Four surgeons join University of Rochester Medical Center

January 29, 2001

James V. Sitzmann, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, announces the addition of four surgeons to his team.

Julius D. Cheng, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed assistant professor of surgery in the General Surgery Division, Trauma/Critical Care Section.

A native of Teaneck, N.J., Cheng came to Rochester following a trauma/surgical critical-care fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore. In addition, he earned his Master's in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Prior to his training in Baltimore, Cheng completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J. Cheng earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and did his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University.

Leonidas G. Koniaris, M.D., has been appointed assistant professor of surgery in the General Surgery Division, Trauma/Critical Care Section, and also is involved in basic research.

A native of Berkeley, Calif., Koniaris grew up in Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst he attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. At the completion of his surgical residency, he served as assistant chief of service, completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery and functioned as an instructor in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Following his clinical training, he undertook a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Dr. Koniaris' research interests concentrate on organ responses to injury and mechanisms of liver regeneration.

Bennett J. Dykstra, M.D., has been appointed assistant professor of surgery in the General Surgery Division, Trauma/Critical Care Section.

A native of Dearborn, Mich., he came to Rochester from Colorado Surgical Service, P.C., in Wheat Ridge, Colo., and the University of Colorado-Denver, where he served as an associate professor of surgery.

Dykstra completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington - Seattle, and the University of Colorado-Denver. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich., and did his undergraduate work at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Rabih M. Salloum, M.D., has been appointed assistant professor of surgery in the General Surgery Division, Surgical Oncology/Gastrointestinal Surgery Section.

A native of Lebanon, Salloum came to Rochester from the University of Chicago, where he completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology.

Salloum earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He was a research fellow in surgical metabolism and nutrition at the University of Florida-Gainesville, where he joined the general surgery residency program and graduated in 1997. His undergraduate work was completed at the International College of Beirut and the American University of Beirut.

Salloum's clinical interests include gastrointestinal surgical oncology, as well as colorectal surgery and surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. His research interests focus on gene therapy and the exploitation of regional tumor hypoxia for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

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