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Ann C. Gaffey, M.D.
General Surgery Resident

 
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Department of Surgery
4 Maloney
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Administrative Telephone: 215-662-6156

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Ann.Gaffey@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Ann Gaffey is a PGY-6 Categorical General Surgery Resident. She is currently in the midst of her 4th year of General Surgery training, having recently completed a Harrison Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Pavan Atluri. She received the Thoracic Surgery Foundation Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship during her post-doc years. She plans to enter an academic career in Cardiac Surgery.

 

 
Appointments
2011 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
 
2014 - 2016    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Education/Training
2014 - 2016 Masters in Translational Research
Perlman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2007 - 2011 MD - Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC
 
2002 - 2006 BA - Chemistry and Religion
Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2014 - present     Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harrison Department of Surgical Research
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2012 - 2014  General Surgery Resident
Department of Surgery, Jeffery A. Drebin M.D., Chairman
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2011 - 2011 Internship
Department of Surgery, Jeffery A. Drebin M.D., Chairman
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Memberships/Societies
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Association of Woman Surgeons
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)
  • Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutic (ITMAT)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Research
2014 - present  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Injectable shear-thinning hydrogels to deliver endothelial progenitor cells to enhance cell engraftment and improve ischemic myocardium. 
Pavan Atluri, M.D.- Mentor
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery 
Perlman School of Medicine, University of Pennslyvania
Philadelphia, PA
 
2006 - 2007  Research Assistant- Evaluation of the delivery of chemotherapeutic loaded expansile nanoparticles
Yolanda L. Coloson, M.D. PhD- Mentor
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
 
2005 - 2006 Research Fellowship- Thesis- Surface Modification Using
Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles
Nolan Flynn, PhD- Mentor
Department of Chemistry
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
 
Publications
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
  1. Griest AP, Walpole J, Liu R, Gaffey A, Colson YL, Grinstaff MW. Expansile Nanoparticales:
  2. Synthesis, Characterization, and in Vivo Efficacy of an Acid-Responsive Polymeric Drug Delivery
    System. J Am Chem Soc 2009; 131: 2469-2471.
  3. Gaffey AC, Cornell RS, Steinberg JS, Attinger CE. Novel Application of a Well Established Indicator for Surgical Debridement of Chronic Wounds. J. Podiatry Management 30:149-154,2011.
  4. Gaffey AC, David EA, Marshall BM. Surgical palliation of previously resected thoracic sarcoma.
  5. Annals of Thor Surg 91:e54-56,2011.
  6. David EA, Gaffey AC, Marshall BM: Modified French Window Thoracotomy for Exposure of the
  7. Anterior Thoracic Spine. Interact CardioVasc Thorac 12: 523-525, 2011.
  8. Atluri P, Miller JS, Emery RJ, Hung G, Trubelja A, Cohen JE, Lloyd K, Han J, Gaffey AC, Patel JB, MacArthur JW, Chen CS, Woo YJ. Tissue engineered, hydrogel-based endothelial progenitor cell therapy robustly revascularizes ischemic myocardium and preserves ventricular function. J Thor Cardiovasc Surg 2014; 148: 1090-1097.
  9. Atluri P, Gaffey A, Howard J, Phillips E, Goldstone AB, Hornsby N, MacArthur JW, Cohen JE, Gutsche J, Woo YJ. Combined heart and liver transplantation can be safely performed with excellent short- and long-term results. Ann Thor Surg 2014; 98:858-862.
  10. Gaffey AC, Phillips EC, Howard J, Hung G, Han J, Emery RJ, Goldberg L, Acker MA, Woo YJ, Atluri P. Prior sternotomy and ventricular assist device implant do not adversely impact survival or allograft function following heart transplant. Ann Thor Surg 2015; 100: 542-9.
  11. Gaffey AC, Chen MH, Venkataraman CM, Trubelja A, Rodell CB, Dinh PV, Hung G, MacArthur JW, Soopan RV, Burdick JA, Atluri P. Injectable shear-thinning hydrogels to deliver endothelial progenitor rcells to enhance cell engraftment and improve ischemic myocardium. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2015; 15: 01252-0.
  12. Damrauer SM, Gaffey AC, Smith AD, Fairman RM, Nguyen LL. Comparison of risk factors for length of stay and readmission following lower extremity bypass surgery. J Vasc Surg 2015; 15:01462-7.
  13. Sooppan R, Paulsen SJ, Han J, Ta AH, Dinh PV, Gaffey AC, Venkataraman C, Trubelja A, Hung G, Miller J, Atluri P. In vivo anastomosis and perfusion of a 3D printed construct containing microchannel networks. Tissue Eng Par C Methods 2016; 22 (1)1-7.
  14. Atluri P, Stetson RL, Hung G, Gaffey AC, Szeto WY, Acker MA, Hargrove MC. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is associated with equivalent cost and shorter hospital stay when compared with traditional sternotomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016; 151 (2): 385-8.
  15.  Gaffey AC, Atluri PA. Post-LVAD right ventricular failure: can it be predicated pre-operatively and should it be a contraindication to implant? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2015; 6:1659-60.
  16. Atluri P, Stetson R, Gaffey AC, Szeto WY, Acker MA, Hargrove WC. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is associated with equivalent cost and shorter hospital length of stay when compared to traditional sternotomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2015; 15.
  17. Han JJ, Gaffey AC, Soopan R, Hung G, Venkataraman C, Phillips E, Howard J, Acker MA, McLean R, Atluri P. Heartmate II left ventricular assist device geometry on chest radiograph does not correlate with risk of pump thrombosis. ASAIO J 2016; 62 (2): 128-32.
  18. Gaffey AC, Cucchiara AJ, Goldberg LR, Blumberg EA, Acker MA, Atluri P. Transplantation of center for disease control “high risk” donor hearts does not adversely impact long term outcomes in adults. J Card Failure. 2016; S1071-9164.
  19. Gaffey AC, Hung G, Howard J, Doll S, Thomasson AM, Chen CW, Goldberg LR, Blumberg EA, Acker MA, Stone F, Atluri P. Infectious implications of transplantation for center for disease control “high risk” donor hearts. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016.
  20. Gaffey AC, Litzky LA, Singhal S. Primary mediastinal melanoma presenting as superior vena cava syndrome: A case study. Arch Clin Exp Surg. 2016, 5: 56-58.
  21. McCarthy FH, McDermott KM, Spragan D, Hoedt A, Kini V, Atluri P, Gaffey AC, Szeto WY, Acker MA, Desai ND. Unconventional Volume-Outcome Association in Adult Extracorportal Membrane Oxygenation in the United States. Ann Thorac Surg 2016; epublished.
  22. Gaffey AC, Ball C, Katz S, Singhal S. Partial anomalous venous drainage of the left upper lobe during a robot-assisted pulmonary resection. JTD; epublished.
  23. Gaffey AC, Chen CW, Chung J, Grandin EW, Porrett PM, Jessup M, Acker MA, Atluri P. Bridge with a left ventricular assist device to a simultaneous heart and kidney transplant: review of the united network for organ sharing database. J Card Failure- submitted.
  24. Soopan R, Johnson AP, Gaffey AC, Phillips EC, Howard J, Acker MA, Atluri P. Body mass index does not affect survival and is a reliable independent risk predictor of vad thrombosis. J Card Surg – In submission.
  25. Soopan R, Johnson AP, Han JJ, Gaffey AC, Phillips EC, Howard J, Rame JE, Acker MA, Atluri P. Higher body mass index decreases mid-term survival among patients with HeartMate II device and independently increases risk of pump thrombosis. JHLT- In submission.
Abstracts
  1. Gaffey A, Flynn N. Surface Modification Using Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles. American Chemical Society National Meeting, March 20, 2006
  2. Southard E., Griest A., Gaffey A., Liu R., Grinstaff M., Colson Y. Prevention of Locoregional Growth of Mesothelioma with Drug-Eluting Dynamic Nanoparticles Annual Academic Surgical Congress, February 2008.
  3. Walpole J., Griest A., Gaffey A., Grinstaff M., Colson Y. Expansile Paclitaxel-Loaded Nanoparticles Prevent Growth of Lung Cancer in Vivo. Poster presented at: American Society of Clinical Oncology, June 2008.
  4. Atluri P, Gaffey AC , Fairman AS, Goldstone AB, MacArthur JW, Cohen JE, Gutsche JE, Shudo Y, Woo YJ. Combined heart and liver transplantation can be safely performed with excellent short and long-term results. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 50th Annual Meeting, January 28, 2014.
  5. Atluri P, Miller J, Cohen JE, Fairman AS, Hung G, Gaffey AC, Trubelja A, Patel JB, MacArthur JW, Shudo Y, Chen CS, Woo YJ. Tissue engineered, hydrogel-based endothelial progenitor cell therapy robustly revascularizes ischemic myocardium and preserves ventricular function. American Association for Thoracic Surgery 94th Annual Meeting, April 29, 2014.
  6. Damrauer SM, Gaffey AC, Smith AD, Fairman RM, Nguyen LL. Comparison of risk factors for length of stay and readmission following lower extremity bypass surgery. Society for Vascular Surgery 2014 Annual Meeting, June 5, 2014.
  7. Damrauer SM, Gaffey AC, Smith AD, Fairman RM, Ngyen LL. When to start counting: Differences in 30-day after procedure and 30-day after discharge readmissions following lower extremity bypass. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2014, October 7, 2014.
  8. Gaffey AC, Phillips EC, Howard J, Hung G, Han J, Emery RJ, Goldberg L, Acker MA, Woo YJ, Atluri P. Prior sternotomy and ventricular assist device implant do not adversely impact survival or allograft function following heart transplant. Southern Thoracic Surgical Society Annual Meeting, November 9, 2014.
  9. Gaffey AC, Desai N, Lazar SF, McCarthy FH, Han J, Soopan R, Venkataraman C, McDermott K, Hung G, Wald J, Gutsche J, Acker MA, Atluri P. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is an effective bridge strategy to rescue cardiovascular collapse for subsequent transplant, ventricular assist device, or recovery. To be presented at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 35th Annual Meeting April 2015.
  10. Gaffey AC, Cucchiara AJ, Hung G, Blumberg EA, Acker MA, Atluri P. Transplantation of Center for Disease Control “High Risk” Donor Hearts Does Not Adversely Impact Long Term Outcomes in Adults. To be presented at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 35th Annual Meeting, April 2015.
  11. Sooppan R, Han J, Gaffey AC, Patel P, Hung G, Howard JL, Phillips E, Acker MA, , Eduardo Rame J, Atluri P. Prior Sternotomy Does Not Affect Short and Long-Term Ventricular Assist Device Outcomes. To be presented at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 35th Annual Meeting, April 2015.
  12. Han J, Gaffey AC, Sooppan R, Hung G, Venkaraman CM, Phillips E, Howard JL, Acker MA, Eduardo Rame J, Atluri P. Device Geometry Does Not Predict Pump Thrombosis in HeartMate II Patients. International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 35th Annual Meeting, April 2015.
  13. Gaffey AC, Chen MH, Venkataraman CM, Trubelja A, Rodell CB, Dinh PV, MacArthur JW, Soopan RV, Burdick JA, Atluri P. Injectable Shear-Thinning Hydrogels That Deliver Endothelial Progenitor Cells, Enhance Cell Engraftment, Increase Vasculogenesis, And Stabilize Regional Ischemic Myocardium. American Association for Thoracic Surgery 95th Annual Meeting, April 28, 2015.
  14. Atluri P, Gaffey AC, Szeto WY, Hargrove WC. The Benefits of Port Access Mitral Valve Surgery Can Be Safely Offered to Morbidly Obese Patients. International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting. May 5, 2015.
  15. Gaffey AC, Trubelja A, Chen CW, Phillips EC, McLean RC, Acker MA, Atluri P. INTERMACS 1 Patients: Can they be rescued with Left Ventricular Assist Devices or are they beyond salvageable. American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. 2015 61st Annual Conference. June 25, 2015.
  16. Soopan R, Johnson AP, Gaffey AC, Phillips EC, Howard J, Acker MA, Atluri P. Body mass index does not affect survival and is a reliable independent risk predictor of vad thrombosis. 61st Annual American Society for Artificial Internal Organs Meeting, June 26, 2015.
  17. Gaffey AC, Hung H, Doll SL, Thomasson AM, Chen CW, Lee J, Goldberg LR, Blumberg EA, Acker MA, Stone F, Atluri P. Infectious Implications of transplanting center for disease control “high risk” donor hearts. Western Thoracic Surgical Association 2015 41st Annual Meeting. June 27, 2015.
  18. Gaffey AC, Chen CW, Hiessinger W, Chung J, Grandin EW, Porrett PM, Jessup ML, Acker MA, Atluri P. Bridge with a left ventricular assist device to a simultaneous heart and kidney transplant: review of the united network for organ sharing. American College of Surgeons Clincal Congress 2015. October 5, 2015.
  19. Chen CW, Gaffey AC, Grandin EW, Acker MA, Atluri P. Short and Long-Term Heart transplant recipient outcomes are adversely affected by donor ph. American College of Surgeons 2015 Annual Clinical Congress, October 5, 2015.
  20. Gaffey AC, Chen MH, Trubelja A, Venkataraman C, Dinh PV, Chen CW, Schultz S, Lee J, Sehgal CM, Burdick JA, Atluri P. Injectable shear-thinning hydrogels to deliver endothelial progenitor cells, reduce ventricular strain, and dynamic stiffness to stabilize cardiac function following ischemic injury. American Heart Association, Scientific Session, November 9, 2015.
  21. Irons ML, Gaffey AC,  Chen CW, Vaidya A, Acker MA, Atluri P. Pre-operative pulmonary hypertension does not adversely impact long term outcomes following heart transplantation: review of the united network for organ sharing database. International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 36th Annual Meeting, April 2016.
  22. Chen CW, Sprys MH, Gaffey AC, Chung J, Margulies KB, Acker M, Atluri P. Low ejection fraction in young donor hearts is not associated with increased recipient mortality. International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 36th Annual Meeting, April 2016.
  23. Gaffey AC, Chen CE, Chung JJ, Wald J, Acker MA, Atluri P. Prolonged cardiac allograft donor distance does not impact long term survival. International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation 36th Annual Meeting, April 2016.
  24. Soopan R, Pailsen SJ, han J, Ta AH, Patrick D, Gaffey AC, Venkataraman C, Trubelja A, Hung G, Miller JS, Atlrui P. In vivo implantation and perfusion of a gel containing 3D printer internal microvascular networks. 10th Work Biomaterial Congress, May 17, 2016.
  25. Gaffey AC, Chen CW, Irons M, Chung JJ, Venkataraman C, Lee J, Wald J, Acker MA, Atluri P. Elderly Patients Bridged from a Left Ventricular Assist Device to Heart Transplant Do Not Have an Increase in Adverse Events: A Multi-institutional analysis. 42nd Annual Meeting Western Thoracic Surgical Association, June 25, 2016.
  26. Gaffey AC, Chen CW, Chung JJ, Low D, Acker MA, Atluri, PA. Off-Pump Subcostal Exchange of the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device: A Novel and An Improved Approach. 30th European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. October 3, 2016.
  27. Gaffey AC, Chen CW, Chung JJ, Han J, Wald J, Acker MA, Atlrui PA. Is there a difference in bleeding after left ventricular assist device implant: centrifugal versus axial? 63rd Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. November 12, 2016.
Chapters
  1. Gaffey AC, Atluri P. Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Surgery. The Surgical Review, 4th Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015.
 
Awards/Honors
2016 Philadelphia College of Surgeons Resident Research Award, First Place
 
2015 Association of Women Surgeons Staff Award Second Place
 
2015 Paul C. Samson Resident Award from the Western Thoracic Surgical Association
 
2012 Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship
 
2011  James A. Cahill Award- Outstanding Surgical Student
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC
 
2011 Georgetown Clinical Society Award
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC
 
2006 Cum Laude
Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts

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