USF surgery residents win research awards in Florida ACS competition

L to R: Dr. Jorge Marcet, director of the Division of Colorectal Surgery, with general surgery residents Dr. Beth Krieger (1st place research award) and Abhishek Mathur (3rd place) at the American College of Surgeons Florida Chapter annual scientific meeting.

Two USF surgery residents were among the three winners of a high-profile research presentation last month at the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 2009 Scientific Annual Meeting in Palm Coast, FL.

Beth Krieger, MD, who is completing a one-year research fellowship in the Division of Colorectal Surgery, won first place in the Florida ACS “Edward M. Copeland Annual Paper Competition” for her research paper titled “Long-term Results of Transanal Excision for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Following Neoadjuvant Therapy.” The retrospective study found that transanal excision is an effective alternative to radical surgery for select patients with advanced lower rectal cancer who have complete disappearance of their cancer following preoperative chemotherapy and radiation. Krieger, who will be a fourth-year general surgery resident in July, received a $1,000 award.

Abhishek Mathur, MD, a first-year general surgery resident, won third place for his paper titled “Site of Recurrence after Pancreatectomy for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Is Not Influenced by Margin Status or Adjuvant Chemoradiotherapy, But Can Impact Survival.” He received a $250 award.

Dr. Krieger and Dr. Mathur were among 10 residents from medical schools across Florida invited to present the findings of their research papers at the chapter’s annual scientific meeting. The winning papers were selected from among more than 60 submitted by residents in surgical specialties.

The annual Edward Copeland competition focuses on resident research related to clinical surgery outcomes. Originality and applicability of research to practice are among the criteria for the award.

- Newsbrief by Anne DeLotto Baier, USF Health Communications