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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
John and Joyce Benfield Lecture in Thoracic Surgery
Join us for the 2014 John and Joyce Benfield
Lecture in Thoracic Surgery. This year's invited speaker is David R. Jones, MD, professor and vice chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in
New York, NY.

Location: Billings Auditorium P-117
Thu, Oct 9, 2014
5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM
Contact: 773-834-7818
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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Flu Vaccination Event Starts Oct. 7
All UChicago Medicine and BSD staff and faculty will be required to participate in this year's Influenza Vaccination Program. Mass vaccinations will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the following times and locations:

CCD 2nd floor staff elevator hallway: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Goldblatt Lobby Entrance: 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mitchell Lobby 2nd Floor Entrance: 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Inhaler administration and egg-free vaccines are available as needed. All staff receiving the vaccination outside of UCM will need attestation. Anyone declining a vaccine will need to file written documentation.

Dare to C.A.R.E. Screenings Launch 10/4
Our Dare to C.A.R.E. screenings will begin Saturday, Oct. 4. Dare to C.A.R.E. is a national program designed to improve the vascular health of our community. Through the program, the University of Chicago will offer ongoing complimentary vascular disease screenings for local area patients.

Note: The launch reception has been postponed.

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.

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.


Sep 25, 2014  iPad Raffle Drawing Winner
Congrats to Rick Seefeldt, section administrator for urology, for winning the I Heart Surgery iPad Mini raffle!

I Heart Surgery, the department's team for the upcoming American Heart Association Heart Walk, hosted the raffle to raise money for heart disease and stroke research. More than 600 raffle tickets were sold.

Thanks to everyone who bought tickets or helped put on the event.

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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