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UNC Department of Surgery Welcomes New Attendings July 1, 2010
July 1, 2010 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the following new Attendings to our faculty:
Hultman Recieves AOA Professionalism Award
June 30, 2010 -- The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has named C. Scott Hultman, MD, a recipient of the 2010 Edward D. Harris Professionalsim Award. Dr. Hultman, chief of UNC's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery division, will receive a $16,000 award to support his project, "Understanding and Achieving Professionalism in a Surgical Practice." Read more.
Dehmer Awarded UNC Plus People Award
June 21, 2010 – Dr. Jeffrey Dehmer, a general surgery resident, was awarded one of the fourteen Plus People Awards for the Summer 2010 quarter. The UNC Plus People Award is a long standing tradition which recognizes 1% of UNC Health Care employees each quarter that exemplify our Commitment to Caring within the UNC Hospitals.
Hadar and Meyers Elected to MSEC
June 7, 2010 -- The faculty elected three Medical Staff Executive Committee at-large members last week. Each faculty member will serve a three-year term on the MSEC. The winners of the elections are: David Henke, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (re-elected); Eldad Hadar, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery (re-elected); and Michael Meyers, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology. Thanks to all faculty members who voted.
Cairns Appointed Chair of ABA's Research Committee
June 1, 2010 -- Dr. Bruce Cairns, director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, has been appointed by the American Burn Association as chair of its Research Committee. His term will run from 2010 through 2013.
Gerber Promoted to Full Professor
June 1, 2010 -- Dr. David Gerber, chief of the Division of Abdominal Surgery, has been promoted to Professor of Surgery effective June 1, 2010.
Sommer Awarded Medical Alumni Endowment Grant
May 27, 2010 -- Dr. Courtney Sommer, currently a third year General Surgery Resident, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Medical Alumni Endowment Grant Fund through the UNC School of Medicine's Medical Alumni Association. The aim of the Endowment Fund Grant is to fund proposals from new investigators or established investigators exploring new areas of discovery from UNC faculty or housestaff that will promote excellence in education, research or service and has a high likelihood of being sustained in the future.
Royal Society of Medicine visits UNC Department of Surgery
May 26, 2010 -- Delegates of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Section of Surgery visited the UNC Department of Surgery from May 21st through May 26th, 2010. Their visit included a joint meeting with the Surgery Department from May 24-25. During the meeting, members of the Royal Society of Medicine and faculty members of the Department of Surgery presented on various surgical education issues.
Dehmer Elected President of Housestaff Council
May 20, 2010 -- Dr. Jeff Dehmer, a PGY-3 in the general surgery residency program, has been elected President of the UNC Housestaff Council for the one-year term beginning July 1, 2010.
Gerber and Haithcock Awarded NC TraCS Grants
May 20, 2010 -- Drs. David Gerber, Division of Abdominal Transplant division, and Ben Haithcock, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, have each been awarded a $10,000 grant by the NC TraCS Institute.
Egan Featured in "Endeavors"
May 17, 2010 -- An article in UNC's Endeavors magazine, a publication about discoveries and creativity at the university, highlights the research of Dr. Thomas Egan and his collaborators.
Election: Medical Staff Executive Committee
May 12, 2010 -- From Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief of Staff: I am pleased to present the alphabetical list of candidates for the Medical Staff Executive Committee’s three open At-Large Member positions:
Benson R. Wilcox, MD, 1932-2010
May 11, 2010 -- We are sad to report the death of Benson R. Wilcox, M.D., a distinguished heart surgeon who served 29 years as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He died at his home on May 11, 2010, after a courageous struggle with brain cancer.
Academy of Educators Announces Surgery Inductees
May 4, 2010 -- Seven faculty members from Surgery will be inducted into the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators at the ceremony scheduled for May 18.
Detecting Pancreatic Cancer in Early Stages
April 26, 2010 -- If pancreatic cancer is detected in its early stages, it can be treated very effectively with surgery, but currently, there are no effective methods of early detection. For this reason, pancreas cancer is very lethal. However, this can change with the new molecular marker, the protein palladin, identified by UNC researchers to detect pancreas cancer in its early developmental stages.
Division to Department: Enhancing Neurological Care
April 21, 2010 -- Neurosurgery will no longer be a division under the Department of Surgery. Effective July 1, 2010, UNC will have the new Department of Neurosurgery Chaired by Dr. Matthew Ewend, the current neurosurgery Chief of Division. The department status will boost UNC in both retaining existing neurosurgery faculty and recruiting new faculty and residents. These changes will enhance patient care by increasing the division’s ability to treat and care for citizens suffering from neurological problems. Furthermore, the new status will also aid in improving neurosurgery educational and research programs at UNC.
Gerber Receives Outstanding Clinical Co-Mentor Award
April 15, 2010 – Dr. David Gerber, UNC Transplant Surgery Division Chief, was honored as an Outstanding Clinical Co-Mentor at the 2010 Translational Medicine Program Symposium at UNC-CH. Translational Medicine Program stemmed from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant awarded to UNC in 2006 and strives to engage graduate students in translational medicine. Students enter the program at the end of their first year and remain in the program until graduation.
Conway Presented Nursing Recognition Award
April 14, 2010 – UNC Healthcare Ambulatory Care annually presents two nursing awards. The recipients not only excel in nursing practice, but also demonstrate special qualities of caring and compassion. Cynthia Conway was recognized as one of the 2010 award winners. The Award, which includes an educational stipend, may be used by the nurses over a three-year period to further enhance their knowledge and abilities in the health care setting.
Abrams Named Recipient of WakeMed's Harry Dascomb Award
April 7, 2010 -- Submitted by Dr. John Perry of the Dascomb Award Committee: I am happy to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Abrams is the 2010 recipient of the Harry Dascomb Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Care.
McLean Named Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar
April 7, 2010 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has selected Dr. Sean McLean, of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, as a 2010-2014 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program scholar. The award, granted on the basis of academic achievement, research, and potential, consists of $420,000 spread over four years.