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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 >>


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  • Keeping tickers ticking until transplant

    HeartMate3Dick Cheney had one. So do a lot of patients waiting for a heart transplant - an implanted device to keep their tickers ticking.

    Surgeons have relied on the same model for a decade, but now the UW Medical Center is testing out a new, smaller version that may work even better.

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  • UW Medical Center Seeks Face-Transplant Program

    PeterNeligan SeattleTimesMarch2015

    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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