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  • Carlos Pellegrini to become chief medical officer at UW Medicine

    Pellegrini2014Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, the Henry N. Harkins Endowed Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Surgery, will be taking on the newly created role of chief medical officer for UW Medicine. As the chief medical officer, he will provide executive leadership and strategic guidance for integration of clinical practice with education and research activities across all UW Medicine sites of practice and will report directly to Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine. The chief medical officer will also oversee all physician-led activities within UW Medicine and will have leadership responsibilities for transforming clinical practice and performance for the UW Medicine accountable care network.

    Dr. Pellegrini will step down as chair December 1st and Dr. Douglas Wood, vice chair of the UW Department of Surgery and chief of the UW Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, will serve as acting chair.


    Modified October 5, 2015 - MDH

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  • In Russia, Pediatric Surgeon Meets With Fervor For Robotics

    Meehan Russia Press ConfJohn Meehan, a pioneer in pediatric robotic surgery, is used to speaking at medical conferences. But when he traveled to Russia in August for a meeting of pediatric surgeons, he was thrust into an unfamiliar spotlight.

    A TV crew with the Russian National News Agency shadowed him on a tour of a 120-year-old children’s hospital in Irkutsk and, at the end of a two-day meeting, he participated in a press conference with seven TV crews and 10 photographers.

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  • UW docs test ‘heart in a box’ to boost scarce transplants

    JasonSmithHeartInABoxUW Medicine is one of seven sites nationwide where heart-transplant doctors will test a new device that keeps organs warm and beating during transport, potentially boosting the number of usable organs.

    Dr. Jason Smith (pictured left), paused at the tower of plastic Igloo ice chests stacked in a corner at the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center in Seattle.

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  • Edward Verrier, MD Selected to Receive Bruce C. Gilliland, MD Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Teaching Award

    Verrier EdwardDr. Edward Verrier, Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has been selected by his peers to receive the Bruce C. Gilliland, MD Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Teaching Award for 2015. This award recognizes educators who excel in teaching residents and fellows at UW School of Medicine.

    The Bruce C. Gilliland, MD Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Teaching Award was created in 2007 as a tribute to rheumatologist and academic leader Bruce C. Gilliland, MD. He was a resident in UW Medicine's Division of Rheumatology in 1963 and had a thriving medical career at UW Medicine that spanned 45 years. Dr. Gilliland, who died after a long battle with cancer in 2007, will long be remembered for his dedication to the UW School of Medicine and for his dedication as a mentor and as a physician. This award is made possible by the generous donors who have contributed to this fund in honor of Dr. Gilliland, in particular his wife Maren Gilliland.


    Modified September 14, 2015 - MDH

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  • David Flum & SORCE receive grants from NIH, AHRQ & PCORI

    Flum David  2013Congratulations to Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery, and the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE), who recently received eighteen million dollars in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

    The three separate projects are each five years in length and will investigate important questions around practice patterns related to diverticulitis, the integration of patient reported outcomes into clinical practice, and comparing the use of surgery versus antibiotics for the treatment of appendicitis. The studies are multi-disciplinary in nature and will involve extensive collaborations with faculty from both the Department of Surgery and other departments. Read more >>


    Modified September 4, 2015 - MDH

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