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Dr. Charles Yale died on November 7, 2010 at his home in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Yale served on the faculty of the Department of Surgery from 1964 to 1991, when he became an emeritus professor of surgery. He is remembered for his work in developing gastric surgery for the morbidly obese and his expertise with portocaval shunts for patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. He championed both of these programs at the old University Hospital. Dr. Sollinger remembers Dr. Yale as one of the most accurate surgeons he ever worked with and a great man with a wonderful wife. Full obituary

Dr. Parajmeet Chopra was feted at a retirement party at the Madison Club on Saturday, November 20. Colleagues from Surgery, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Inpatient and OR nursing, former trainees from around the United States, referring physicians, and staff toasted Dr. Chopra as an outstanding mentor, teacher, surgeon and friend. Dr. Chopra thanked Dr. Niloo Edwards for leading Cardiothoracic Surgery through challenging times and creating a robust, productive division from which he was proud to retire.

Research

Dr. Ann O’Rourke, Assistant Professor of Surgery, was featured on the cover of the November 2010 issue of Surgery News from the American College of Surgeons (PDF, Flash), for research completed during her Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. Dr. O’Rourke reported that ionized calcium levels drawn prior to resuscitative efforts serve as a marker of a patient’s eventual outcome. It has been recommended based upon her study, that ionized calcium be added to the routine laboratory work used to evaluate injured patients.

Dr. Jon Gould is a co-investigator on a recently awarded five-year, $2.5M grant from the NIH to study “Technical Validation of MRI Biomarkers of Liver Fat”. Dr. Gould will be responsible for overseeing tissue collection in the operating room, blood work, and preparation and shipping of the biopsies for analysis.

Dr. Heather Neuman has been selected as a finalist for the Society of University Surgeons Clinical Scholar Award:. This $30,000 award is intended to support a surgeon whose work involves clinical or outcomes research related to a surgical disease, and can be renewed for a second year. One award is given each year and there are only 4 finalists from across the country.

Education

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze codirected an ethics symposium titled: Is Treatment Ever Futile? Who Decides? at Meriter Hospital on Friday, November 5. Over 200 physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, and attorneys attended. Many important ethics topics were discussed including a debate as to whether patients can unilaterally refuse treatment.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze was selected as one of two individuals from across the country to be an Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellow for 2010. Anniversary Fellows are chosen based upon their potential to be future leaders in the medical community and they collaborate on IOM initiatives with eminent researchers, policy experts, and IOM physicians. Dr. Schwarze will continue her current academic responsibilities while engaging part time in IOM’s health and science policy work over the next two-years.

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