Faculty Awards, Honors & Publications

Recent Honors, Awards, Appointments and Publications (Listed by date)

Dr. Jonathan Sham

Dr. Jonathan Sham

(Aug 2020) Dr. Jonathan Sham, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, won Swim Across America's Young Investigator Award for his research with Dr. Buddy Ratner, Professor and Director, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, to develop a novel bio biopolymer that can be used during pancreatic surgery to reduce the rates of pancreatic fistula. Vimeo video >>

(July 2020) Dr. Sham published “Management of primary hepatic malignancies during the COVID-19 pandemic: recommendations for risk mitigation from a multidisciplinary perspective" in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

The management of hepatobiliary malignancies is complex and resource-intensive. The COVID-19 pandemic imposed unique limitations on healthcare resources and access to care. Dr. Sham worked with an international team of experts to develop guidelines for the management of complex hepatobiliary malignancies during the pandemic in an attempt to aid clinicians around the world in making difficult treatment decisions in real time during the global healthcare crisis.

Dr. Raymond Tse

Dr. Raymond Tse

Dr. Craig Birgfeld

Dr. Craig Birgfeld

Dr. Joe Gruss

Dr. Joe Gruss

Dr. Richard Hopper

Dr. Richard Hopper

Dr. Ezgi Mercan

Dr. Ezgi Mercan

(July 2020) Dr. Raymond Tse, Associate Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, was awarded American Association of Plastic Surgery’s (AAPS) annual 2020 James Barrett Brown Award. This award was established in memory of Dr. James Barrett Brown, past AAPS president, and is presented for the best plastic surgery-related paper published during the previous calendar year. The 2020 award recognizes Dr. Tse’s paper entitled “Unilateral Cleft Lip Nasal Deformity: Foundation-Based Approach to Primary Rhinoplasty.” Drs. Craig Birgfeld, Associate Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Joseph Gruss, Professor Emeritus, Richard Hopper, Maryls C. Larson Professor of Craniofacial Surgery & Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, and Ezgi Mercan, Craniofacial Image Analysis Researcher, Division of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, played significant roles in this research project as well. AAPS will recognize the manuscript and present the award plaque and $2,000 prize to Dr. Tse at the AAPS Annual Meeting in May 2021.

“In many ways, it's a special paper for us given that it challenges dogma and was Joe Gruss' last paper before he retired.” And, as Rich Hopper noted, “Joe taught us all so much about how to address the cleft nasal deformity, and the paper was a great testimony to the fundamental concepts he brought to our team and specialty.”

Dr. Nicholas Vedder, Professor of Surgery & Orthopaedics, Jamie Hunter Endowed Chair, Chief of Plastic Surgery; Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, notes “Dr. Gruss also won this award in 1985 for a paper that again challenged dogma, describing his novel approaches to craniofacial trauma with primary bone grafting, something quite controversial at the time, but as we all know, has become the standard of care. We are all tremendously proud of our world-leading team of craniofacial surgeons who are our colleagues at the University of Washington.”

Dr. Benjamin Anderson

Dr. Benjamin Anderson

(June 2020) Dr. Benjamin Anderson, Professor, Division of General Surgery, announced the publication of the consensus statements and manuscripts from the 6th Breast Health Global Initiative Global Summit on Improving Breast Healthcare (BHGI) through Resource–Stratified Phased Implementation (Seattle 018)2. This supplement, published in the journal Cancer, is the culmination of months of collaborative work by experts in breast and women’s health, cancer control, implementation science, economics, disparities, policymaking, public health, patient advocacy and health systems, with authors representing all resource settings across five continents.

Dr. Anderson explains, “This Cancer publication is the culmination of the BHGI mission going back to the first BHGI Global Summit held in Seattle in 2002. It has been an honor and privilege to engage with the 150 contributors and participants in the preparation of this supplement, which addresses core questions about how to implement breast care programs in limited resource contexts. While we were unable to bring together BHGI leadership for the planned publication launch at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) meeting that was canceled due to the COVID pandemic, we are planning a virtual launch with CUGH later in 2020 to share this information with the global health community that is still learning how global oncology fits within the global health agenda.”

Dr. Elina Quiroga

Dr. Elina Quiroga

(June 2020) Dr. Elina Quiroga, Associate Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, was awarded the UW School of Medicine 2020 Minority Faculty Mentoring Award for providing encouragement and support for the career and development of minority mentees. This award recognizes the need for excellence in mentoring under-represented faculty groups to achieve diversity and inclusion—key elements that can unleash creativity and innovation so the health care needs of our region are met.

Dr. Quiroga expresses, "I am truly humbled and honored to receive the 2020 Minority Faculty Mentoring Award from the UW School of Medicine, Committee on Minority Faculty Advancement, Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Office of the Dean. I’m fortunate to have learned from outstanding mentors myself, and it is thanks to them that I have the privilege and opportunity to work with mentees myself. There is much work ahead to address racism and health care injustice in medicine, and I am fortunate to work in a place that encourages action and continuous progress in identifying and dismantling inequity in care, culture, and policy."

This annual award is supported through the Office of the Dean, Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Committee on Minority Faculty Advancement.

Dr. Ron Maier

Dr. Ron Maier

Dr. Kathleen O'Connell

Dr. Kathleen O'Connell

(June 2020) Drs. Ron Maier, Professor & Chief and Kathleen O’Connell, Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care, published “Trail blazers without blades: Surgeons as Palliative Care Physicians in Response to COVID–19” in the Annals of Surgery.

Dr. O’Connell explains, “In this manuscript, we acknowledge the growing global need for palliative care services within the context of COVID–19 and the negative implications for surgical patients (i.e. delays in goals of care conversations due to limited band width of the palliative care service). We highlight the opportunity for surgeons with an interest in palliative care to establish a role as a surgical palliative care
champion within their group and provide resources for skill acquisition and community integration.”

Dr. Kenneth Gow

Dr. Kenneth Gow

(April 2020) Dr. Kenneth Gow, Professor, Division of Pediatric General Surgery, was elected a Fellow of the American Surgical Association (ASA) in April 2020. Dr. Gow expresses, “The ASA is considered by many to be of the most prestigious associations to join as a surgeon and therefore a great honor in my career thus far. I look forward to meeting and learning from great leaders in the field of surgery on how to lead others.”