Department Newsletter "Surgical Notes"

Stay up-to-date on recent news from the department, including faculty accomplishments and updates, surgery research and publications, housestaff accomplishments, and staff introductions. 

December 2020

Recent Publications

Division of Urology

"Robotic Urological Surgery in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges and Solutions" authors Lance J. Hampton, Riccardo Autorino, et. al. AUA | Journal Urology Practice | Patient Care Nov 2020 Link to journal | Division of Urology

Welcome New Faculty — October/November 2020

New Faculty Announcements

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent promotion and/or tenure:

Rahul J. Anand, MD | Professor

Michael J. Feldman, MD | Professor

Stefan W. Leichtle, MD | Associate Professor

Kandace P. McGuire, MD | Professor

Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD | Professor 

(June 2020)

Employee Spotlight

Alexa Rosswog

new employee Alexa RosswogAlexa joined the pediatric urology team just over four months ago where she serves as an administrative assistant. She provides support to the pediatric urology faculty and staff to include calendar management, credentialing, expense reimbursement, and other administrative duties.

When asked about her favorite part of this position, she responded: "My favorite and most challenging part of my role is anticipating the needs of the faculty and staff so they don’t even have to think about remembering when this or that is due. This can be challenging in a new role where I have never worked in a health system before, but quite satisfying when I am able to complete tasks without ever being asked." Outside of work, you can find Alexa exploring the city's breweries, coffee shops, farmer's markets and thrift stores as well as working her side gig as a wedding makeup artist.
Welcome Alexa!



The Future of Surgery Today

Please enjoy this video describing the core mission, vision and values of the Department of Surgery. 

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Announcement from Dr. Kasirajan

All Hands on Deck: Tackling Covid-19

To each of our team members, I want to thank you for what you do each and every day.

The entire Department of Surgery has stepped up in ways unimaginable to tackle this monster together. We want to especially recognize the following team members for stepping up to lead us through this "all hands on deck" action.

  • David Lanning, MD: Interim CMO leading our organization from preparation into surge planning
  • Anthony Cassano, MD: Associate CMO leading surgical services preparations
  • Tony Herndon, MD: Children's Surgery and resident education planning
  • Aimee Grover, MD: Wellness activities with the Health System and the School of Medicine
  • Kandace McGuire, MD and Vinay Kumaran, MD: Reviewing testing vs. CT scans for all operative patients
  • James Whelan, MD, Kwame Akuomoah-Boateng, DNP, Jill Peysha, MD, & Brian Kaplan, MD: Inpatient staffing leaders
  • Laura Boomer, MD, Christin Kim, MD & Paula Ferrada, MD: ICU resource champions
  • Levi Procter, MD: OR PPE Taskforce
  • Guilherme Campos, MD, Mena Dous, Jeremy Powers, MD, & Erin MacMillan, PA: Outpatient staffing planning leaders
  • Sterling Hundley & Amanda Jabri: Incredible work to identify alternate sources of masks to include 3D printing
  • Martin Mangino, PhD & Kirsty Dixon, PhD: Generously donated PPE from ORBIT
  • Katie Golob & Nikki Meador: Incredible administrative and operational leadership
  • Our Associate Administrators and staff: Without you, we would all be lost

Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery

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