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    2016 Medical Student, Resident, and In-Training Fellow Scholarship Recipients

    Every year, AAST offers and awards scholarships  for medical students, residents, and in-training fellows to attend the Annual Meeting.  Below are this year's scholarshp recipients.

    Also, for the second year, AAST partnered with the Association of Women Surgeons to award a scholarship to one of the association's members. The recipient of this second joint sponsored scholarship in Dr. Joanelle A. Bailey. Additional information is available in the press release.

    Dr. Joanelle Aziza Bailey, a PGY-3 in General Surgery at Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, was selected as this year’s scholarship recipient. Dr. Bailey is participating in her first of two years of research work following the completion of two clinical years of residency. Her work involves both clinical and bench research, with a focus on Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Bailey is also pursuing a Master in Public Health at Rutgers with a concentration in Biostatistics. She plans to complete a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and then to work at an academic trauma center, where she will have the opportunity to teach and continue her research.

    We want to congratulate ALL of this year's scholarship recipients and we look forward to see them at the 2016 AAST Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery!

    Medical Students

    Matthew Gangidine

    Dr. Gangidine is a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and entering into his 4th year of medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He has had quite the adventure throughout his clinical years of medical school, getting to travel the country with his wife Shayn and now 1-year-old daughter Amy, working and learning at various military treatment facilities. Matt completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. While there, he worked doing research at the Institute for Military Medicine out of the Surgery Department, having his interest in trauma nurtured by surgeons to include Warren Dorlac, Jay Johannigman, and Timothy Pritts. He commissioned through ROTC in college, and his interest in medicine has always been framed in the context of military medicine and combat casualty care. He thus had no doubt about continuing on to the military medical school (USUHS), where he has continued to find trauma mentors in other AAST members such as Norman Rich and Mark Bowyer, and has continued to seek out learning and research opportunities in trauma care. Matt is always up for an outdoor adventure, and loves to rock climb.

    Rashi Jhunjhunwala  

    Dr. Jhunjhunwala is a 4th year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. Between her third and fourth years of medical school, Rashi completed a Masters of Arts in Bioethics & Society at King’s College London.  Originally from Portland, Oregon, Rashi first became interested in trauma when she did an externship with the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Trauma Service as an undergraduate.  After graduating cum laude with degrees in Biology and Literature from Claremont McKenna College, Rashi worked as a research assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before enrolling in medical school. She has continued to pursue research opportunities in trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital and at the Royal London Hospital throughout her training. In addition to trauma, Rashi’s research interests include health justice and addressing inequities in surgical access.  She is excited to be applying to general surgery residency programs this season.  


    Johnathon Aho

    As a physician-researcher in training, seeking a lifelong profession that incorporates variety, activity, and intensity, I have discovered a great fit in academic trauma surgery and biomedical engineering. The ability to go from preclinical idea to treatment of a patient’s illness and actually repair physical deficiencies, thereby improving quality and length of the patient’s life, is extremely rewarding for me. The knowledge and skills required to perform the science to which permits life altering medical intervention provides the challenge and stimulation essential to my professional happiness.

     Jamie Anderson

    Dr. Jamie Anderson is a 3rd year general surgery resident at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.  Originally from Northern California, she earned her B.A. from Boston College, M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and M.D. from UC San Diego Medical School.  Prior to medical school, she served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.  She has published over 30 peer-reviewed research articles.  Her interests are in pediatric trauma, trauma systems, and quality improvement.

    Ronald Chang

    Ronald Chang grew up in the Houston, TX area. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in 2013. He moved back to Houston in June of 2013 to begin his categorical general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). Ronald has always had an interest in an academic career and developed an interest in trauma and acute care surgery in medical school. After completing two years of general surgery residency, he is currently on a two-year research sabbatical funded by a T32 fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. Ronald is involved with both translational and clinical research projects at the Center for Translational Injury Reseearch (CeTIR) at UTHealth under Dr. John Holcomb and Dr. Charles Wade. His current research focus is on fluid resuscitation, particularly as it applies to hemorrhagic shock and sepsis. He plans to pursue a surgical critical care fellowship after completing general surgery residency, and his long term career goal is to become an independently-funded research investigator with an acute care surgery practice at a busy level 1 trauma center. In his spare time, Ronald enjoys cycling, rock climbing, and cooking.

    Pamela Choi

    Dr. Pam Choi grew up in New Jersey and completed her undergraduate education at Williams College. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and is presently a General Surgery Chief Resident at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. She enjoys going on adventures with her husband and son, running marathons, and long-distance road biking.

    She has done basic science and clinical research on short gut syndrome and pediatric trauma, respectively. She won second place for best article of 2014 in Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. This year, she won first and third place in the Missouri Committee on Trauma Resident paper competition. She was also awarded a scholarship to the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit, an experience which culminated in going to the Capitol to advocate for increased trauma resources in front of Missouri senators and congressmen. She hopes to pursue trauma research and advocacy as a pediatric surgeon as well as a naval medical officer.

    Benjamin Gayed 

    Dr. Benjamin Gayed is an Acute Care Surgery fellow with the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. He completed his General Surgery training at the same in institution after receiving his M.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. During his residency, he published research on surgical systems design and process improvement, and his career interests include developing trauma systems and improving trauma systems workflow to facilitate more efficient, higher quality trauma care. He is interested in looking at both intra and inter-hospital patient care processes as well as developing and integrating endovascular techniques for trauma patients.

    Amy Gunning

    Dr. Amy Gunning was born and raised in the Netherlands. She received her medical degree from the University of Utrecht. She then pursued her PhD in Trauma Surgery and at the same time getting her Master of Science in Epidemiology.

    The main goal of the PhD research was to gain knowledge on how trauma system structures influence patient outcomes and to contribute to the development of inter-country comparisons. This research is performed in collaboration with Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, United States and John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia. Her work was awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.

    Dr. Gunning is currently following her residency training in General Surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Also, she is actively engaged as a mentor for medical students and PhD candidates pursuing a career in trauma research and will continue this in the future.

    Lori Gurien

    Lori Gurien completed a research fellowship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where she performed trauma outcomes clinical research, as well as translational research to determine transfusion threshold to maintain adequate brain tissue oxygenation. She is currently a general surgery resident at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. Prior to her research fellowship, she completed her Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she concentrated in health policy and studied injury prevention. Before her career in surgery, Lori was a middle-school science teacher. She plans to combine her work with children and trauma to pursue a career in pediatric trauma care.

    Yann-Leei (Larry) Lee


    Dr. Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to Auburn, Alabama as an infant. After graduating from Auburn High School, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering followed by a Master of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University. He then returned to the state of Alabama for medical school, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of South Alabama, then continuing his graduate medical education at the same institution. After his 2nd year of General Surgery residency, he spent two years in the lab of Drs. Jon Simmons and Mark Gillespie, investigating among other topics the role of mitochondrial DNA signaling in trauma and sepsis. He has since returned to clinical training with aspirations to pursue an academic career in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

    Anna Liveris

    Dr. Anna Liveris is currently a PGY-4 general surgery resident at Montefiore Medical Center where she is engaged in several research projects, the most recent looking at trauma prevention. She also serves as the surgery representative for the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Resident Forum. Dr. Liveris obtained her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with special distinction in research after taking a dedicated year to examine the management of anticoagulation for patients on ECMO. She previously completed the requirements for her bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Columbia University where her senior thesis looked at the protective role of ceria nanoparticles in cellular oxidative stress models. She is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. Dr. Liveris will be pursuing a fellowship in trauma and critical care.

    Eleanor Curtis

    Eleanor(Ellie) Curtis is a PGY6 Active Duty General Surgery Resident at Travis AFB and UC Davis. She earned her Air Force commission through ROTC at Purdue University, which was followed by an HPSP scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. During her research year she completed a Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine focusing on One Health. Trauma and Burns were what prompted her interest in General Surgery and she is currently seeking fellowship opportunities in those fields.

    In-Training Fellows

    Linda Dultz

    Dr. Dultz received her undergraduate degree in 2003 at the University of Maryland, College Park.  In 2008 she completed a dual MD/MPH program focusing on Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College.  She completed General Surgery Residency at New York University in 2015 and is now finishing her second year of a Trauma & Critical Care Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University.  Throughout her training she has been actively involved in both basic science and clinical research and has presented twice at The AAST.  She will be pursuing an academic career in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care at the end of her fellowship.

    David Hampton

    My name is David Hampton. I recently completed my Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and continued on as an Acute Care Surgery Fellow at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Over the last year, I have investigated our institution’s Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta usage and physician-patient encounters in the cervical spinal injured population. During the upcoming year, I will continue my research in predictive modeling and examine changes in the point of injury and resuscitation bay coagulation profiles. Aside from my surgical and research careers, I have a background in electrical engineering, I am a Navy Reservist, and enjoy international travel.

    Kathleen O’Connell

    Dr. Kathleen O’Connell was born and raised in Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and Wayne State University for medical school. Dr. O’Connell completed her general surgery training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and has recently finished a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Washington. She will spend this upcoming year as a research fellow at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, while enrolled in the UW School of Public Health Masters program. Dr. O’Connell’s research interests include geriatric trauma and surgical palliative care.

    Matthew Singer

    Matt Singer is currently an Acute Care Surgery Fellow at The University of Arizona Medical Center.  He attended college at The University of California, Berkeley and received his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Singer completed his internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he received awards for clinical and basic science research as well as medical student and resident teaching.  While in training, Dr. Singer has participated in surgical missions to Fond Parisien, Haiti as well as Luoyong, China and co-authored 19 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters.  His current research interests include the effect of anti-epileptic drugs on post-traumatic seizure rates and the impact of race and insurance type on outcomes after trauma.  When not at work, Dr. Singer enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his fiancé Jennifer.