Dr. Raymond Yeung Receives 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Raymond Yeung accepting the 2023 Department of Surgery Distinguished Faculty Award at the 28th Annual Helen and John Schilling Lecture.

Raymond Sze Wang Yeung was born in Hong Kong, the second youngest of four siblings. He resided in Hong Kong until his middle childhood when the Cultural Revolution in mainland China forced many to flee and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Settling in North York, Dr. Yeung quickly adapted to his new life and…

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Drs. Russell Ettinger and Shane Morrison

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The term gender identity refers to how an individual identifies themselves with regard to gender—an intrinsic sense of “self.” For many individuals (cis individuals), their intrinsic gender identity aligns with the sex assigned at birth. However, there are individuals (trans and non–binary) whose gender identity does not align with their sex assigned at birth. The…

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Dr. Giana Davidson and Research Team Awarded the Donaghue Foundation’s Greater Value Portfolio Grant

Dr. Giana Davidson

Dr. Giana Davidson, Associate Professor and Section Chief for Emergency General Surgery, has received funding from The Donaghue Foundation, expanding the current AHRQ funded Pharmacy Integrated Transitions (PIT) R01 Randomized Trial. While the PIT program aims to improve coordination between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) by decreasing medication–related problems, this new funding will incorporate…

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Welcome Dr. Steven Lee

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The Department of Surgery welcomes Dr. Steven Lee as our new Chief of the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) and UW Department of Surgery in February 2023. Dr. Lee completed his general surgery training at University of California, Davis, and is well–acquainted with our program as he completed…

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Surgery Synopsis | Winter 2022-23

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What do we mean when we talk about “community?” We understand the definition, “a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” But what do we mean when we use this term in the context of our department and training programs? Community comes in many sizes and is…

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Drs. Venu Pillarisetty and Lindsay Dickerson Receive $400,000 Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation Grant

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Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, Professor of Surgical Oncology, and Dr. Lindsay Dickerson, General Surgery Resident Research Fellow, received a $400,000 grant from the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation for their project, “Therapeutic modulation of tumor–infiltrating T cell function in fibrolamellar carcinoma.” Fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC) is a rare liver cancer affecting children and young adults without underlying liver disease.…

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New Federal ‘Rural Emergency Hospital’ Designation

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Forty six million Americans rely on rural hospitals for their healthcare. Since 2005, however, more than 180 rural hospitals have closed in the United States. According to a study by the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, another 200 rural hospitals could close within the next 3 years. Rural hospital closures have significant economic…

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Rural Surgery Training Program

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UW Department of Surgery and UW Program for Global and Rural Surgery (UW PROGRESS) are thrilled to announce a new rural surgery training program in partnership with Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana: the Billings-UW Rural Surgery Track. Rural America encompasses 72% of the nation’s land mass and is home to 46 million people (15% of…

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