Residents/Fellows Awards, Honors & Publications

Recent Honors, Awards, Appointments and Publications 
(Listed by date)

Dr. Kathryn Stadeli

(July 2018) Dr. Kathryn Stadeli, 2017-19 research resident, published “The autonomy crisis: A call to action for resident advocacy,” Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, published August 1, 2018.







Dr. Barclay Stewart

(June 2018) Dr. Barclay Stewart, 2018 resident graduate, General Surgery, received the 2018 Harborview Medical Center Annual Housestaff Award. Dr. Stewart is a co-recipient of this award with Dr. Aysha Appa, Department of Medicine, for “Clinical Ability and Humanitarian Concern.” This prestigious award is received by individuals who have gone on to achieve great success in their respective fields.

Dr. Stewart expresses, “I’m sure all of us nominated agree, it is an honor to have studied and worked at Harborview. We have had the privilege of serving an incredibly diverse population, learning from lifetimes of expertise in many fields and disciplines, and growing as young clinicians, leaders, scientists, and educators along the way.

I’m fortunate to stay at Harborview as a Burn, Trauma, and Critical Care Fellow; I look forward to becoming more involved with Harborview’s efforts to reduce barriers to care, transform our practice, strengthen outreach initiatives, and improve the quality and safety of the care we provide for our patients.”

Dr. Katy Flynn-O’Brien

Dr. Katy Flynn-O’Brien, 2018 resident graduate, General Surgery, Department of Surgery, was nominated for the 2018 Harborview Medical Center Annual Housestaff Award which is a great honor as well. Congratulations to awardees and nominees!







Dr. Robert Tessler

(May 2018) Dr. Robert Tessler, visiting General Surgery resident and T32 post-doctoral fellow at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC), was selected by the Department of Epidemiology as the UW School of Public Health’s (SPH) 2018 Outstanding Master’s Student. This award is recognizes exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service, and many contributions to SPH.

Over Dr. Tessler’s two-year fellowship, he completed a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health. His research interests include investigations of public policy and firearm violence, race and bias motivated interpersonal violence, trauma systems, emergency general surgery, and trauma care in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Tessler will be honored for this recognition at the UW School of Public Health’s Excellence Awards event in May 2018.

Drs. Annie Ehlers, Kate Stadeli and Barclay Stewart

In May 2018, Drs. Annie Ehlers, general surgery chief resident, Kate Stadeli, research resident and Barclay Stewart, general surgery chief resident, will attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. The meeting will focus on leadership development, as well as key issues facing surgeons and their patients. In addition, there will be specific events focusing on issues affecting Resident and Associate members of the ACS and Washington State. Their final day will be spent meeting with Senators and House Representatives to discuss advocacy initiatives supported by the ACS. Their travel is supported by the ACS and the Department of Surgery. This is the third year in a row that UW Surgery residents have attended this important meeting.

(April 2018) Dr. Rebecca Grace Lopez, Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery (CVES)/MIS fellow and Acting Assistant Professor, placed first in the "Best Resident and Fellows Presentations Competition" category for her presentation "Recurrent Dysphagia After Myotomy: Diagnosis, Workup, and Technique" at the 2018 SAGES meeting held in Seattle, Washington. Her video tackled the challenge of symptom recurrence after myotomy and reviewed key points in workup and surgical techniques to perform when addressing it.



(March 2018) Dr. David Miranda (R2) received the first Surgical Infection Society’s (SIS) Sawyer Award. This new award is to recognize trainees for their outstanding abstract submissions, network with members of the society and to provide the means for trainees to attend the SIS Annual Meeting. Dr. Miranda will be accepting the award and presenting his paper “Examining Healthcare Utilization After Use of a Mobile App for Wound-care Follow Up in the Emergency Department (ED)” at the 2018 38th Annual SIS Meeting.




Drs. Jay Zhu, Kate Stadeli, and Andrew Ludwig, and Surgical ARNP Kathryn Harris

Evening Huddles In Action: Surgical Night Float Meets with Evening Charge Nurses









(March 2018) Department of Surgery residents Drs. Jay Zhu (PGY-5), Kate Stadeli (PGY-4), and Andrew Ludwig (PGY-5), as well as Surgical ARNP Kathryn Harris (ARNP), received a high score for their Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) conference abstract submission. Their project is summarized below:

Improving Interdisciplinary Communication: Standardizing Nightly Huddles Between Surgery Night Float Residents and Acute Care Nurses

Poor communication plays a critical role in medical errors leading to patient injury and death, while also increasing dissatisfaction among the members of a healthcare team. At UWMC, there was concern that the surgery night float rotation was often receiving inadequate handoff communication while also participating in a culture that relies heavily on pager-based messaging. Through an interdisciplinary collaborative effort led by Jay Zhu, Kate Stadeli, Kathryn Harris, and Andrew Ludwig, the night float rotation implemented standardized evening huddles to bring together the night float resident and the nursing staff on acute care surgical floors for nightly face-to-face discussions. The goal was to improve the communication of patient care plans while enhancing teamwork between the physician and nursing teams. This initiative was first piloted at UWMC on 4NE, and has since expanded to 7SA. The response from both residents and nurses has been overwhelmingly positive. Through survey responses, nurses have indicated that they better understand the general surgery team's plan while also rating overall communication as being improved following the implementation of nightly huddles. Furthermore, more nurses were also able to identify their current night float resident on a face sheet. Currently, we are looking to establish similar huddles in other specialties and to expand this practice to Harborview Medical Center. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Traci Morgen, Patricia Berg, Jonathan Jimenez, and Michael Rositzke for being our incredible partners in this effort to improve patient care.

They have been invited to give an oral presentation and Dr. Zhu will be presenting their work at the 2018 AAMC Integrating Quality Conference.


(February 2018) Dr. Katherine Flynn-O'Brien, general surgery chief resident, has been named 'Outstanding Consultant of the Month' at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Flynn-O'Brien was named by a faculty attending recognizing her for exhibiting excellence in education for the primary patient care team, patient education, communicating personally, quality of recommendations and working collaboratively. "Katy was extremely helpful in providing management recommendations and coordinating with the HMC Burn Center regarding a complex patient with severe frostbite, which is not something UWMC surgeons have expertise with."



(February 2018) Dr. Anne Ehlers, general surgery chief resident, received the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) 2017 Rising Star award. Dr. Ehler’s name was put forth for this award by American College of Surgeons Professional Association PAC (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) Board members Drs. Ron Maier, professor and chief of trauma, burn & critical care, surgeon-in-chief, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington and Mika Sinanan, professor, division of general surgery, University of Washington. This award is in recognition for Dr. Ehler’s work to advance the College’s advocacy and political efforts.

The ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is governed by an appointed executive board which aims to support an advocacy agenda for surgeons and their patients across specialty lines. Through an interactive grassroots, educational and political investment program, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and its members provide financial support to candidates for Congress who will serve as champions for surgery’s legislative and health policy priorities on Capitol Hill. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC was established by the ACSPA in October 2002.

(September 2017) Dr. Ehlers, general surgery chief resident, co-published "Ehlers AP, Oelschlager BK, Pellegrini CA, Wright AS, Saunders MD, Flum DR, He H, Farjah F. Achalasia treatment, outcomes, utilization, & costs: a population-based study from the United States. JACS. 2017 Sep;225(3):380-386." Abstract >>

(May 2017) Drs. Ehlers, Giana H. Davidson, Kimberly Deeney, David A. Talan, David R. Flum, and Danielle C. Lavallee published their manuscript "Methods for Incorporating Stakeholder Engagement into Clinical Trial Design" in Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes (eGEMs). Read more >>