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Kiser Named Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
July 1, 2011 -- Dr. Andy Kiser, recognized as an international leader in arrhythmia surgery, has been named the new Chief of UNC's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He succeeds Dr. Micheal Mill, who led the division as interim chief from 1998 to 1999 and as chief from 2000 to 2011.
New Titles for Farrell and van Aalst
July 1, 2011 -- Promotions for Tim Farrell, MD, and John van Aalst, MD, are effective July 1.
Castle Connolly Names 'Top Regional Doctors'
June 17, 2011 -- Thirty UNC Health Care physicians, including eight from the Department of Surgery, have been recognized as "top regional doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Meyers Published in The New York Times
June 6, 2011 -- Dr. Michael Meyers' letter to the editor was published in the June 4, 2011 issue of The New York Times.
Lee Promoted to Associate Professor
June 1, 2011 -- Clara Lee, MD, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective June 1, 2011.
Three from Surgery Honored with Cefalo House Officer Award
May 31, 2011 -- The annual presentation of the Dr. Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award occurred at Tuesday's UNC SOM Spring Faculty Meeting.
DeMore Study Identifies Growth Inhibitor for Breast Cancer
May 27, 2011 - A UNC laboratory study led by Dr. Nancy DeMore has found that Tacrolimus, a drug commonly used to prevent a patient's body from rejecting organs following a transplant, also inhibits breast cancer growth in pre-clinical studies. The findings of the study were reported in the May 26 Public Library of Science.
Lee Named Health Policy Scholar
May 26, 2011 -- Clara Lee, MD, was named a 2011 Health Policy Scholar with the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Thomas Awarded Distinguished Alumni of Shattuck-St. Mary's
May 26, 2011 -- Colin G. Thomas, Jr., was recognized as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni of Shattuck-Saint Mary's, a coeducational Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school located in Faribault, Minnesota.
NC Children's Hospital Ranked as One of Nation's Best
May 19, 2011 - North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been ranked in six of 10 U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” ranking categories, including a Top 50 ranking in Cardiology and Heart Surgery
Kiser Featured in Family House Diaries
May 19, 2011 -- A new heart and a new kidney have given a 28-year-old Wilson woman a second chance at life.
Adamson Named Chief of Pediatric Surgery
May 18, 2011 -- William Adamson, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery.
Carson presented with Distinguished Contribution Award at Annual AUA Meeting
May 18, 2011 - At the Annual AUA Awards Dinner, Dr. Culley Carson, from the Division of Urologic Surgery withing the UNC Department of Surgery, was presented with the "Distinguished Contribution Award," presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of urology.
Urology One of Top Five Clinics in Patient Satisfaction
May 13, 2011 -- The Ambulatory Patient Experience Team has named the top five clinics for the first quarter of 2011 as determined by UNC Health Care's patient satisfaction scores.
Revamped OR Makes Surgery Less Scary For Kids
May 6, 2011 - UNC Hospitals, which performs over 5,000 general pediatric surgeries every year, has redesigned its pediatric surgery operating room to help make children less anxious about their visit.
Charles Speaks at SOM Commencement
May 9, 2011 -- Anthony Charles, MD, was invited by graduating medical students to speak at the May 7 commencement ceremony.
Unger Presented Henry C. Fordham Award
May 9, 2011 -- General Surgery Chief Resident Joshua Unger was honored at the 2011 School of Medicine Commencement ceremony with the Henry C. Fordham Award.
Feins and Schmits honored as part of Nursing Staff Recognition Week
May 6, 2011 -- Grace Schmits, BSN, RN, NC Jaycee Burn Center, and Rick Feins, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, were recently honored as part of UNC Health Care's "Celebrate Success" 2011 Nursing Staff Recognition Week.
Feins Wins Grant to Study Surgical Simulation Training
April 27, 2011 -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a three-year, $1.05 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study use of simulators for cardiac surgery training. The multi-institution project will study whether resident physicians who are learning cardiothoracic surgery can become safer surgeons by using surgery simulators to acquire skills before they operate on people.
Fraher Consulted on Physician Shortage Article
April 4, 2011 -- Erin Fraher, PhD, is quoted in an article in today's "Daily Tar Heel."