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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) chose Suresh Agarwal, MD, for the ACS Traveling Fellowship to Japan, a program designed to encourage international exchange of surgical scientific information. Dr. Agarwal will spend at least two weeks in Japan in the spring of 2015, allowing him to attend the annual meeting of the Japan Surgical Society and visit several medical centers in Japan to share clinical and scientific expertise with local surgeons. This is an exciting learning opportunity for our faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Agarwal!

Service

K. Craig Kent, MD, was the guest speaker at the 2014 White Coat Ceremony, an annual event of the School of Medicine and Public Health that welcomes first-year medical students. Dr. Kent’s talk, “Adaptability and Compassion – Virtues of Tomorrow’s Physicians,” offered the 176 members of the SMPH Class of 2018 advice with two main messages: 1) learn to lead and embrace change, and 2) enjoy your patients. The ceremony took place August 24 at Union South.

Research

Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, the department’s Folkert O. Belzer Professor of Surgery, will give the plenary lecture, “Gene Therapy for Diabetes,” at the 14th Congress of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT) in Istanbul, Turkey, September 10-13.

Petros Anagnostopoulos, MD, will present a surgical motion picture at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, January 24-28, 2015. His selected abstract is titled “Complete Neonatal Repair of a Patient with Truncus Arteriosus, Left Pulmonary Artery Sling and Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis.”

Reminder

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, will participate in a talk at TEDMED 2014 titled “Play Is Not a Waste of Time.” TEDMED 2014 will take place September 10-12 in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco — one stage, two cities. Dr. Pugh’s session will be screened in the H6/1 Simulation Center at 3:30 p.m. on September 11. The talk, which includes seven speakers, will reveal the many ways imagination rewards us, specifically how health and medicine are enhanced through the power of play. Please join us to watch Dr. Pugh share surprising information about a kind of skill and intelligence that can now be measured and taught for the first time.

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