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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.
Updated Universal Protocol for Operative/Procedural Areas
This policy serves to supplement UNC Health Care System Administrative Policy “Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Patient, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Site Surgery” which will be followed at all times.
Dr. George Sheldon Cited in Articles on General Surgeon Shortage
Dr. George Sheldon was cited in a Jan. 1 article written for the Washington Post on "Shortage of General Surgeons Endangers Rural Americans." Reference to the article and a quote by Dr. Sheldon were also published in the Jan. 2 Morning Rounds section of The New York Times.
Welcome to Dr. Matthew Nielsen
On December 31, 2008, Matt Nielsen, MD, joined the Urology faculty. He comes to UNC from Johns Hopkins and specializes in urologic oncology and robotic surgery..
Welcome to Dr. Matthew Nielsen
On December 31, 2008, Matt Nielsen, MD, joined the Urology faculty. He comes to UNC from Johns Hopkins and specializes in urologic oncology and robotic surgery.