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At the 131st Annual Meeting of the American Surgical Association (ASA) in San Francisco, Dr. Layton “Bing” Rikkers was elected President. Dr. Rikkers will serve as president elect this coming year and will assume the role of president in April of 2013. The ASA is the most prestigious surgical organization and is composed of an elite group of surgeons from the United States and around the world. Arguably, being president of the ASA is the most prominent post in American Surgery. This is an amazing accomplishment for a remarkable leader. The Department is honored to have Dr. Rikkers in our midst, and know that he will be a great leader of the American Surgical.

Dr. Michael Bentz and Dr. Sharon Weber were new inductees at this meeting. Dr. Kent culminated five years on the ASA program committee as this year’s program chair. Two peer-reviewed abstracts were given by Department members. Dr. John Hoch presented “Sustained Reduction of Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism and Hospital Costs with Electronic Clinical Decision Support Program,” work done in collaboration with Dr. William Turnipseed and the vascular surgery division. Dr. David Greenblatt presented “Causes and Implications of Readmission After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair," work done by Dr. Kent’s Vascular Outcomes Group in collaboration with Dr. Caprice Greenberg and WiSOR.

Congratulations to all.

Research Awards

Gauthami Soma, a UWSMPH Shapiro student who continues to work with Dr. Kent’s vascular outcomes group, was selected as one of the recipients for the 2012 Student Research Fellowship award from the Society of Vascular Surgery Foundation. She will receive $3000 to support her research.

Calvin Harberg, a UW undergraduate student, was awarded an American Heart Association 2012 Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship for his summer research on aneurysm with Stephanie Morgan, a graduate student in Dr. Bo Liu’s lab.

In the News

Dr. John Siebert was featured on BBC in a story about three-year old Maha Asghar who is suffering with Parry-Romberg syndrome, a rare facial disorder where her immune system destroying her face. The Manchester, England family is raising funds for the pioneering treatment offered by Dr. Siebert at UWHC. To read more click here.

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