Resident in General Surgery
Medical Degree, Rush University 2016
Bachelor's Degree, Loyola University 2011 (Psychology - Human Services)
2010 -2011 Research Assistant for Loyola University Chicago Department of Osteology, Analyzed bone remains uncovered during construction of the Peoria Library. Worked with the FBI to analyze remains from a Civil War cemetery uncovered during reconstruction of a community football field in Alsip. ,
2009 -2012 Research Assistant for the Chicago Healthy Adolescent Transition Study, Worked with children with spina bifida and their families collecting survey data and administering neurological tests. ,
2013 -2014 Research Assistant for the Rush University Medical Center Department of Neurology, Correlation of admission temperature with outcomes in patients admitted with acute ischemic stroke.,
2014 -2016 Research Assistant for Rush University Medical Center Department of General Surgery, Outcomes after gastrostomy tubes only versus gastrostomy tube plus Nissen Fundoplication in pediatric population with neuromuscular disorders. ,
Peer Reviewed Publications
Kassam A, Skerritt C, Pillai S (2015. ) Newborn male presented with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and ileal atresia: a case report .J Ped Surg Case Reports, , 3 ,444-6
Lee, Tiffany C; Kaiser, Tiffany E; Luckett, Keith; Wima, Koffi; Winer, Leah K; Morris, Mackenzie C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Safdar, Kamran; Bari, Khurram; Anwar, Nadeem; Quillin, R Cutler; Shah, Shimul A (2019. )Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, , 25 (10 ) ,1581-1584
Winer, Leah K; Cortez, Alex R; Kassam, Al; Quillin, Ralph C; Goodman, Michael D; Makley, Amy T; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Kuethe, Joshua W (2019. )Journal of surgical education, ,
Cortez, Alexander R; Freeman, Christopher M; Levinsky, Nick C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Wima, Koffi; Jung, Andrew D; Rafferty, Janice F; Paquette, Ian M (2019. )Surgery, ,
Quillin, Ralph C; Cortez, Alexander R; Garcia, Mario A; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kuethe, Joshua W; Pritts, Timothy A (2019. )Surgery, ,
Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Jenkins, Todd M; Nathan, Christopher J; Nathan, Jaimie D; Alonso, Maria H; Ryckman, Frederick C; Tiao, Greg M; Bondoc, Alexander J (2019. )Surgery, ,
Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Hanseman, Dennis J; Kuethe, Joshua W; Quillin, Ralph Cutler; Potts, John R (2019. )Journal of surgical education, ,
Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Katsaros, Gianna D; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Shah, Shimul A; Diwan, Tayyab S; Cutler Quillin, R (2019. )Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, ,
Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kuethe, Joshua W; Athota, Krishna P; Quillin, R CutlerJournal of surgical education, , 76 (5 ) ,1241-1247
Lee TC, Kassam A, Shah SA (2018 ) Liver transplantation Scientific American Surgery, 8th edition .Decker
Essner BS, Holmbeck GN, Amaro C, Kassam A, Seivert N (04-2011. ) The association between BMI and activity limitations in children and adolescents with spina bifida .National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX. .
Levinsky N, Kassam A, Opoka A, Pritts TA, Nomellini V, Wong HR, Alter M (06-2019. ) Fluctuation of olfactomedin-4 positive neutrophil subset in adult blunt trauma patients .Shock Society, San Diego, CA.
Cortez A, Levinsky N, Kassam A, Wima K, Jung A, Paquette I (03-2019. ) The impact of preoperative opioid use on surgical outcomes following elective colorectal resection .Central Surgical Association, Palm Harbor, FL.
Kassam AF, Morris MC, Bercz A, Veile R, Friend LA, Beckmann N, Caldwell CC, Goodman MD (02-2019. ) The role of chemoprophylactic agents in modulating hypercoagulability after traumatic brain injury .Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX.
Levinsky N, Kassam AF, Opoka A, Pritts TA, Nomellini V, Wong HR, Alter M (06-2019. ) Fluctuation of olfactomedin-4 positive neutrophil subset in adult blunt trauma patients .Shock Society, San Diego, CA.
Quillin RC 3rd, Cortez AR, Garcia MA, Winer LK, Kassam AF, Kuethe JW, Pritts TA (03-2019. ) Gas off, room lights on: Shedding light on the surgical resident’s experience in open and laparoscopic surgery .Central Surgical Association, Palm Harbor, FL.
2006 Illinois State Scholar
2006 Eagle Scout Award through Boy Scouts of America
2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Alternate
2007 -2011 Dean’s List - All semesters at Loyola
2007 -2011 Loyola Academic Scholarship
2011 Damen Award for Outstanding Student
2012 -2014 Dr. Charles E. Gavin Memorial Scholarship
2019 Winner, Department of Surgery Resident Research Competition – Clinical Section
Global Medical Brigades: Annual week-long medical mission trips to Honduras 2008 -2010
EMT-B, Loyola University Chicago Emergency Medical Services 2008 -2011
Indian American Medical Association of Illinois Health Clinic 2012 -2016
Franciscan Shelter for the Homeless 2012 -2016
Community Health Center- Primary Care Clinic and 20/20 Eye Clinic 2012 -2016
07-2018-To Present Research Fellowship, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati,
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