Department Newsletter "Surgical Notes"

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STSA Resident Research Award

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) awards 2020 STSA Resident Research Award to Renee Cholyway, MD

Congratulations to Renee Cholyway, MD, General Surgery Residency Program, on receiving the STSA Resident Research Award!

Applications for this prestigious award are reviewed by a team of three peer reviewers with many competitive proposals received each cycle. As part of the award, Dr. Cholyway will receive $48,000 for her project "Mitochondrial Transfusion to Recover Function in Donor After Circulatory Death Hearts." From TSF: "We know your contributions to the field will be significant!" VCU Surgery General Surgery Residency Program 

2019 Edward A. Wayne Medal

The Edward A. Wayne Medal was established in 1971 to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided exemplary services to VCU.

James Neifeld"Edward A. Wayne Medals were awarded to both Ramona S. Neifeld and James P. Neifeld, M.D.

James Neifeld joined the faculty of the VCU School of Medicine as an assistant professor in surgical oncology in 1978 and later served as chair of the Department of Surgery for more than 10 years. As a registered nurse, Ramona Neifeld worked in oncology and volunteered at St. James the Less Free Clinic.

The Neifelds are longtime donors to the Massey Cancer Center and the School of Medicine. In 2011, they established the Herbert S. and Elinor C. Neifeld Scholarship in Medicine in honor of James’ parents. Passionate supporters of VCU Athletics, the Neifelds created the Neifeld Family Scholarship for Golf and supported construction of VCU Athletics’ Basketball Development Center and the VCU golf practice facility at First Tee. For years, James hosted the annual Janney Invitational College-Am golf tournament benefiting the VCU golf program." Congratulations, Dr. and Mrs. Neifeld!

pictured: James and Ramona Neifeld with Michael Rao, PhD, President VCU and VCU Health System

story & photo credit: VCU News

VCU School of Medicine 21st Annual Faculty Excellence Awards

We are proud to announce the following faculty recognized by VCU School of Medicine for teaching excellence:

Surgery Grand Rounds: February 27

Sanger Hall, Room, 1-044 — 7:45–8:30 am

"Health Effects of Climate Damage"

Guest Speaker:
Michael Donnenberg, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology, and Senior Associate Dean for Research & Research Training, VCU School of Medicine 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the leading causes of climate damage.
  2. Describe the consequences of rising temperatures.
  3. Prepare for climate effects on health.
  4. Plan to mitigate climate damage.

ZOOM Info:
The following link and meeting ID will be the same for every week:

Meeting ID: 686689317      
Telephone: Dial: +1 929-205-6099

Or: 888-788-0099 (Toll Free)

Text code to:   804-625-4041 for CME credit

CME: University Health Services Professional Education Programs (UHS-PEP) of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

UHS-PEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Christine B. & David E. Cottrell Surgical Innovation Laboratory

vk posing with cottrells

In gratitude for and acknowledgement of the generous gift from Christine and David Cottrell, VCU School of Medicine announces the new surgical innovation laboratory will be named in their honor.

About the Christine B. & David Cottrell Surgical Innovation Laboratory

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