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The ClassNotes below were received through August 2011; any received afterward will appear in the next issue.

 

 

Department of Family Medicine

Alfred O. Berg, M.D., Res. ’79, UW professor in the Department of Family Medicine, has been appointed to the 15-member methodology committee of the federal Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute. The committee will help the institute develop and update methodological standards and guidelines for comparative clinical effectiveness research.

 

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Division of Hematology

David W. Russell, M.D., Fel. ’94, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology, became vice president of the American Society of Gene Therapy during the society’s annual meeting in Seattle. He will be president-elect in 2012–13 and president in 2013–14.

 

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Department of Medicine

Thomas R. Martin, M.D., Res. ’76, ’80, vice chair of the Department of Medicine at UW Medicine, has received the Paul B. Beeson Award for 2011. He was chosen by medical residents for outstanding clinical teaching and for exemplifying scholarliness, humility, compassion and integrity.

 

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Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition

Michael Schwartz, M.D., Res. ’86 (internal medicine), UW professor of medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, director of UW Medicine’s Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence, and the holder of the Robert H. Williams Chair in Medicine, has received a $4 million award from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund. The grant will support the Diabetes-Stem Cell Program, an interdisciplinary effort to develop innovative technologies to overcome existing barriers to successful cell-based treatments for type 1 diabetes.

 

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Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Richard J. Bransford, M.D., Res. ’00, ’01, a spine and trauma specialist and director of spine education, was promoted to associate professor at UW Medicine.

Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D., Res. ’75, former chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and holder of the Douglas T. Harryman II/DePuy Endowed Chair in Shoulder Research, has a new blog on shoulder arthritis at www.shoulderarthritis.blogspot.com. He writes, “My major target is the sophisticated patient, but I will also add commentary on the current literature that will be useful to medical professionals.” Matsen received the 35th Anniversary Faculty Award from his department in February 2011.

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Division of Nephrology

UW Assistant Professor of Medicine Ian H. de Boer, M.D., Fel. ’06, is the lead author of a study on the rise of diabetic kidney disease, published on June 22, 2011, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. De Boer also was named a Philip and Helen Fialkow Scholar for 2011, an award given to junior faculty for outstanding achievements in research, training, clinical work and academic citizenship.

 

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

John A. Liebert, M.D., Res. ’69, has written Suicidal Mass Murderers: A Criminological Study of Why They Kill. Although the book concentrates on the massacre at Virginia Tech, Liebert also has become concerned by the shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

 

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

After an eye-opening volunteer experience, Eric Alexander, M.D., Res. ’09, established a program to provide wheelchairs and other rehabilitation equipment to people in western Kenya. Alexander worked with non-profit organizations to create a comprehensive, sustainable rehabilitation program, including manufacturing affordable rehabilitative equipment with subsidies from the Kenyan government.

Margaret C. Hammond, M.D., Res. ’82, MRM ’84, has been appointed the acting chief of patient-care services for the National Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Washington, D.C. Hammond will serve as the principal advisor to the deputy undersecretary for health policy and services on policy matters and issues that relate to patient care and clinical services.

James Robinson, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’84, has been promoted to clinical professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UW Medicine. Robinson’s clinical interests include the evaluation and conservative treatment of spine disorders and fibromyalgia; his research interests include the treatment of fibromyalgia and patients’ decision-making related to chronic opioid therapy.

Jelena N. Svircev, M.D., Fel. ’06, has become a UW assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UW Medicine and a provider at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Svircev’s clinical interests include spinal cord injury medicine; her research interests are related to osteoporosis and fracture management in people with chronic spinal cord injury and adaptive sports injuries.

Jennifer M. Zumsteg, M.D., Res. ’09, UW acting instructor/senior fellow in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UW Medicine, accepted two of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards on behalf of Harborview Medical Center at the 2011 CleanMed Conference.

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Department of Surgery

Peter M. Rhee, M.D., MPH, Fel. ’95, ’96, drew upon a 24-year career as a military surgeon — with experience treating hundreds of battlefield injuries — as he treated Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 10 other victims of the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., last January. Rhee is chief of trauma at University Medical Center in Tucson.

 

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