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Victoria M. Gershuni, MD, MSGM
General Surgery Resident

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-662-6156
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  Dr. Victoria Gershuni is currently a third year resident in the General Surgery program. Her clinical interests include Endocrine/Oncologic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery. She is interested in surgical nutrition, the link between obesity and cancer, and surgical education. Prior to starting at Penn, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2008) and a MS in Global Medicine (2009). She then earned her MD from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine (2014), where she received the Louis and Dorothy Kovitz Senior Prize in Surgery.
2014 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2010 - 2014 MD - Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
2008 - 2009 MS - (Global Medicine) Keck School of Medicine of USC
Los Angeles, California
2004 - 2008 BS - (Health Promotion & Disease Prevention) University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Association for Surgical Education
2016 - present
Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology – Hospital fo the University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigators: Rachel Kelz, MD MSCE and Charlene Compher, PhD
Description: Developing predictive model to understand the role of pre-operative ”nutritional fitness” on post-operative outcomes in order to identify opportunities for intervention.
2015 - present
Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Julia C. Tchou, MD PhD
Description: Investigating the relationship between obesity/metabolic syndrome and cancer development and progression. Looking into the relationship between BMI, insulin resistance, and breast cancer subtype. Developing interventions utilizing diet, exercise, and lifestyle change to alter the immune response in patients with breast cancer.
2011 - 2014
Department of Surgery, Sections of MIS and Endo/Onc – Washington University in St. Louis
Principal Investigator: L. Michael Brunt, MD
Description: Designed, conducted, and evaluated interventions for the acquisition and retention of surgical skills among 4th year medical students and surgical residents. Evaluated clinical outcomes and indications for surgery using data collected from patients and medical records.
July 2013 - November 2013
Department of Surgery, Section of Acute & Critical Care Surgery – Washington Univ. in St. Louis
Principal Investigator: Grant V. Bochicchio, MD
Description: Operated on large animals using a model for surgical site infections; collected data for evaluation of operative technique, materials, and healing. Understand the use of biologic and synthetic materials for hernia repair and the role of pathogens in site infections and delayed healing.
2006 - 2007
Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) – USC
Principal Investigator: Donna Spruijt-Metz, PhD
Description: Collected data from patients and medical records for multiple clinical research projects. Performed literature reviews on eating behaviors, exercise motivation, and the incidence of DM2 among pre-pubertal Latinas. Designed questionnaires/surveys to understand different aspects of the role of mood and motivation in likelihood of exercising. Developed a method for coding recorded phone interviews for data analysis.
Summer 2005
Field Research in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Principal Investigator: Wolfgang Dittus, PhD
Description: Collected data on toque macaques in Sri Lanka which included their observed behavior, social interactions, feeding and breeding patterns.
  1. Gershuni VM, Li YR, So A, Williams A, Steel L, Carrigan E, Tchou JC. Women with higher BMI are more likely to present with TNBC. Annals of Surgical Oncology. In Press.
  2. Gershuni VM, Ahima RS, and Tchou JC. Obesity and Breast Cancer: A Complex Relationship. J Curr Surg Rep (2016) 4:14.
  3. Gershuni, VM, Moley JF. "Controversies in the Surgical Management of Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma."Controversies in Thyroid Surgery. N.p.: Springer Verlag, 2015. 157-68. Print.
  4. Gershuni VM, Bittner JG, Moley JF, Brunt LM. Adrenal myelolipoma: operative indications and outcomes.Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. 2014 Jan; 24(1): 8-12.
  5. Gershuni VM, Woodhouse J, Brunt LM. Retention of suturing and knot-tying skills in senior medical students after proficiency-based training: Results of a prospective, randomized trial. Surgery. 2013 Oct; 154(4): 823-30.
  6. Bittner JG, Gershuni VM, Matthews BD, Moley JF, Brunt LM. Risk factors affecting operative approach, conversion, and morbidity for adrenalectomy: a single institution series of 402 patients. Surgical Endoscopy. 2013 Feb; 27(7): 2342-50.
  7. Lambeth S, Niku D, Gershuni VM, Webb K. A call for integration of complementary and alternative medicine in America’s health care system. The Global Studies Journal. 2009 Jul; 2(4): 1-8.
  First-place Clinical Research Award (Poster): Relationship between BMI and Breast Cancer Subtype;Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of American College of Surgeons – 2016 Annual Meeting
  Louis and Dorothy Kovitz Senior Prize in Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis
  Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis

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