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Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATES: 2015 Departmental M&M and Faculty Meetings
All meetings are held in P-117 with M&M starting at 6:30-7:15 a.m., and the faculty meeting starting at 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Jan. 14, 2015 >> M&M: Cardiothoracic and OVS
April 8, 2015 >> M&M: General Surgery and Neurosurgery
July 15, 2015 >> M&M: Transplant and OHNS
Oct. 14, 2015 >> M&M: Urology and Vascular Surgery

Location: P-117

Endocrine Symposium - Sept. 5
The Endocrine Surgery Update on Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Disease conference is coming up soon at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. Peter Angelos, MD, and Raymon Grogan, MD, are the conference's co-directors. Visit the website below to register.
Location: 450 N Cityfront Plaza, Chicago, IL 60611
Fri, Sep 5, 2014
7:15 AM
- 4:35 PM
Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery Disease Research Event
The University of Chicago Transplant Center, in conjunction with the Journal of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition, will host a symposium on hepatobiliary, pancreatic surgery and manuscript writing this month at The University of Chicago Center in Beijing.

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, from Johns Hopkins Hospital, will serve as the keynote speaker. Jeffrey Matthews, MD, J. Michael Millis, MD, and Yilei Mao, MD, are the symposium organizers.

Location: University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
8:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
Join, Contribute to the 'I Heart Surgery' Heart Walk Team
The Department of Surgery has formed the team 'I Heart Surgery' to participate in the 2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk on Sept. 26, 2014.

The team, led by Executive Administrator Karen Turner, encourages you to help raise funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. The team will be coordinating upcoming fundraising opportunities; more information to follow.

To join the team, visit the Heart Walk website.
For more information about helping with fundraising, contact Adrienne Mitchell.

Location: Grant Park, Chicago
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
11:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Contact: Adrienne Mitchell
Skinner Lecture to Take Place Sept. 30
Save the date for the 11th Annual Dr. David B. Skinner Memorial Lecture. Glenn D. Steele, Jr, MD, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, will be the guest lecturer.

Dr. Steele will also present at Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7:15 a.m.

Location: G-217
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM
Colon and Rectal Conference - Oct. 10
This October, the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery will host the conference Colon, Rectal and Beyond: Innovation in Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Cancer and Pelvic Floor Disorders. Konstantin Umansky, MD, and Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, are the conference co-directors.
Location: 633 N Saint Clair Street, 28th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
Fri, Oct 10, 2014
7:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
Donald Liu Visiting Professor Lecture
Mary L. Brandt, MD, will speak at this year's Donald Liu Endowed Lecture as the Visiting Professor. The lecture is open to the Department of Surgery. Dr. Brandt is a professor of surgery and pediatrics in the Division of Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital. She will lecture on biliary atresia.
Location: G217
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
7:15 AM
- 8:15 AM
Workshop on the Past, Present & Future of Cell Biology
Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair of Research Karl Matlin, PhD, is organizing a workshop together with Jane Maienschein from Arizona State University entitled "Updating Cowdry at the MBL."

The Workshop will bring together leading cell biologists with historians and philosophers of biology to map new directions in cell biology through consideration of its history and current practice. The workshop is one of the initial programs that have been developed as a consequence of the new affiliation between the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. To learn about the Chicago-MBL affiliation go to

Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
8:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
Contact: Karl Matlin
Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live
The University of Chicago Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital will collaborate in the presentation of the 19th Annual Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live 2014 this November. The program, featuring live cases and hands-on sessions, will be put on through the Center for Endoscopic Research & Therapeutics. Mitchell C. Posner, MD, and Mark K. Ferguson, MD, will be speaking at the event.
Location: Center for Care and Discovery
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
12:00 AM
- 12:00 AM
SAVE THE DATE: Department Holiday Party
Please save the date for the Department of Surgery Holiday Party. A formal invitation will follow closer to the event.
Location: International House - Assembly Hall
Fri, Dec 5, 2014
5:00 PM
- 7:30 PM
SAVE THE DATE: Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium
The 22nd Annual Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in the DCAM Atrium and the CCD Boardroom and Food Court. More details will be released closer to the event.
Location: DCAM Atrium
Wed, Mar 18, 2015
5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM

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You're Invited: Dare to C.A.R.E. Launch Reception
Join us for a reception celebrating the launch of Dare to C.A.R.E., a national program designed to improve the vascular health of our community. Through Dare to C.A.R.E., the University of Chicago will offer ongoing complimentary vascular disease screenings for local area patients. Learn more about this program at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Sept. 25
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
CCD Room 7870
RSVP by Sept. 22 to Abigail Irvine at 773-834-0999 or

Apply Now for 2015 Biology Course at University of California Irvine
The Center for Complex Biological Systems at the University of California Irvine will be hosting a short course on "Systems Biology: Morphogenesis & Spatial Dynamics" in January 2015. The course is open to faculty, postdocs and researchers. Both tuition and travel fellowships are available.

The application deadline is Oct. 3. Contact Karl Matlin for more information.

Join the Step It Up Program Today
The 2014 Step It Up program provides a fun way for BSD and UCM employees to be more physically active by tracking the number of steps they take each day. During this eight-week program (Sept. 22 through Nov. 16), participants set walking goals and wear a (free!) pedometer to log their progress each day. Prizes will be awarded throughout the program for various activities and for meeting personal goals.

For more information, click here to view the flier.

Registration takes place between Sept. 8 and Sept. 19, and pedometer pick up runs from Sept. 15 to Sept. 19. Participants may sign up through

NIH Accepting Applications to Loan Repayment Programs: Sept. 1-Nov. 15, 2014
Researchers who have incurred significant education debt and who conduct biomedical or behavioral research funded by non-profit or government sources are eligible to apply. If selected, NIH will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt over a two-year period. More information is available here:

Take Part in Monthly Lunches to Learn More About Research Programs
The Section of Research is organizing a research lunch during the upcoming academic year to help all basic and clinical investigators in the department to become more aware of individual research programs and to generate new ideas and collaborations. The meetings will be held at the Quadrangle Club on the second Wednesday of each month beginning in October. Lunch will be provided and will start at noon.

Each month, one investigator will present a 30 minute overview of their research program focusing on ongoing studies and future directions. These should not be heavy on data but instead designed to emphasize problems, concepts, new ideas and even philosophies of investigation in a very-open ended fashion. Any faculty member is invited to present and are encouraged to present again this year even if they presented last year.

The meetings are for principal investigators only, but a research associate who plays a key role in the research effort may also attend. Various research staff members are also attend, as this is an opportunity to learn more about research activities in the department.

Space in the room is limited to 20 people. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Ruth Crawford if you would like to make a presentation or attend.

Here are the 2014-2015 dates:
Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13.

Join UCM's Walk4Hearing Team
Dana Suskind, MD, and members of the pediatric hearing loss program will be participating in the 2014 Walk4Hearing event on Sunday, Sept. 28 in Lincoln Park (Cannon Drive between W. Diversey Parkway and W. Fullerton Ave).

The Walk4Hearing strives to increase awareness about hearing loss in infants, babies, children and adults. The walk begins at 10 a.m. View the flier for more information.


Sep 8, 2014  Dr. Ross Milner Appointed Co-Chair of Vascular Society Program Committee
Ross Milner, MD and Christopher Skelly, MD, recently attended the Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society Annual Meeting in Iowa City, IA. At the meeting, Dr. Milner was appointed as co-chair of the program committee for the society.

Jul 7, 2014  Dr. Mohan Gundeti to Present at Puerto Rico Urological Meeting
Mohan Gundeti, MD, will present at the Puerto Rico Urological Association's 65th Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 25-27 in San Juan. Dr. Gundeti, the Roberto Fortuno Lecture, will present, "Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery in Children? A Decade of Progress and Future."

Process Improvement Initiative
Submit ideas that provide viable solutions to department challenges - administrative, clinical or research-related. Leadership will judge submissions and pick winners each quarter. Click HERE to submit.

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