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Research Faculty—Surgery

Program Director/Department Chair: Robert Cooney, MD

  • Vivian Gahtan, MD
    Research Interests:

    Smooth muscle cell migration, thrombospondin, extracellular matrix-smooth muscle cell interactions, vascular surgery procedure outcomes

  • Dilip Kittur, MD, ScD, FACS
    Research Interests:

    Xenotransplantation, Endothelial cell dysfunction, Use of herbal products in transplant biology

  • Leslie Kohman, MD, FACS
    Distinguished Service Professor
    Research Interests:

    All aspects of thoracic oncology and lung cancer. Clinical trials in solid organ cancers.

  • Kristopher Maier, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Vascular disease, Vascular Complications in Diabetes, Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Intracellular Signaling

  • Qinghe Meng, MD
  • Gary Nieman, MS
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cardiopulmonary Critical Care

  • Guirong Wang, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Innate immunology; host defense; inflammatory regulation; Surfactant Protein expression, regulation and function; humanized transgenic mice;  Bacterial induced pneumonia and sepsis; acute lung injury and ARDS; lung stem cell and differentiation; PM2.5 induced pulmonary disease 

More About Upstate Research and Faculty

Overview of Research
David Amberg, PhD
Vice President for Research
Research Administration Organization
Sponsored Programs
Jennifer A. Rudes, Director, Sponsored Programs Pre-Award
Office of Sponsored Programs
Research Administration
Holly Chanatry, MS
Strategic Research Initiatives

Research Development
Clinical Research Unit
Ruth S. Weinstock, MD, PhD
Division Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Clinical Research Unit
Research Integrity
Robert H. Quinn, DVM, PhD
Interim Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
Research Integrity Office
Quality Assessment and Improvement Program (QAIP)
Robin Cerro
QAIP Coordinator
Research Compliance: IRB, IBC & QAIP
Research Compliance
Marti Benedict
Chief Compliance Officer for Research
Research Compliance: IRB, IBC & QAIP
Center for Research & Evaluation (CRE)
Steven Ziemba
Administrative Director
Center for Research & Evaluation (CRE)
Post-Awards Services
Gina McMahon
Director, Post-Award Services
Technology Transfer
Scott Macfarlane
Director, Office of Technology Transfer
Office of Technology Transfer