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.
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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.Read More
“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.Read More
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.Read More
Recently, 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.Read More
In 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.Read More
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