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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.
Lynne Farber Recognized as One of the Great 100 Nurses in NC
July 14, 2009 -- Lynne Farber, MSN, RN, CPNP, has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding professional ability and for their contributions to improving the healthcare services in their community. The Great 100, Inc. is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina.
Farrell Awarded Medical Alumni Distinguished Professorship
The Office of Medical Alumni Affairs has identified Dr. Tim Farrell as the recipient of a four-year Medical Alumni Distinguished Professorship. The selection recognizes a demonstrated excellence in teaching and is intended to facilitate service to the School of Medicine and its teaching and learning mission.
Wilcox Featured in "The Carolina Curator"
The 7/13/09 issue of the The Carolina Curator, published by UNC's Health Sciences Library, features "Dr. Benson Wilcox: Surgeon, Scholar, and Benefactor."
Sheldon Testifies on Surgical Workforce Crisis
July 10, 2009 -- George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS, Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Health Policy Research Institute and Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery and professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, testified on behalf of the ACS at a July 8 House Committee on Small Business hearing.
Ewend Honored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
July 6, 2009 -- Matthew G. Ewend, M.D., director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center program in neuro-oncology, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the ewendcyber2Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery.
Helmrath Receives R01 Award
Michael Helmrath, MD, in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, has been awarded a 5 year grant for his project studying "Mechanisms of intestinal stem cell expansion following resection". The award, R01DK083325, is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and covers the project period 07/01/2009 - 06/30/2014.
Germanwala Presents First Aneurysm Patient Treated Through Nose
June 25, 2009 -- The UNC Health Care YouTube site features a novel aneurysm approach by Dr. Anand Germanwala, on faculty in the Divison of Neurosurgery.
Gerber Appointed to Provost Search Committee
David Gerber, MD, of Transplant Surgery, has been appointed by Chancellor Holden Thorp to the search committee for the University's next executive vice chancellor and provost, a position being vacated by Bernadette Gray-Little. The seventeen-member search committee, chaired by H. Shelton Earp, MD, will recommend a final slate of candidates to the chancellor, who will forward his recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval. The position serves as chief academic officer and oversees all academic operations including thirteen schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Library, a variety of centers and several cultural and and educational units.
Cairns Receives R01 Award
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a 5 year grant to Bruce A. Cairns, MD, Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, for his project studying the "Cellular mechanism of immune dysfuncton following burn injury". The project, supported by Award Number R01GM076250, covers the period 04/06/2009 - 03/31/2014.
GI Surgery Separates into Two Sections
The Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery is pleased to announce that the division will be split into two Sections. Dr. Koruda will remain the Chief of the Division and head the Section of General GI Surgery. This section will include Dr. Timothy Sadiq, Dr. Christopher Rupp and their support staff.
Sybert Featured on UNC Health Care's YouTube Site
The UNC Health Care YouTube site features a medical news update by Dr. Cathleen Sybert, General Surgery resident, on the patients injured in the ConAgra plant explosion.
Nelson Article Published in ACS Bulletin
"The Modern Surgical Lifestyle" is published in the June issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Jennifer Nelson, a General Surgery resident at UNC, is a co-author.
DeMore Study Published in Cancer Research
UNC scientists identify growth factor as possible cancer drug target
Nielsen Selected for KL2 Award
Dr. Matt Nielsen, in the Division of Urological Surgery, has been selected as a Clinical Research Scholar on the UNC Clinical Translation Science Award - K12 Scholars Program (KL2). The goal of this national consortium is to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted, ultimately enabling researchers to provide new treatments more efficiently and quickly to patients. Dr. Nielsen will be mentored by Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Paul A. Godley, MD, PhD, Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes. The award, KL2RR025746 (Pisano), is funded through the NIH National Center for Research Resources.
Kim Re-elected to Medical Staff Executive Committee
Surgical Oncology's Hong Jin Kim, MD, was re-elected to a second two-year term on the Medical Staff Executive Committee.