February 12, 2013

Surgery Research Collaborative to discuss potential improvements in vein grafts following bypass surgery today at 5 p.m.

As part of the Surgery Research Collaborative speaker series, Colleen Brophy, M.D., professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, will present, “Enhancing Vein Graft Patency: Clinic to Bench to Patient,” Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. at the University Club's Hermitage Room.

Cardiac surgeons must often use veins from the leg to connect the aorta with obstructed coronary arteries. However, these saphenous veins often become obstructed within five-10 years of surgery.

Brophy’s research is focusing on ways to improve vein graft patency. This work has led to the development of new techniques to harvest and prepare saphenous veins without injury.

Brophy received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1983. She served her internship, residency and chief residency in General Surgery at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., also holding an instructorship and postdoctoral fellowship there. She then completed the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Surgical Service in Boston.

Brophy joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2008.

The Department of Surgery Research Collaborative was developed to provide synergy between the basic sciences and clinical research as a means of enhancing research opportunities within the Section of Surgical Sciences.

The collaborative hosts open meetings the second Tuesday of every month in the Hermitage Room at the University Club from 5 to 6:30 p.m., offering opportunities for informal discussion as well as presentations from both the basic sciences and translational research. Section faculty, residents, fellows and staff are invited and strongly encouraged to attend.

Refreshments are provided.