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Jon S. Matsumura, MD, will receive a 2014 Outreach Physician Excellence Award from UW Health. The awards honor the system’s most skilled and dedicated physicians who demonstrate exceptional performance in clinical practice or education. Dr. Matsumura will accept his award in a ceremony on May 29. Other Department of Surgery faculty who will be honored as nominees include Jacob Greenberg, MD, Greg Hartig, MD, and Greg Kennedy, MD. Congratulations to everyone for upholding the mission, vision and values of UW Health.

Research

Herb Chen, MD, received a two-year, $250,000 grant for Carcinoid Tumor and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Research from the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation – American Association for Cancer Research for his submission, “Multifunctional Nanomedicine for Targeted Carcinoid Cancer Therapy.”

Dai Yamanouchi, MD, PhD, has been awarded a Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation Clinical Research Seed Grant for his project “Validation Checklist for Postoperative Wounds in Vascular Surgery.” Only principal investigators in the first 10 years of their careers are eligible for the $15,000 awards, which can be used for costs associated with laboratory assays, imaging studies, data collection and statistical support.

Honors

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, will be a distinguished speaker at the Fifth Annual International Women in Surgery Career Symposium, June 20-22 in Washington D.C.

Mark B. Constantian, MD, a clinical adjunct professor with the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Division, won the 2013 Tiffany Award for best scientific presentation from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for his lecture on trauma data.

Promotions

The UW Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders promoted Nadine Connor, PhD, to Full Professor. Dr. Connor holds a Joint Departmental Appointment in the Department of Surgery and is a Co-PI with Dr. Becky Sippel on a new NIH-funded clinical trial.

Education

Jack Jiang, MD, PhD, will lead eight medical students and six undergraduate students on a Global Health trip to China May 21-June 5. The UW Global Health Institute awarded the trip $8,000 to help cover student costs. The group will arrive in Shanghai and shadow at area hospitals, then travel to Beijing to shadow at the otolaryngology ward at Beijing University Third Hospital. Students will experience local culture during a few days of touring in Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing.

Three new residents will join the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in July 2014. They are Rebecca Farmer, MD, PhD, from Northwestern University; Katherine Rose, MD, from the University of Rochester; and Ruston Sanchez, MD, from Louisiana State University.

The 2014 General Surgery residency will welcome eight new interns in July 2014 — Amin Afrazi, University of Pittsburgh; Jennifer Ciske, UW-Madison; Juan Sebastian Danobeitia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; Alexander Fisher, University of Cincinnati; Joseph Imbus, University of Cincinnati; Jennifer Philip, University of Chicago; Brooks Rademacher, University of Rochester; and Alexander Riveron, Loyola University.

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