2009 News

Dreesen Appointed Associate Chief of Staff

Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief of Staff and Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Dreesen, Ann Bailey, and Tony Lindsey to Associate Chief of Staff positions. Effective Oct. 1, 2009, Dr. Dreesen will assume a broad range of duties aimed at improving patient care and the practice environment for our faculty and residents.

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Stitzenberg Joins Faculty

Stitzenberg Joins Faculty

Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, was appointed Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management effective Aug. 17, 2009. Dr. Stitzenberg completed her medical degree as well as a masters degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her post-graduate training included a general surgery residency program, also at UNC, and a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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McLean Named Amos Scholar

Sean McLean, MD, in the division of Pediatric Surgery, has been selected by the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to receive a four-year mentored grant. His project, Smooth Muscle Cell Related Mechanisms of Pulmonary Hypertension in Congenital Diagphragmatic Hernia, will be mentored by Dr. Cam Patterson, chief of UNC's Division of Cardiology.

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Jones Makes Sports Section of Chapel Hill News

Jones Makes Sports Section of Chapel Hill News

The accompanying photo of Sam Jones, MD, of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, was published in the Aug. 12, 2009 edition of the Chapel Hill News. Dr. Jones is shown finishing the Fifth Annual UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathalon held on Aug. 9 in Chapel Hill.

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Lee Article Published in Journal of American College of Surgeons

Lee Article Published in Journal of American College of Surgeons

Clara Lee, MD, is the primary author of an article published in the July 2009 edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (Vol. 209, Issue 1, Pages 123-133). The article, "Patient-Reported Outcomes of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: A Systematic Review," (.pdf) was also featured on NBC Health News.

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Goodwin Joins Faculty

Goodwin Joins Faculty

Dr. Robert Brock Goodwin joined the Department of Surgery effective July 1, 2009, after completing a one-year Critical Care fellowship at UNC. Dr. Goodwin graduated from the University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, MO, with a degree in osteopathic medicine, and performed his general surgery residency at the Doctor's Hospital, Ohio University, OH. He specializes in trauma and critical care.

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Feins Coordinates 2nd Annual Thoracic Surgery Resident Boot Camp

The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association has scheduled the second annual Thoracic Surgery Resident Bood Camp for July 31 through August 2 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Feins, the Boot Camp is a unique educational experience in which 32 cardiothoracic residents from across the country undergo 2½ days of intensive simulator-based training. The forty-plus faculty members are comprised of senior-level cardiothoracic educators and will oversee four half-day modules in:

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Dr. George Sheldon meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services

Dr. George Sheldon meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services

July 27, 2009 – Last July, George F. Sheldon, MD, traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. The meeting centered around Dr. Sheldon’s work with the ACS HPRI, American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research. Dr. Sheldon serves as the Director of the ACS Health Policy Research Institute and along with Co-Director Thomas J. Ricketts, Ph.D. has developed a collection of national, regional, and state-level maps of the total and general surgeon workforce relative to population density. These maps provide the ratio of providers to population at the county-level for the purpose of assessing the geographic distribution of surgeons in the United States.

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Lung Injury Article by Egan Lab Published in American Journal of Physiology

In its July 2009 issue, American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology published a paper, "Novel critical role of toll-like receptor 4 in lung ischemia-reperfusion injury and edema," from the lab of Thomas M. Egan, M.D., M.Sc., of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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Sheridan and Friday Discuss Heart Surgery on UNC-TV's "North Carolina People"

On UNC-TV's "North Carolina People," host Bill Friday recently interviewed Brett Sheridan, M.D., about heart surgery and heart health. Dr. Sheridan replaced Mr. Friday's aortic valve last winter, and Mr. Friday asked him questions about this surgery. Dr. Sheridan is associate professor of surgery at UNC and is director of adult cardiac surgery at UNC Hospitals. Mr. Friday was president of the University of North Carolina for 30 years and hosts "North Carolina People" weekly on UNC-TV.

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Lynne Farber Recognized as One of the Great 100 Nurses in NC

July 14, 2009 -- Lynne Farber, MSN, RN, CPNP, has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding professional ability and for their contributions to improving the healthcare services in their community. The Great 100, Inc. is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina.

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Farrell Awarded Medical Alumni Distinguished Professorship

The Office of Medical Alumni Affairs has identified Dr. Tim Farrell as the recipient of a four-year Medical Alumni Distinguished Professorship. The selection recognizes a demonstrated excellence in teaching and is intended to facilitate service to the School of Medicine and its teaching and learning mission.

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Wilcox Featured in "The Carolina Curator"

The 7/13/09 issue of the The Carolina Curator, published by UNC's Health Sciences Library, features "Dr. Benson Wilcox: Surgeon, Scholar, and Benefactor."

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Sheldon Testifies on Surgical Workforce Crisis

Sheldon Testifies on Surgical Workforce Crisis

July 10, 2009 -- George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS, Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Health Policy Research Institute and Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery and professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, testified on behalf of the ACS at a July 8 House Committee on Small Business hearing.

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Ewend Honored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Ewend Honored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

July 6, 2009 -- Matthew G. Ewend, M.D., director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center program in neuro-oncology, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the ewendcyber2Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery.

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Helmrath Receives R01 Award

Michael Helmrath, MD, in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, has been awarded a 5 year grant for his project studying "Mechanisms of intestinal stem cell expansion following resection". The award, R01DK083325, is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and covers the project period 07/01/2009 - 06/30/2014.

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Germanwala Presents First Aneurysm Patient Treated Through Nose

June 25, 2009 -- The UNC Health Care YouTube site features a novel aneurysm approach by Dr. Anand Germanwala, on faculty in the Divison of Neurosurgery.

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Gerber Appointed to Provost Search Committee

David Gerber, MD, of Transplant Surgery, has been appointed by Chancellor Holden Thorp to the search committee for the University's next executive vice chancellor and provost, a position being vacated by Bernadette Gray-Little. The seventeen-member search committee, chaired by H. Shelton Earp, MD, will recommend a final slate of candidates to the chancellor, who will forward his recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval. The position serves as chief academic officer and oversees all academic operations including thirteen schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Library, a variety of centers and several cultural and and educational units.

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Cairns Receives R01 Award

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a 5 year grant to Bruce A. Cairns, MD, Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, for his project studying the "Cellular mechanism of immune dysfuncton following burn injury". The project, supported by Award Number R01GM076250, covers the period 04/06/2009 - 03/31/2014.

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GI Surgery Separates into Two Sections

The Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery is pleased to announce that the division will be split into two Sections. Dr. Koruda will remain the Chief of the Division and head the Section of General GI Surgery. This section will include Dr. Timothy Sadiq, Dr. Christopher Rupp and their support staff.

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