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Department Initiatives

Congratulations to all UW surgeons practicing at the VA Hospital for their excellent performance based on fiscal year 2009 NSQIP results. The VA was ranked as a statistically low outlier for overall mortality. In addition, Cardiac Surgery was ranked as a statistically low outlier for morbidity. Thank you for all your efforts to serve our veterans!

Honors and Awards

Seth Dailey, Otolaryngology, was notified that he will be inducted as a Triological Society Active Fellow during their 113th annual meeting on Friday, April 30th in Las Vegas. His thesis titled “Local Vascularized Flaps for Augmentation of Reinke’s Space” was selected for an Honorable Mention Award. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement.

A new book will be added to our display at the 3rd floor reception area. Herb Chen is the editor of the Illustrative Handbook of General Surgery, published by Springer in 2010. Craig Kent wrote the foreward and Jackie Arbuckle, Cathy Beckman, Cliff Cho, Jon Gould, Chuck Heise, Greg Kennedy, Jim Maloney, David Melnick, Peter Nichol, Becky Sippel, Mike Sloan, Sharon Weber, and Tracey Weigel wrote chapters and were section editors. Many general surgery residents were also involved in creating this book for medical students and residents to learn anatomy and operative techniques associated with common surgical interventions.

Research

David Foley, Transplant, won the Central Surgical Foundation Enrichment Award for his project entitled “Activation of the Nrf2-Antioxidant Response Element Pathway: A Protective Strategy for Minimizing Hepatic Ischemia Reperfusion Injury.” He is the third UW winner in the past 4 years. Chuck Heise won in 2007 and Cliff Cho won in 2008.

At the largest meeting of academic surgeons in the world, the UW Department of Surgery had the 3rd highest number of abstracts accepted for presentation of all institutions. Faculty, residents, and students did outstanding jobs representing the department and several won awards:

  • S. Pauly (MS2, Mezrich lab) – Top 10 abstract by a medical student
  • R. Davis (undergrad, Chen lab) – Top 10 abstract by a medical student
  • Madhu Roy, MD, PhD (post-doc, King lab) – Top ranked abstract overall.

In addition, several faculty members and residents were elected to new or continuing leadership and committee roles in the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS):

And in the Society of University Surgeons (SUS):

  • Sharon Weber, Chair of Education Committee
  • Herb Chen, Institutional Representative.
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