Gastrointestinal and General Surgery
Erica Degenhardt, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
Clifford W. Deveney, M.D.
Karen E. Deveney, M.D.
James P. Dolan, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.S.
Erin W. Gilbert, M.D., M.C.R.
Daniel O. Herzig, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
John G. Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (Edin.)
Vicki Jakovec, MN, ACNP
Kim C. Lu, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Sean B. Orenstein, M.D.
Aura Petcu, NP
Brett C. Sheppard, M.D.
Vassiliki (Liana) Tsikitis, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Rachel Van Dusen, M.D., Affiliate Faculty
General Surgery Research
The Division of General Surgery participates in ongoing research to help find ways to improve health and treat diseases. Clinical research works to help determine the safety and effectiveness of new medications, new devices, or treatment approaches intended for human use. Clinical trials rely on the participation of human volunteers to help answer questions about treatments for diseases and conditions. The Division of General Surgery participates in many different types of research from industry sponsored trials, clinical registries as well as physician initiated research projects.
There are many benefits from participating in clinical research including the ability for participants to play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to new research medications or treatments before they are commercially available, as well as to help others by contributing to new innovative research.
Currently the Division of General Surgery participates in research focused on the areas of colorectal surgery, esophageal surgery, hernia surgery, nutrition, and registry databases pertaining to colorectal, esophageal and pancreatic cancers.
For more information pertaining to current research projects or if you are interested in participating in research with the division of general surgery, please contact us to learn more:
Area of Research
Colorectal Surgery Research
Studies pertaining to new products, devices, and/or techniques within colorectal type procedures.
Esophageal Surgery Research
Studies involving the treatment of diseases and new procedures/techniques involving the esophagus/foregut.
Hernia Surgery Research
Studies looking at new types of mesh/products relating to the repair of hernias.
Research looking at the effects of supplemental nutrition among our critical patients.
Databases and stored samples that will serve to help facilitate future research and discoveries pertaining to each of the following:
- Oregon Colorectal Cancer Registry (OCCR)
- Esophageal Cancer and Related Diseases (ECRD)
- Oregon Pancreatic Tissue Registry (OPTR)