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  • SVS Student Research Fellowships

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    Kanwar Thind, an undergraduate student at University of Washington, and Sunny Uppal, recent UW graduate, were each awarded SVS Student Research Fellowships for projects they will undertake this summer with Dr. Gale Tang (pictured top left), Assistant Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery. The award was established by the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation and consists of a ,000 stipend, 0 toward attendance at the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting, and a two-year subscription to the Journal of Vascular Surgery. The students were nominated by Drs. Gale Tang and Thomas Hatsukami (pictured top right), Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery, for their projects, “Role of MMP2 in p27 knockout vascular smooth muscle cell migration" and "Effect of hypoxia on p27 knockout vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypes." Both projects will further understanding of the role of p27 on arterial remodeling in response to injury.


    Modified April 15, 2015 - MDH

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  • Dr. Alexander Clowes Receives SVS Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Dr. Alexander Clowes, Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, received the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor that the SVS bestows on one of its members. Selection for this honor recognizes an individual’s outstanding and sustained contributions both to the profession and to SVS, as well as exemplary professional practice and leadership. Numerous nominations were received citing Dr. Clowes’ many contributions and “unparalleled impact on the art and science of vascular disease management.” All nominations noted his receipt of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award and his influence on vascular science for years to come through the training and inspiration of young vascular scientists. The award will be presented during the SVS Awards Ceremony at the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

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  • UW Medical Center Seeks Face-Transplant Program

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    The University of Washington Medical Center is seeking approval to perform face transplants, hand transplants and other major surgeries. This would create the second such center on the West Coast. 

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  • Breast Health Global Initiative Cited By Council On Foreign Affairs

    anderson“Global oncology is an emerging focus in global health. A core question is how cancer early detection, diagnosis and treatment can be best adapted within existing healthcare systems with limited resources, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), directed by Dr. Ben Anderson (pictured left), Professor in the Department of Surgery and based at Fred Hutchinson Research Center, developed an evidence-based analytic approach called "resource-stratification", in which cancer care systems and tools are prioritized and sequenced to provide guidance on how functional cancer management systems can be created in LMICs.

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  • The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoint Dr. Carlos Pellegrini New Board Member


    (OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – March 5, 2015) The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of new members to its Board of Commissioners and Executive Committee, and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Board of Directors. The appointees will provide policy leadership and oversight to help The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare achieve their missions to improve patient safety and quality of care.

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  • Department of Surgery: Then and Now

    Pellegrini2014Recently, I was asked to present an overview of the Department of Surgery to the Medical School Executive Committee here at the University of Washington. I developed the presentation: “Department of Surgery: Then and Now,” because much has happened in the Department since its inception in 1946, with Henry N. Harkins as our first Chair. Putting this presentation together made me realize yet again the breadth and depth of the Department, the amount of emphasis each chair has put on the parts of the mission, the strengths and weaknesses of the several leadership styles, the ups and downs of the financial health of the Department, and overall the growth of the Department – in numbers, stature and importance to the School of Medicine and to Surgery nationally and internationally.

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  • 'Doc McStuffins' and Dr. Leah Backhus Provide Critical Role Models

    Backhus DocMcStuffinsIn March 2012, Disney launched a cartoon about an African-American girl who repairs toys in her backyard playhouse with the help of her stuffed animal friends. The girl, Dottie “Doc” McStuffins wants to be a doctor like her mother. When she puts on her stethoscope, toys come to life and she can communicate with them.

    "Doc McStuffins" was created and produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Nee, whose inspiration came from her experience as a mother whose son developed severe asthma when he was 2-years old. Nee developed the idea for the program as a way to help make the process of going to the doctor less frightening for children.

    Soon after the show launched, a group of women physicians of color created a thank you card for Disney and later founded a movement, "We are Doc McStuffins," that over time became the group Artemis Medical Society. Leah Backhus, UW assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and chief of thoracic surgery at the VA Puget Sound, is a founding member of the Artemis Medical Society. This group promotes women of color in STEM careers, mostly medical, and now has 4,400 members worldwide.

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  • 2014 Diversity Sub-Internship Scholarship Recipients

    TopStory2014DiversitySubIntershipMadeline Torres Hernandez, (Utah School of Medicine) Jonathan Pastrana (Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico) and Tafari Mbadiwe (Howard University) were selected as the 2014 Carlos A. Pellegrini Diversity Sub-Intership.

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  • Pushing Limits, Saving Lives

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    An Everett girl becomes the only known survivor of a rare disease thanks to fast-acting doctors

    EVERETT, Wash. - With every beat of Hannah Campbell's heart, her parents Jon and Jennifer count their blessings. It fills their household with happiness and pounds home the fact that their little girl is a medical miracle. (Hannah Campbell and mother, Jennifer, pictured left—Photo credit: KING5 News)

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  • Stint Gives Intern First-hand Look at Harborview Burn Care

    Top Story Burn-rotation-legThe patient story is usually incomplete. This is the challenge that Sarah Kolnik a general surgery intern, (pictured left with Dr. Nicole Gibran, professor of surgery and director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center), faced during her four-week rotation on the burn intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.

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  • The Work and Life of Dr. Alexander Clowes

    Work Life ClowesUW 360 visits Dr. Alexander Clowes to discuss his life and remarkable career as a self-professed medical “investigator,” as he faces a battle with brain cancer. Along the way, we meet his colleagues and friends, Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, Chair of the department of surgery, UW medicine and Dr. Ben Starnes, Professor and Chief of the Vascular Surgery Division, UW Medicine.

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  • Pellegrini ACS Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Dr. Thomas Russell

    CAP ACS Lifetime Achievement Award PresDr. Carlos A. Pellegrini's presentation of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Thomas Russell (posthumously). This is the highest honor that the ACS can bestow on one of its members; it has been given only 3 times in the 100 year history of the college. Dr. Thomas Russell was our 2013 Strauss Lecturer.

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  • Two Cardiothoracic Faculty Honored by WTSA

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    Mike Mulligan, MD Elected WTSA President

    Dr. Mike Mulligan, (pictured top-left) professor of cardiothoracic surgery and the director of the Lung Transplant Program and the Advanced Lung Disease Surgery Program, was elected president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association (WTSA) at their 2014 annual meeting held in June 2014.

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  • Ron Maier, MD Named Recipient of the 2014 UW Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women

    Ron Maier, MD, UW professor of surgery and chief of surgery at Harborview Medical Center, has been named a recipient of the 2014 UW Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women. As director of a premier surgical trauma fellowship, Maier has supported and mentored women in a field previously dominated by men; 35 percent of the fellows in this program have been women. His successful mentees include 3 professors and an associate professor, as well as several junior faculty and surgeons in private practice. One letter writer commented, “He probed our aspirations and plans for the future and went out of his way to enable us to achieve our best potential.”

    Modified June 2014 - MDH

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  • Newest Arrival: UW Opens a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic at Northwest Hospital

    UWMC Northwest HospitalThe newest arrival to the Plastic Surgery family of services is here! Our newly-opened (April 2014) Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic at Northwest Hospital allows our UW surgeons to offer state of the art cosmetic surgeries and treatments in a more intimate community setting. Previously both patients and UW providers have looked outside UW medicine for aesthetic or recontouring procedures, which may represent the finishing steps after reconstructive or functional surgery. After massive weight loss, for example, body contouring can dramatically change patients’ self-esteem and has been shown to improve maintenance of weight loss. From recontouring, to the latest techniques for looking younger and fresher, to the tried and true benefits of abdominal tightening, our providers can now offer cutting edge surgical options at community-friendly prices.

    For inquiries and appointments, call (206) 368-6746.

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  • Eileen Bulger, MD, Co-Principal Investigator on NIH Grant for Establishment of Pacific Northwest Clinical Center

    bulger2011Dr. Eileen Bulger, Professor, Division of Trauma & Burn (pictured left), is Co–Principal Investigator with Dr. Catherine Hough, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, on a 7-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the establishment of the Pacific Northwest Clinical Center. This Center will serve as one of 12 Clinical Centers in the new National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Clinical Trials Network for the Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL Network).

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