Maxwell Tran, MD

Resident PGY2, Department of Neurosurgery

Maxwell Tran

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Resident PGY2, Department of Neurosurgery


Resident


MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Summary

Dr. Tran grew up in Houston, TX, and earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. While at Baylor, he earned several scholarships and participated in Houston’s Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) as a clinic volunteer. At RSVP, Dr. Tran worked with brain and spinal cord injury patients, and patients with limb amputations to provide physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychiatry, and other services. RSVP is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides physical rehabilitation services and equipment to uninsured individuals with disabilities. Tran also spent a year working with pre-med students in Rice University’s Pre-Medical Society as a Big Owls Little Owls Mentor.

His undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, had an emphasis in neuroscience and anthropology. While at Michigan, Tran founded Wolverine Tutors and from 2011 to 2014, was chair of the mentoring program. “We met online with at-risk high school mentees to help guide them through specific goals for each week,” he said. “We wanted to help them get to college or achieve other post-secondary objectives.”

Awards & Recognition

  • Alumni Scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • George Herschel Spurlock Memorial Scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine (2015-2017)
  • Baylor College of Medicine Scholarship (2015)
  • Fries-Vascoe Student Scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine (2014)

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Research

Research Summary/Interests

While at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dr. Tran spent four years working in the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, as a research assistant under the mentorship of Ram Mani, PhD, and Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD. He assisted with many aspects of research projects that investigated the role of gene fusions in prostate cancer.

Dr. Tran continued to build his research skills at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, working in the labs of Ian McCutcheon, MD, and the UMAA lab of Bruce Miller, MD. With Dr. McCutcheon, he worked on two case series studying the surgical treatment of intrinsic tumors of the sciatic nerve and investigating the classification and management of pituitary carcinoma. With Dr. Miller, he helped with a retrospective study investigating whether diminished systemic bone mineral density increased patients' risk for rotator cuff tears.

Publications

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts

  • Mani, R.S., Amin, M.A., Li, X., Kalyana-Sundaram, S., Veeneman, B.A., Wang, L., Ghosh, A., Aslam, A., Ramanand, S.G., Rabquer, B.J., Kimura W., Tran, M., Cao, X., Roychowdhury, S., Dhanasekaran, S.M., Palanisamy, N., Sadek, H.A., ..., & Chinnaiyan, A.M. Inflammation-induced oxidative stress mediates gene fusion formation in prostate cancer. Cell Reports. 2016, Dec; 17(n/a): 2620-2631. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 27926866.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts(Other than Published)

  • Mayer, R.R., Mitchell, B., Gressot, L., Cherian, J., Tran, M., Goodman, J.C., & Gopinath, S. Neurosurgical Management of Intracerebral Hemorrhage in the Setting of Churg Strauss Syndrome. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2015, Nov; Pub Status: Submitted
  • Miller, B.S., Tran, M., & Gagnier, J.J. Is Diminished Systemic Bone Mineral Density a Risk Factor for Rotator Cuff Tears? PLOS ONE. 2015, Apr; Pub Status: Submitted
  • Tran, M., Ferguson, S.D., Fuller, G.N., Penas-prado, M., Waguespack, S.G., & McCutcheon, I.E. The Classification and Management of Pituitary Carcinoma. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2017, Sep; Pub Status: Submitted.

Poster Presentations

  • McCutcheon, I.E., Tran, M., Ferguson, S.D., Fuller, G.N., Penas-prado, M., & Waguespack, S.G. (2017). The Classification and Management of Pituitary Carcinoma Poster presented at: American Academy of Neurological Surgery 79th Annual Meeting; Santa Barbara, CA
  • Miller, B.S., Tran, M., Kijek, T.G., Bedi, A., & Gagnier, J.J.. (2013). Is Diminished Bone Density a Risk Factor for Rotator Cuff Tears? Poster presented at: 12th International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery; Nagoya, JPN
  • Tran, M., Mani, R.S., Christen, M., Tomlins, S.A., Callahan, K., Ghosh, A., Nyati, M.K., Varambally, S., Palanisamy, N., & Chinnaiyan, A.M. (2012). TMPRSS2-ERG Gene Fusions in Prostate Cancer Poster presented at: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Symposium; Ann Arbor, MI
  • Tran, M., Mani, R.S., Wang, C., Tomlins, S.A., Callahan, K., Ghosh, A., Nyati, M.K., Varambally, S., Palanisamy, N., & Chinnaiyan, A.M. (2011). Mechanism of TMPRSS2-ERG Gene Fusion Formation in Prostate Cancer Poster presented at: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Symposium; Ann Arbor, MI.

Oral Presentations

  • Tran, M., Menacho, S. (2017). Case Presentation: Headaches & Double Vision Oral Presentation presented at University of Utah – Neurosurgery Grand Rounds; Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Tran, M., Ferguson, S.D., Fuller, G.N., Penas-Prado, M., Waguespack, S.G., & McCutcheon, I.E. (2017). The Classification and Management of Pituitary Carcinoma Oral Presentation presented at: Mayo Clinic – Neurosurgery Grand Rounds; Rochester, MN.