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At the Top

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, was voted President Elect of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) at their May 2 business meeting at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Chicago. The ASTS has 1157 members with the mission to advance the art and science of transplant surgery through leadership, advocacy, education, and training. Congratulations on achieving this prestigious and impactful leadership role.

Quality

Under the mentorship of David Melnick, MD, MPH, the following three surgery residents, Jennifer Philip, MD, Joseph Imbus, MD, and Juan Danobeitia, MD, PhD, won The Best Quality Improvement Project that Aligns with UW Health Patient Safety Goals at the UW Health Resident and Student Quality Improvement Symposium last week for their work titled “Characterizing Opioid Requirements and Surgeon Prescribing Practices after Outpatient General Surgery”. Jennifer Philip recognized Dr. Melnick for the large amount of time and effort he invested in supporting the three general surgery residents through this project and making sure they were set up to be successful. The project highlighted how many pain pills patients actually (or don’t actually) need after surgery.

Honors

Lisa Werning, Director of the Office of Clinical Research for the Department of Surgery, was recently awarded a UW Academic Professional Development Grant. The $1,400 grant will allow her to attend the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International Annual Meeting in October. Lisa will also give a presentation at that meeting titled, “Calculating Exact Effort for Research Staff Conducting Clinical Trials.” Well done, Lisa!

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Venkat Rao, MD, MBA (Plastics)
“I wouldn’t change a thing. I was extremely pleased with the way I was treated and cared for by Dr. Rao and his staff. He’s an excellent doctor and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing this kind of medical attention.”

John Hoch, MD (Vascular)
“I liked Dr. Hoch. He was very friendly, personable. Nice man- very knowledgeable!”

Suresh Agarwal, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP (General)
“I appreciated their concerns & sensitivity to my needs as well as to my families. Very impressed with the surgical teams! They saved my life, thank you!”

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