New Faculty Profiles
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery
Dr. Lunsford is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and a liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon who was recently on faculty of the J.C. Walter Jr. Center for Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital with academic affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College. She additionally worked with the Center for Transplantation Immunobiology in the Houston Methodist Research Institute as a clinician-scientist specializing translational liver transplant immunology. Her clinical interests include liver transplantation, hepatocellular and cholangiocarcinoma, recipient frailty, simultaneous liver kidney transplantation, and liver transplant futility. Her research revolves around translational studies of the effects of liver transplant recipient frailty on the immune system and clinical outcomes research involving liver transplant and liver cancer.
Dr. Lunsford received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; MD and PhD degrees were received from The Ohio State University, where she was a part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. There, she received a PhD in Biomedical Science with Research Emphasis in Immunology with research focusing on the interaction of cellular allografts with the immune environment of the liver. Dr. Lunsford then completed her general surgery residency and a surgical research fellowship at Duke University followed by a clinical fellowship in multi-organ abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Lunsford is well published in the fields of transplant immunology and clinical liver transplantation, and her research is currently funded by the Association of Women Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health NIDDK.
Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
Dr. Sheikh is one of our new trauma and critical care surgeons in the Department of Surgery. She is an RBHS Instructor in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and an Attending at University Hospital (UH). As a surgery resident, Dr. Sheikh trained at multiple institutions including Mayo Clinic Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, and graduated from the general surgery program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She also completed a two-year research fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Most recently, she was a surgical critical care fellow at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine in Honolulu, HI.
Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
Dr. Zhang is one of our new trauma and critical care surgeons in the Department of Surgery. She is an RBHS Instructor in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and an Attending at University Hospital (UH). Dr. Zhang most recently completed her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. She obtained her medical degree from Tufts University and completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of South Florida. In addition, she completed a Burn Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
The Department of Surgery is dedicated to providing exceptional, patient and family centered surgical care innovative education and training for the next generation of surgeons; while advancing surgical science across the spectrum of basic, translational and health services research.
We aspire to be leaders in academic surgery. We will: deliver exceptional and innovative patient care that is unparalleled in the Northeast; provide a premier education inspiring tomorrow's leaders in surgery; and excel globally in surgical research.
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