Current Research Trainees

Dr. Kyle Bilodeau

Kyle Bilodeau, MD, 2021-2023

Dr. Bilodeau 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. Bilodeau is focused on clinical and translational research involving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). His interests include the association bet ween ECMO support type, complications, and mortality, as well as the effect of current circuit technologies on hemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammation. During his fellowship, Dr. Bilodeau will also complete a Master of Science in the UW School of Public Health and Health Services, with a concentration in Clinical and Translational Research. Following his residency, Dr. Bilodeau plans to pursue a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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.

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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. Elina Serrano

Elina Serrano, MD, MPH, 2021-2023

Dr. Serrano is a research fellow in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK ) funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the mentorship of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. She is studying the impact of language barriers on commonly reported surgical outcomes such as complication rates, readmission rates, and mortality, as well as on patient reported measures of health, satisfaction, and quality of life. Dr. Serrano hopes to accomplish this through an integration of qualitative and quantitative research. Her goal is to use research findings to inform interventions aimed at improving surgical care access and deliver y for underserved communities. During her fellowship, Dr. Serrano will also complete a Master of Science in Health Ser vices with a concentration on Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Washing ton. She ultimately plans to pursue a career in academic surgery with an emphasis on surgical disparities research.

Dr. Michael Weykamp

Mike Weycamp, MD, 2021-2023

Dr. Weykamp 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. Weycamp is interested in translational research with a focus on pre-hospital trauma care, shock, and device development and is collaborating with researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center including Chief of Surgery, Dr. Jason Bingham, to develop therapies to improve the care of combat casualties. Dr. Weykamp plans to pursue a fellowship in trauma and critical care.

Dr. Frank Yang

Frank Yang, MD, 2021-2023

Dr. Yang is a research fellow in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK ) funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the guidance of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Yang ’s research interests include clinical outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and resource utilization in general and endocrine surgery. Dr. Yang will also be enrolled in the Master of Science program in Health Services with coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and other methodology in health services research. Following general surgery residency, Dr. Yang plans to pursue a fellowship in surgical oncology or endocrine surgery.

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.