Department Newsletter "Surgical Notes"

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October 2020

Welcome New Faculty — October 2020

Welcome to the following new faculty:

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

Ebony Hobson

Ebony HobsonMeet Ebony Hobson, Division Supervisor for Children's Surgery! Ebony has been with Children's Surgery for almost 2 years and absolutely loves her job!

When asked about the most gratifying part of her role she responded, "I could never name just one thing that provides satisfaction about my role but I must say the first one would be the surgeons I interact with. The expectance and the trust that they have for me is sometimes overwhelming in a very heartfelt way. The second would be my manager Kyra Houck. I could not express enough how much I admire her managerial skill set as well as her ability to make things happen. The last thing would be the parents of those little bundles of joy."

As if her job wasn't busy enough, Ebony also works for VCU's ED on the weekends. About her drive to support VCU Health in such incredible ways, she writes, "Helping people is my calling."

Harvey J. Sugerman, MD

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Harvey J. Sugerman

harvey sugerman, bariatric surgeonDr. Sugerman joined VCU in 1978 and was later appointed as the David M. Hume Professor of Surgery. He also served as interim chairman for the Department of Surgery from 1999 to 2001 and division chair for General and Trauma Surgery beginning in 1998. After retiring from VCU, Dr. Sugerman remained acive in the field of bariatric surgery going on to serve as Presiden of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and founding member and Editor in Chief of SOARD, the most respected and widely read journal solely dedicated to the treatment of obesity.

A true pioneer in Bariatric Surgery, his clinical and academic contributions were central to the establishment and exponential growth of bariatric surgery in the United States and worldwide. Dr. Sugerman was an incredible teacher, researcher, and clinican. Though life threw him many lemons, Dr. Sugerman faced them all with a smile and his notorious sense of humor.

Our most heartfelt prayers and sincerest condolences to Dr. Sugerman's family during this difficult time. — August 2020

Dr. J. Shelton Horsley, III

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Dr. J. Shelton Horsley, III

J Shelton Horsley

Dr. Horsley was formerly Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and served as Associate Director of the Massey Cancer Center as well as Attending Surgeon at the McGuire VA Medical Center. Prior to joining VCU, Dr. Horsley worked at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he was on the surgical faculty for 11 years. He was a favorite teacher at UVA and VCU, winning many awards at both institutions. He was a leader in surgery, serving as President of the Virginia Surgical Society, the Virginia Division of the American Cancer Society and the Richmond Academy of Medicine, and held leadership roles in the Southern Surgical Society and other organizations.

In the words of Dr. James Neifeld, colleague of Dr. Horsley "(he) was one of the first breast surgeons, a superb teacher, a world class tennis player, and a true gentleman."

Richmond Times Dispatch Obituary, June 2020

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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