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. 

April 2021

Bariatric Surgery Program Designated Blue Distinction® Center

Congratulations to the bariatric surgery team!

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has named the Division of Bariatric & GI Surgery as a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery for a second time.

This is part of the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program which recognizes nationally designated health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in their field of care. It also serves as a distinguishing factor for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield patients seeking specialty services. VCU Health Weight Loss Surgery | BCBS Blue Distinction Centers

Chair of the Division of Bariatric & GI Surgery, Dr. Guilherme Campos adds, "Our bariatric program has been designated again as a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery. We (and our patients) appreciate the support we have received to enable us to grow the program while continuing to maintain the quality of the services we provide. We look forward to further expansion of our services while maintaining and improving quality."


Recent publication announcements

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

Meet Dannette Arezzi, Division Supervisor for Acute Care Surgical Services


Dannette joined the department 14 months ago and her responsibilities at ACSS is office management and being the administrative liaison between the attending-faculty surgeons, her administrative staff, and the health system. She also provides administrative support to division faculty Dr. Paula Ferrada, Dr. Jill Peysha, Dr. Alan Rossi, and Dr. James Whelan, and is the ‘go-to’ support person for the division’s Advanced Practice Providers.

Dannette is committed to building morale among her coworkers and is focused on increasing her team’s engagement with and connection to the Division. Her dedication to her staff is shared in her email signature: “Just like the Lotus…we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.”

When we asked Dannette to describe the most satisfying part of her day she said “seeing the team come together with new ideas and initiatives, then implementing them with positive results.” As a balance, she also offered the most frustrating part of her job – “knowing how to fix a problem but having to first convince others it can be done.”

A self-avowed bookworm, Dannette relaxes away from work by reading up on books about metaphysics and emotional intelligence. When she’s not having fun cooking with her family, Dannette enjoys crocheting and knitting.

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

VCU Health MCV Campus signTo 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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