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The ClassNotes below were received through August 2012; any received afterward will appear in the next issue.

 

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Lorri A. Lee, M.D., Res. ’98, has been promoted to professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

 

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Department of Comparative Medicine

Piper Meigs Treuting, DVM, Fel. ’99, has been promoted to associate professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Comparative Medicine.

 

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Department of Family Medicine

Sharon A. Dobie, M.D.
Writing kudos:
Sharon A. Dobie, M.D.

Sharon A. Dobie, M.D., Res. ’89, UW professor in family medicine, has been selected to receive a 2012 Writers in Residence Award from Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island.

Jonathan A. Drezner, M.D., Fel. ’00, has been promoted to professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine.

Linda J. Gromko, M.D., Res. ’87, writes, “I have operated a family practice clinic, Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC, since 1989, recently adding a weight-loss service. In addition to providing general family practice service and focusing on the prevention of metabolic syndrome, the practice also serves a large transgendered population. My latest book, Let Me Go When the Banter Stops: A Doctor’s Fight for the Love of Her Life, tells the story of my late husband’s renal failure, home dialysis, failed transplant, aortic valve replacement and critical illness myopathy. It is my late husband’s legacy. If even one person is helped, the book will be a tremendous success! More information is available at LindaGromkoMD.com.”

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Division of General Internal Medicine

A number of residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine: Shireesha Dhanireddy, M.D., Res. ’98 (associate professor, Department of Medicine), Florian Hladik, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’97 (research associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Nona Sotoodehnia, M.D., Res. ’99, Fel. ’02, ’03 (associate professor, Department of Medicine), and Jonathan R. Weinstein, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’99 (associate professor, Department of Neurology).

Bradley D. Anawalt, M.D., Res. ’92, UW professor and vice chair in the Department of Medicine, was named “most outstanding reviewer in his field” by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

J. Randall Curtis, M.D., Res. ’91, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, will serve as the director of UW Medicine’s newly established UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence with Anthony L. Back, M.D., Res. ’87, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology, serving as codirector. The center will bring together experts in palliative care, integrating research, clinical and educational activities.

Stephan D. Fihn, M.D., Res. ’79, MPH, FACP, UW professor of medicine and head of the Division of General Internal Medicine, received the 2012 Robert J. Glaser Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Nicholas C. Hunt, M.D., Res. ’97, received a Physician Partnership Award from St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

Vishesh K. Kapur M.D., Res. ’98, co-authored an editorial published in JAMA: “Filling in the Pieces of the Sleep Apnea-Hypertension Puzzle” with Edward M. Weaver, M.D., MPH, chief of sleep surgery and the surgical program director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center. Kapur, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, is the founder and medical director of the center as well as the sleep medicine fellowship director.

The American Diabetes Association honored Benjamin A. Lipsky, M.D., Res. ’77, Fel. ’78, UW professor of medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine, with the Roger Pecoraro Lecture Award.

The UW Department of Medicine recognized Steven R. McGee, M.D., Res. ’83, with the Marvin Turck Outstanding Teacher Award for 2012.

Alvin Matsumoto, M.D. ’75, Res. ’78, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, was a 2012 recipient of the Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Service Award, one of the Endocrine Society’s Laureate Awards.

Vivian G. Oehler, M.D., Res. ’00, Fel. ’03, an acting instructor, received a Fialkow Award at UW Medicine, recognizing outstanding achievements of junior faculty in research, teaching, clinical work and academic citizenship.

Michael W. Schwartz, M.D., Res. ’86, UW professor of medicine and director of UW Medicine’s Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence received the 2012 Solomon A. Berson Distinguished Lectureship Award from the American Physiological Society, Endocrinology and Metabolism Section.

Yong Ki Shin, M.D., Res. ’96, has been appointed assistant clinical dean for the WWAMI program in Western Washington, a new position.

Gordon A. Starkebaum, M.D., Res. ’75, Fel. ’78, UW professor of medicine, received the Department of Medicine’s 2012 Beeson Award for outstanding service to patients and trainees.

Joanne D. Stekler, M.D., Fel. ’05, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, received a Fialkow Award at UW Medicine, recognizing outstanding achievements of junior faculty in research, teaching, clinical work and academic citizenship.

Joshua P. Thaler, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’05, UW assistant professor in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, has received the 2012 Perkins Coie Award for Discovery to study how cells and neurons of the brain affect energy metabolism.

Steven L. Writer, M.D., Res. ’80, received a Physician Partnership Award, given by St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

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Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Elizabeth K. Vig, M.D., Fel. ’01, has been promoted to associate professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Medicine.

 

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Division of Hematology

Michael L. Linenberger, M.D., Fel. ’89, UW professor of medicine in hematology, was named the first holder of the Robert and Phyllis Henigson Professorship in Hematology at UW Medicine.

Carol H. Miao, Ph.D., Fel. ’00, has been promoted to professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine

Jonathan R. Fromm, M.D., Ph.D., Fel. ’04, has been promoted to associate professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Laboratory Medicine.

 

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Division of Nephrology

Ian H. de Boer, M.D., Fel. ’06, has been promoted to associate professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Medicine.

 

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Department of Neurological Surgery

Raimondo D’Ambrosio, M.D., Ph.D., Fel. ’97, UW associate professor in neurological surgery, received two-year National Institutes of Health funding for a grant titled, “Optimization of the FPI model for epilepsy therapy development.”

Robert C. Rostomily, M.D., Res. ’92, has been promoted to professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery.

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Department of Neurology

Joseph R. Zunt, M.D., Res. ’92, ’93, MPH, has been promoted to professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery.

 

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Division of Oncology

The UW Institute of Translational Health Science, led by Nora Disis, M.D., Fel. ’93, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology, has been awarded nearly $65 million over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health to continue its groundbreaking work translating research discoveries into practical applications to improve the health of the public.

 

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Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

A new spine skills lab directed by Walter F. Krengel III, M.D., Res. ’90, UW associate professor of orthopaedics and sports medicine and chief of the spine program at Seattle Children’s, trains residents with hands-on work stations and state-of-the-art instrumentation and guidance systems.

 

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Eduardo Mendez, M.D., Res. ’05, and Henry Ou, M.D., Res. ’04, have been promoted to associate professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.

 

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Department of Pathology

A number of residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine: Kimberly H. Allison, M.D., Res. ’07 (associate professor, Department of Pathology), Andrew N. Hoofnagle, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’07 (associate professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine), and Keith R. Jerome, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’97, Fel. ’99 (professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine).

 

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Department of Pediatrics

A number of residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine, all in the Department of Pediatrics: Julie C. Brown, M.D., Res. (associate professor), Lucas R. Hoffman, M.D., Res. ’01 (associate professor), Julie R. Park, M.D., Res. ’91 (professor) and Danielle M. Zerr, M.D., Res. ’93, MPH (professor).

Peter J. Adasek, M.D., Res. ’70, was promoted to clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in July 2012. He lives part-time in Colorado Springs, where he practiced before semiretiring, and part-time in his boyhood home of Little Falls, N.Y. He continues to do pro-bono lecturing on child abuse. Adasek and his fiancée, Sun Hui Creecy, continue to enjoy ballroom and Czech/ Slovak folk dancing. Adasek is also a docent at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Museum.

Children’s advocate: Peter J. Adasek, M.D. Res. ’70
Children’s advocate: Peter J. Adasek, M.D. Res. ’70

 

Edward M. Kolb, M.D., Res. ’85, has been appointed to the position of medical director for Boys Town National Research Hospital and Clinics.

F. Estelle R. Simons, M.D., Res. ’75
Contributions recognized:
F. Estelle R. Simons, M.D., Res. ’75

F. Estelle R. Simons, M.D., Res. ’75, received the 2012 American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Distinguished Clinician Award, presented in recognition of significant contributions toward improved understanding of the clinical pharmacology of medications used to treat allergic diseases.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

A number of residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine, all in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Joseph R. Fann, M.D., Res. ’93, MPH (professor), Ruth Kohen, M.D., Res. ’92 (associate professor) and Mitchell R. Levy, M.D., Res. (associate professor).

Stephen R. Dager, M.D., Res. ’83, UW professor of radiology, was a principal investigator at the UW site for a study on differences in brain development in high-risk infants who later develop autism. The study, conducted by UW researchers in collaboration with investigators at several North American universities, was published in the Feb. 17, 2012 online edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

An evidence-based collaborative care model developed by Wayne J. Katon, M.D., Res. ’79, UW professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and his colleagues is receiving national attention. Along with other healthcare partners, UW Medicine received a three-year, $18 million dollar grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement a collaborative care model for patients with depression and diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Andrew M. Luks, M.D., Res. ’03, ’04, Fel. ’07, UW associate professor of medicine, was selected by the UW Medicine graduating Class of 2012 to receive a Distinguished Teacher Award. Students noted his unparalleled dedication and effectiveness as a role model and mentor. In addition, Luks received the 2012 David R. Saunders Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.

David R. Park, M.D., Res. ’92, UW associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, received the Outstanding Educator Award from the American Thoracic Society in May 2012. The award recognizes lifetime contributions in education and mentoring in the fields of pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine, and honors excellence in clinical or research education as it relates to pulmonary disease.

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Department of Radiology

A number of residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine, all in the Department of Radiology: Robert S. Miyaoka, M.D., Res. ’92, Ph.D. (research professor), Sudhakar Pippavath, M.D., Ph.D., Fel. ’03, ’04 (associate professor), and Mahesh Thapa, M.D., Res. ’05, Fel. ’06 (associate professor).

 

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Two residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine, both in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine: Marla S. Kaufman, M.D., Res. ’06, ’07 (clinical associate professor), and Christopher J. Standaert, M.D., Res. ’94 (clinical professor).

Margaret C. Hammond, M.D., Res. ’82, UW professor in rehabilitation medicine, shared top awards from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) with Barry S. Goldstein, M.D., Res. ’90, UW professor in rehabilitation medicine. Hammond received the 2012 ASCIP Leadership Award and Goldstein received the 2012 ASCIP Excellence Award.

Annette Wundes, M.D., Fel. ’09, UW assistant professor in neurology, who specializes in demyelinating diseases of the brain and spinal cord, will co-direct the new, dedicated, comprehensive multiple sclerosis center at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center with Shana Johnson, M.D., UW assistant professor in rehabilitation medicine.

Sarah (Sally) Westcott McCoy, MPT ’79, Ph.D. ’93Making Therapy Playful: Sarah (Sally) Westcott McCoy, MPT ’79, Ph.D. ’93

The children in Sarah (Sally) Westcott McCoy’s research program look like they’re having a blast. That’s because playing could be the key to better motor control for children with cerebral palsy and developmental coordination disorder. This is the premise behind the work of McCoy, MPT ’79, Ph.D. ’93, UW professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and her colleagues at UW Medicine.

Since repetition can improve motor control, McCoy wants children to do motor therapy outside of the therapy session. And the best way to do that is to make it entertaining. “We wanted to come up with a fun intervention that was motivating for children to do at home, and we’re leveraging virtual reality technology to do that,” she says.

In one game, a child dons virtual reality glasses and guides a plane through a series of targets, all while trying to maintain balance on a moving platform. In a more traditional on-screen game, repetitious movements help children learn to control and relax specific muscle groups. See McCoy and some of her research participants at work by visiting YouTube: search for “Westcott neuro gaming.”

 

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Department of Surgery

A number of residency alumni received promotions at UW Medicine, all in the Department of Surgery: Jeffrey B. Friedrich, M.D., Res. ’07 (associate professor), Adam B. Goldin, M.D., Fel. ’05 (associate professor), David M. McMullan, M.D., Res. ’04, ’05 (associate professor), and Nahush A. Mokadam, M.D., Res. ’07 (associate professor).

Eileen M. Bulger, M.D., Res. ’93, Fel. ’00, UW professor of surgery and chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center, is the principal investigator for a new clinical study to help determine which of two common blood-product combinations provides the best outcomes for trauma patients who require massive blood transfusions.

Hugh M. Foy, M.D., Res. ’83, Fel. ’84, UW professor of surgery, received a Distinguished Teaching Award, presented to faculty who show a mastery of their subject matter, intellectual rigor and a passion for teaching at the University of Washington’s 42nd Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

Nicholas B. Vedder, M.D., Res. ’89, UW professor and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, has been appointed to the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents Committee on Trauma for a three-year term.

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Department of Urology

Daniel W. Lin, M.D., Res. ’96, ’99, has been promoted to professor in UW Medicine’s Department of Urology.

 

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