Residents/Fellows Awards, Honors & Publications

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

Dr. Y. David Seo

(April 2019) Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery, and Dr. Y. David Seo, Division of General Surgery (R3) and research fellow, published a paper “Mobilization of CD8+ T cells via CXCR4 blockade facilitates PD-1 checkpoint therapy in human pancreatic cancer” in the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research. Their findings challenge the commonly held view that pancreatic cancer does not elicit an immune system response that is robust enough for immunotherapy to be effective. The researchers report that they found such T cells within pancreatic tumors and determined that they can be activated to attack and kill cancer cells. They studied pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common and most deadly pancreatic cancer.



Dr. Jamie Robinson

(March 2019) Dr. Jamie Robinson, Division of General Surgery (R2), was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (ΑΩΑ) by current UW ΑΩΑ chapter members. Each year, the chapter elects faculty, residents, and fellows who demonstrate commitment to and excellence in teaching medical students as well as displaying outstanding leadership, professionalism, service, and professional achievement.

One of the nomination comments for Dr. Robinson: “Jamie is a great team member to work with. She is excellent at her job, but also works to involve and teach medical students at every level. She is a great leader because she values each team member and their role and always encourages students to contribute and make meaningful contributions to the team. She does the right thing for patients for the right reasons, even when no one is looking or when she won't get credit. She truly prioritizes the patient's well-being and shows all patients compassion and respect.”

Dr. Robinson expresses, “I’ve been lucky enough to have incredible mentors throughout my training, and I understand the importance of that mentorship in our field. I always enjoy working with our bright medical students and try to do my best to answer any questions they have about a career in General Surgery or medicine in general.”

ΑΩΑ’s purpose is to perpetuate excellence in the medical profession, and election to ΑΩΑ is one of the highest honors that physicians can receive. It recognizes excellence in scholarly activities, humanistic qualities, leadership capacity, and exceptional patient care skills.


Dr. Dara Horn

(March 2019) Dr. Dara Horn, research resident, received a $1,000 travel award to attend Shock Society’s 42th Annual Conference to be held in Coronado, CA, June 2019. This award is for her abstract entitled "Variation In the Hla-A Peptide Binding Groove is Associated with Sepsis after Traumatic Injury"

Dr. Horn expresses, “This is award will allow me to travel to the annual Conference on Shock and showcase a multidisciplinary collaboration between Harborview Medical Center and our partners in California, in which we identified a possible genetic predisposition to sepsis and septic shock in critically ill trauma patients. I look forward to presenting this work in June, and will use this opportunity as a stepping stone for further related research.”



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.







Drs. Jake Hemingway, Division of Vascular Surgery (R2) and Dawn Coleman, Associate Professor of Surgery, University Of Michigan, Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society Councilor-At-Large

(February 2019) Dr. Jake Hemingway, Division of Vascular Surgery (R2), won the 2019 Best Paper at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the prestigious Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS). The VESS is the only national vascular organization devoted to young vascular surgeons and trainees. His topic was “Lowering the Ankle Brachial Index Threshold in Blunt Lower Extremity Trauma May Prevent Unnecessary Imaging.”








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.