of prescription opioids after surgery: evaluating a health system-wide intervention using RE-AIM”. This is just one of several studies Dr. Huang has done in an effort to reduce unnecessary narcotic use/abuse within a health care system to benefit our patients. Tremendous work Dr. Huang!

Ed Nelson Research Resident Fund/Resident Career Development Program

At the PGY 3 level our residents have the option to spend 1 or 2 years developing a skillset that will serve them in their future career pursuits. Most commonly this takes the form of time spent in research that can be in basic science, clinical, health services or global surgery. In recent years, additional options have included surgical education research, curriculum development as well as a rural surgery rotation. Your support for these initiatives will help residents gain important skills in research, education or working with vulnerable populations.

Burn/Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowships

alex colonna acute care fellowship graduation

This year we had over 80 fellow applicants for our fellowship spots which is a new high for our program. The quality of the applicants continues to be amazing. Our new acute care surgery and burn fellowships are thriving under the leadership of Dr.’s Colonna and Lewis.

Your support for these fellowships will aid in the expansion of curriculum opportunities such as point of care ultrasound, research training, quality improvement projects and global surgery opportunities. If you are interested in supporting our Fellowship programs, please contact Kate Throneburg, Director of Advancment.