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The 2014 UW School of Medicine and Public Health graduating class chose Michael Bentz, MD, as its faculty speaker for the May 16 recognition ceremony. Dr. Bentz is a professor of surgery, pediatrics and neurosurgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He will join Dean Golden, the student class speaker, and the alumni president as presenters at the commencement. It’s an honor to be chosen to address the SMPH graduating class, and we commend you for inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.

Promotions

Lee Faucher, MD, was unanimously promoted to Professor (CHS). The promotions will become effective July 1, 2014. Congratulations!

Welcome

Abraham Sayon, MD, will join the UW Department of Surgery’s Division of General Surgery as a Clinical Assistant Professor in August 2014. Dr. Sayon received his MD from Rush University in Chicago and completed his general surgery residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he was named chief general surgery resident in his last year. Dr. Sayon is currently completing an advanced surgical gastrointestinal fellowship at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Sayon will practice at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford, Illinois.

Honors

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health recognized Kristi Herritz, an outreach program manager with the Department of Surgery, with a Faculty and Staff Equity and Diversity Award. The award committee commended Kristi for her work to increase minority recruitment of trainees in NIH-funded training grants and her help in establishing the Doris Duke Clinical Research Internship program, which works to introduce minority and low-income high school students to careers in medical research.

Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, was appointed to the NIH Advisory Board on Orphan Drugs, which evaluates grant proposals from investigators who perform research aimed at developing drugs for Orphan Applications.

In the News

WKOW-TV 27 brought its cameras into the operating room for a piece on Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH’s latest surgical coaching study, aimed at improving surgeon performance and patient safety. In the news cast, Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM, the first surgeon to participate in the pilot program, describes his experience recording a surgery with Google Glass and the subsequent review with a coach.

The UW Voice and Swallow Clinic’s work with a 14-year-old Irish dancer with paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder (PVFM) was featured in a news story by WISC-TV 3 . Katherine McConville, MA, CCC-SLP, explained how she worked with the young dancer to help her understand factors that influence breathing so she could continue to practice and perform.

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