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Thoracic Surgeons Directors Association Renames Award to Honor Wilcox
The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association has renamed its Resident Award the Benson Wilcox Award for Best Resident Paper in honor of former TSDA president, Dr. Benson R. Wilcox. The award is presented annually at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting for the best scientific abstract submitted by a cardiothoracic surgery resident. Dr. Wilcox was instrumental in establishing TSDA and drafting the association’s Bylaws. A leader in cardiothoracic surgery education, Dr. Wilcox was TSDA’s first secretary/treasurer from 1977-1980. He also served as president-elect from 1983-1984 and as president from 1985-1986. TSDA remains committed to Dr. Wilcox’s goal to improve cardiothoracic surgery education.
Sheldon Cited in Articles on Health Care Reform
Sept. 23, 2009 -- Dr. George Sheldon has been cited in several recent publications and postings on health care reform, including front page articles in The News and Observer (Sept. 23) and General Surgery (Sept. issue). On July 8, Dr. George Sheldon emphasized the looming surgeon shortage to a House of Representative committee. He urged congressmen to take this shortage and its implications into consideration while working on health care reform.
Prostate Screenings Publicized on WRAL News
Dr. Raj Pruthi, Urologic Surgeon at UNC, emphasized the importance of early detection of prostate cancer on a WRAL News broadcast aired on Sept. 21. He recommended that all men should begin PSA and digital rectal exam screening by age 50, but African American men and others with a family history of prostate cancer should begin screening by age 40. The North Carolina Cancer Hospital at UNC is offering free prostate cancer screening on Sept. 23rd and 24th from 1 to 7 P.M., no appointment necessary. For additional information, please call 919-966-1315. Keeping Up With Courtney Sommer
Duke Sports Information has published an interview with Dr. Courtney Sommer, a UNC General Surgery resident who was a three-time All-American field hockey player while an undergraduate at Duke University.
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.