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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.
Two From Surgery Inducted into Academy of Educators
Drs. Mark Koruda and Robyn Stewart were inducted into the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators at the 2009 Induction Banquet on May 20. The Academy was founded in October 2006 as a part of the School's strategic plan to enhance research and scholarship towards excellence in teaching.
Farber to Perform Country's First AAA Endograft
A UNC patient will be the first in the country to undergo the placement of an A-A-A Endograft. The surgery will be performed tomorrow by Dr. Mark Farber, an associate professor and program director of the vascular surgery fellowship at UNC. Dr. Farber says the new device enables the medical field to treat more patients suffering from Aneurysms in a less invasive way.
Ewend and Hadar Recognized as "Friends of Nursing"
Drs. Matt Ewend and Eldad Hadar, faculty in the Division of Neurosurgery, are the first “Friends of Nursing” to be recognized as part of Nursing Staff Recognition Week at UNC Health Care. They were among those honored on Thursday, May 7, 2009, for outstanding work in their area of expertise.
Germanwala Appointed Public Relations Liaison to AANS
On 5/10/09, during the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Anand Germanwala, MD, was appointed Public Relations Liaison to the Young Neurosurgeons Committee. The committee includes neurosurgical residents, fellows and neurosurgeons in their first five years of practice. His PR training included meeting with Sunjay Gupta, MD, widely known as CNN’s chief medical correspondent; and the Healthcare staff of President Barack Obama. In conjunction with his liaison duties, Dr. Germanwala has assumed responsibilities as associate editor of the Young Neurosurgeons Committee Newsletter, and Director of the AANS Top Gun competition, scheduled for the 2010 AANS annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Anthony Charles, MD, Honored at School of Medicine Commencement
UNC Transplant Center to Receive Medal of Honor
Dr. Keith Amos is Recipient of 2009 Bryan Public Service Award
Keith Amos, MD, a member of the Surgical Oncology division in the Department of Surgery, was honored with the 2009 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for his work on "Breaking Free." This award is sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, which engages and supports the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina. The Center strengthens the University's public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good. The Center relies on private gifts to sustain and grow its programs. Dr. Amos received the award on Friday, April 17, 2009, during the 2009 Public Service Awards Ceremony and Reception at The Carolina Club.
ACS Bulletin Features Health Policy Research Institute
The March 2009 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons features the ACS Health Policy Research Institute, based out of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Policy Research at UNC-CH.
Surgery Residents Acknowledged for Work on Rounds Report
Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief of Staff and Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, acknowledged Surgery residents Megan Fuller, MD, Jeffrey Dehmer, MD and Alim Ladha, MD, for their contribtion to the new inpatient Rounds Report.
Dr. Samuel Receives Fogerty Fellowship
Dr. Jonathan Samuel (PGY 5, General Surgery) is the recipient of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship. The fellowship runs from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, and will fund living expenses, insurance, travel, and research efforts at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi.
Third Neurosurgeon on Faculty at Pinehurst Satellite Office
PINEHURST — The addition of David B. Kee Jr., M.D., to the medical staff at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital brings the number of neurosurgeons affiliated with the hospital and the Carolina Neurosurgical Services neurosurgical practice to three. Neurosurgeons Carol Wadon, M.D., and Bruce Jaufmann, M.D., joined Moore Regional’s neurosurgery program in late summer 2008.
Dr. Brett Sheridan Promoted to Associate Professor
Congratulations to Brett Sheridan, MD, of Cardiothoracic Surgery, for his promotion to Associate Professor, effective Feb. 1, 2009.