News Collection

Rebecca Brown, MD Featured in JSR
Rebecca Brown has featured article in the Journal of Surgical Research
Dr. Ernest Grant Re-Elected as VP of the American Nurses' Association
Congratulations to Ernest Grant who was re-elected as Vice President of the American Nurses’ Association
Resident Wins NIH T32 Award
Congratulations to Mia Klein, MD, who was accepted onto the Department of Hematology/Oncology NIH T32 award
Department of Surgery Spring Newsletter 2017
Enjoy the first edition of our new Department of Surgery Newsletter
The UNC Breast Center Team delivers innovative and compassionate care to the people of North Carolina and Beyond
The UNC Breast Center Team delivers innovative and compassionate care to the people of North Carolina and beyond.
Bailey Sanders Wins Henry C Fordham Award
UNC and Duke Surgeons Meet to Discuss Issues Pertinent to Women in Surgery
UNC and Duke surgeons meet to discuss issues pertinent to women in surgery
Dr. Timothy Farrell Featured on General Surgery News
Timothy Farrell, MD, the executive director of the Southeastern Surgical Society describes the advantages of a regional surgical society over larger national meetings, and smaller state ones
UNC vs Duke 2017 Surgery Softball Game
UNC team spirit at the 2017 UNC vs. Duke Surgery softball game
Quintana Wins Cefalo Housestaff Award
Congrats! Dr. Megan Quintana – a Cefalo Housestaff Award Winner this year!
Acceptances into the Academy of Educators
Congratulations on acceptance into the Academy of Educators
Dr. Hadley Wilson Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha
Dr. Hadley Wilson Inducted
UNC MS I Practicing Knot Tying and Suturing in the Department of Surgery Simulation Center
UNC MS I Practicing Knot Tying and Suturing in the Department of Surgery Simulation Center
Keynote Speaker Wayne Rosamond "Creating and sustaining a research theme: The story of a stroke registry in North Carolina"
Keynote address for the Fourth Annual George F. Sheldon Resident Research Symposium, a daylong event showcasing resident research across all UNC GME departments.
Cairns’ Golden Rule: ‘It’s never about you’
Dr. Bruce Cairns reflects on UNC Faculty Chair Tenure
Dr. Edward Moreira Bahnson Receives KL2 Award
Dr. Edward Bahnson Wins Award
Dr. Melina Kibbe Featured in Chapel Hill Magazine
Please check out the April issue of Chapel Hill Magazine highlighting women who are making an impact in our community.
Dr. Anthony Charles Elected to the Order of the Golden Fleece
Dr. Anthony Charles has been selected as a new member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC's oldest and highest honorary society
Dr. Johnson elected Chair of Athletic Committee
Dr. Daryhl Johnson of the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery was elected Chair of the Faculty Athletics Committee for 2017-2018
Vascular and cardiac surgery collaboration yields great results
Mark Farber, MD, and Thomas Caranasos, MD, joined efforts for an endovascular repair of aortic arch aneurysm involving the great vessels.
Congratulations to Dr. Jen Jen Yeh on her Promotion to Tenured Professor
Biography of Dr. Ikonomidis, New Chief of Cardiothoracic
Dr. Ikonomidis earned his MD from the University of Toronto, where he also completed a PhD in cardiac physiology and a General Surgery residency
Dr. Brownstein and Dr. Dreesen Achieve New Positions with the Department of Surgery
Dr. Cairns Delivers Final Remarks at his Final Meeting as Chair of the Faculty at UNC
Dr. McGinigle Joining As Associate Director of Surgical Clerkship
Surgery Residents win Resident Jeopardy
Lumbar puncture procedure Taught by Ana Felix, a Vascular Neurologist at the UNC Sim Lab
Visit from Dr. Justin Dimick to Grand Rounds on Wednesday
Congratulations to Sara Scarlet on her Fellowship
Howell Graham, who received a lung transplant at UNC Hospitals, is now the longest-surviving lung transplant patient in the United States
Dr. Edward Bahnson Receives Award
Study shows link between patient complaints and increased risk of postoperative complications
Successful suturing and knot tying course third year medical students in the Department of Surgery Sim Center
UNC Surgery Attends Academic Surgical Congress
Dr. Marco Patti discusses Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Operations for GERD
The Unintended Consequences of Centralized Blood Banking and What To Do About It
Rebecca Brown, MD Selected for Best Manuscript Submission
Dr. Anthony Meyer elected as First Vice President of the Southern Surgical Association
Dr. Chelsea Hutchinson Receives Scholarship
Dr. Charles and Dr. Gallaher Publish Paper
New study identifies most important factors in aesthetic surgery patient decisions
Two win scholarships to attend Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting
Dr. Ikonomidis will be the new chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UNC
Dr. Caranasos and collaborators develop synthetic cardiac stem cell
Kidney Transplant Team Hits Milestone
Michael Meyers Publishes A How to Guide for Medical Students
Gerber named Medical Director for Center for Transplant Care, Transplant Clinic
Dr. Mclean Makes Journal of Surgical Research
Dr. McLean Earns the Department of Surgery a Junior Faculty Development Award
Brownstein receives 2016 Fuller Award
Promotions in Plastic Surgery
Jared Gallaher Wins 2016 IV COT Best Clinical Paper
Dr. Koruda Receives 15 Years of Service Award
Emily Wirtz, MD Wins Best Paper at American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Cindy Wu, MD in January Issue of ASJ
Jared Gallaher, MD Wins Best Abstract Award
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School Presents Award to Dr. Charles Hultman
Dr. Tyler Ellis and Dr. Karyn Stitzenberg Featured in ASCRS Podcast
Dr. Lynn Damitz Elected as ASPS Representative
Dr. Kibbe Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Scott Hultman, MD Named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Reconstructive Surgery for the ASPS
Daryhl Jonson, MD Helps with Mass Casualty Training Exercise at UNC Hospitals
Dr. Cairns speaks about the Burn Center in Chapel Hill Magazine
Investigating the presence of sex bias in human surgical clinical research
Congressman David Price Announces FEMA Grant for UNC Burn Center
Congressman David Price announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $295,298 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in the UNC School of Medicine’s Surgery Department.
Training a Nation with Anthony Charles, MD
Michelle Roughton, MD Involved in Study Highlighting More Barriers to Breast Reconstruction than Previously Thought
Insurance, Distance to Care Can be Barriers to Breast Reconstruction
UNC's TAVR program grows, with cooperation with cardiologists across state
Dr. Kibbe is Ready for the Challenge
Dr. Nelson Leads Research on How to Care for Adults Whose Heart Defects were Repaired in Infancy
Burn Survivors Celebrate at Special Camp in Wake Forest
Department of Surgery Hosts First Resident Research Day
Dr. Caranasos Participates in First-Ever Suprasternal Procedure Using the Evolut–R Valve
Dr. Amita Shah wins Cefalo Housestaff Award
Celebrating Carolina Care Excellence Awards in Surgery
Sean Mclean, MD Featured in Black Men in White Coats Video Series
Kibbe to Lead UNC Department of Surgery
News & Observer Article Features Jaycee Burn Center Founder
Surgery Resident Mansi Shah, M.D., Wins STSA Scholarship
Clara Lee, MD Participates in Study Involving Patient Knowledge of Breast Reconstruction Surgery and Complications
UNC Surgery assists Liberian burn survivor
Michelle Roughton, MD Joins Teaching Scholars Program
Cardiologist Sara Pasquali will speak during heart symposium at UNC
Surgery Resident Launches #ILookLikeASurgeon
Clayton Commander, MD and Teddy Puzio, MD Receive Awards
Dr. Sean Montgomery Named Program Director of Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Surgery Residents Receive Awards
Dr. Bruce A. Cairns selected for NIH appointment
Speed Dating Event Featured in Triangle Business Journal
UNC Lineberger hosts scientific “speed-dating” event to spark innovation
Jacquelyn Carr Wins CGIBD Competition
Charles Named Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Distinguished Teaching Professor
Dr. Anthony Charles Elected to MSEC
Dr. Amy Alger receives 2015 Young Faculty Award
Department of Surgery Awards Presentation 2015 Winners
Anesthesiology Residents pick Dr. Caranasos as Physician of the Year
Dr. Sean Montgomery Recalls 9/11 and Treating Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
CT Resident Staci Beamer named Womack Scholar
Surgery Resident Megan Quintana wins Sheldon Research Award
Dr. Michelle Brownstein Featured as 2015 Health Policy Scholar
Michael Phillips, MD Receives 2015 Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award
Medical Directors Presentation 4-13-2015
UNC Surgery hosts Society of Black Academic Surgeons
Congratulations to the Surgeons Recommended by at Least 94% of Their Patients!
Dr. Thomas Caranasos to be featured on YOUR HEALTH®
Carolina Value Update
Dr. Andy Kiser Appointed Doxey Distinguished Professor
The Gift of Transplant, featuring David Gerber, MD
Dr. Robert Watson Interviewed by AAMC
Mansi Shah, MD and Sara Kim, MD Win Scholarship from Women in Thoracic Surgery
Jennifer Nelson wins 2014 STSA Congenital Heart Surgery President's Award
Department of Surgery Leadership Development Program for Residents
Schreiber Receives Nursing Recognition Award
Dr. Bruce Cairns and Dr. Anthony Charles Appear on CBN for the Malawi Burn Center
Dr. Amy Alger Recognized for Her Work in Iraq and Afghanistan
Presentation on Ebola Featured at Surgery Grand Rounds
UNC's Malawi Burn Center Featured on MSNBC's Hardball
In Memory of Dr. Colin Thomas 1918-2014
KCH Burn Unit Dedication
Dr. Tignanelli named Pope Clinical Fellow
UNC Surgery beats Duke Surgery in Annual Softball Game
Professor Bruce Cairns Elected to Faculty Chair
Dr. Bruce Cairns Runs for Faculty Chair
Womack Surgical Society Calls for Abstracts from Residents and Medical Students
Dr. Samuel Jones joins ACCLAIM
Spotlight on 17 Year Old Patient Waiting for a Heart Transplant
Patient Recovering After Kidney Transplant
Level I Pediatric Trauma Center Gives Patient Miraculous Second Chance At Life
Improved ultrasound imaging provides alternate way to visualize tumors
Memorial Videos of Dr. Sheldon
Verizon VoIP News
Dr. Egan Spearheads Groundbreaking Clinical Trial for Lung Donation
New Phone Guide
Dr. Bruce Cairns to Receive Edward Kidder Graham Award
Dr. David Ollila Now a Distinguished Professor
Anthony G. Charles Meets With Bill Clinton in Malawi
Dr. Colin Thomas Celebrates 95th Birthday
Dr. Michael Mill Performs Heart Surgery on Afghan Girl
Dr. George F. Sheldon - A Celebration of Life
Dr. Dreesen Presents the Whitehead Lecture and Awards Ceremony
Melissa Friend Recognized Among Very Best at UNC
UNC Surgery Fellow Ashley Meagher Wins NC/SC ACS Resident Paper Competition
September 26, 2013 Full Faculty Meeting
Donating to Dr. Sheldon's Professorship
Dr. Sheldon's Obituary
Memorial Service for Dr. Keith Amos
Melissa Friend, PA Receives Plus People Award
In Memoriam: Keith D. Amos, MD
In Memoriam: George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS
UNC Fetal Care Program featured on WRAL
Advanced Practice Provider Center Appoints 14 to APP Council
Haithcock Wins Friend of Nursing Award
May 6 2013 -- Ben Haithcock, MD, FACS, FCCP, has been awarded the Friend of Nursing Award from UNC Hospitals.
Kiser and Ortiz-Pujols Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha
May 03, 2013 -- Two residents inducted into honor society.
Team Led by Klauber-Demore uses Antibody to Inhibit Tumor Growth
April 22, 2013 -- A monoclonal antibody targeting a protein known as SFPR2 has been shown by researchers at the University of North Carolina to inhibit tumor growth in pre-clinical models of breast cancer and angiosarcoma.
Match Day Results 2013
March 15, 2013 -- Match Day Results
Quintana receives PlusPeople Award
March 5, 2013 -- Dr. Megan Quintana is selected as a recipient of the PlusPeople Award.
Department of Surgery Faculty Promotions
March 1, 2013 -- Four faculty members have received promotions within the department.
Inaugural Meeting of the North Carolina Surgery Simulation Collaborative
January 11, 2013 -- The January 5th meeting in Chapel Hill was attended by representatives from the six surgical programs in NC: Brody School of Medicine, Carolinas Healthcare System, Duke University, New Hanover Medical Center, University of North Carolina, and Wake Forest School of Medicine.
US News & World Report names Top Doctors
December 18, 2012 -- U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., released its 2012 list of the nation's top physicians.
Schultz awarded SUNA President's Trophy
December 14, 2012 -- Heather Schultz, a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Urology, was awarded the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) President's Trophy in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the specialty of urologic nursing.
The Best Doctors in America 2013
December 7, 2012 -- Congratulations to the following Department of Surgery physicians who are identified as being among the best in the nation, as compiled by the Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc.
Surgery appoints vice-chairs
December 6, 2012 -- Department of Surgery Chair Anthony A. Meyer, MD, PhD, has announced the appointment of four Department vice-chairs.
DeMore receives Murray F. Brennan Award for Sarcoma Research
December 4, 2012 -- Nancy DeMore, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected to receive the Murray F Brennan Award for sarcoma research from the Kristen Ann Karr Fund.
Nelson Castillo, MD Joins the Division
December 3, 2012 -- Please join the Division of Plastic Surgery in extending a very warm welcome to Nelson Castillo, MD, who joins our faculty as Assistant Professor.
Service awards presented to Surgery employees
December 3, 2012 -- Several staff members were recognized for their dedication to the Department at today's cupcake reception.
Burn Center approved for re-verification
November 8, 2012 -- On Oct. 23 - 24, the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center underwent a site review for re-verification as a Center of Excellence.
Rich Promoted to Full Professor
November 6, 2012 -- Dr. Preston Rich, Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, was promoted to Full Professor effective August 1, 2012.
Williams into Semi-Finals of Promise Idol
November 6, 2012 -- Shamelah Williams, a Medical Support Assistant in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the UNC Hospitals and School of Medicine's Promise Idol.
Founder and first Chief of UNC Plastic Surgery Dr. Erle Peacock Jr. 1926-2012
November 6, 2012 -- Founder and first Chief of UNC Plastic Surgery Dr.Erle Peacock Jr. 1926-2012
ACS NSQIP recognizes UNC Hospitals
November 2, 2012 – This recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving exemplary outcome performances related to patient management in five clinical areas.
van Aalst Featured in Carolina Development Annual Report
November 1, 2012 -- Dr. John van Aalst is featured in the 2012 Carolina Development Annual Report for his work with the Palestine Cleft Society.
Samuel Awarded K01 Grant
October 24, 2012 -- The Fogarty International Center has granted Jonathan Samuel, MD, an NIH Research Scientist Development Award for treatment of sigmoid volvulus in Malawi.
Interviewing his heart surgeon, Bill Friday used his own experience to educate others
October 16, 2012 -- Longtime University of North Carolina President Bill Friday, who died Oct. 12, was a friend of health care at UNC. In 2009, he used his own medical experiences at UNC to educate others.
Cairns Named Medical Director of Respiratory Care Department
October 11, 2012 -- Bruce Cairns, MD, has been named the Medical Director for the Respiratory Care Department.
Kim Named 2013 James IV Traveler
October 04, 2012 -- Dr. Hong Jin Kim, Associate Professor in the UNC Division of Surgical Oncology, was named a 2013 Traveler by the James IV Association of Surgeons.
van Aalst Awarded Two Grants
October 02, 2012 -- Dr John van Aalst, Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, has been awarded two grants.
Dehmer Receives Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award
October 2, 2012 -- Dr. Jeff Dehmer received the Robert C. Cefalo House Award at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff on Monday, October 1, 2012.
Sheldon Presented American College of Surgeons 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
October 1, 2012 -- Dr. George F. Sheldon receives the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
FDA Approves Endovascular Aortic Repair Devices Following UNC Trials
September 30, 2012 -- Dr. Mark Farber served as the principle investigator for two endovascular aortic repair devices recently approved by the FDA.
Weiner Featured in "Stars and Stripes"
September 27, 2012 -- Dr. Timothy Weiner featured in Department of Defense newspaper "Stars and Stripes."
Thomas Presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine
September 21, 2012 -- Dr. Colin G. Thomas, Jr. was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
Jones Selected for ACCLAIM Program
September 20, 2012 -- Dr. Samuel Jones has been selected for the inaugural Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM).
2012 Healthy Hearts Reunion
September 17, 2012 -- UNC pediatric heart surgery patients and their families gathered on Saturday, September 15, for the annual Healthy Hearts Reunion.
Amos Awarded Claude Organ Traveling Fellowship
August 28, 2012 -- The American College of Surgeons has presented Keith Amos, MD, with its 2012 Claude Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship.
Call for Awards Nominations
Aug. 23, 2012 --
Sheldon Honored by Association of Women Surgeons
Aug. 20, 2012 -- George F. Sheldon, MD, has received the Association of Women Surgeons' Past Presidents' Honorary Member Award.
Meyers Appointed Residency Program Director
August 20, 2012 -- Dr. Michael O. Meyers has been named the new Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, a position held for the last seven years by Dr. Mark Koruda.
Marston Utilizes Unique Cell-Based Therapy
August 09, 2012 -- William Marston, MD, has published a study on unique cell-based therapy.
Smith Joins UNC Urology
July 31, 2012 -- The Division of Urologic Surgery welcomes Angela Smith, MD to its ranks of faculty.
Burn Disaster Program Receives Fire Prevention Grant
July 30, 2012 -- Randy D. Kearns DHA, Bruce A. Cairns MD, and James R. Gusler, of the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, received a $599,920 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide burn prevention and burn care educational programs in North and South Carolina.
5th Annual Cardiothoracic Boot Camp
July 29, 2012 --
Buckio Appointed Associate Chair for Administration
July 16, 2012 -- The Department of Surgery welcomes Joellen Buckio, MHA, in her role as the Associate Chair for Administration, effective July 16, 2012.
UNC Urology Welcomes Bianchi
Stansfield Joins Cardiothoracic Surgery
July 1, 2012 -- William E. Stansfield, M.D., joined the UNC faculty on July 1 as assistant professor of surgery in the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Stansfield, who specializes in heart surgery for adults, practices as a cardiothoracic surgeon at UNC Hospitals.
Gerber to Chair Institutional Conflcit of Interest Committee
June 27, 2012 - Dr. David Gerber, MD, FACS, Chief of Abdominal Transplant Division, has been appointed as chair of the Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee at UNC Chapel Hill.
Meyers elected to Medical Staff Executive Committee
June 21, 2012 -- Michael Meyers, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology, was reelected to an at-large position on the Medical Staff Executive Committee.
TAVR Heart Valve Procedure Offers New Options
June 21, 2012 -- Heart specialists at Rex Healthcare, part of UNC Health Care, are offering a new procedure to repair heart valves.
Farber Pioneers Use of Device in Treatment of Complex AAA
June 20, 2012 -- UNC's Aortic Disease Management Team, under the directorship of Dr. Mark Farber, became the first in the nation to successfully use the Zenith® Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft to treat a patient with a complex abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Boschini Awarded Fogarty Fellowship
June 15, 2012 -- General Surgery resident Laura Boschini, MD, has been awarded a fellowship from the Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars.
Gerber and Cairns Named ASA Fellows
June 15, 2012 -- David Gerber, MD, chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplant, and Bruce Cairns, Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, were elected as Fellows of the American Surgical Association.
New Pool of Lung Donors
Jun e 6, 2012 -- Tom Egan, a professor of surgery at UNC, has spent years researching a solution to the shortage of lungs for transplant. He is now studying lungs from a previously-untapped pool of donors - people who have died suddenly, away from the hospital.
Egan Receives Grant for Transplant Research
June 6, 2012 -- Thomas M. Egan, M.D., of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has received a $100,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his project "Is there NO solution to IRI? Nitric oxide to improve and expand lung transplant."
Camp Celebrate Celebrates 30 Years
May 25, 2012 -- Camp Celebrate, the flagship aftercare program of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals and the oldest pediatric burn survivor camp in the country, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary at Camp Kanata in Wake Forest.
Montgomery Appointed New SICU Director
May 24, 2012 -- Effective June 1, 2012, Dr. Sean Montgomery will assume the reins of directorship of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).
Four Surgeons Among First "Meaningful Users"
May 24, 2012 -- UNC's Practice Quality and Innovation unit submitted its first list of those providers meeting compliance with Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use criteria.
Dehmer Article Cited by Medscape Surgery
May 17, 2012 -- Medscape Surgery's news bulletin included an article penned by Dr. Jeffrey Dehmer on its list of popular journal readings by general surgeons.
Academy of Educators Announces Surgery Inductees
May 16, 2012 -- Drs. D. Wayne Overby and Pamela Rowland were inducted into the Academy of Educators at the annual Awards Banquet held May 16th.
Demore published in latest ASCO Post
May 1, 2012 - Dr. Nancy Demore, associate professor of surgical oncology, will be published in the May 1st edition of ASCO Post.
Gerber Co-Authors Liver Transplant Study
April 30, 2012 - Dr. David Gerber, UNC Transplant Surgery, was the co-author of a study that shows that liver transplants performed at night or on weekends do not adversely affect patient or graft survival.
At Mayo Clinic, Dr. Feins talks about surgical training
Surgical Oncology Hosts Bolivian Physician
April 10, 2012 -- Dr. Jaime Montaño, a surgeon from Cochabamba, Bolivia, traveled to Chapel Hill for a one-month fellowship with the Division of Surgical Oncology to study its multidisciplinary breast program.
NC teen is grateful for second double-lung transplant at UNC
Farrell Presented with ASE Outstanding Teaching Award
March 23, 2012 -- Timothy M. Farrell, MD, was recognized by the Association of Surgical Education (ASE) as the 2012 recipient of the Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award.
New Lungs, New Life
March 23, 2012 -- Luella Love, 48, of Concord, N.C., was born with cystic fibrosis, which causes breathing and digestive problems.
Meyer Inducted Into Order of the Golden Fleece
March 19, 2012 -- Anthony A. Meyer, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece at the Order's Public Tapping Ceremony this past Friday.
2012 Resident Match Results
March 16, 2012 --
Wallen Named AUA Teacher of the Year
March 5, 2012 -- The Residents Committee of the American Urological Association has named Eric Wallen, MD, the 2012 recipient of the Teacher of the Year award.
Kiser and Colleagues Establish New UNC/Rex Heart Valve Center
February 29, 2012 -- Dr. Andy Kiser, chief of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, along with several others, is working to develop a new UNC/Rex Heart Valve Center that will offer a minimally-invasive aortic valve procedure colleagues
Cairns and Kozlowski Promoted
February 20, 2012 -- Promotions for Bruce Cairns, MD, and Tomasz Kozlowski, MD, are effective February 24th.
Raynor and Woods Utilize Novel Approach to Kidney Surgery
February 6, 2012 -- UNC urologic surgeons Mathew Raynor, MD, and Michael Woods, MD, recently completed the first surgeries in the Triangle area to utilize a new near-infrared fluorescence imaging system that allows surgeons to capture real-time images of kidney tissue and surrounding blood vessels.
UNC Urology 2012 Match Results
January 30, 2012 -- The University of North Carolina School of Medicine Division of Urology is pleased to announce their newest residency members, James "Abram" McBride, Maxim "Max" McKibben, and Josip Vukina, matched through the 2012 AUA Urology Match. They will join us as PGY1 urology residents starting June 24, 2012.
Lee and Ollila Co-author Study Featured in January ACS Journal
January 18, 2012 - A study on decision making about surgery for early-stage breast cancer treatment decision making co-authored by UNC Surgeons Clara Lee and David Ollila is featured in the January edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Neely Selected for St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium
January 12, 2012 -- Crystal J. Neely, an Immunology and Microbiology graduate student working under the direction of Drs. Bruce Cairns and Rob Maile in the Burn Center Research Lab, has been chosen to attend the St. Jude National Graduate Student 2012 Symposium in Memphis, TN.
ACS NewsScope Highlights Rowland Performance Courses
December 2, 2011 -- The Dec. 2nd issue of NewsScope, the electronic weekly update from the American College of Surgeons, promoted Dr. Pamela Rowland's Oral Board Review courses scheduled for February and September of 2012. The full text of the article:
Ollila Promoted to Full Professor
December 1, 2011 -- Dr. David Ollila, in the Division of Surgical Oncology, has been promoted to Professor of Surgery effective December 1, 2011.
Rich Receives DOD Funding to Develop Plasma Substitute
November 17, 2011 - The Department of Defense has awarded Entegrion, of which Dr. Preston Rich is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, $43.7 million to develop a plasma-derived drug that may someday be a substitute for fresh frozen plasma.
Sheldon Participates in Conference on GME Education Reform
November 18, 2011 -- Dr. Sheldon recently participated in a conference sponsored by the Josiah Macy Foundation, entitled "Ensuring an Effective Physician Workforce for the United States: Recommendations for Graduate Medical Education to Meet the Needs of the Public" that was held in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this year.
Kircher and Schultz Recognized for Nursing Excellence
November 15, 2011 -- Amanda Kircher, RN, and Heather Schultz, NP, were presented with the 2011 Nursing Recognition Award at today's semi-annual School of Medicine Medical Staff Meeting.
Wallen and Yeh Recieve Faculty Promotions
November 1, 2011 -- The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the promotion of two faculty members.
Ollila Advocates for Melanoma Surgery Research
October 25, 2011 - Dr. David Ollila, associate professor of surgical oncology, was recently featured in The Lancet with an editorial discussing current and future melanoma surgery research.
Haithcock Gets Dual Appointments
October 21, 2011 -- Benjamin E. Haithcock, M.D., assistant professor in the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, holds a joint appointment as assistant professor in the UNC Department of Anesthesiology as of Oct. 15, 2011.
UNC Professor Celebrates Aunt's Nobel Prize
October 10, 2011 -- Dr. Estrada Bernard, professor emeritus and Chief of UNC's Division of Neurosurgery from 1997 through 2004, shared news that his aunt, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was among those awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011.
Farrell Awarded Fellowship Grant
The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships has announced that Dr. Tim Farrell, Professor in Gastrointestinal Surgery, has qualified for a fellowship grant for the 2012-2013 academic year.
UNC Department of Surgery Welcomes New Attendings September 2011
September 20, 2011 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the following new Attendings to our faculty:
Chancellor Presents Sheldon with Thomas Jefferson Award
September 16, 2011 -- George F. Sheldon, MD, is the 2011 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award.
Farrell Serves as Secretary/Treasurer in ACS NC Chapter
September 16, 2011 -- The North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons has posted the following article in the Sept. 16 issue of its electronic newsletter, E-News:
Lee Receives Grant to Study Reconstruction Decision-Making
September 15, 2011 -- Clara Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study patients' decision-making process to undergo breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomy.
Two Surgery Clinics Among Top Five for Patient Satisfaction
September 15, 2011 -- The Burn Clinic and Surgical Oncology Minor Procedure Clinic were voted by patients as among the top five for the most recent quarter.
WRAL features Rupp-Led Sponge Study
September 8, 2011 -- Dr. Christopher Rupp, Assistant Professor in Gastrointestinal Surgery, was the principal investigator of a study featured on WRAL.com
Garrison and Reid Win Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching
August 24, 2011 - Doctors Aaron Garrison and Trista Reid have been awarded the 2011 Kaiser Permanent Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jones Accepted into NC TraCS Development Program
Dr. Samuel Jones, was recently accepted into the KL2 program run by the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS).
Two from Surgery Included in "Great 100 Nurses" of NC
August 18, 2011 -- Of the five UNC Health Care nurses named to the list of North Carolina's "Great 100 Nurses" for 2011, two are affiliated with the Dept. of Surgery.
SICU Wins Beacon Award
August 18, 2011 - Surgery Services is proud to announce that the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) received the Beacon Award for Excellence at the bronze level by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Surgeons Featured in New Cancer Care Commercials
August 11, 2011-- Several surgery physicians are featured in a set of commercials promoting UNC Cancer Care that will air across North Carolina beginning Monday, August 15th.
Stitzenberg Quoted in Latest NCI Cancer Bulletin
August 11, 2011-- Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, is quoted in an article entitled "Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer" in the August 9th issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.
UNC Department of Surgery Welcomes New Attendings August 2011
August 10, 2011 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the following new Attendings to our faculty:
Second Chance for Jakeina
July 21, 2010 -- Sixteen-year-old Jakeina Sutton receives a second heart as well as a new kidney.
Fraher Awarded Grant to Track Physician Shortages
July 20, 2011 -- The Physicians Foundation has awarded Erin Fraher, PhD, a two-year, $750,000 grant to develop a tracking system that will monitor the country's physician workforce in hopes of anticipating shortages.
UNC Department of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Michael Woods
July 18, 2011 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the following new Attending to our faculty:
Chapel Hill Magazine Names UNC Plastic Surgery the "Best"
July 18, 2011 -- The July/August 2011 edition of Chapel Hill Magazine names the "Best of Chapel Hill Awards."
UNC Surgery Well Represented at ACS Resident Research Forum
July 18, 2011 -- Several general surgery residents participated in the Resident Research Forum at the North and South Carolina Chapters of the American College of Surgeons, held in Asheville, NC, on July 15-17.
Vital Signs Features Udell in "real doctors, real people"
July 13, 2011 -- Dr. Ian Udell, a resident in urological surgery at UNC Hospitals, is also an accomplished wakeboarder sponsored by O'Brien Watersports.
Kiser Named Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
July 1, 2011 -- Dr. Andy Kiser, recognized as an international leader in arrhythmia surgery, has been named the new Chief of UNC's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He succeeds Dr. Micheal Mill, who led the division as interim chief from 1998 to 1999 and as chief from 2000 to 2011.
New Titles for Farrell and van Aalst
July 1, 2011 -- Promotions for Tim Farrell, MD, and John van Aalst, MD, are effective July 1.
Castle Connolly Names 'Top Regional Doctors'
June 17, 2011 -- Thirty UNC Health Care physicians, including eight from the Department of Surgery, have been recognized as "top regional doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Meyers Published in The New York Times
June 6, 2011 -- Dr. Michael Meyers' letter to the editor was published in the June 4, 2011 issue of The New York Times.
Lee Promoted to Associate Professor
June 1, 2011 -- Clara Lee, MD, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective June 1, 2011.
Three from Surgery Honored with Cefalo House Officer Award
May 31, 2011 -- The annual presentation of the Dr. Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award occurred at Tuesday's UNC SOM Spring Faculty Meeting.
DeMore Study Identifies Growth Inhibitor for Breast Cancer
May 27, 2011 - A UNC laboratory study led by Dr. Nancy DeMore has found that Tacrolimus, a drug commonly used to prevent a patient's body from rejecting organs following a transplant, also inhibits breast cancer growth in pre-clinical studies. The findings of the study were reported in the May 26 Public Library of Science.
Lee Named Health Policy Scholar
May 26, 2011 -- Clara Lee, MD, was named a 2011 Health Policy Scholar with the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Thomas Awarded Distinguished Alumni of Shattuck-St. Mary's
May 26, 2011 -- Colin G. Thomas, Jr., was recognized as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni of Shattuck-Saint Mary's, a coeducational Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school located in Faribault, Minnesota.
NC Children's Hospital Ranked as One of Nation's Best
May 19, 2011 - North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been ranked in six of 10 U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” ranking categories, including a Top 50 ranking in Cardiology and Heart Surgery
Kiser Featured in Family House Diaries
May 19, 2011 -- A new heart and a new kidney have given a 28-year-old Wilson woman a second chance at life.
Adamson Named Chief of Pediatric Surgery
May 18, 2011 -- William Adamson, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery.
Carson presented with Distinguished Contribution Award at Annual AUA Meeting
May 18, 2011 - At the Annual AUA Awards Dinner, Dr. Culley Carson, from the Division of Urologic Surgery withing the UNC Department of Surgery, was presented with the "Distinguished Contribution Award," presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of urology.
Urology One of Top Five Clinics in Patient Satisfaction
May 13, 2011 -- The Ambulatory Patient Experience Team has named the top five clinics for the first quarter of 2011 as determined by UNC Health Care's patient satisfaction scores.
Revamped OR Makes Surgery Less Scary For Kids
May 6, 2011 - UNC Hospitals, which performs over 5,000 general pediatric surgeries every year, has redesigned its pediatric surgery operating room to help make children less anxious about their visit.
Charles Speaks at SOM Commencement
May 9, 2011 -- Anthony Charles, MD, was invited by graduating medical students to speak at the May 7 commencement ceremony.
Unger Presented Henry C. Fordham Award
May 9, 2011 -- General Surgery Chief Resident Joshua Unger was honored at the 2011 School of Medicine Commencement ceremony with the Henry C. Fordham Award.
Feins and Schmits honored as part of Nursing Staff Recognition Week
May 6, 2011 -- Grace Schmits, BSN, RN, NC Jaycee Burn Center, and Rick Feins, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, were recently honored as part of UNC Health Care's "Celebrate Success" 2011 Nursing Staff Recognition Week.
Feins Wins Grant to Study Surgical Simulation Training
April 27, 2011 -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a three-year, $1.05 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study use of simulators for cardiac surgery training. The multi-institution project will study whether resident physicians who are learning cardiothoracic surgery can become safer surgeons by using surgery simulators to acquire skills before they operate on people.
Fraher Consulted on Physician Shortage Article
April 4, 2011 -- Erin Fraher, PhD, is quoted in an article in today's "Daily Tar Heel."
Jones Lecture welcomes new Alpha Omega Alpha inductees
April 1, 2011 -- Dr. Sam Jones gave the spring lecture at the induction ceremony of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, where trauma surgeon, Dr. Anthony Charles, was an inductee.
Kiser Offers Novel Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
March 29, 2011 -- The "Convergent" procedure, pioneered by Andy Kiser, a UNC cardiac surgeon, is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that provides effective treatment of patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.
Kim Cited in ABC News Article
March 10, 2011 -- ABC News consulted UNC surgical oncologist Hong Jin Kim, MD, for a Healthbeat article on pancreatic cancer.
Lange Warns of ATV Dangers on WRAL News
March 1, 2011 -- A WRAL News story about an ATV accident victim highlights two members of the UNC Pediatric Surgery team: Patty Lange, MD, and Robin DeLoach, NP.
Weiner Featured on Rex HealthBreak
March 1, 2011 -- Pediatric surgeon Timothy Weiner, MD, is featured in this week's HealthBreak, a 90-second news clip produced by Rex Healthcare.
First Gentleman Eaves Visits Burn Center on 30th Anniversary
February 24, 2011 -- Mr. Bob Eaves, First Gentleman of North Carolina, visited the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals yesterday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Burn Center, which opened Feb. 23, 1981.
New Consult Service for Severe Acute Pancreatitis
February 25, 2011 -- The Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, in conjunction with the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Interventional Radiology, as well as the Medical Intensive Care Service, have established this consultation service with the goal of expediting and directing care for patients with acute pancreatitis and the complications that may develop from it.
Rowland Joins UNC Surgery
February 15, 2011 -- The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Pamela A. Rowland as the first Associate Chair of Education in the department.
Weiner Promoted to Full Professor
February 9, 2011 -- Dr. Tim Weiner, in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, has been promoted to Professor of Surgery effective February 9, 2011.
"America's Top Doctors" Includes Nine from Surgery
February 8, 2011 -- Castle Connolly has named "America's Top Doctors," which it bases on an annual survey and research. The 2011 list includes nine physicians on faculty with the Department of Surgery.
International Medical Outreach Program wins Medical Achievement Award
January 21, 2011 -- Program headed by Dr. Francis Robiscek, UNC Surgery affiliate at Carolinas Medical Center, wins an award for medical achievement in Central America.
Meyer Appointed to Family House Board of Directors
January 10, 2011 -- Anthony Meyer, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, has been appointed to the 2011 Board of Directors of UNC Hospitals SECU Family House.
Dreesen, Meyer and Stafford Participants on Geriatic Care Grant
January 6, 2011 -- The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant for the development of a program on "Next Steps in Physicians' Training in Geriatrics." Principle investigator is Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, Director of the UNC Center for Aging and Health in the Division of Geriatric Medicine.
van Aalst Featured in "Southern Neighbor"
January 3, 2011 -- The extraordinary volunteer efforts of UNC plastic surgeon, John van Aalst, MD, and local dentist, Bilal Saib, DDS, to treat pediatric cleft palate patients in the West Bank are featured in the current edition of "Southern Neighbor."
Pruthi Assumes Leadership of Urologic Surgery
January 3, 2011 -- Raj Pruthi, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Urologic Surgery effective January 1, 2011.
Clancy Elected to SSA Membership
December 21, 2010 -- Dr. Tomas Clancy, general surgeon with the North Carolina Coastal AHEC, was elected to active membership with the Southern Surgical Association.
Farrell Elected to ACS Post
December 20, 2010 -- Timothy Farrell, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, was elected to the office of Secretary Treasurer of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Lung Transplant Gives CF Patient New Lease on Life
December 18, 2010 -- A double-lung transplant gives a 22-year-old cystic fibrosis patient a new lease on life. For the first time in his young life, Wesley Telsrow can sleep lying down rather than sitting up and laugh without coughing. Nirmal Veeramachaneni, MD, was his transplant surgeon.
Carson Recipient of AUA Award
December 15, 2010 -- Dr. Culley Carson was notified by the American Urological Association (AUA) Awards Committee that he was selected as a recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Contribution Award. This award is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and the practice of urology, including but not limited to contributions made in a subspecialty area, for military career service or for humanitarian efforts.
Jones Featured on UNC Health Care's "Real Doctors, Real People"
December 8, 2010 -- Dr. Sam Jones, of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, is featured on the December edition of the UNC Health Care news site.
Lung Transplant Patient Thankful for 2nd Chance
December 6, 2010 -- A double-lung transplant at UNC in March 2010 gave Mary Scercy of Lincoln County, N.C., woman a second chance at life, allowing her to witness the birth of her first granddaughter, attend her son’s wedding and to meet the lung donor’s family on Nov. 5 to thank them face-to-face for their selfless generosity.
The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012
December 2, 2010 -- Congratulations to the following Department of Surgery doctors who are identified as being among the best physicians in the nation, as compiled by the Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc.
Pruthi Named Chief of Urologic Surgery
December 2, 2010 -- Effective Jan. 1, 2011, Dr. Raj Pruthi will assume leadership of the Division of Urologic Surgery within the Department of Surgery. Current Chief Dr. Culley C. Carson III will continue to have an active role in the division, and retain his position as associate chair of the Department of Surgery.
Farrell Presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award
November 15, 2010 -- Timothy Farrell, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, was awarded the prestigious H. Fleming Fuller Award at the 11/15/10 meeting of the UNC Health Care Board. The H. Fleming Fuller Award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston, N.C., physician H. Fleming Fuller, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. Memorial Hospital. In establishing the Fuller Award, the Board sought to recognize members of the medical staff who demonstrate the qualities embodied in Dr. Fuller's lifelong dedication to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and community service.
Dehmer Presents at 2010 AAMC
November 10, 2010 - Dr. Jeffrey Dehmer presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), conducted in Washington, D.C., from November 5th through the 10th.
Charles Appointed to Dept. of Public Health Leadership Program
November 2, 2010 - Dr. Anthony Charles has been appointed to Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Health.
Surgery Welcomes New Attendings, November 1, 2010
November 1, 2010 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the newest faculty members joining our team:
Multidisciplinary Approach to Genitourinary Cancer Shown to be Effective
October 20, 2010 - A study led by Dr. Raj Pruthi, Director of Urologic Oncology, has demonstrated that the cancer diagnosis and treatment process is enhanced by a team approach.
Rupp Garners Honors at ACS Clinical Congress for Sponge Study
October 11, 2010 - Dr. Christopher Rupp was recognized with a Scientific Exhibit of Exceptional Merit award for his poster submission at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
UNC Patient Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Successful Transplant
October 8, 2010 – 20 years ago, Howell Graham underwent then-risky, double-lung transplant surgery for cystic fibrosis at UNC Hospitals. He now celebrates breathing free for two decades.
Yeh and Lin Awarded $2.3M for Pancreatic Cancer Nanotechnology
Jen Jen Yeh, MD, assistant professor in Surgical Oncology, and Wenbin Lin, PhD, professor of chemistry and pharmacy, were awarded a $2,308,800 grant from the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships.
Speck Awarded UNC Plus People Award
September 21, 2010 – Dr. K. Elizabeth Speck, a general surgery resident, was awarded a PlusPeople Award for the Summer 2010 quarter. This honor is presented to UNC Health Care employees for their outstanding performance and service on the job.
Jones is Carolina Covenant Health Program Coordinator
September 10, 2010 - Dr. Samuel W. Jones, MD, NC Jaycee Burn Center, has assumed leadership of the Carolina Covenant Allied Health Program. In his role as program coordinator, Dr. Jones will organize monthly seminars for Carolina Covenant Scholars interested in any of a broad range of health careers.
ICU Nurses Named Among "Great 100" in North Carolina
September 10, 2010 -- Maureen Heck and Darla Topley, both of whom work in the SICU, and Kevin Brady in the CT ICU, are among nine nurses from UNC Hospitals named to the "Great 100 Nurses on North Carolina."
Bariatric Surgery Center Receives ACS Accreditation
September 8, 2010 - The Bariatric Surgery program in the Gastrointestinal Surgery division has been officially accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation is testament to the facility having met the essential criteria that ensure bariatric surgery care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network.
Pruthi Promotes Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
September 3, 2010 - Dr. Raj Pruthi, Urologic Surgery, is featured on a public service announcement airing on ABC News that promotes UNC Hospitals' free prostate cancer screening clinic, scheduled for Sept. 22nd and 23rd. The annual screening sessions encourage citizens to take the first step toward diagnosing prostate cancer at a treatable stage. Dr. Pruthi's public service announcement can be seen on both ABC News and YouTube.
Note from Dr. Hultman
September 2, 2010 -- I just wanted to thank ALL of the OR staff who worked so hard to make the two laser days, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, so very successful. We did thirty (30!!!) cases --adult and children, burn and non-burn, recon and cosmetic--in the annex.
UNC Department of Surgery Welcomes New Attendings September 1, 2010
September 1, 2010 -- The Department of Surgery would like to welcome the newest faculty members joining our team:
Health Sciences Library Names Room for Dr. Wilcox
August 31, 2010 -- The UNC Health Sciences Library plans to rename its Historical Collections Reading Room as “The Benson Reid Wilcox Historical Collections Reading Room” in recognition of Dr. Benson Wilcox.
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.
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.
UNC Spine Center Designated Center of Distinction by BC/BS
March 25, 2010 -- In an effort to help patients choose the best hospital when facing surgery, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina recognized select North Carolina hospitals for excellence in spinal surgery, knee replacement, and hip replacement. "We recognize these facilities not only for the volume of procedures they do, but for the superior expertise that comes from this experience."
Gerber to Teach Entrepreneurship Course
March 05, 2010 -- Dr. David Gerber, Division Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery, will be co-instructing Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences, this fall on Mondays from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The course, which is sponsored by the Department of Surgery, is part of UNC's Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, directed by the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Dr. Sheldon Presenting at Conferences in Washington
March 03, 2010 -- On Saturday March 6th, the Health Policy and Advocacy Group will be hosting a conference, lead by Dr. Michael Johns, Chancellor at Emory University, in Washington D.C. to discuss health care reform. Dr. George Sheldon will present at the conference on behalf of the Health Sciences Advisory of the American College of Surgeons. His presentation, Comparison of Workforce Provisions in the House and Senate Health Reform Bill, will concentrate on the workforce shortage for surgeons.
Sheldon Publishes Biography on Hugh Williamson
February 17, 2010 -- George F. Sheldon, MD, has authored his second book, Hugh Williamson: Physician, Patriot, and Founding Father. The biography recounts the extraordinary life and many achievements of Williamson (1735-1819), who was an influencing force behind the Boston Tea Party, spy for Benjamin Franklin, surgeon general of the N.C. militia, congressman in the first U.S. House of Representatives, signer of the Constitution, and member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. Read reviews in The Carolina Curator and at the Department of Social Medicine.
Meyer Appointed President of Southeastern Surgical Congress
February 23, 2010 -- Dr. Anthony Meyer, Chair of the Dept. of Surgery, was appointed President of the Southeastern Surgical Congress at the annual meeting conducted Feb. 20 through 23 in Savannah, GA. While the Congress is comprised predominantly of members from the mid-Atlantic and southeastern states, it is open to all practicing surgeons as well as those currently in training. Dr. Meyer will preside over the 2011 annual meeting scheduled for Feb. 12 through 15 in Chattanooga, TN.
Sommer Awarded TraCS Grant
February 4, 2010 -- Courtney Sommer, currently a fourth year General Surgery Resident, was awarded one of five TraCS $2K grants by the North Carolina Transitional and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS) for clinical and transitional research projects. Karyn Stitzenberg, UNC Surgical Oncology, will be Dr. Sommer's mentor for the Project.
Mendes and Tamaddon Highlighted in Healthy U Magazine
February 22, 2010 -- Drs. Robert Mendes and Houman Tamaddon are featured in the October-December 2009 volume of Health U for their efforts to educate people about vascular disease. In August, 2009, both physicians joined University Hospital, a 581 bed, not-for-profit community facility in Augusta, GA, where Mendes serves as the Medical Director of Vascular Services and Tamaddon as Medical Director of the University's Peripheral Vascular Lab. (See University Health Care System's press release.)
Ollila Joins "Here's to Your Health"
February 20, 2010 -- David Ollila, UNC Surgical Oncology, joins the "Here's to Your Health" radio show to discuss melanoma. You can tune in to WCHL 1360 AM either Saturday at 9 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Monday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m to listen to the Dr. Ollila's discussion.
Family House Diaries: Unyielding Spirit
February 19, 2010 -- The SECU Family House is a home away from home for patients at UNC Hospitals. Some of the most inspiring stories and unyielding spirits at the Family House are featured in the "Family House Diaries," and Jack Newmann is certainly one of those spirits. Although Newmann has been living with severe Type I diabetes and dealing with the resulting consequences, such as being legally blind, for nearly 54 of his 58 years. Nonetheless, he still lives "every day as if its his last." Not only that, as a retired rehabilitation counselor for the blind, he has the patience and the care to give other patients what they sometime need the most - a friend. Despite his own medical problems and complexities, he makes himself available as a counselor or a friendly ear to other patients and attempts to instill a life of his own at the House.
Jaycee Burn Center: "Center of Hope"
January 30, 2010 -- The News and Observer editorial board expressed admiration for the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center for its continued dedication to quality care for burn patients. The Opinion-Editorial especially praised the Center for its quick response in tending to the needs of disaster patients, the most recent being the three victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Speck Presents at Academic Surgical Congress
February 3, 2010 -- Dr. Elizabeth Speck, a general surgery resident finishing her 2nd year of pediatric surgery research under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Helmrath, presented at the 5th annual Academic Surgical Congress in San Antonio, Texas. Her presentation, entitled "Loss of IL-10 Results in Sustained Increases in Intestinal Adaptation," was part of the scientific program on February 3, 2010
Neurosurgery Residency Program to Expand and Restructure
January 26, 2010 -- The Neurosurgery Residency Review Committee (RRC) approved the expansion of UNC Neurosurgery Resident Complements to two residents per year. The change is effective starting this year; therefore, Neurosurgery will accept two residents from the 2010 resident applicants. In addition, the division will also shorten its residency program from 7 years to 6 years with a total of 12 residents.
Dehmer Appointed as Editor of Resident and Associate Fellows Webpage
January 26, 2010 -- Jeff Dehmer, General Surgery Resident at UNC, was recently appointed to a 5 year position as the editor of the Resident and Associate Fellows web pages on eFACS.org, the web portal of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Dehmer will have responsibility for editing and updating that section of the portal dedicated to surgical residents and fellows.
Personnel Actions: Schiro, Meyers, and Marston
February 1, 2010 -- The Department of Surgery announces the following appointments:
John B. Graham Student Research Day Winners
January 27, 2010 -- The John B. Graham Medical Student Research Society hosted the 42nd Annual Student Research Day on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. The event started with a keynote address by Dr. Edward Benz, President and CEO of the Dana Farber Cancer Center. Following the keynote address, 67 medical students presented their research projects focused on one of three categories: Basic Science, Public Health, and Clinical Science. The Society honored the best oral presentation and the best poster presentation with the Harold C. Pillsbury Award for First Place in each of the respective categories. The 2010 First Place Awards for the best oral and poster presentation for the Basic Science category were presented to Matt Skancke and Gita Madan, respectively.
Tesche Presents at Annual STS Meeting
January 27, 2010 -- Dr. Leora Tesche, a 4th year General Surgery resident at UNC, presented at the 46th annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her presentation, Simulator Experience Enhances Medical Students' Interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery, was part of the General Scientific Session conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 26th.
UNC Burn Center Provides Care for Haiti Victims
January 27, 2010 -- When the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12th, it shattered the capital city, Port-au-Prince and caused devastating injuries to millions. Many of the victims are still struggling to find medical care. Among them were the three patients who were flown into RDU on January 26 to receive expert medical care at the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC, one of the best and largest burn centers in the Southeast. The burn patients have suffered severe burns from oil, gasoline, and chemicals on over 25%-40% of their bodies and their conditions are further complicated due to the two week delay in proper medical care. Despite the complications, the burn center staff has promptly began treatment, with one of the patient scheduled to undergo surgery today.
Gerber Appointed to Health & Human Services Advisory Committee
January 22, 2010 -- Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has appointed David A. Gerber, MD, to the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation in the Health Resources and Services Administration. According to its charter, the Committee is charged with the task of assisting the HHS in its oversight of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, the "equitable and effective organ donation, procurement, allocation, and transplantation system" enacted in the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984.
News Story Features Egan's Transplant Research
January 18, 2009 -- Thomas M. Egan, M.D., of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is featured as the "Tar Heel of the Week" in a News & Observer story about Dr. Egan and his pioneering lung transplant research, which would make more donor lungs usable for transplant by treating the lungs ex-vivo (outside the body) to improve their health before transplant. Read the article here.
ISCU Relocates to 6PST
January 12, 2010 -- Effective Tuesday, Jan. 12, the N.C. Memorial Hospital is relocating the Intermediate Surgical Care Unit (ISCU) to 6PST and expanding from 8 to 18 monitored intermediate surgical beds. ISCU will continue to admit patients from all surgery services in accordance with the current admission guidelines/policies. Please note, the main phone number is 843-0727, the fax line is 966-3410, and the tube station is 601. With this expansion, overall hospital licensed beds increase from 768 to 778.
Inpatient Hospital Service Changes – GI Surgery
January 12, 2010 -- Effective Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the request of Dr. Anthony Meyer on behalf of Drs. Mark Koruda and Tim Farrell, ISD is modifying inpatient hospital services to differentiate between upper and lower GI surgery.
Department of Neurosurgery Endorsed by SOM Faculty
January 8, 2010 -- Please read the following letter from Drs. William Roper and Etta Pisano:
Charles Leads Surgical Care Advancement Initiative in Malawi
December 11, 2009 -- As part of UNC's surgical initiative in Malawi, Dr. Anthony Charles, UNC Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, and a volunteer surgery team from UNC travel to Malawi regularly to provide surgical care, but Dr. Charles aims to make adequate surgical care permanently accessible to Malawians. "Currently, there are only 15 trained Malawian surgeons of any specialty in the entire country of 14 million people." However, Dr. Charles hopes to change that by initiating a five-year surgical residency program to train Malawian doctors to become surgeons, implementing a patient data collection database to aid surgeons to provide the most effective care, and enouraging a long-term sustainablity of the changes through policy.
Best Doctors in America 2009-2010
November 12, 2009 -- Congratulations to the following Department of Surgery doctors who are identified as being among the best physicians in the nation, as compiled by the Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc.
McPhail Presents Gallbladder Study at ACS Clinical Congress
Dr. Lindsee McPhail, a fellow in Laparoscopy and Advanced GI Surgery, reported results of a study involving patients treated for gallstones at the Oct. 14 session of the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The study indicated that a more expedient referral for surgery could reduce pretreatment charges, for ER visits and diagnostic tests, by 50%. Read full article at Reuters.
Lee Article Published in the Journal of American Medical Association
October 15, 2009 -- Clara Lee, MD co-authored an article discussing the need to evaluate surgical procedures based on maximization of benefits for the patients. The article entitled "Beyond Outcomes-The Appropriateness of Surgical Care" (.pdf) is published in the October issue of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA. 2009;302(14):1580-1581).
Damitz Promoted to Associate Professor
October 14, 2010 -- Dr. Lynn Damitz, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor, effective Oct. 14, 2009.
Heart Transplant Patient Finds New Enthusiasm For Life
October 13, 2009 -- Russell Ford received a heart transplant at UNC Hospitals in July 2009 after suffering from congestive heart failure for 10 years. Dr. Michael Bowdish of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was his transplant surgeon. In "Family House Diaries," written by Elizabeth Swaringen for UNC Health Care, Mr. Ford tells the story of his illness, his surgery and the experience his family had at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals. The Family House is a non-profit hospital hospitality house, offering housing and other support services to adult patients and their families.
Thoracic Surgeons Directors Association Renames Award to Honor Wilcox
The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association has renamed its Resident Award the Benson Wilcox Award for Best Resident Paper in honor of former TSDA president, Dr. Benson R. Wilcox. The award is presented annually at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting for the best scientific abstract submitted by a cardiothoracic surgery resident. Dr. Wilcox was instrumental in establishing TSDA and drafting the association’s Bylaws. A leader in cardiothoracic surgery education, Dr. Wilcox was TSDA’s first secretary/treasurer from 1977-1980. He also served as president-elect from 1983-1984 and as president from 1985-1986. TSDA remains committed to Dr. Wilcox’s goal to improve cardiothoracic surgery education.
Sheldon Cited in Articles on Health Care Reform
Sept. 23, 2009 -- Dr. George Sheldon has been cited in several recent publications and postings on health care reform, including front page articles in The News and Observer (Sept. 23) and General Surgery (Sept. issue). On July 8, Dr. George Sheldon emphasized the looming surgeon shortage to a House of Representative committee. He urged congressmen to take this shortage and its implications into consideration while working on health care reform.
Prostate Screenings Publicized on WRAL News
Dr. Raj Pruthi, Urologic Surgeon at UNC, emphasized the importance of early detection of prostate cancer on a WRAL News broadcast aired on Sept. 21. He recommended that all men should begin PSA and digital rectal exam screening by age 50, but African American men and others with a family history of prostate cancer should begin screening by age 40. The North Carolina Cancer Hospital at UNC is offering free prostate cancer screening on Sept. 23rd and 24th from 1 to 7 P.M., no appointment necessary. For additional information, please call 919-966-1315.
GoDuke.com: Keeping Up With Courtney Sommer
Duke Sports Information has published an interview with Dr. Courtney Sommer, a UNC General Surgery resident who was a three-time All-American field hockey player while an undergraduate at Duke University.
McLean Receives NIH Award
Sean McLean, MD, of Pediatric Surgery, has been awarded a two-year grant supplement for career development. Dr. Cam Patterson, division chief of Cardiology, is the principal investigator of the parent R01 and will serve as Dr. McLean's mentor. The project, entitled "The role of FGFR1 and FGFR2 in Repair of Damaged Intestinal Epithelium," covers the period 09/01/2009 - 08/31/2011 and was awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
NC Biotechnology Center Gives Loan to Egan's Biotech Firm
Sept. 16, 2009 -- The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has made a $30,000 loan to X-In8 Biologicals Corp., a new biotechnology company founded by Thomas M. Egan, M.D., M.Sc., a faculty member in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company is a spinoff from work that Dr. Egan has done in his lab at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Carson Promotes Prostate Screening on NBC 17 News
September 12, 2009 -- Dr. Culley Carson III, of Urologic Surgery, was featured on a prostate cancer news segment aired by NBC 17 News on Sept. 12. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the UNC Urology Clinic is offering free prostate screenings on Sept. 22nd and 23rd.
CT Surgery Launches 6-Year Integrated Residency Program
In 2010, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin a new six-year integrated residency program, which residents will enter directly from medical school. The Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, the national residency accrediting body, approved the program in July 2009. Students at North American medical schools may now apply for the program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), for a residency position to begin July 1, 2010. UNC is one of just six institutions in the United States to offer such a program.
Urology Clinic Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
The Urology Clinic at UNC Hospitals will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23-24 for men 40 years old or older and younger men with a family history of prostate cancer. The screenings, which are being conducted as part of National Prostate Health Month, consist of a blood test and digital rectal exam. No appointment is necessary. For additional information, please call (919) 966-1315.
Surgery Alum Performs Heart Procedure on Pat Robertson
Dr. Andy Kiser, who completed residency training (General Surgery in 1997 and Cardiothoracic in 2000) at UNC, treated Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson for atrial fibrillation at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Kiser performed a convergence procedure and said he expects Robertson to make a full recovery. See full article at MSNBC.
Ewend Promoted to Full Professor
Congratulations to Matt Ewend, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery, whose promotion to Full Professor is effective Sept. 1, 2009.
Multidisciplinary Care: Germanwala and Zanation
Drs. Anand Germanwala, UNC Neurosurgery, and Adam Zanation, UNC Otolaryngology, are featured on UNC Health Care's Weblog in a story about multidisciplinary care.
Calvo Featured in UNC Health Care Video Highlighting New Cancer Hospital
Aug. 21, 2009 -- Dr. Benjamin Calvo, chief of the division of Surgical Oncology, is featured in a video about the evolution of cancer care at UNC Hospitals. His clip is one in a series that coincides with the opening of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. The full video, N.C. Cancer Hospital - Then and Now, is available on YouTube.
Family House Diaries: A New Liver for a New Life
UNC Health Care ran a series of stories on some of the patients and families who live at the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill while receiving treatment at UNC Hospitals. The most recent article featured Anna Barnhill, who received a liver transplant performed by Dr. Alexander Toledo of the division of Abdominal Transplant.
Dreesen Appointed Associate Chief of Staff
Dr. Brian Goldstein, Chief of Staff and Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Dreesen, Ann Bailey, and Tony Lindsey to Associate Chief of Staff positions. Effective Oct. 1, 2009, Dr. Dreesen will assume a broad range of duties aimed at improving patient care and the practice environment for our faculty and residents.
Stitzenberg Joins Faculty
Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, was appointed Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management effective Aug. 17, 2009. Dr. Stitzenberg completed her medical degree as well as a masters degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her post-graduate training included a general surgery residency program, also at UNC, and a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.
McLean Named Amos Scholar
Sean McLean, MD, in the division of Pediatric Surgery, has been selected by the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to receive a four-year mentored grant. His project, Smooth Muscle Cell Related Mechanisms of Pulmonary Hypertension in Congenital Diagphragmatic Hernia, will be mentored by Dr. Cam Patterson, chief of UNC's Division of Cardiology.
Jones Makes Sports Section of Chapel Hill News
The accompanying photo of Sam Jones, MD, of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, was published in the Aug. 12, 2009 edition of the Chapel Hill News. Dr. Jones is shown finishing the Fifth Annual UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathalon held on Aug. 9 in Chapel Hill.
Lee Article Published in Journal of American College of Surgeons
Clara Lee, MD, is the primary author of an article published in the July 2009 edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (Vol. 209, Issue 1, Pages 123-133). The article, "Patient-Reported Outcomes of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: A Systematic Review," (.pdf) was also featured on NBC Health News.
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.
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.
Christopher Dekaney Receives K01 Award
December 19, 2008 -- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded a 4 year Career Development Grant to Christopher Dekaney, PhD, in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, for his project investigating "The Role of FGFR1 and FGFR2 in Repair of Damaged Intestinal Epithelium." The project will begin January 1, 2009.
Dr. David Ollila is Co-Course Director of 4th Annual UNC Conference on Melanoma
December 19, 2008 -- The Fourth Annual UNC Conference on Melanoma: A Multidisciplinary Perspective will be conducted on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Course directors are Dr. David Ollila, of Surgical Oncology, and Dr. Nancy Thomas, of Dermatology. Department of Surgery faculty participants include Dr. Matthew Ewend, Dr. Michael Meyers, and Patricia Long.
Dr. Tim Weiner Awarded the H. Fleming Fuller Award
November 18, 2008 -- Timothy, M. Weiner, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, was awarded the prestigious H. Fleming Fuller Award at the 11/13/08 meeting of the UNC Health Care Board. The H. Fleming Fuller Award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston, N.C., physician H. Fleming Fuller, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. Memorial Hospital. In establishing the Fuller Award, the Board sought to recognize members of the medical staff who demonstrate the qualities embodied in Dr. Fuller's lifelong dedication to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and community service.
Dr. Aaron Garrison Recognized for Excellence in Research
November 18, 2008 -- On 10/15/08, Dr. Aaron Garrison was presented with the Surgical Forum Excellence in Research Award by the American College of Surgeons for his abstract, “Developmental insight into intestinal adaptation: characterization of intestinal stem cell (ISC) expansion and lucagon-Like Peptide-2 (GLP-2) actions during murine intestinal development.” Dr. Garrison is a PGY-5 General Surgery resident currently conducting research with Dr. Michael Helmrath.
Surgery-Mentored Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship
December 8, 2008 -- On Nov. 29, UNC senior Elisabeth “Lisette” Yorke, of Nova Scotia, Canada, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. The biology major will have the opportunity to study at Oxford University for the next several years. Yorke has volunteered with the NC Jaycee Burn Center since early in 2007. She works with injured patients and participates in burn research under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Cairns, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Burn Center. Dr. Cairns was honored to recommend Yorke to the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
Judith Swasey Presented with Nursing Excellence Awa
December 8, 2008 -- The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has named Judith Swasey winner of the 2008 Oncology Nursing Excellence Award, which includes a $1,500 stipend for professional education activities.
Dr. Tim Weiner Receives H. Fleming Fuller Award
Timothy M. Weiner, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, was awarded the prestigious H. Fleming Fuller Award at the Nov. 13 meeting of the UNC Health Care Board.
Welcome to Surgery's newest faculty members:
And congratulations on the following appointments:
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..