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General Surgery Residency Research

We are a community of learners and that includes you. During your residency, you will pursue research that leads to improved outcomes for our patients and future generations.

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Research span

During your residency, you will publish 2 papers in peer-reviewed journals and present at regional or national surgical meetings. We will recognize you as an author or co-author and support your research goals with funding, associates, databases and more.

Publications

Class of 2023

Bronson Bomkamp, MD

Publication

  • “Temporal Artery Biopsy: When is it Worth the Headache?” Wisconsin Medical Journal

Presentations

  • Temporal Artery Biopsy: When is it Worth the Headache? Presented at Wisconsin Surgical Society; Southwest Surgical Society, Maui, Hawaii; and Northern Plains Rural Surgical Society, Denver, Colo.

    Rachel Seiler, MBBS, MPH

    Publication

    • Postoperative Outcomes in the Plain Community Population of Western Wisconsin, The American Surgeon, Seiler RL, Kallies KJ, Borgert AJ, Reetz SR, Jarman BT

    Presentations

    • The PACTS Case Exploration: A Peer-Coaching and Learning Experience to Develop Culturally Dexterous Surgical Skills. Presented at 2022 Association of Program Directors in Surgery Annual Conference.                                                           
    • Examining Local Risk Factors for Late-Stage Diagnosis of Breast Cancers: A Single Institution Experience. Presented at American College of Surgeons Virtual Clinical Congress 2021.                                                                                             
    • Inpatient Nutrition Choices and 30-Day Post-Operative Morbidity and Mortality in Surgery Patients. Presented at Southwestern Surgical Congress 2021 Annual Conference.                                                                                               
    • "Residents as Teachers" Curricula During General Surgery Training: A Needs Assessment and Multidisciplinary Perspective. Presented at Association of Program Directors in Surgery 2021 Annual Conference.
    • Postoperative Outcomes in the Plain Community Patient Population: A Single Institution Retrospective Study in Wisconsin. Presented at Western Surgical Association 2020 Virtual Meeting.

    Class of 2022

    Publications  

    • Alyssa A. Welch, MD1, Brendon M. Esquibel, MD1, Kohei A. Osterloth, BS2, Kara J. Kallies, MS2, Alec Fitzsimmons, MPH2, Christine J. Waller, MD, FACS3 Trauma and Death in the Emergency Department: A Time to PAUSE (Promoting Acknowledgment, Unity, and Sympathy at the End of Life). Accepted for publication in The Journal of Trauma Nursing, 2022.  

      

    Presentations  

    • Cutts RP, Kallies KJ, Borgert AJ, Shapiro SB. Multispecialty Outcomes and the Role for Surgeons in Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients at an Independent Academic Medical Center. Accepted for presentation at Southwestern Surgical Congress (SWSC) 2021 Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, Sept 2-5, 2021.  

    • Cutts RP, Kallies KJ, Borgert AJ, Shapiro SB. Multispecialty Outcomes and the Role for Surgeons in Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients at an Independent Academic Medical Center. Presented at the Wisconsin Surgical Society (WSS) Virtual Annual Meeting, Nov. 6, 2020.  

    • Cutts RP, Kallies KJ, Borgert AJ, Shapiro SB. Multispecialty Outcomes and the Role for Surgeons in Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients at an Independent Academic Medical Center. Accepted for presentation at Southwestern Surgical Congress (SWSC) 2020 Annual Meeting, Ojai, Calif., Sept. 1-4, 2020 (conference cancelled).  

    • Faraz Khan, MD. The Role of Palliative Care in Acute Trauma: When is it Appropriate? - Lunda WI ACS Committee on Trauma Conference, September 2020.  

    • Faraz Khan, MD. Tube Thoracostomy Placement Technique - Can Adjusting the Angle and Direction of Tube Thoracostomy Placement Decrease the Likelihood of Inappropriately Positioning Tubes in a Lung Fissure? - Southwest Surgical Conference, September 2021.  

    • Alyssa A. Welch, MD1, Brendon M. Esquibel, MD1, Kohei A. Osterloth, BS2, Kara J. Kallies, MS2, Alec Fitzsimmons, MPH2, Christine J. Waller, MD, FACS3  Trauma and Death: A Time to PAUSE (Promoting Acknowledgment, Unity, and Sympathy at the End of Life).  Western Trauma Association Annual Meeting Oral Presentation, March 2021.  Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting Oral Presentation, October 2020.  

    • Alyssa A. Welch MD, Kohei A. Osterloth BS, Andrew J. Borgert, PhD; Alec J. Fitzsimmons MPH, Leroy J. Trombetta, MD, FACS. Reoperation rates following breast conservation surgery and potential risk factors that may help predict patients with a higher likelihood of having a positive margin. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting Oral Presentation, October 2021.  

    Class of 2021

    Publications 

    • Seegmiller CJ, Cogbill TH. Management of Peripheral Arterial Thromboembolism. In: Current Surgical Therapy, 13th edition (Cameron J, Cameron A, Eds.). Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier, 2019. 

    • Rudder NJ, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Smith TJ, Shapiro SB. Reduction of Surgical Site Infections in Colorectal Surgery: A 10-Year Experience from an Independent Academic Medical Center. Am J Surg. 2019; in press. 

    • Havel LL, Naik HR, Ramirez LD, Landercasper J. Has the SSO/ASTRO Margin Guideline Helped the Breast Cancer Lumpectomy Re-Operation Epidemic? A Meta-Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019; in press. 

    • Havel L, Landercasper J. ASO Author Reflections: Rapid Uptake of the SSO ASTRO Margin Guideline and Decreased Reoperations After Lumpectomy: A Success Story. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019;26(5):1245-1246. 

    • Havel LL, Lokkesmoe RK, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Shakhnovich I. In Search of the Right Tool: Using a Standardized Risk Calculator to Predict Groin Wound Infection. Vasc Endovasc Surg; submission pending. 

    Presentations 

    • Seegmiller C, Jarman BT. Small Bowel Obstruction: An Uncommon Presentation of Community Acquired Clostridium Difficile Enteritis. Gundersen Medical Foundation Annual Academic Day, May 23, 2017; La Crosse, Wis. 

    • Seegmiller C, Linebarger JH, Guzzo M. Review of Gundersen Health System's Immediate Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Gundersen Medical Foundation Annual Academic Day, May 22, 2018; La Crosse, Wis. (Poster). Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 3, 2018; Kohler, Wis. 

    • Rudder NJ, Marcos B. Severe Traumatic Unilateral Lung Injury with Refractory Hypoxemia – A Case Report and Clinical Review. WI ACS COT Resident Paper Competition/Lunda lecture. May 9, 2017; Milwaukee, Wis. Society of Critical Care Medicine 47th Critical Care Congress. Feb. 25-28, 2018; San Antonio, Texas. 

    • Rudder NJ, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Smith TJ, Shapiro SB. Reduction of Surgical Site Infections in Colorectal Surgery: A 10-Year Experience from an Independent Academic Medical Center. IHI Scientific Symposium, December 11, 2017; Orlando, FL. (Poster). IHI Storyboard Session, Dec. 12, 2017; Orlando, Fla. (Poster). Southwestern Surgical Congress 70th Annual Meeting, April 8-11, 2018; Napa, Calif. 

    • Rudder NJ, Borgert AJ, Fisher MG. Evaluation of triage and level of activation at a Level II trauma center. WI ACS COT Resident Paper Competition / Lunda lecture. June 1, 2019; Milwaukee, Wis. 

    • Havel LL, Goplin S, Vang CA, Landercasper J, Linebarger JH. Prevalence of Contralateral Breast Procedures in Patients Undergoing Surgery for Ipsilateral Breast Cancer at a Community Based Multidisciplinary Breast Center. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 3, 2017; Kohler, Wis. ASBrS 19th Annual Meeting, May 4, 2018; Orlando, Fla. (Poster) 

    • Havel LL, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Shakhnovich I. In Search of the Right Tool: Using a Standardized Risk Calculator to Predict Groin Wound Infection. Midwestern Vascular 2018 42nd Annual Meeting, Sept. 14, 2018; St. Louis, Mo. 

    • Havel LL, Naik HR, Ramirez LD, Landercasper J. Has the SSO/ASTRO Margin Guideline Helped the Breast Cancer Lumpectomy Re-Operation Epidemic? A Meta-Analysis. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 2, 2018; Kohler, Wis. 

    Class of 2020

    Publications 

    • Esquibel BM, Landercasper J. Commentary for Tjoe JA, Greer DM, Ihde SE, Bares DA, Mikkelson WM, Weese JL. Improving Quality Metric Adherence to Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy among Surgeons Within a Multihospital Health Care System. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Sep;221(3):758-66. Breast Disease Quarterly. 2016;27(1):51-2. 

    • Esquibel BM, Waller CJ, Agger WA. An Unusual Subcutaneous Mass in an Otherwise Healthy Patient: A Case Report of a Histoplasmosis Soft-Tissue Infection Diagnosed on Excisional Biopsy. Case Rep Infect Disc. 2017; in press 

    • Esquibel BM, O'Heron CT, Arnold EJ, Kallies KJ, Jarman BT. International Surgery Electives during General Surgery Residency: A 9-year Experience at an Independent Academic Center. J Surg Educ. 2018;75(6):e234-e239. 

    • Fedor DM, Landercasper J. Commentary: "Caudle AS, Yang WT, Krishnamurthy S, et al. Improved Axillary Evaluation Following Neoadjuvant Therapy for Patients With Node-Positive Breast Cancer Using Selective Evaluation of Clipped Nodes: Implementation of Targeted Axillary Dissection. J Clin Oncol 2016; 34:1072-1078." Gland Surg. 2016;5(4):450-2. 

    • Fedor DM, Borgert AJ, Wagner AJ, Lang AM, Kallies KJ, Marcos B. Implementation of a Surgical Intensive Care Unit for Trauma Patients at a Community Hospital.  Manuscript in progress. 

    • Rasmussen JM, Kallies KJ, Cogbill TH, Waller CJ. Management of traumatic hypothermia at a community teaching hospital. Manuscript in progress. 

    Presentations 

    • Esquibel BM, O'Heron CT, Arnold EJ, Kallies KJ, Jarman BT. International Surgery Electives during General Surgery Residency: A 9-year Experience at an Independent Academic Center. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 3, 2017; Kohler, Wis. Association for Program Directors in Surgery 2018 Surgical Education Week, May 1-5, 2018; Austin, Texas. 

    • Fedor DM, Borgert AJ, Wagner AJ, Lang AM, Kallies KJ, Marcos B. Implementation of a Surgical Intensive Care Unit for Trauma Patients at a Community Hospital. WI ACS COT Resident Paper Competition/Lunda lecture. May 9, 2017; Milwaukee, Wis. Society of Critical Care Medicine 47th Critical Care Congress. Feb. 25-28, 2018; San Antonio, Texas. 

    • Rasmussen JM, Kallies KJ, Cogbill TH, Waller CJ. Management of traumatic hypothermia at a community teaching hospital. Wisconsin ACS-Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, May 17, 2016; La Crosse, Wis. 

    Class of 2019

    Publications 

    • Ahmad HF, Jarman BT, Kallies KJ, Shapiro SB. A 15 Year Survey of Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow Research Experiences at an American College of Surgeons State Chapter Surgical Conference: An Analysis of Future Publications, Career Choices, and Practice Demographics. J Surg Educ. 2017;74(5):857-61. 

    • Ahmad HF, Kallies KJ, Shapiro SB. Mupirocin Surgical Site Dressings And Its Effect On Postoperative Surgical Site Infections In Elective Colorectal Surgery: A Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Surg; in progress. 

    • Hill LA, Kennedy C, Landercasper J. NCCN Compliant Laboratory Monitoring in Early Stage Breast Cancer: Patient Outcomes and Costs. WMJ; under review. 

    • Hill LA, Waller CJ, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Rathke DA, Cogbill TH. Impact of Advanced Directives on Outcomes and Charges in Elderly Trauma Patients. Manuscript in progress. 

    Presentations 

    • Ahmad HF, Jarman BT, Kallies KJ, Shapiro SB. A 15 Year Survey of Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow Research Experiences at an American College of Surgeons State Chapter Surgical Conference: An Analysis of Future Publications, Career Choices, and Practice Demographics. Wisconsin Surgical Society, Nov.13, 2015; Kohler, Wis. Association of Program Directors in Surgery, April 12-16, 2016; Boston, MA. (Poster) 

    • Ahmad HF, Kallies KJ, Shapiro SB. Mupirocin Surgical Site Dressings And Its Effect On Postoperative Surgical Site Infections In Elective Colorectal Surgery: A Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial. Southwestern Surgical Congress 70th Annual Meeting, April 8-11, 2018; Napa, Calif. 

    • Hill LA, Waller CJ, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Rathke DA, Cogbill TH. Impact of Advanced Directives on Outcomes and Charges in Elderly Trauma Patients. Wisconsin ACS-Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, May 17, 2016; La Crosse, Wis. 

    • Hill LA, Kennedy C, Landercasper J. NCCN Compliant Laboratory Monitoring in Early Stage Breast Cancer: Patient Outcomes and Costs. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, November 4, 2016; Kohler, WI. (Poster) *Awarded Best Poster* Gundersen Medical Foundation Annual Academic Day, May 23, 2017; La Crosse, Wis. (Poster) 

    • Hill LA, Kothari SN. Laparoscopic Management of Primary and Recurrent Morgagni Hernia. ACS Clinical Congress 2018, October 23, 2018; Boston, Mass. (Video) 

    Class of 2018

    Publications 

    • Badger W, Landercasper J. Invited Commentary for "McDermott A, Wall D, Waters P, et al. Surgeon and Breast Unit Volume-Outcome Relationships in Breast Cancer Surgery and Treatment. Ann Surg. 2013;258:808-814". Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly. 2014;25(2):140-2. 

    • Badger WR, Kallies KJ, Borgert AJ, Kothari SN. Utility of Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography in Clinical Decision Making of Suspected Choledocholithiasis: An Institutional Analysis and Literature Review. Am J Surg. 2017 Aug;214(2):251-255. 

    • Coorough N, Landercasper J. Invited commentary for "Surgeon Specialization and Use of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer: Yen TWF, Laud PW, Sparapani RA, et al (Med College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) JAMA Surg 149:185-192, 2014". Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly. 2014;25(3):250-2. 

    • Watson RS, Cogbill TH. Atherosclerotic Renal Artery Stenosis. In Cameron JL, Cameron AM (Eds.) Current Surgical Therapy 12th edition. Elsevier, New York, NY; 2016. 

    • Watson RS, Brusky KA, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Kothari SN. Gallbladder Wall Thickness Measured on Ultrasound: Is it Associated with Operative Time and Surgical Pathology? Manuscript in progress. 

    • Watson RS, Borgert AJ, O'Heron CT, Kallies KJ, Sidwell RA, Mellinger JD, Joshi AR, Galante JM, Chambers LW, Morris JB, Josloff RK, Melcher ML, Fuhrman GM, Terhune KP, Chang L, Ferguson EM, Auyang ED, Patel KR, Jarman BT. A Multicenter Prospective Comparison of the ACGME Milestones: Clinical Competency Committee vs. Resident Self-Assessment. J Surg Educ. 2017; 74(6):e8-e14. 

    Presentations 

    • Badger WR, Marcos B. A Single Institution Case Series of Operative Management for Rib Fracture. Wisconsin ACS-COT Meeting/Lunda lecture. May 19, 2015; Milwaukee, Wis. 

    • Badger WR, Kallies KJ, Borgert AJ, Kothari SN. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography, or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Which Comes First. Wisconsin Surgical Society, Nov. 14, 2015; Kohler, Wis. (Poster) Southwestern Surgical Congress, April 4, 2016; Coronado, CA. (Quick Shot) Gundersen Medical Foundation Inaugural Academic Day, May 24, 2016; La Crosse, Wis. (Poster). *Awarded Best Poster* 

    • Badger WR, Ramirez LD, Fisher MG. Chest Wall Thickness and Needle Decompression: You want me to put this where? WI ACS COT Resident Paper Competition/Lune Lecture. May 9, 2017; Milwaukee, Wis. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting. November 4, 2017; Kohler, Wis. (Quick shot). 

    • Coorough NE, Marcos B. Lap-assisted PEG tube placement in a morbidly obese patient (Video). Wisconsin Surgical Society, November 14, 2015; Kohler, Wis. 

    • Coorough NE, Smith TJ. Sustainable Improvement in Postoperative Pneumonia Rates Following a NSQIP Based Quality Improvement Project. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, November 3, 2017; Kohler, Wis. 

    • Watson RS, Saterbak AT, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Fisher MG. Reducing Hip Dislocations: Does It Matter Where It's Done? Wisconsin ACS-COT Meeting/Lunda lecture May 6, 2014; Madison, Wis. 

    • Watson RS, Brusky KA, Borgert AJ, Kallies KJ, Kothari SN. Gallbladder Wall Thickness Measured on Ultrasound: Is it Associated with Operative Time and Surgical Pathology? Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, November 4, 2016; Kohler, Wis. (Poster). Southwestern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting, April 2, 2017; Maui, Hawaii. (Poster) 

    • Watson RS, Borgert AJ, O'Heron CT, Kallies KJ, Sidwell RA, Mellinger JD, Joshi AR, Galante JM, Chambers LW, Morris JB, Josloff RK, Melcher ML, Fuhrman GM, Terhune KP, Chang L, Ferguson EM, Auyang ED, Patel KR, Jarman BT. A Multicenter Prospective Comparison of the ACGME Milestones: Clinical Competency Committee vs. Resident Self-Assessment. APDS Annual Meeting/Surgical Education Week, April 18, 2017; San Diago, Calif. Gundersen Medical Foundation Annual Academic Day, May 23, 2017; La Crosse, Wis. 

    • Watson RS, Grover BT. Laparoscopic Intraperitoneal Repair of Spigelian Hernias: The Gundersen Experience. Wisconsin Surgical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 3, 2017; Kohler, Wis. (Video). Southwestern Surgical Congress 70th Annual Meeting, April 8-11, 2018; Napa, Calif. (Video/E-poster). 

     

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