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Natasha Corbitt, M.D., Ph.D., was selected as a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care. This title is accompanied by a four-year grant from the Dedman Foundation, which encourages the work of promising early-career physicians at UT Southwestern.

Madhuri Nagaraj, M.D., (with coauthors Lowe JE, Marinica AL, Morshedi BB, Isaacs SM, Miller BL, Chou AD, Cripps MW, Dumas RP) received an Excellence in Research Award for Using Trauma Video Review to Assess EMS Handoff and Trauma Team Non-Technical Skills from the judges for the upcoming ‚ÄčAmerican College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.




Courtney Balentine, M.D., participated in the June bioengineering, technology, and surgical sciences study section of the National Institutes of Health.

Natasha Corbitt, M.D., Ph.D., gave the commencement address for Atlantic Cape Community College on June 9, 2021. She also received an honorary associate’s degree in science for her accomplishments and service to the college.

Caroline Park, M.D., was elected as the next president of the Texas Association of Surgical Skills Laboratories (TASSL). She will replace outgoing TASSL president Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, Ph.D.

Thomas Schlieve, D.D.S., M.D., was elected to serve as director on the executive board of the Dallas County Dental Society for 2021-2023. 

Sam Wang, M.D., and Malcolm MacConmara, M.D., were accepted into UT Southwestern’s Successfully Obtaining an R (SOAR) Grant Program.




Ryan Dumas, M.D.
Interesting Case Presentation

Point Counterpoint Conference, American College of Surgeons

June 11, 2021, virtual presentation


Sergio Huerta, M.D.
7 Lessons From Extracting 7 Rectal Foreign Bodies: 7 Lessons From Running 7 Marathons in 7 Days

Anesthesia grand rounds, VA North Texas Health Care System 

June 2, 2021  Dallas, Texas 


Chase Pagani, B.A.

Novel Upstream Regulator of Mechanotransductive Signaling and Extracellular Matrix Remodeling Drives Progenitor Fate Determination in Aberrant Musculoskeletal Repair

Annual meeting, Plastic Surgery Research Council

June 7, 2021, virtual presentation


Digit Tip Regeneration Following Amputation Is Not True Regeneration

Annual meeting, Plastic Surgery Research Council

June 7, 2021, virtual presentation


Andrew Shubin, M.D. 

(Coauthors: MacConmara MP, Wojciechowski D, de Gregorio L, Shah J, Vagefi P, Hwang CS)

Belatacept Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States

Annual meeting, American Transplant Congress

June 6, 2021, virtual presentation


John Zuniga, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Nonsurgical Management and Pharmacologic Therapy for Post-Traumatic Peripheral Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain Disorders

Practice Management Workshops & Webinar Series

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

June 23, 2021, virtual presentation


View recent publications for the Department of Surgery here.