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At the 2014 American Surgical Association meeting in San Diego, Calif., Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, vice chair of quality for the Department, presented the results of a patient satisfaction study he conducted with K. Craig Kent, MD, and Sarah Tevis, MD, in “Is There a Relationship Between Patient Satisfaction and Favorable Surgical Outcomes?” Based on the satisfaction surveys examined in the study, which were collected from 171 university hospitals, factors outside of surgical outcomes such as a clean room, well-controlled pain and hospital volume were better predictors of high satisfaction among general surgery patients than quality of care. His presentation was featured on the cover of the May 2014 ACS Surgery News.

Research

Sharon Weber, MD, will receive $341,696 in direct grant funding from the NIH over the next two years for her recently funded Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) for Mid-career and Senior Investigators (K18). Dr. Weber’s research project, “Incorporating the Patient Perspective to Reduce Readmissions after Complex Cancer Surgery,” seeks to understand the causes of readmission from the patient’s perspective with the goal of creating a tool that will help to decrease readmissions and reduce associated health care costs.

K. Craig Kent, MD, will serve as PI, along with co-investigators Lian Guo, PhD, (Surgery) and Michael Hoffmann, PhD, (Oncology), on an American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid award for the study “Screening for Selective Inhibitors of Restenosis.” The team will receive $143,000 over two years.

Gopika Nair, research assistant in Dr. Jon Odorico’s lab, received her PhD in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology from the UW in May 2014. Gopika has demonstrated the effectiveness of Ptf1a driven pancreatic endocrine differentiation in a mouse ESC model system, and won numerous institutional and international awards for her presentations. She obtained a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in Matthias Hebrok’s pancreas development and stem cell differentiation lab at the University of California, San Francisco. Good luck, Gopika!

Service

Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, was selected to serve on the Cancer Committee of the American Pediatric Surgery Association through 2016.

Rebecca Sippel, MD, will serve a two-year appointment as Chair of the Curriculum Committee, a Board of Directors position, for the Association of Surgical Education (ASE). This committee helps to develop surgical education curriculum including a new national third-year curriculum which the ASE is developing in conjunction with the ACS. Dr. Sippel also serves on the steering committee for that joint ASE-ACS taskforce.

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