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Cincinnati Research in Outcomes and Safety in Surgery

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CROSS is a nationally recognized research enterprise that helps to shape surgical practice and public policy.  Directed and founded by Dr. Shimul A. Shah, the group is a self-sustaining, funded organization and has developed an educational platform for surgical residents to develop into independent investigators.  The goal of our research team is expanding patient care in all aspects of investigation using an inclusive environment, maximizing collaboration, and having strong PI oversight. The group has combined resources from the hospital and medical school to focus on disparities and inequities in care, utilization of complex surgical care and understanding access in urban and rural environments especially around race.

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CROSS | National Collaborators (PPTX)

More recently, the work has been focused on clinical care and redesign of patient-centered care after major surgery.  Our group has developed a tele-medical home program for post-liver transplantation patients and published the first pilot program demonstrating its utility and feasibility initiating a randomized controlled trial to assess the clinical effectiveness of telehealth versus standard of care which was the first of its kind in surgery and transplantation.

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CROSS | Future of academic healthcare research (PPTX)

The CROSS group has published over 100 manuscripts and presented at numerous national and international meetings in the last 11 years since it was created [click here to view peer-reviewed journal articles (PDF)]. 

Catherine G. Pratt, MD, was a Steve Sotsky Award Winner at the 2024 Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) meeting for her presentation "Follow-up and safety of hepatic C virus discordant liver transplants." This annual award recognizes the outstanding work in the field of hepato-pancreato-biliary surgical research by a trainee.

Six surgical residents have spent dedicated time in the laboratory.

Current Faculty:

  • Shimul A. Shah, MD
    Solid Organ Transplantation
  • R. Cutler Quillin, MD
    Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Robert Van Haren, MD
    Thoracic Surgery
  • Ian Paquette, MD
    Colorectal Surgery
  • Gregory Wilson, MD
    Surgical Oncology
  • Alicia Heelan, MD
    Surgical Oncology
  • Sameer Patel, MD
    Surgical Oncology
  • Carla Justiniano, MD
    Colorectal Surgery
  • Tammy Holm, MD, PhD
    Surgical Oncology

Trainees and Current Position:

  • 2012-2014 | R. Cutler Quillin, MD,
    Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • 2013-2015 | Jeffrey Sutton, MD,
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2013-2015 | Gregory Wilson, MD,
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • 2014-2016 | Audrey Ertel, MD, MS,
    Staff Surgeon, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • 2015-2017 | Richard S. Hoehn, MD,
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2016-2018 | Vikrom K. Dhar, MD, MS,
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • 2018-2020 | Tiffany E. Lee, MD, MS,
    MIS Fellow, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • 2018-2022 | Mackenzie Morris, MD,
    Transplant Fellow, Emory Health Sciences
  • 2018-2022 | Al-Faraaz Kassam, MD,
    Transplant Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2020-2022 | Aaron Delman, MD, MS,
    Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • 2020-2022 | Kevin Turner, MD,
    Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • 2022-2024 | Jenna Whitrock, MD, MS,
    Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • 2022-2024 | Adam Price, MD,
    Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • 2023-2025 | Catherine Pratt, MD,
    Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
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