Celebrating Scholarship

Celebrating Scholarship highlights the various academic accomplishments of our residents and fellows at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. This includes publications, research, presentations, awards, funded research, kaizen kudos, and highlighting our current scholars. Content is updated on a bi-monthly basis by our Research & Academics Department.


2021 Featured News

November 2021
 

Congratulations, Radiology Residents!

Johnathan Righetti, MDJohnathan Righetti, MD
Shane Morrison, MDShane Morrison, MD

Dr. Johnathan Righetti and Dr. Shane Morrison, Radiology residents, along with attending MDs, Dr. Mehran Fotoohi and Dr. Richard Kozarek, published "Is Percutaneous Radiologic Gastrostomy Safer Than Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy" in American Journal of Interventional Radiology.

Kudos to the partnership between residents and attending MDs across different disciplines on this publication!

 

 
 


Presenting at the NPSA Annual Meeting

Dr. Alex Charboneau, General Surgery resident, is presenting “Minimally Invasive Approach to Emergent Colorectal Surgery in Aging Adults" at the North Pacific Surgical Association Annual Meeting on Nov. 12–13, 2021.

Alex Charboneau, MDAlex Charboneau, MD


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New Publication in Colorectal Disease

Dr. Christina Weed, General Surgery resident, published "Evaluating Variation in Enhanced Recovery for Colorectal Surgery: A Report from the Surgical Care Outcomes Assessment Program" in Colorectal Disease.

Read here: Evaluating Variation in Enhanced Recovery for Colorectal Surgery: A Report from the Surgical Care Outcomes Assessment Program

Christina Weed, MDChristina Weed, MD

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Presenting at SUO Annual Meeting and New Publication in Urology

Dr. Natasza Posielski, fellow in Urologic Oncology, is presenting “The Effect of Race on Treatment Patterns and Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Men Undergoing Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer” and “Impact of COVID-19 on Society of Urologic Oncology Fellowship Operative Volumes and Surgical Education” at the Society of Urologic Oncology 22nd Annual Meeting on Dec. 1–3, 2021.

Dr. Natasza Posielski also published "Impact of Age and Race on Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Localized Prostate Cancer" in Urology.

Thank you for contributing to this research!

Read here: Impact of Age and Race on Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Localized Prostate Cancer

Natasza Posielski, MDNatasza Posielski, MD

New Publication in Journal of Urology and Video Featured in Urology Times

Dr. Wai Lee and Dr. Pansy Uberoi, former fellows in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, published "The Evolving Story of Mesh Mid-Urethal Slings: The Surgeon’s Perspective" in Journal of Urology.

Read here: The Evolving Story of Mesh Mid-Urethal Slings: The Surgeon’s Perspective

Dr. Wai Lee, former fellow in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, discussed “The Evolving Story of Mesh Med-Urethal Slings: The Surgeon’s Perspective” on a video featured in Urology Times.

Thank you for sharing your expertise and for improving patient care!

Wai Lee, MDWai Lee, MD
Pansy Uberoi, MDPansy Uberoi, MD

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Former Fellows Publish in Surgical Endoscopy

Dr. Francesco Puccetti, Dr. Fredrik Klevebro, and Dr. Madhan Kuppusamy, past Ryan Hill Research Foundation Fellows, published "ERAS Guidelines-Driven Upper Gastrointestinal Contrast Study after Esophagectomy " in Surgical Endoscopy.

Read here: ERAS Guidelines-Driven Upper Gastrointestinal Contrast Study after Esophagectomy

Francesco Puccetti, MDFrancesco Puccetti, MD
Madhan Kuppusamy, MDMadhan Kuppusamy, MD

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Newly Published in Journal of Clinical and Translational Research

Dr. Navroop Nagra and Dr. Asma Siddique, graduates of Virginia Mason’s Hepatology Fellowship, published "Tagging Incidental Finding of Fatty Liver on Ultrasound: A Novel Intervention to Improve Early Detection of Liver Fibrosis” in VideoGIE.

Navroop Nagra, MDNavroop Nagra, MD
Asma Siddique, MDAsma Siddique, MD

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Presented at SAGES 2021 Annual Meeting

Dr. Caleb Barnhill, former General Surgery resident, presented “A Comparative Analysis of Video-Based Surgical Assessment: Is Evaluation of the Entire Critical Portion of the Operation Necessary?" at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons 2021 Annual Meeting on Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2021.

Caleb Barnhill, MDCaleb Barnhill, MD

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Presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of WTSA 2021

Shiwei Han, MDShiwei Han, MD

Dr. Shiwei Han, General Surgery resident, presented "The Impact of Initiation of ERAS Pathway in VATS and Robotic Lobectomy on Surgical Outcomes and Costs" at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association (WTSA) on September 30 – October 2, 2021.

 

 
 


Congratulations, Dr. Shivanand Bomman on THREE publications!

Huge congratulations to Dr. Shivanand Bomman, Endoscopy Research Fellow, for three new publications!

A case report on “Biliary Drainage with Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Choledochoenterostomy in a Patient with Duodenal Switch Anatomy” in ACG Case Reports Journal.

Read the case report: Biliary Drainage with Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Choledochoenterostomy in a Patient With Duodenal Switch Anatomy

“Economic Burden of Enhanced Practices of Duodenoscopes Reprocessing and Surveillance: Balancing Risk and Cost Containment” in Endoscopy International Open.

Read here: Economic Burden of Enhanced Practices of Duodenoscopes Reprocessing and Surveillance: Balancing Risk and Cost Containment

A manuscript accepted for publication on “Contamination Rates in Duodenoscopes Reprocessed Using Enhanced Surveillance and Reprocessing Techniques – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” in Clinical Endoscopy.

Shivanand Bomman, MDShivanand Bomman, MD


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New Publication in American Journal of Surgery

Dr. Celine Soriano and Dr. Ron Ron Cheng, General Surgery Residents, published "Feasibility of Injected Indocyanine Green for Ureteral Identification During Robotic Left-Sided Colorectal Resections" in American Journal of Surgery.

Read here: Feasibility of Injected Indocyanine Green for Ureteral Identification During Robotic Left-Sided Colorectal Resections

Celine Soriano, MDCeline Soriano, MD
Ron Ron Cheng, MDRon Ron Cheng, MD

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General Surgery Residents Publish in Journal of Robotic Surgery

Dr. Jivatesh Tung, Dr. Rishi Patel, Dr. Taufiq Rajwani, and Dr. Shiwei Han, General Surgery Residents, published "Feasibility and Efficacy of Cryoneurolysis Analgesia in Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (CARTS): A Pilot Study" in Journal of Robotic Surgery.

Thank you for contributing to this research!

Read here: Feasibility and Efficacy of Cryoneurolysis Analgesia in Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (CARTS): A Pilot Study

Jivatesh Tung, MDJivatesh Tung, MD
Rishi Patel, MDRishi Patel, MD
Taufiq Rajwani, MDTaufiq Rajwani, MD
Shiwei Han, MDShiwei Han, MD

Presentation at AUA Annual Meeting

Dr. Shreeya Popat, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow, presented "A Pilot Protocol of Twitter as a Collaborative Learning Tool for Urology Resident Education" at American Urological Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting on September 10-13, 2021.

Shreeya Popat, MDShreeya Popat, MD

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Congratulations, Urologic Oncology Fellow!

Dr. Natasza Posielski, fellow in Urologic Oncology, published "Impact of Age and Race on Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Localized Prostate Cancer" in Urology.

Thank you for improving patient care!

Read here: Impact of Age and Race on Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy for Localized Prostate Cancer

Natasza Posielski, MDNatasza Posielski, MD

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Former Fellow Publishes Video Case Report

Dr. Shayan Irani, past Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, published a new article in press "Afferent Limb Syndrome, Biliocutaneous Fistula, Dehiscence of the Hepaticojejunostomy: Can We Treat All of This Endoscopically?" in VideoGIE.

Shayan Irani, MDShayan Irani, MD

Past Fellow Publishes in International Journal of Surgery

Dr. Fredrik Klevebro, past Ryan Hill Research Foundation Fellow, published "Postoperative Hiatal Herniation After Open vs. Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis" in International Journal of Surgery.

Read here: Postoperative Hiatal Herniation After Open vs. Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Presentations at NWSCRS Annual Meeting 2021

Kenley Unruh, MD and Celine Soriano, MDDr. Unruh (left) with Dr. Soriano.

Celine Soriano, MD, General Surgery resident, presented "Feasibility of Injected Indocyanine Green for Ureteral Identification during Robotic Colorectal Resections."

Kenley Unruh, MD, General Surgery resident, presented "The Impact of Prolonged Operative Time on Elective Colorectal Surgery: A Report from the Surgical Care Outcomes Assessment Program Collaborative" at the Northwest Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (NWSCRS) Annual Meeting on July 21-24, 2021.

 
 


New Publication in Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Rohan Hattiangadi, MD, recent graduate, and Kelli McEntee, MD, current fellow in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, published "Minimally Invasive Approach to the Management of Tubo-Ovarian Abscesses" in Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology.  

Thank you for improving quality of care for these patients!

Rohan Hattiangadi, MDRohan Hattiangadi, MD
Kelli McEntee, MDKelli McEntee, MD


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Presenting at AHPBA Annual Meeting 2021

Yasmin Essaji, MD, fellow in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, is presenting "Impact of Adjuvant Therapy on Overall Survival in Early Stage Ampullary Cancers: A Single-Center Retrospective Review" at The Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Annual Meeting on Aug. 2-5, 2021.

Yasmin Essaji, MD

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Newly Published in Diseases of the Esophagus

Shivanand Bomman, MD, Endoscopy Research Fellow, published "Outcomes of Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy in Patients with Achalasia and Prior Bariatric Surgery: A Multicenter Experience" in Diseases of the Esophagus.

Read here: Outcomes of Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy in Patients with Achalasia and Prior Bariatric Surgery: A Multicenter Experience

Shivanand Bomman, MD

Congratulations, Center for Digestive Health Fellows!

Shivanand Bomman, MD, Endoscopy Research Fellow, and David Sanders, MD, Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, published a new case report on "Spontaneous Hyperinflation of an Intragastric Balloon Causing Gastric Outlet Obstruction" in Cureus

Huge congratulations to our Center for Digestive Health fellows!

Read the case report: Spontaneous Hyperinflation of an Intragastric Balloon Causing Gastric Outlet Obstruction

Shivanand Bomman, MDShivanand Bomman, MD
David Sanders, MDDavid Sanders, MD

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Past Fellows Publish in Diseases of the Esophagus

Francesco Puccetti, MD, and Madhan Kuppusamy, MD, past Ryan Hill Research Foundation Fellows, published "Impact of Standardized Clinical Pathways on Esophagectomy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" in Diseases of the Esophagus.

Read here: Impact of Standardized Clinical Pathways on Esophagectomy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Francesco Puccetti, MDFrancesco Puccetti, MD
Madhan Kuppusamy, MDMadhan Kuppusamy, MD

Presented at ASCO Conference 2021

Natasza Posielski, MD, fellow in Urologic Oncology, presented "Use of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Elderly Patients with Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer: A Population-Based Study, 2006-2017" at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference 2021 on June 4-6, 2021.

Natasza Posielski, MD

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New Publication in Journal of Surgical Oncology

Yasmin Essaji, MD, fellow in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, published "Seminars in Surgical Oncology-Pancreas Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Trials" in the Journal of Surgical Oncology

Great news for pancreatic cancer patients and thank you for your research!

Read here: Seminars in surgical oncology-pancreas cancer adjuvant therapy trials

Yasmin Essaji

Congratulations, Gastroenterology Fellows!

David Sanders, MD, Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, and Shivanand Bomman, MD, Advanced Endoscopy Research Fellow, published a new case report on "COVID-19 Induced Bile Duct Casts and Cholangitis: A Case Report" in Cureus

Huge congratulations to our Gastroenterology fellows!

Read the case report: COVID-19 Induced Bile Duct Casts and Cholangitis: A Case Report

David Sanders, MDDavid Sanders, MD
Shivanand Bomman, MDShivanand Bomman, MD


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Publication Co-Authored in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

Shivanand Bomman, MD, fellow in Gastroenterology, published as a co-author, "Effectiveness and Safety of EUS Rendezvous After Failed Biliary Cannulation With ERCP" in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 

Read here: Effectiveness and Safety of EUS Rendezvous After Failed Biliary Cannulation With ERCP

Shivanand Bomman, MD

Newly Published in Urology Practice

Basil Ferenczi, MD, resident in Urology, published "Anti-Tobacco Advertising – Is Bladder Cancer Adequately Addressed?" in Urology Practice.

Basil Ferenczi, MD

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Book Chapter Published in Diagnosis and Management of Cholangiocarcinoma

Russell Kirks, MD, fellow in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, published a book chapter "Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Therapy for Cholangiocarcinoma” in Diagnosis and Management of Cholangiocarcinoma.

Russell Kirks, Jr., MD

New Publication in Current Urology Reports

Pansy Uberoi, MD, fellow in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, published "Management of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms after Prostate Radiation" in Current Urology Reports

Read here: Management of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms after Prostate Radiation

Pansy Uberoi, MD

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Past Fellow Published in Cancers (Basel)

Zaheer Kanji, MD, past fellow in Pancreas Cancer Research and Hepatobiliary, published "Identifying Risk Factors and Patterns for Early Recurrence of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Multi-Institutional Study" in Cancers (Basel)

Read here: Identifying Risk Factors and Patterns for Early Recurrence of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Multi-Institutional Study

Zaheer Kanji, MD