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RAS-ACS Leadership Scholarship Award Recipients

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is pleased to announce the winners of the RAS-ACS Leadership Scholarship Awards. The following individuals submitted applications which included an essay, a curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation. The winners were selected based on four criteria: prior RAS-ACS involvement, displaying the potential for future leadership within RAS-ACS, the strength of the letter of support, and essay’s support of the RAS-ACS vision.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!


Sriram Rangarajan, MDSriram Rangarajan, MD

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Sriram Rangarajan, MD, MAS, general surgery resident PGY-4, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente General Surgery Residency, Colton, CA, will be attending the 2020 ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC.

Caroline Park, MD, MPHCaroline Park

ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Caroline Park, MD, MPH, assistant professor, department of trauma and acute care surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, will be attending the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Rebecca L Williams-Karnesky, MD, PhDRebecca L. Williams-Karnesky

Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course

Rebecca L Williams-Karnesky, MD, PhD, surgical education research fellow, department of general surgery, University of New Mexico Hospital, will be attending the ACS Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course in Chicago, IL.

Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, MPHMinerva Romero Arena

Surgeons as Leaders Course

Minerva Romero Arenas, MD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery and surgery clerkship director, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, will be attending the Surgeons as Leaders Course in Durham, NC.


Diane Haddad, MDDiane Haddad

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Diane Haddad, MD, general surgery resident, T32 research fellow, and MPH candidate, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will be attending the Leadership and Advocacy Summit, March 29–April 2 in Washington, DC.

Jeremy D. Kauffman, MDJeremy D. Kauffman

Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course

Jeremy D. Kauffman, MD, research fellow, division of pediatric surgery, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital; and general surgery resident, department of surgery, UPMC Pinnacle, will be attending the Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course, March 29–31 in Chicago, IL.

Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MSSharven Taghavi

Surgeons as Leaders Course

Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor of surgery, division of trauma and critical care, Tulane University School of Medicine will be attending the ACS Surgeons as Leaders Course, April 28–May 1 in Durham, NC.

Ravi Viradia, MDRavi Viradia

ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Ravi Viradia, MD, chief, general surgery residency, West Virginia University, will be attending the ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 19–22 in Washington, DC.


Julia ColemanJulia Coleman

Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course

Julia Coleman, MD, MPH, trauma research fellow, University of Colorado, attended the 2018 Residents as Teachers and Leaders Course, April 13–15 at ACS Headquarters.

Nina DelavariNina Delavari

ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Nina Delavari, MD, PGY-2, Wayne State University, Royal Oak, MI, attended the ACS 2018 Quality and Safety Conference, July 21–24 in Orlando, FL.

Samuel EnumahSamuel Enumah

Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Samuel Enumah, MD, PGY-2, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, attended Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2018, May 19–22 in Washington, DC.

Brenessa LindemanBrenessa Lindeman

Surgeons as Leaders Course

Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, assistant professor of surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, attended the 2018 Surgeons as Leaders Course, June 24–27 in Durham, NC.