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The Department of Surgery hosted its 15th Annual Resident Research Day on May 13, offering residents a forum to present their current research activities to faculty and colleagues. This year’s visiting professor Allan Tsung, MD, Pittsburgh School of Medicine, started the day with his Grand Rounds talk “The Inflammatory Response: Friend or Foe to Liver Surgeons?” In the afternoon, the event moved to Union South where 15 residents presented synopses of their research. The Best Basic Science Presentation Award went to Andrew Rogers, MD, for “Evidence of Somatic Cell Programming in the Fgfr2IIIb Mouse Model,” and the Best Clinical Research Presentation Award went to Jason Wiseman, MD, for “Endovascular Versus Open Repair for Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease.” Thank you to all faculty members who acted as discussants for the presentations and to the mentors and co-authors who collaborated with residents on their work.

Research

The Greenwall Foundation’s bioethics grants program will fund Gretchen Schwarze, MD, and transplant fellow Joseph Scalea, MD, with a two-year, $139,223 award for their project “Failure to Die in Time: Exploration of Experiences and Attitudes of Family Members of Donors Involved in Donation After Circulatory Death.”

Service

J. Scott McMurray, MD, was installed for a one-year term as president of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association.

Education

Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM, learned the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships will support the Department of Surgery’s Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship with a $20,000 grant in 2016-2017. This support further solidifies the positive standing of this new fellowship program, which the department established in June 2014.

Ten students from the 2015 UW School of Medicine and Public Health graduating class matched in General Surgery residencies. They are Sean Weinberg, Nathan Frohne, Kelly Boyle, Matt Bobel, Sasha Mahvi, Amanda Mueller, Becky Mitchell, Phil Bauer, Adam Sheka, and Trista Stankowski-Drengler, who will be starting her general surgery residency in our department in July 2015. Congratulations to all these remarkable surgeons-in-training, and thank you to everyone on our staff who inspired and taught these young minds.

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