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ACS Faculty Research Fellows for 2023–2024 Announced

May 1, 2022

From left to right: Dr. Lily Cheng, Dr. Katherine Hekman, Dr. Kristy Broman, and Dr. Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly
From left to right: Dr. Lily Cheng, Dr. Katherine Hekman, Dr. Kristy Broman, and Dr. Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded Faculty Research Fellowships to four individuals for 2023–2024. The fellowship assists a surgeon in the establishment of their research program under mentorship with the goal of transitioning to an independent investigator. The fellowship award is $40,000 annually for 2 years and supported through the generosity of Fellows, chapters, and friends of the College.

The award recipients are as follows:

  • Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship: Lily Cheng, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Specialty: Pediatric surgery. Research title: Investigating the Role of Biomechanical Forces on the Enteric Nervous System in Hirschsprung Disease.
  • Katherine E. Hekman, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Specialty: Vascular surgery. Research title: Driving Mitochondrial Bioenergetics of iPSC-ECs toward a Lymphangiogenic Phenotype for the Treatment of Lymphedema.
  • Kristy Kummerow Broman, MD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Specialty: Surgical oncology. Research title: Quality of Care and Patient Preferences for Cancer Surgery at Hub versus Affiliate Sites within Health Systems.
  • Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison. Specialty: Surgical oncology. Research title: Targeted Combination Therapy in a Novel in Vivo Model of Fibrolamellar Carcinoma.

The online application for the Faculty Research Fellowship will re-open in September; visit the ACS website at facs.org/for-medical-professionals/professional-growth-and-wellness/scholarships-fellowships-and-awards/research/acs-faculty-research-fellowships.