Operating room surgery

James B. Peoples, M.D., Surgical Society

The James B. Peoples, M.D., Surgical Society is an interest group for students in the School of Medicine who are interested in learning more about and pursuing a career in surgery. We have one event per month and encourage those interested in learning more about surgery to attend. Past events include panel discussions of practicing general and specialty surgeons, gown and glove sessions, and a suture lab. There are no dues or attendance requirements, just show up to the meetings when you are free. If you have questions, would like to learn more about the club, or would like to become an officer, please contact us.

Mission Statement

To provide current medical students with information regarding a variety of surgical specialty careers through the coordination of presentations by surgeons who are working in those fields.


  • Promote interest in surgery at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • Increase knowledge of general surgery and surgical subspecialties through panels, shadowing, and training simulations.
  • Prepare medical students for their surgical clerkship and a career in surgery.


Robert P. Turk, M.D., professor emeritus at Boonshoft School of Medicine, passes away.


Introduction to Surgical Research

Priti Parikh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Research Director, Boonshoft School of Medicine

"Introduction to Research in General and Specialty Surgery"
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Life as a Surgery Resident at Wright State University

Monday, February 24, 2014
101 White Hall, 5–7 p.m.

A diverse panel of surgery residents discuss their life as a general surgery resident at Wright State University. Come learn about the lifestyle of a surgical resident, their hours worked, procedures performed, and what they do in their free time.   

Introduction of the Surgery Clerkship

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
101 White Hall, 6–8 p.m.

Melissa P. Roelle, M.D., FACS
Director, General Surgery 3rd Year Clerkship

Our new clerkship director, Dr. Melissa Roelle, will be introducing herself to all of us and giving a presentation on the layout of our general surgery clerkship during our 3rd year, including a list of hospitals we can rotate at, faculty that we can work with, procedures that we can assist with, and the expectations of us as 3rd year medical students during our surgery rotation.

2014 4th Year Surgery Match Panel

Monday, March 24, 2014
120 White Hall, 6–8 p.m.

A diverse panel of 4th year students who will have just matched in general surgery and various surgical sub-specialties will share their stories and give advice to underclassman on matching into surgery.

Additional Activities

Information TBA
  • Gown and Glove Sessions
  • Match Panel
  • Suture Lab

Conferences and Symposiums

Emerging Issues and Controversies in Vascular Surgery

A one-day symposium on various topics in vascular surgery for primary care physicians, surgeons, vascular specialists, podiatrists, nursing, and other allied medical professionals and trainees in the greater Dayton area.

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery 
Friday, September 27, 2013, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Miami Valley Hospital, Berry Women’s Center, Dayton, Ohio
Symposium Presentations

Clinical Congress 2014
The American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting

Members of the American College of Surgeons
October 26–30, 2014
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA



Dr. Kim Hendershot, Faculty Advisor

Shankar Narayanan, PresidentShankar Narayanan

High School: St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, OH, Class of 2006
College: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Class of 2010, B.S., Biology
E-mail: narayanan.10@wright.edu
Hobbies: Running, lifting weights, attending sporting events and traveling all over the world, visiting friends and family and exploring the world with them
Why are you interested in surgery? I am very interested in healing people and in my opinion, you have the most intimate relationship with a patient as a surgeon. Your job is to fix something that is wrong with the patient, and you use a combination of your medical education, technical skills acquired in residency, and your God-given hands to solve and immediately fix the problem that plagues the patient.

Landon Polakof, Vice PresidentLandon Polakof

High School: University School, Hunting Valley, OH, Class of 2007
College: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Class of 2011, B.S., Biomedical Engineering
E-mail: polakof.2@wright.edu
Hobbies: Intramural sports, weight lifting, hiking, cooking, spending time with friends in Dayton and elsewhere
Why are you interested in surgery? My interest in surgery has very broad roots, but it can be distilled into three main principles. Firstly, the opportunity to work with my hands and turn them into tools of healing is a strong draw due to my active and restless nature. Next, surgery, as opposed to many fields within medicine, does not seek to manage a patient's chronic problems but rather is based on immediate resolutions with definable goals. Lastly, it is a profession in which one can constantly seek to improve their skills and test them in challenging cases.

Diane BizimanaDiane Bizimana, Secretary

High School: Lycée Notre Dame de Citeaux, Kigali-Rwanda, Class of 2006
College: Wright State University, Class of 2012, major in chemistry, minor in biology, and certificate in women and african american in heath care
E-mail: iragena.2@wright.edu
Hobbies: Basketball, reading and cooking
Why are you interested in surgery? My fascination with the human body attracted me to medicine, but my love of immediate results attracted me to surgery. I know being a woman and pursuing a surgical speciality will not be an easy journey, but my heart pumps a little faster at the prospect of all the challenges and opportunities I will have in this speciality. I have loved  every surgery I have watched so far, and I cannot wait to be like so many of the surgeons I have shadowed and learned so much from.

Kevin Bree, Treasurer/Technology ChairKevin Bree

High School: Lawrenceburg High School, Class of 2006
College: Purdue University, Class of 2010, B.S., Biology, minor in chemistry and Spanish
E-mail: bree.2@wright.edu
Hobbies: Videogames, movies, trivia, making people laugh
Why are you interested in surgery? I am interested in surgery because I want to enter a challenging field where you can see your results immediately. I feel like this is only possible in surgery. Unlike other specialties where you give a patient a medication and wait a week or two to see if it works, surgery allows you to immediately see how your patient is doing hours after the procedure. Additionally, I really enjoy working with my hands. Trying to fix things with my hands is something I have done since I was a child. Surgery is certainly a challenge and I would love to be in a profession where each day presents a new problem. I have absolutely loved every surgeon I have shadowed. I don't think I could see myself in any other specialty.

Brian Cothern, MS-2 Representative

High School: Big Walnut High School, Sunbury, OH, Class of 2007
College: Wright State University, Class of 2011, B.S., Biology
E-mail: Cothern.2@wright.edu
Hobbies: Soccer, flag football, spelunking, road trips and traveling, church, spending time with family and friends
Why are you interested in surgery? It's difficult for me to sum up the many reasons why I feel attracted to the surgical field, but I will do my best to make it all come together. After being on the patient side of multiple sports-related fractures, I became fascinated with the surgical field. Shadowing experiences solidified this attraction, leaving me in awe after every procedure. I enjoy physical challenges, and I believe a career in surgery would keep me motivated and interested throughout my life. I feel that a surgical career fits my personality type, and I am very excited to see what the future holds.

Dylan Phillips, MS-2 Representative

High School: Detroit Country Day School, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Class of 2007
College: Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Class of 2011, B.S., Human Science, minor in theology
E-mail: phillips.243@wright.edu
Hobbies: Listening to and discovering new music, going to concerts, traveling, reading, hanging out with friends
Why are you interested in surgery? I appreciate the physicality and immediacy of surgery. My mind is very active and tends to wander without something to command its immediate attention, but I have been riveted during every surgery I have observed. Surgery is by nature an active process and a definable trade, and the prospect of entering a field that will allow me to constantly hone and improve my skill in a physical pursuit is a strong draw. Furthermore, I like definable goals with more acute timelines and surgery offers a chance to approach specific problems with a clearly defined solution in mind, with results seen much quicker than in many medical fields.

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