Please mark your calendars for this year's Faculty Retreat. A formal invitation with details will be sent out.
Wed, May 7, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
|2014 Department of Surgery Faculty Retreat|
|New Brand Guidelines: Message From Kathy DeVries, VP for Marketing and Communications|
Thank you for your stewardship of the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences brand. As faculty members, you play a key role helping to create national, regional and local recognition as a leader in clinical care, research and teaching.
We received faculty and staff input to create the new Brand Guidelines including a design system of templates and logos the express a unified approach. We strongly encourage you to use these templates for your emails, presentations, newsletters, posters, flyers and other important venues.
Thank you again for advancing our brand by using these new guidelines. Please do not hesitate to contact Jaimie Oh if you have additional questions. Details
|21st Annual Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium|
Please join us for the 21st Annual Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium:
Wednesday, March 12
Center for Care and Discovery
Sky Lobby Conference Center
The keynote speaker will be Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.
Schedule of Events
11:30 AM: Poster Set Up
12:00-2:00 PM: Lunch and Poster Presentations
1:55 PM: Introduction, Jeffrey Matthews, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery
2:00-5:00 PM: Oral Presentations
5:00 PM: Keynote Address
6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception and Dinner
7:00 PM: Awards Presentation
|Save the Date: 10th Annual Dr. David B. Skinner Memorial Lecture|
Please join the Department of Surgery for the 10th Annual Dr. David B. Skinner Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m. in Room P-117. Dr. Diana L. Farmer the Pearl Stamps Steward Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis Health System will present: “New Frontiers in Fetal Therapy.”
Dr. Farmer will also present “Surgical Global Health: A New Direction” at Grand Rounds on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:15 a.m. in Room G-217.
|Surgical Research Presentations at the Quadrangle Club |
The Section of Surgical Research is sponsoring lunchtime presentations by departmental investigators held at the Quadrangle Club on the second Wednesday of each month. The presentations are not data intensive but are intended to provide an overview of research emphasizing the problems investigated, recent findings, and future directions.
While these lunches are intended primarily for faculty engaged in laboratory research, all regular faculty in the Department of Surgery are invited. Space is limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
To find out the next speaker and arrange to attend, please contact Ms. Ruth Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Mar 6, 2014 Patient Thanks Drs. Song and Jaskowiak|
A patient who received care from David Song, MD, MBA (plastic surgery) and Nora Jaskowiak, MD (general Surgery), faxed the following note, thanking the surgeons for their top-of-the-line expertise and compassion:
I wanted you to know what a model and example you are of what a doctor should be so that others can be trained to follow your example. You and Dr. Jaskowiak are over-the-top beyond belief not only in your cutting edge (literally and figuratively) knowledge and expertise, but in your concern, consideration, responsiveness, and care of patients, treating each as if a member of your own family. I wanted the hospital to know all of this.
|Mar 6, 2014 Dr. Umanskiy Wins Barton Hoexter, MD Best Video Award|
Konstantin Umanskiy, MD, (general surgery), has been awarded The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons' Barton Hoexter, MD Best Video Award for his video "A Tandem Robotic Technique of Extralevator Abdominoperineal Resection Followed by Robotic Rectus Abdominus Muscle Flap Harvest for Immediate Reconstruction of Pelvic."
Dr. Umanskiy will be presented with a formal plaque at the society's Annual Business Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. Congratulations to Dr. Umanskiy!
|Feb 27, 2014 Parents Thank Surgery Team for "Heroic Efforts"|
The parents of a former UCM patient wrote the following letter to Matthew Blecha, MD, clinical associate of surgery in the section of vascular surgery:
Dear Dr. Blecha:
You and your vascular team operated on our son. At the time, he had been scheduled for surgery with Dr. Umanskiy. Our son was very sick with ulcerative colitis, and he was to have bypass surgery with an ostomy bag installed. However, a blood clot was suddenly discovered just before his surgery.
For three days, including blood thinners and trips to the OR, you and your team worked to treat our son's medical emergency. We were all warned that a possibility existed that our son could lose his leg if the clot(s) could not be removed or dissolved. You simply would not give up, however, saying that our son was much too young to lose a leg. Eventually, you prevailed.
Eventually, our son had four operations with Dr. Umanskiy, including the ileostomy takedown three weeks later. His ulcerative colitis (and colon) are now a thing of the past. We all look forward to his full recovery and a healthy future. But we have certainly never forgotten the extreme stress of our son's ordeal and your team's heroic efforts on his behalf. We are forever grateful!
|Feb 27, 2014 Drs. Jaskowiak and Park Praised for Special Interest in Patient|
The following letter was written for Julie Park, MD, assistant professor of surgery in the section of plastic and reconstructive surgery:
I wanted to take some time to write you a very special thank you. When I had my scheduled appointment with Dr. J, I never expected to see you and avoid a second drive to Chicago in three days. Dr. J asked me if I was going to see you while I was there and I explained that my appointment with you was scheduled for Wednesday. She ... suggested that she try to see if you would like to see me while I was there Monday.
Her nurse paged you and told me you were currently in surgery, but would plan to see me afterwards at 11 am in Dr. J's office.
As large as UChicago is, I never expected to have very personal attention; so imagine how blown away I was that you and Dr. J took a real interest in me to hep cut back on the amount of traveling required that week.
|Feb 24, 2014 Dr. Pinto and Ober Awarded Major NIH Grant to Study CRS|
Carole Ober, PhD, Blum-Riese Professor and Chair of Human Genetics, and Jayant Pinto, MD, associate professor of surgery, have been awarded a major National Institutes of Health grant to study genetic susceptibility to Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS), a major inflammatory disease affecting millions of Americans. The $1.5M study builds on earlier work by the team which identified evidence for genes involved in sinus disease. This is the first and only NIH funded study of the genetics of CRS. Robert Naclerio will serve as chair of the advisory board of the project and Fuad Baroody is also involved, along with study coordinator, Marianella Paz-Landsberg.
Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease as part of a larger program project grant led colleagues at Northwestern, the research will involve state of the art evaluation of genomic responses of sinonasal epithelium from patients to key pathogens involved in CRS. The partnership also involves scientists from Johns Hopkins and data and samples from the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.
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