Dr. George Liao
Dr. George Liao

Dr. George Liao, general surgery resident, recently presented at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2014 in San Francisco as the recipient of a resident research award.

Liao received an ACS Excellence in Research Award for his work in the lab of Dr. Charles S. Cox, Jr., and presented on “Autologous Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cells Reduce Therapeutic Intensity for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Children.”

“George has been able to combine work in clinical trials and basic research with his course work in research training,” Cox said. “His award recognizes his dedication to excellence–now he’s focusing on writing!”

In addition, Liao had two different papers selected for presentation in the ACS Surgical Forum.

The ACS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.

Liao’s work on using stem cells to treat traumatic brain injury continues a tradition of surgery residents’ efforts in the field. Current and former residents Dr. Robert Hetz, Dr. Shinil Shah, Dr. Peter Walker, Dr. Matthew Harting, and Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan all performed important work in Cox’s stem cell lab over the last decade, and Cox is himself is a graduate of the UTHealth surgery residency program.