New Faculty

New-Faculty-BlatnikJ_300Jeffrey Blatnik, MD
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Jeffrey Blatnik, MD, joined the Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery as an assistant professor after completing a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also completed a general surgery residency and earned a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Blatnik will focus on minimally invasive foregut surgery, inguinal hernia repair and laparoscopic diaphragm pacing for the treatment of spinal cord injury.

New-Faculty-DrewE_300Eleanor Drew, MD
Acute and Critical Care Surgery
Eleanor Drew, MD, was named an assistant professor in the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery. She joins the faculty after completing a surgical critical care fellowship at Washington University and a general surgery residency at University of Chicago Hospitals. She graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Drew will specialize in surgical critical care, trauma and burn surgery.

New-Faculty-GaoF_300Feng Gao, MD, PhD, MPH, MS
Public Health Sciences
Biostatistician Feng Gao, MD, PhD, MPH, MS, has joined the Division of Public Health Sciences as an associate professor of surgery. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Biostatistics, where he has served on the faculty since 2003. Gao received medical and master of public health degrees at Beijing Medical University in China, and master’s and doctoral degrees in biostatistics at Emory University in Atlanta. He provides statistical support for cancer-related studies at the Siteman Cancer Center. His responsibilities include study design, safety monitoring, data analysis and manuscript/abstract preparation.

New-Faculty-Grant-KleiberGrant Kleiber, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Grant Kleiber, MD, was named an assistant professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after completing a fellowship in hand, peripheral nerve and microsurgery at Washington University. He completed a plastic surgery residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and received a medical degree at the University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Kleiber will specialize in hand surgery, burn care and reconstructive microsurgery.

New-Faculty-LuE_300Esther Lu, PhD
Public Health Sciences
Esther Lu, PhD, a biostatistician, has joined the Division of Public Health Sciences as an assistant professor of surgery. She holds a joint appointment in the Division of Biostatistics, where she has served on the faculty since 2009. She has a master’s degree in financial mathematics from the National University of Singapore and a doctoral degree in biostatistics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Lu is a member of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Research Design and Biostatistics Group (RDBG) and is currently providing statistical support for projects of the Siteman Cancer Center and the ICTS.

New-Faculty-LuoJ_300Jingqin (Rosy) Luo, PhD
Public Health Sciences
Jingqin (Rosy) Luo, PhD, a biostatistician, recently became an assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences. She has a joint appointment in the Division of Biostatistics, where she has served on the faculty since 2006. She received master’s degrees at Renmin University in Beijing and Duke University. She also received a doctoral degree at Duke. Luo’s current projects focus on genetic markers for breast cancer treatment resistance and late relapse, markers that can be targeted to improve immunotherapy, and genetic markers for gender-specific risk of glioblastoma with neurofibromatosis type 1.