Luis Fernandez, MD, was awarded an R01 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for “The Role of Complement Inhibition in Expanded Criteria Kidney Transplantation,” which will provide $4 million in funding over a five-year period beginning April 2015. Dr. Fernandez’s research will explore pre-treatment of brain death organ donors to improve the success of kidney transplantation. Several UW collaborators are involved, including Anthony D’Alessandro, MD, and William Burlingham, PhD, from the Department of Surgery; Arjang Djamali, MD, from the Department of Medicine; and Tom Ellis, PhD, from the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Congratulations, Luis, on your first R01!
UW SMPH medical student Bryant Megna received a 2015 ICTR-Shapiro Medical Student Research Fellowship. Bryant will take a one-year leave of absence from medical school to pursue full-time research work with Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, on their project “Chemotherapeutic Potential of 3,3’- Diindolylmethane Stimulation of AHR Signaling in Colorectal Cancer.” The fellowship offers salary, tuition, and conference travel funds. Congratulations on this honor, Bryant, and welcome to the Department of Surgery for the upcoming year!
Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH, Department of Surgery’s Medical Student Program Director, reported that this year’s match for UW School of Medicine and Public Health students desiring a surgical residency was very successful. Thirteen students matched in General Surgery, seven matched in ENT, one matched in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and 12 matched in Orthopedic Surgery. We expect even more surgery residents next year: more than 40 third-year medical students attended a Surgery Residency Information Program last week where they learned what they will need to do to be a competitive applicant for a surgical residency. Kudos to Dr. O’Rourke and all surgeons who have supported this growing interest in surgical careers.