Current Research Trainees

Dr. Catherine Beni

Catherine Beni, MD, PhD, 2019-2021

Dr. Beni is a research fellow in the T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Trauma and Burns under the guidance of Dr. Grant O'Keefe, Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery. Dr. Beni is focused on translational research for improving the precision of trauma resuscitation. She is working to characterize current resuscitation practices after trauma, with the goal of utilizing mathematical modeling to create decision-making tools and feedback-control algorithms for fluid resuscitation. She is also working on improving the evaluation of volume status in critically ill patients. She ultimately intends to pursue a fellowship in trauma and critical care.

Dr. David Droullard

David Droullard, MD, 2019-2021

Dr. Droullard is a trainee in the NIDDK-funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the direction of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. He is interested in comparative effectiveness research and health systems and policy. His research will involve multiple areas of general surgery with a focus on the evidence-based management of diverticulitis. During his fellowship, Dr. Droullard will also complete a Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Washington with a focus on Health Services. He plans to ultimately pursue a fellowship in colorectal surgery and a career as an academic surgeon.

Dr. Christopher Little

Christopher Little, MD, 2020-2022

Dr. Little is a research fellow in the NIH-funded T32 Transplant Research Training Program at the University of Wisconsin under the direction of Principal Investigator Drs. Dixon Kaufman, Ray D. Owen, Professor and Chair of the Division of Transplantation. Their work will focus on developing a safe and effective tolerance induction protocol for MHC-disparate renal transplantation in a non-human primate model. Specifically, they seek to establish a novel post-transplant non-myeloablative, helical tomotherapy-based total lymphoid irradiation conditioning regimen followed by donor hematopoietic stem cell infusion as a strategy to generate mixed chimerism and sustained operational tolerance. Furthermore, they seek to elucidate the immunologic mechanisms that underlie induction and maintenance of chimeric-based immunotolerance. Following residency, Dr. Little plans to pursue a fellowship in abdominal organ transplantation.

Dr. Alex Lois

Alex Lois, MD, 2019-2021

Dr. Lois is a trainee in the NIDDK-funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the tutelage of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. His research will span a variety of clinical areas including health systems and policy, surgical ethics, and examining patient reported outcomes in general and foregut surgery. Additionally, Dr. Lois will be enrolled at the University of Washington, completing a Master of Science degree with a focus in Epidemiology. This advanced coursework in quantitative and qualitative research methodology and data analysis will facilitate his ongoing research at SORCE and help prepare him for a future career as a physician scientist. Following residency Dr. Lois plans to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive and foregut surgery with the goal of continuing a career in academic surgery.

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Kajal Mehta, MD, 2020-2022

Dr. Mehta is a Global Surgery research fellow currently completing a NIH-Fogarty International Global Health Research Fellowship with funding from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She is working under the mentorship of Drs. Barclay Stewart, Assistant Professor, and Tam Pham, Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery, University of Washington, and Drs. Shankar Rai and Kiran Nakarmi, Nepal Cleft and Burn Center in Kirtipur, Nepal. She will be based out of Nepal, focusing on burns and injury prevention in low-resource settings. Dr. Mehta's work encompasses studying enteral resuscitation for major burn injuries in austere settings, critical care-based Quality Improvement initiatives, cookstove-related burn injuries, and the gut/skin microbiome in burn-injured patients. She plans to ultimately pursue a fellowship in Burns and Critical Care and a career in global public health research and program development.

Dr. Joshua Rosen

Joshua Rosen, MD, 2020-2022

Dr. Rosen is a research fellow in the NIDDK funded T-32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the mentorship of Dr. David Flum, Professor, Division of General Surgery. Dr. Rosen's main interests lie in improving the quality of decisions made in the care of acutely ill and medically complex surgical and trauma patients. He plans to address this from multiple perspectives including analyzing large datasets to better understand disease outcomes, improving decision-making frameworks, and understanding how to better utilize outcomes data in real-world clinical decisions. Dr. Rosen will also be completing coursework in advanced epidemiologic and statistical methods. He plans to ultimately pursue a fellowship in trauma and critical care.

Dr. Jamie Oh

Jamie Oh, MD, 2019-2021

Dr. Oh is a research fellow in the NIH-funded T32 Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Trauma and Burns under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Grant O'Keefe, Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery and Dr. Nicole Gibran, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for Harborview Medical Center and Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery. Dr. Oh will focus on translational research involving animal models and human models for wound healing. He will be analyzing RNA sequence data to elucidate genetic influences on scarring and long term functional outcomes following burn injury. He will also work on clinical projects involving the burn registry, such as determining racial and socioeconomic determinants for outcomes after burn injury. During these two years, Dr. Oh will also be enrolled in the Masters of Science in Epidemiology program through the UW School of Public Health, focusing on clinical and translational research methods. He plans to ultimately pursue a fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care.

Dr. Irene Zhang

Irene Zhang, MD, 2020-2022

Dr. Zhang is a research fellow in the NIDDK-funded T32 Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the mentorship of Principal Investigator Dr. David Flum, Professor, Division of General Surgery, and collaborators at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE). Her research interests include surgical decision-making, patient-reported outcomes, as well as health economics and health policy. During this time, Dr. Zhang will also complete a MPH degree in Health Services, with a concentration in Health Systems and Policy, at the University of Washington. She ultimately plans to pursue a career in academic surgery.