Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the oldest and most prominent honor societies for physician-scientists.
Dr. Gosain is one of fewer than 100 inductees in the society for 2022. Because only researchers 50 years of age or under may be nominated, the membership is made up of researchers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of human disease by the midpoint of their careers.
“I am tremendously honored to have been nominated and elected into ASCI,” Dr. Gosain said. “This society recognizes the unique role that physician-scientists play in clinical care, research, medical education, and leadership in academic medicine.
“I look forward to the opportunity to represent and advocate for surgeon-scientists through my membership.”
Dr. Gosain, also director of Pediatric Surgery Research in the Children’s Foundation Research Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is one of the nation’s foremost experts in complications of Hirschsprung disease, a condition that affects the colon. Due to missing nerve cells, the intestine and colon cannot eliminate waste, which can cause blockage in the bowel. The condition is present at birth and can be lethal if not recognized.
Dr. Gosain has received numerous national grants to study Hirschsprung Disease, including from the National Institutes of Health. In 2019, he received the Society of University Surgeons Mid-Career Award, which included $40,000 for research. The award is given to a principal investigator with a history of research on major independent grants.
Dr. Gosain will be recognized in April at ASCI’s annual meeting in Chicago. He is one of only seven UTHSC faculty who have been inducted into the society.