2010 News

Clancy Elected to SSA Membership

December 21, 2010 -- Dr. Tomas Clancy, general surgeon with the North Carolina Coastal AHEC, was elected to active membership with the Southern Surgical Association.

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Farrell Elected to ACS Post

December 20, 2010 -- Timothy Farrell, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, was elected to the office of Secretary Treasurer of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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Lung Transplant Gives CF Patient New Lease on Life

December 18, 2010 -- A double-lung transplant gives a 22-year-old cystic fibrosis patient a new lease on life. For the first time in his young life, Wesley Telsrow can sleep lying down rather than sitting up and laugh without coughing. Nirmal Veeramachaneni, MD, was his transplant surgeon.

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Carson Recipient of AUA Award

Carson Recipient of AUA Award

December 15, 2010 -- Dr. Culley Carson was notified by the American Urological Association (AUA) Awards Committee that he was selected as a recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Contribution Award. This award is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and the practice of urology, including but not limited to contributions made in a subspecialty area, for military career service or for humanitarian efforts.

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Jones Featured on UNC Health Care's "Real Doctors, Real People"

Jones Featured on UNC Health Care's "Real Doctors, Real People"

December 8, 2010 -- Dr. Sam Jones, of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, is featured on the December edition of the UNC Health Care news site.

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Lung Transplant Patient Thankful for 2nd Chance

Lung Transplant Patient Thankful for 2nd Chance

December 6, 2010 -- A double-lung transplant at UNC in March 2010 gave Mary Scercy of Lincoln County, N.C., woman a second chance at life, allowing her to witness the birth of her first granddaughter, attend her son’s wedding and to meet the lung donor’s family on Nov. 5 to thank them face-to-face for their selfless generosity.

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The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

December 2, 2010 -- Congratulations to the following Department of Surgery doctors who are identified as being among the best physicians in the nation, as compiled by the Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc.

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Pruthi Named Chief of Urologic Surgery

Pruthi Named Chief of Urologic Surgery

December 2, 2010 -- Effective Jan. 1, 2011, Dr. Raj Pruthi will assume leadership of the Division of Urologic Surgery within the Department of Surgery. Current Chief Dr. Culley C. Carson III will continue to have an active role in the division, and retain his position as associate chair of the Department of Surgery.

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Farrell Presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award

Farrell Presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award

November 15, 2010 -- Timothy Farrell, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, was awarded the prestigious H. Fleming Fuller Award at the 11/15/10 meeting of the UNC Health Care Board. The H. Fleming Fuller Award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston, N.C., physician H. Fleming Fuller, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. Memorial Hospital. In establishing the Fuller Award, the Board sought to recognize members of the medical staff who demonstrate the qualities embodied in Dr. Fuller's lifelong dedication to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and community service.

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Dehmer Presents at 2010 AAMC

November 10, 2010 - Dr. Jeffrey Dehmer presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), conducted in Washington, D.C., from November 5th through the 10th.

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Charles Appointed to Dept. of Public Health Leadership Program

Charles Appointed to Dept. of Public Health Leadership Program

November 2, 2010 - Dr. Anthony Charles has been appointed to Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Health.

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Surgery Welcomes New Attendings, November 1, 2010

November 1, 2010 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the newest faculty members joining our team:

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Multidisciplinary Approach to Genitourinary Cancer Shown to be Effective

October 20, 2010 - A study led by Dr. Raj Pruthi, Director of Urologic Oncology, has demonstrated that the cancer diagnosis and treatment process is enhanced by a team approach.

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Rupp Garners Honors at ACS Clinical Congress for Sponge Study

Rupp Garners Honors at ACS Clinical Congress for Sponge Study

October 11, 2010 - Dr. Christopher Rupp was recognized with a Scientific Exhibit of Exceptional Merit award for his poster submission at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

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UNC Patient Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Successful Transplant

UNC Patient Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Successful Transplant

October 8, 2010 – 20 years ago, Howell Graham underwent then-risky, double-lung transplant surgery for cystic fibrosis at UNC Hospitals. He now celebrates breathing free for two decades.

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Yeh and Lin Awarded $2.3M for Pancreatic Cancer Nanotechnology

Yeh and Lin Awarded $2.3M for Pancreatic Cancer Nanotechnology

Jen Jen Yeh, MD, assistant professor in Surgical Oncology, and Wenbin Lin, PhD, professor of chemistry and pharmacy, were awarded a $2,308,800 grant from the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships.

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Speck Awarded UNC Plus People Award

Speck Awarded UNC Plus People Award

September 21, 2010 – Dr. K. Elizabeth Speck, a general surgery resident, was awarded a PlusPeople Award for the Summer 2010 quarter. This honor is presented to UNC Health Care employees for their outstanding performance and service on the job.

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Jones is Carolina Covenant Health Program Coordinator

Jones is Carolina Covenant Health Program Coordinator

September 10, 2010 - Dr. Samuel W. Jones, MD, NC Jaycee Burn Center, has assumed leadership of the Carolina Covenant Allied Health Program. In his role as program coordinator, Dr. Jones will organize monthly seminars for Carolina Covenant Scholars interested in any of a broad range of health careers.

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ICU Nurses Named Among "Great 100" in North Carolina

ICU Nurses Named Among "Great 100" in North Carolina

September 10, 2010 -- Maureen Heck and Darla Topley, both of whom work in the SICU, and Kevin Brady in the CT ICU, are among nine nurses from UNC Hospitals named to the "Great 100 Nurses on North Carolina."

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Bariatric Surgery Center Receives ACS Accreditation

Bariatric Surgery Center Receives ACS Accreditation

September 8, 2010 - The Bariatric Surgery program in the Gastrointestinal Surgery division has been officially accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation is testament to the facility having met the essential criteria that ensure bariatric surgery care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network.

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