Young Investigator Award Recipients

Young Investigator Award RecipientsSepidah Gholami, MD

University of California

“An Ex-vivo 3D Chip to Investigate Response to Therapy and Immune Cell Trafficking in Colorectal Liver Metastases”

Young Investigator Award Recipients

Georgia Beasley, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Proposal: “Comprehensive Immunologic Profiling of the Sentinel Node to Optimize Care for Patients with Melanoma.” 

Young Investigator Award RecipientsMichael Lowe, MD, MA

Emory University School of Medicine

Proposal: Understanding Socioeconomic Disparities in the Receipt of Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction

Supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Young Investigator Award Recipients

Vikas Dudeja, MD
University of Miami, Department of Surgery and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Proposal:  Evaluation of the Efficacy of Anti-Stromal Drug Pirfenidone in Combination with Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy against Pancreatic Cancer
This award was made possible by donors to The SSO Foundation.

Dr. Dudeja received his medical degree and initial surgical training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. After completing a research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Ashok Saluja, a renowned pancreas scientist, he went on to complete his general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota and completed a fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology and Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After his fellowship training, he joined a faculty position at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor, Masonic Cancer Center Scholar and Varco Surgeon Scientist until he was recruited to the University of Miami.

Dr Dudeja’s laboratory focuses on deciphering the biology of tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer and to devise strategies to modulate it for therapeutic gain. Elucidation of the mechanism and determinants of tumor recurrence is another key area studied in his laboratory. His laboratory is funded by the NIH and Department of Defense. In clinics, he specializes in surgery for tumors of the liver, pancreas and biliary system.

Young Investigator Award RecipientsKamran Idrees, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN
Proposal: Health Literacy and Cancer Outcomes
This award was made possible by donors to The SSO Foundation.

Dr. Idrees received his BS and medical degrees from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He is finishing a master’s degree in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) in March, 2016 at Vanderbilt University. He was a Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Surgery Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a research focus is in health sciences outcomes research in patients undergoing major abdominal surgeries. The two areas of focus are evaluating impact of health literacy and frailty in regards to postoperative morbidity and mortality as well as oncological outcomes in patients undergoing major operative procedures. He is a Member of Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research (CSQOR) and co-founded Vanderbilt Surgical Oncology and Health Literacy (V-SOHL). He is Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN and Director, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy/HIPEC program.

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