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Michelle Ciucci, PhD, an Assistant Professor in Communicative Disorders and Surgery, was selected by the UW to compete for an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award, which supports new investigators of outstanding promise who study age-related diseases and disabilities. Dr. Ciucci hopes to improve vocalization and swallowing in patients with Parkinson Disease and other neurologic disorders. Each award is $100,000 per year for up to four years.

Research

Surgery was well represented at the 10th Annual Medical Student Research Forum held on Tuesday, January 17th. Students who participated in research projects in Summer 2011 presented their work. One third (7) of the oral presentations at the forum were from students mentored by faculty in the Department of Surgery. Seven other students shared poster presentations. Many thanks to those faculty and staff who provide critical mentoring for these students.

Education

Jack Jiang, MD, PhD, reported on the campus and SMPH Global Health Initiatives. In 2011 he started a 2 credit-hour class offered by the Department to health sciences students. This summer six students went to China for a two-week research and clinical externship experience. Dr. Jiang was a key connector in the MOU signed by former chancellor, Biddy Martin, and the president of Fudan University. He also brought the chief academic officer of the American Speech and Hearing Association to China which has resulted in 10,000 website visits and downloads of speech and hearing journals.

Clinical Accomplishments

Delora Mount, MD, received official notification that the Cleft Lip & Palate – Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic received a 5-year accreditation from the Commission on Approval of Teams from the American Cleft Palate—Craniofacial Association. Congratulations to Dr. Mount and her outstanding team including Sara Neuroth, a long term Department of Surgery Senior Medical Program Assistant and Marykay Brekke, RN, a long term nurse-clinician in the UWHC pediatric specialty clinics.

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