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Amos on Dana DiPerna Pillsbury's Team to Combat Breast Cancer
August 19, 2010 -- Dana DiPerna Pillsbury, a high school English teacher from Davidson, NC, was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on Election Day 2004. Five years after her initial treatment, her cancer returned. She was referred to the Breast Center at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where her team of providers included Dr. Keith Amos (pictured at right).
Phillips and Coward Recieve 2010 Whitehead Awards
August 18, 2010 -- Dr. Michael Phillips, a PGY-2 General Surgery resident, and Dr. Matt Coward, a PGY-4 Urology resident, are the Surgery recipients of the 2010 Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award. The awards were presented at the annual Whitehead Lecture and Awards Ceremony on August 18.
UNC Department of Surgery Welcomes New Attendings August 1, 2010
August 1, 2010 -- The Department of Surgery welcomes three new attendings to our faculty:
Neilsen Recognized with the Big Buddy Award
July 20, 2010 -- Carrie Nielsen, Social and Clinical Research Specialist in Abdominal Transplant, was presented the Big Buddy Award at the Employee Forum Peer Recognition Award Ceremony on Tuesday, July 20th. The Big Buddy Award recognizes individuals who have taken the time to mentor a fellow employee.
Yeh Team Uncovers Means of Predicting Aggressive Pancreatic Cancer
July 15, 2010 -- A team of Lineberger researchers led by Dr. Jen Jen Yeh has discovered a genetic marker that can predict the aggressive nature of pancreatic cancers.
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.