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Current Resident Research

The University of Kansas General Surgery Residency Program encourages and supports research efforts by residents at all stages of the training. The Department of Surgery has a long tradition of excellence in research and continues to provide multiple opportunities for residents to engage in both basic science and clinical research. 

Randi Ryan

  • Dedicated Research, 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2019
  • Undergrad:  University of Iowa
  • Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine
  • Interests: Running, piano, reading, watching soccer, volunteering at animal shelters
Charlene Dekonenko
  • Pediatric Research Fellowship, Children's Mercy Hospital, 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
  • Undergrad: St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas - Biology
  • Medical School: University of New Mexico
  • Interests: Cooking, spending time with my husband and son, traveling, and the San Antonio Spurs-GSG!

   Class of 2019

  • This project focuses on postoperative extubation protocols in heart surgery patients.
  resident photo of Kara Hessell 
Kara Hessel, D.O.Research Mentor: Mazin Al-kasspooles, MD, FACSACS
  • NSQIP Surgical Outcomes in HIPEC Based on Preoperative Hypoalbuminemia and BMI: What Carries More Weight?
Research Mentor: Peter DiPasco, MD, FACS
  • Have we come as far as we had hoped? Discrimination in the Residency Interview.
Research Mentor: Joseph Valentino, M.D.
  • Extended prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism: Current guidelines versus current practice
Lyndsey Kilgore Lyndsey Kilgore, M.D.

Research Mentor: Jamie L. Wagner, DO, FACO 
  • Impact of Lymph Node Positivity and Primary Tumor Burden on Lymphedema Development and Severity
Matt Richey Matthew Richey, M.D.

Research Mentor: Emmanuel Daon, M.D., and Brigid Flynn, M.D.

Implementation of an early extubation protocol in cardiac surgical patients decreased ventilator time but not intensive care unit or hospital length of stay
  • This project focuses on postoperative extubation protocols in heart surgery patients.
Erich Wessell Erich Wessel, D.O.

Research Mentor: John Ashcraft, DO

High-Resolution Anoscopy in a High-Risk Population: A Retrospective Review of 61 Patients
  • This project aims to determine if HRA was associated with an increased diagnosis of anal malignancies or an increased detection of progression of premalignant condition

Class of 2020  

 Sam Hong, M.D.

Research Mentor: Justin Green, MD, PhD, MBA, FACSConsultation For Dummies - A QI Project on Improving Consultation Efficiency Description
  • Consultation efficiency research project will evaluate the overall efficiency of surgical consultations at KU medical center.
  • This program will also reformat inter-departmental training methodologies to reduce unnecessary surgical consultations, and improve overall resident work efficiency.
Clay King Clay King
  • Undergrad: Kansas State University
  • Medical School: University of Kansas
  • Interests: K-State Athletics, slow-pitch softball, hunting (particularly waterfowl), and gardening
Tyler Mouw Tyler Mouw, M.D.

Research Mentor: Mazin Al-kasspooles, MD, FACSSurgical Outcomes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • An evaluation of the impact that pre operative and intra-operative factors has on the outcomes of patients undergoing colon and rectal surgery.
Leigh Robinson  Leigh Robinson
  • Undergrad: Tulane University
  • Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Interests: Traveling, cooking, and water skiing
Joel VanderVelde
  • Undergrad: 
  • Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Interests: 

Class of 2021  

     Perel Baral 
  •  Undergrad: Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
  •  Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  •  Interests: Sewing and fashion design, learning languages, cooking, and soccer
Hangge      Amanda Hangge
  • Undergrad: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Interests: Attending theater performances, pinochle, and fishing.
Ryan O'Dell      Ryan O'Dell
  • Undergrad: Colorado State University
  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Interests: Spending time with wife, son & dog, sports (Denver Broncos), golfing, biking, camping, mountaineering Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks
Shinal Patel      Shinal Patel 
  • Undergrad: Loyola University of Chicago
  • Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Interests: Intramural & pick up soccer games, swimming, snowboarding, watching sports, and listening to music
Sumaiya Sarwar      Sumaiya Sarwar 
  • Undergrad: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Interests: Running, geocaching, reading, cooking, baking, and making homemade ice cream

 Class of 2022

      Justin Beck   
  •  Undergrad: University of Oklahoma
  •  Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  •  Interests: Hiking and backpacking

     Craig Follette    
  •  Undergrad: Northwestern College
  •  Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  •  Interests: Comic books, running, lifting and spending time with my family
     Sakshi Dhar  
  • Undergrad: Saint Louis University
  • Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • Interests: Cooking, Singing, Hip hop-style dancing, Bharatanatyam, reading and traveling
Patel Mrinalini      Mrinalini Patil  
  • Undergrad: Oklahoma State University
  • Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Interests: Dancing, music, sketching, and drawing

 Class of 2023

     Chloe French 
  •  Undergrad: Abilene Christian University
  •  Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  •  Interests: Snowboarding, hiking, and playing tennis
     Javaneh Jabbari
  • Undergrad: John Hopkins University
  • Medical School: Creighton University of Medicine
  • Interests: Drawing, reading, and yoga
Adam Kahle      Adam Kahle   
  • Undergrad: University of Nebraska
  • Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
  • Interests: Ultra-endurance sports, Ironman triathlons, and concerts
     Sean Liebscher   
  • Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
  • Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Interests: Skiing, modern classical piano, and diving
     Amanda Sutherland 
  • Undergrad: Miami University
  • Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Interests: Recreational runner and spending time outdoors, and spending time with animals
Last modified: Sep 28, 2018

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