Robotic HPB Program Expands to Whipple Procedure


In recent years, the division of surgical oncology has been providing a robotic surgical approach to treat different malignancies. Over 200 robotic procedures have been performed on the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus, including at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, for complex gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) malignancies by our team.

Research Under New Leadership


The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the consolidation of its research efforts. The program is under the direction of the vice chair of research for the department, Rolf Brekken, Ph.D. Dr. Brekken is assisted by the manager of basic science operations, Deborah Carlson, Ph.D., and the manager of clinical research, Nadia Nassaj, M.S.

Resident Presentations at the ACS Clinical Congress 2018


The general surgery resident presentations at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018.

UT Southwestern Expands Awards for Faculty


This year, UT Southwestern initiated a new slate of awards designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of clinical faculty. These awards, dubbed the Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards, will be given annually to those clinical faculty members who embody the very best in clinical and institutional excellence in six categories, based on criteria developed by a committee of faculty and administrative leaders.

Dr. Chung Named Chief of Pediatric Surgery


Dai Chung, M.D., is the new executive vice chair of surgery, the chief of pediatric surgery, and senior vice president of surgical services at Children’s Health.

Dr. Kirkwood Named Chief of Vascular Surgery


Melissa Kirkwood, M.D., has been named chief of the division of vascular surgery, making her the first female division chief in the department.

Watson Award Keynote Speaker


December 6 marks the date of the 2018 Patricia and William L. Watson Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine presentation and lecture. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Julie Freischlag, CEO of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Dr. Becky Sippel Discusses Endocrine Surgery in Enrico G. Bartolucci, M.D., Lectureship Series


The Enrico G. Bartolucci, M.D., Lectureship in Endocrine Surgery was given in September by Rebecca Sippel, M.D. Dr. Sippel is the chief of endocrine surgery and vice chair of academic affairs and professional development at the University of Wisconsin.

Surgery Residents Conquer Skills Competition at the ACS Clinical Congress


Residents Ibrahim Nassour, M.D., and Erika Bisgaard, M.D., took first place in the “So You Think You Can Operate?” competition.

Women in Surgery at UT Southwestern


The first Texas chapter of surgery group forms at UT Southwestern.