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McLean Receives NIH Award
Sean McLean, MD, of Pediatric Surgery, has been awarded a two-year grant supplement for career development. Dr. Cam Patterson, division chief of Cardiology, is the principal investigator of the parent R01 and will serve as Dr. McLean's mentor. The project, entitled "The role of FGFR1 and FGFR2 in Repair of Damaged Intestinal Epithelium," covers the period 09/01/2009 - 08/31/2011 and was awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
NC Biotechnology Center Gives Loan to Egan's Biotech Firm
Sept. 16, 2009 -- The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has made a $30,000 loan to X-In8 Biologicals Corp., a new biotechnology company founded by Thomas M. Egan, M.D., M.Sc., a faculty member in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company is a spinoff from work that Dr. Egan has done in his lab at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Carson Promotes Prostate Screening on NBC 17 News
September 12, 2009 -- Dr. Culley Carson III, of Urologic Surgery, was featured on a prostate cancer news segment aired by NBC 17 News on Sept. 12. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the UNC Urology Clinic is offering free prostate screenings on Sept. 22nd and 23rd.
CT Surgery Launches 6-Year Integrated Residency Program
In 2010, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin a new six-year integrated residency program, which residents will enter directly from medical school. The Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, the national residency accrediting body, approved the program in July 2009. Students at North American medical schools may now apply for the program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), for a residency position to begin July 1, 2010. UNC is one of just six institutions in the United States to offer such a program.
Urology Clinic Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
The Urology Clinic at UNC Hospitals will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23-24 for men 40 years old or older and younger men with a family history of prostate cancer. The screenings, which are being conducted as part of National Prostate Health Month, consist of a blood test and digital rectal exam. No appointment is necessary. For additional information, please call (919) 966-1315.
Surgery Alum Performs Heart Procedure on Pat Robertson
Dr. Andy Kiser, who completed residency training (General Surgery in 1997 and Cardiothoracic in 2000) at UNC, treated Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson for atrial fibrillation at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Kiser performed a convergence procedure and said he expects Robertson to make a full recovery. See full article at MSNBC.
Ewend Promoted to Full Professor
Congratulations to Matt Ewend, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery, whose promotion to Full Professor is effective Sept. 1, 2009.
Multidisciplinary Care: Germanwala and Zanation
Drs. Anand Germanwala, UNC Neurosurgery, and Adam Zanation, UNC Otolaryngology, are featured on UNC Health Care's Weblog in a story about multidisciplinary care.
Calvo Featured in UNC Health Care Video Highlighting New Cancer Hospital
Aug. 21, 2009 -- Dr. Benjamin Calvo, chief of the division of Surgical Oncology, is featured in a video about the evolution of cancer care at UNC Hospitals. His clip is one in a series that coincides with the opening of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. The full video, N.C. Cancer Hospital - Then and Now, is available on YouTube.
Family House Diaries: A New Liver for a New Life
UNC Health Care ran a series of stories on some of the patients and families who live at the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill while receiving treatment at UNC Hospitals. The most recent article featured Anna Barnhill, who received a liver transplant performed by Dr. Alexander Toledo of the division of Abdominal Transplant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.