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General Surgery Residency Program at Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center. To best serve our community and maintain accreditation, we partnered with the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) to provide resources for our general surgeons and General Surgery residents interested in clinical research. Residents are encouraged to be active participants in clinical research projects and have the ability to conduct their own studies with support from faculty. Methodist’s Graduate Medical Education Department will cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for residents with accepted presentations at local, national, or international conferences. Within the CRI, a Clinical Research Scientist and Trial Manager, a Clinical Research Coordinator, Medical Student Interns, and a Lead Medical Writer are all available to support residents through the entire research process.

Heather Grossman Verner MS, ACRP-CP

Anne Murray PhD, MWC

Cynthia Villalta, DO

Scholarly Activity:

Samuels JM, Carmichael H, McIntyre R Jr, Urban S, Ballow S, Dirks RC, Spalding MC, LaRiccia A, Farrell MS, Stein DM, Truitt MS, Grossman Verner HM, Mentzer CJ, Mack TJ, Ball CG, Mukherjee K, Mladenov G, Haase DJ, Abdou H, Schroeppel TJ, Rodriquez J, Nahmias J, Tay E, Bala M, Keric N, Crigger M, Dhillon NK, Ley EJ, Egodage T, Williamson J, Cardenas TC, Eugene V, Patel K, Costello K, Bonne S, Elgammal FS, Dorlac W, Pederson C, Burlew CC, Werner NL, Haan JM, Lightwine K, Semon G, Spoor K, Velopulos C, Harmon LA. An observation-first strategy for liver injuries with "blush" on computed tomography is safe and effective. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Feb 1;94(2):281-287. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003786. Epub 2022 Sep 23. PMID: 36149844.

Joseph B, Saljuqi AT, Amos JD, Teichman A, Whitmill ML, Anand T, Hosseinpour H, Burruss SK, Dunn JA, Najafi K, Godat LN, Enniss TM, Shoultz TH, Egodage T, Bongiovanni T, Hazelton JP, Colling KP, Costantini TW, Stein DM, Schroeppel TJ, Nahmias J; AAST Frailty MIT Study Group. Prospective validation and application of the Trauma-Specific Frailty Index: Results of an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma multi-institutional observational trial. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Jan 1;94(1):36-44. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003817. Epub 2022 Oct 17. PMID: 36279368.

Pearcy C, Grossman Verner HM, Figueroa BA, Burris J, Truitt MS, Karpisek A. Appropriate imaging for geriatric trauma. Am Surg 2022 Aug 18:331:31348221121545. Online ahead of print. PMID 35981527.

Benzie AL, Logarajah S, Darwish MB, Nagatomo K, Cho EE, Riall TS, Jeyarajah DR. A self-selecting prophecy: prevalence of burnout in surgical fellows. Surg Endosc. 2022 Sep 27:1–8. PMID: 36167870.

Ozair A, Collings A, Adams AM, Jeyarajah DR. Minimally invasive versus open hepatectomy for the resection of colorectal liver metastases: a systematic
review and meta-analysis. Surg Endosc. 2022 Sep 22. PMID: 36138246.

Schmiederer IS, Kearse LE, Jensen R, Anderson T, Dent D, Payne DH, Korndorffer JR. The fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in general surgery residency: Fundamental for junior residents’ self-efficacy. Surg Endosc. 2022 Nov;36(11):8509-8514. Epub 2022 Sep 15. PMID: 36109359.

Logarajah SI, Karumuri J, Ahle D, Jureller M, Moslim M, Osman H, Jeyarajah DR. Roux -en-Y gastrojejunostomy: is it an effective treatment for complex hiatal hernias in the morbidly obese? Surg Endosc. 2022 Aug 19. PMID: 35986224.

Hanson MN, Pryor AD, Jeyarajah DR, et al. FC EPA Pilot Working Group. Implementation of entrustable professional activities into fellowship council accredited programs: a pilot project. Surg Endosc. 2022 Aug 16:1–10. PMID: 35974253.

Jureller M, Logarajah SI, Van Meter TA, Jeyarajah DR. The novel conduit: challenges of esophagectomy after bariatric surgery. J Gastrointes Surg 2022 Aug 12. PMID: 35962213.

Jackson TN, Wheeler TP, Truitt MS, Nelson P, Kempe K. Recruitment & retainment of vascular surgeons: prophylactic measures to improve the current
workforce crisis. Ann Vasc Surg. 2022 Sep; 85:219-227. PMID: 35271962

Logarajah S, Cudworth S, Doty M, Darwish M, Osman H, Jeyarajah DR. Factors associated with anastomotic leak after transhiatal esophagectomy: A Single-Institution Analysis. J Gastrointes Surg 2023, Feb, 27(2):398-401. PMID: 36289187.

Dumas RP, Vella MA, Maiga AW, Erickson CR, Dennis BM, da Luz LT, Pannell D, Quigley E, Velopulos CG, Hendzlik P, Marinica A, Bruce N, Margolick J, Butler DF, Estroff J, Zebley JA, Alexander A, Mitchell S, Grossman Verner HM, Truitt M, Berry S, Middlekauff J, Luce S, Leshikar D, Krowsoski L, Bukur M, Polite NM, McMann AH, Staszak R, Armen SB, Horrigan T, Moore FO, Bjordahl P, Guido J, Mathew S, Diaz BF, Mooney J, Hebeler K, Holena DN. Moving the needle on time to resuscitation: An EAST prospective multicenter study of vascular access in hypotensive injured patients using trauma video review. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Apr 4. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003958. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37012624.

Abdalla M, Collings AT, Dirks R, Onkendi E, Nelson D, Ozair A, Miraflor E, Rahman F, Whiteside J, Shah MM, Ayloo S, Abou-Setta A, Sucandy I, Kchaou A, Douglas S, Polanco P, Vreeland T, Buell J, Ansari MT, Pryor AD, Slater BJ, Awad Z, Richardson W, Alseidi A, Jeyarajah DR, Ceppa E. Surgical approach to microwave and radiofrequency liver ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal liver metastases less than 5 cm: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Surg Endosc. 2023 May;37(5):3340-3353. doi: 10.1007/s00464-022-09815-5. Epub 2022 Dec 21. PMID: 36542137.

Krzeczowski RM, Villalta CI, Grossman-Verner HM, Bradley SM, Subramanian S, Amos JD. Racial equality in trauma injury: An unresolved enigma. Am J Surg 2023 May, PMID: 37230871.

Myneni AA, Brophy T, Harmon B, Boccardo JD, Burstein MD, Schwaitzberg SD, Noyes K, Hoffman AB. The impact of disclosure of conflicts of interest in studies comparing robot-assisted and laparoscopic cholecystectomies – A persistent problem. Surg Endosc 2023, Feb:37(2):1515-1527. PMID: 35851821.

Myneni AA, Simmonds I, Orom H, Anderson LM, Singh R, Homish GG, Wright A, Pigott S, Onoh JC, Hoffman AB, Noyes, K. A qualitative analysis of Black men’s attitudes toward obesity and bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2023, April 5:S1550-7289. PMID: 37147204

Thanos PK, Hanna C, Mihalkovic A, Hoffman AB, Posner AR, Busch J, Smith C, Badgaiyan RD, Blum K, Baron D, Mastrandra LD, Quattrin T. The first exploratory personalized medicine approach to improve bariatric surgery outcomes utilizing psychosocial and genetic risk assessments: Encouraging Clinical Research. J Personalized Medicine, 2023, 13, 1164.

Shah A, Olson MM, Maurice JM. Review of approvals and recalls of US specific medical devices in general and plastic surgery. Surgery in Practice and Science. 2023, 12,100158. ISSN 2666-2620

Book Chapters:

Mason D, Browne T. Book Chapter, Pearson Thoracic Surgery, In Progress, 2023.

Kukreja A, Burroughs M. SAGES Manual, Book Chapter – Fluorescence Guided Surgery: Use of Fluorescence Guidance in Bariatric Surgery, Submitted for publication, 2022.


Krzeczowski R, Subramanian S, Grossman Verner H, McDaniel C. In Vivo Quantification of Cervical Collar Efficacy, ACS Conference E-Poster presentation, July 15-18, 2022.

Krzeczowski R, Grossman Verner H, Subramanian S, Amos JD. Race Disparities for Trauma from Gunshot wounds and motor vehicle collisions. ACS Conference E-Poster presentation, July 15-18, 2022.

Grossman Verner H, Krzeczowski R, Bradley S, G60 Recidivism Project, ACS Conference E-Poster presentation, July 15-18, 2022.

Bradshaw R, Truitt MS, Grossman-Verner, H. Rideshare to the Rescue? Trends in Alcohol Related MVC. Presented at 2022 Annual International Surgical Week; Vienna, Austria. August 2022.

Pearcy C, Truitt MS, Grossman Verner H. Case Review: Rapidly progressive and ultimately fata necrotizing soft tissue infections with Clostridium Sordelli (Podium Presentation). North & South Texas Chapter of the ACS, Austin, TX, February 25, 2023.

Villalta C, Grossman Verner, H. McDaniel C. Neptune Waste Management System Use with Atrium chest Drains: Is it Dangerous? Quick Shot Session 3 Oral Presentation. SWSC 2023 Annual Meeting April 16-19, Ojai Valley, California.

Baskin R, Puri V. ESOT (European Society for Organ Transplantation) Congress 2023, Athens Greece. Resting left ventricular outflow tract obstruction causing critical illness: To transplant or not to transplant? Abstract accepted for presentation; Meeting to be held: September, 2023.