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Medical Students Create Video on General Surgery as a Career

November 7th, 2018

What is it like — really like? — to be a practicing general surgeon?  What are the rewards? The challenges?  And what exactly does the field of general surgery encompass? These are just some of the myriad questions medical students may ask themselves as they ponder their future career options.

The best way to find answers to these and other questions is to go directly to the source — practicing general surgeons — and hear what they have to say.  So that’s precisely what a group of student leaders from the Boston University Surgical Society did.  Under the mentorship of faculty member Tracey Dechert, MD, the Surgical Society was established to foster interest in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties among BU’s medical students.

Using equipment loaned by the BU College of Communications, the students spent two months creating a video featuring interviews with five BUSM/Boston Medical Center surgeons, who describe their subspecialty areas, dispel some common myths, and share what they love about their work. The result is an engaging, informative 21-minute video that pulls back the curtain on a field of medicine that is sometimes not well understood.

The faculty who were interviewed for the video represent different subspecialty areas of general surgery: Dr. Dechert (acute care and trauma surgery/surgical critical care), Cullen Carter, MD (minimally invasive and bariatric surgery), Thurston Drake, MD, MPH (surgical endocrinology), Jason Hall, MD, MPH (colon and rectal surgery), and Teviah Sachs, MD, MPH (surgical oncology).

In collaboration with Dr. Dechert and General Surgery resident Sherif Aly, MD, who did the editing, the students who conducted the interviews and did the filming are: Daniel Aldea, Susana Benitez, Matthew Peacock, Michal Plocienniczak, and Nirupama Vellanki.

“This is a well-produced and very informative  video that captures so much of what is so special about being a general surgeon and provides answers to questions that may help medical students decide if this is the right career path for them,” says Surgery Chief and Chair Jennifer Tseng, MD, MPH. “I am grateful to my fellow surgeons for sharing their insights about our amazing profession; to Dr. Aly, who did a terrific job with the editing; and to the BU Surgical Society medical students, who conceived of this video and worked so hard to make it a reality.”


Boston Trauma Institute (BTI): Pilot Grant Award

October 19th, 2018

The BUSM/BMC Department of Surgery is providing pilot funding* to catalyze innovative translational research in the following areas to support the goals of the new Boston Trauma Institute:

  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Injury Prevention
  • Trauma Survivorship
  • Socially Responsible Surgery

* direct costs up to $10,000

Application Due:  December 1, 2018
Funding Announcements:  December 17, 2018

This RFA is open to ALL members of the BU/BMC community.

To learn more about the grant program, RFA requirements, and submission details, click here: BTI Pilot Award Announcement

BUSM/BMC Faculty and Trainees at ACS Clinical Congress 2018

October 17th, 2018



Department of Surgery Grand Rounds (Visiting Assistant Professor Series)
Location/Time: L110, 8-9 AM
Topic: A Beginner’s Guide to Health Services Research: From Bariatric Surgery to Mark Bellhorn
Presenter: Luke M. Funk, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery; Associate Program Director, Advanced Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship; Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Research, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Association for Academic Surgery 2018 Fall Courses (registration required:
Location/Time: Sheraton Boston Hotel, 7 AM- 6:30 PM


Association of Women Surgeons (in conjunction with AWS meeting Oct. 20-22)
Location/Time: Marriot Copley Place, 9:30-10:45 AM
Topic: Practical Pearls in Negotiating with Surgeons: 4 8-minute talks and 20 minutes of panel discussion

  • Herbert Chen, University of Alabama: Understanding Your Value as a Surgeon
  • Dr. Julie Ann Sosa, University of California, San Francisco: Beyond Salary — What Can I Negotiate For?
  • Jennifer Tseng, Boston University: Negotiating for Things after You Start
  • Ann Prestipino, Massachusetts General Hospital: The Business of Hiring You: The Hospital’s Perspective

Surgical Skills Competition
Location/Time: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Room 160ABC),  3-5 PM


Time: 9:45-11:15 AM
Session Title: Surgical Education
Presentation: The Effect of Patient Code Status on Surgical Resident Decision Making
Presenter: Miriam Neufeld, MD

Time: 9:45-11:15 AM
Session Title: Diverticulitis 2018: Every Year the Recommendations Change
Co-Moderator: Jason F. Hall, MD, MPH, FACS

Time:11:30 AM – 1 PM
Session Title: Vascular Surgery I
Moderator: Jeffrey Siracuse, MD, FACS

Time: 1– 5:15 PM
Session Title: Negotiation Skills Training
Panelist: Virginia R. Litle, MD, FACS

Tuscan Kitchen, 64 Seaport Blvd. 
7 PM: Honoring Dr. Glantz


Time: 9:45-11:15 AM
Session Title: General Surgery II
Presentation: There is an Important Difference in the BMI Threshold for Increased Complications after Open vs. Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
Presenter: Rumbidzayi Nzara, MD


Time: 9:45-11:15 AM, Session of Interest
Presenter: Matthew Kulke, MD (Chief, Hematology-Oncology, BUSM and BMC)
Presentation: Neuroendocrine Tumors: What Are They and How Should They be Managed? PS312

Time: 2:30-4 PM
Session Title: General Surgery VII

     Presentation: Socioeconomic Status Affects Access to Ambulatory Cholecystectomy
     Presenter: Megan Janeway, MD

     Presentation: Comparing Risk-Standardized Readmission Rates of Surgical Patients at Safety Net
& Non-Safety Net Hospitals
     Presenter: Stephanie D. Talutis, MD, MPH

Time: 4:15-5:45 PM
Session Title:  Bariatric/Foregut IV
Moderator: Donald T. Hess, MD, FACS


Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
Location/Time: L110 at 8AM
Topic:  The Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i)
Presenter:  Eric A. Elster, MD, FACS, Capt., MC, USN, Professor and Chairman of Surgery, the Uniformed Services University

Interdisciplinary Team Receives Grant to Investigate Dialysis Access Malfunction

September 26th, 2018

The research team (from left): Drs. Alik Farber, co-PI, Surgery; Mostafa Belghasem, Pathology; Vipul Chitalia, PD/PI, Medicine; Raj Viveldhan, co-PI, Surgery; and Jean Francis, Medicine. Not pictured is Thomas Szabo, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, BU School of Engineering.

Patients with chronic kidney disease frequently develop stenosis of their intrathoracic large veins (i.e., central venous stenosis), which jeopardizes their prospects of having a functional dialysis access. The current method to diagnose this complication is fraught with inaccuracies.

An interdisciplinary team (members of the Evans Center IBR Thrombosis and Hemostasis ARC) at Boston University has received a major grant from the biotech company Philips to tackle this challenge. The group will lead a clinical study to assess the potential of intravenous ultrasound (IVUS), an emerging technique, to investigate and diagnose the mechanical properties of central venous stenosis.

The results from this study will address one of the critical bottlenecks in the management of dialysis access malfunction, particularly in BMC’s underserved patient population. It is also likely to seed larger clinical trials in the future to guide endovascular therapies.

Surgery Annual Report for 2018 Published

September 13th, 2018

The Department of Surgery recently published its Annual Report 2018, "Building a Healthier Future for All."  In addition to news about the many achievements of faculty and trainees, the report includes features on innovations in patient care, research, equity, and quality, as well as a profile of an alumnus.

Click here to download a PDF of the 2018 Annual Report.  To request a printed copy of the report, please contact Kim Wenzel ( in the Department of Surgery.










Dr. Tseng Named Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery

March 29th, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Tseng

Dr. Jennifer F. Tseng

Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH, was appointed Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Tseng serves as the Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center (BMC).

Dr. Tseng's clinical specialty is surgical oncology and gastrointestinal surgery, with a focus on the upper grastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Tseng founded and codirects Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research (SOAR), a clinical and outcomes research institute initiated at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, continued at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and now based in Boston at BUSM/BMC.

Dr. Tseng’s research interests include developing models for cancer treatment-sequencing strategies, cancer biomarkers, and healthcare disparities and outcomes research. Dr. Tseng is a member of numerous surgical societies including the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Society of Surgical Oncology. She serves as the secretary of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and as president-elect of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS).

Nine Faculty Named to Boston Magazine’s “Top Docs” 2017

March 27th, 2018

december-cover-psCongratulations to the following Department of Surgery faculty members cited as “tops” in their specialties in Boston Magazine’s 2017 “Top Docs” issue.

Peter Burke, MD, Acute Care and Trauma Surgery

Alik Farber, MD, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Jason Hall, MD, MPH, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Donald Hess, MD, Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery

Jeffrey Kalish, MD, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Maureen Kavanah, MD, Surgical Oncology

Virginia Litle, MD, Thoracic Surgery

David McAneny, MD, General Surgery, Surgical Endocrinology, Surgical Oncology,

Jaromir Slama, MD, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH Appointed as Chief and Chair of Surgery

August 2nd, 2017

On July 1, 2017, the Department of Surgery and Boston University School of Medicine welcomed Dr. Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH as the new Chief and Chair of Surgery.

Boston University School of Medicine Press Release

Department of Surgery Faculty Among Boston’s “Top Docs” 2016

December 5th, 2016

Boston Magazine’s 2016 “Top Docs” issue recognizes eight Boston University School of Medicine Department of Surgery faculty members. Congratulations to the following providers for being recognized as “tops” in their respective fields:

Peter Burke, MD (Surgery)

Alik Farber, MD (Vascular Surgery)

Jason Hall, MD, MPH (Colon and Rectal Surgery)

Jeffrey Kalish, MD (Vascular Surgery)

Maureen Kavanah, MD (Surgery)

Virginia Litle, MD (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery)

David McAneny, MD (Surgery)

Jane Mendez, MD (Surgery)


Department of Surgery seeking a new attending and surgery faculty member in the Division of Cardiac Surgery

November 22nd, 2016

Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine Department of Surgery are seeking a new attending and surgery faculty member in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a 496-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary care and family medicine to advanced specialty care. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all.

BMC is the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). BUSM is highly ranked and is a recognized leader in groundbreaking medical research.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery at BMC has provided outstanding cardiac surgical care to patients since the 1940s and was one of the first divisions of its kind in the United States. The highly skilled team includes a seasoned group of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and cardiac nurses.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Heart Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Graft
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Ventricular Aneurysm Repair

We ask that candidates who wish to be considered send a CV and cover letter describing the experiences that qualify them for our position. Please send all materials directly to: David McAneny, MD, Ad Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine via email to Please include “Cardiac Surgery Position” in the subject line.

Boston University and Boston Medical Center are equal opportunity employers, committed to their common mission of improving the health of Boston’s residents while adhering to the highest standards of academic medicine.

BMC and BUSM are affirmative action/equal employment employers.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.