Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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Residents, Fellows and Ph.D.s

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Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Hunter Handsfield, M.D., Res. ’71, Fel. ’73, UW clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a pioneer in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) research and prevention, has received the nation’s highest honor in the STD field, the Thomas Parran Award. The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association bestows the award in recognition of long and distinguished contributions to STD research and prevention.

Biological Structure

  • John I. Clark, Ph.D. ’74, UW professor and chair of the Department of Biological Structure, will begin his term as president elect of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairs in January 2011.

Biochemistry

  • Andras G. Lacko, Ph.D. ’68, was originally trained in the areas of protein chemistry and enzymology in the laboratories of alumnus Hans Neurath, Ph.D., at UW Medicine and B. L. Horecker, Ph.D., at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, providing a very sound background in biochemistry. Subsequently, he worked on the structure/function and substrate specificity of lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT), a key enzyme in cholesterol and lipoprotein transport. In the last 12 years, the focus of Lacko’s research has changed to develop and characterize novel reconstituted high-density lipoprotein-based drug delivery systems. These studies were prompted by a hypothesis that included a number of assumed beneficial characteristics, suggesting that the lipoprotein-based drug-delivery model may be superior to existing technologies. Lacko has been a faculty member for 35 years (and professor since 1982) in the department of molecular biology/immunology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dermatology

  • Karen A. Holbrook, Ph.D. ’72, Fel. ’78, formerly a UW professor in the Department of Biological Structure and the Department of Medicine and associate dean for scientific affairs, became director of the Washington Advisory Group after retiring from the presidency of Ohio State, the largest university in the nation. Holbrook advises on management, leadership and program development for universities and on technology-based economic development for communities.

Family Medicine

  • Alfred O. Berg, M.D., MPH ’79, Res. ’79, UW professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was honored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine as the 2010 recipient of the Curtis G. Hames Research Award, presented annually to acknowledge and honor those individuals whose careers exemplify dedication to research in family medicine.
  • Samuel W. Cullison, M.D., Res. ’78, residency director of the Swedish-Cherry Hill residency program, was awarded the 2010 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Excellence in Education Award, presented to society members who have demonstrated personal excellence in family medicine education, with contributions acknowledged by learners and peers at the regional and national levels.
  • Sharon A. Dobie, M.D., Res. ’89, UW professor in the Department of Family Medicine, is the recipient of the S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in community-based instruction, including service learning, public service internships and community partnership projects. Dobie trains residents and has an active research career. She has served as faculty adviser to the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP) since 1989 and expanded the program from two initial projects to eight programs. She also helped launch the UW School of Medicine’s Underserved Pathway, which prepares medical students for health careers with underserved and vulnerable populations. Dobie played a lead role in 1989 in founding and working with the School of Medicine’s Rural/ Underserved Opportunities Program — featured in The New York Times last year — and became a founding member of the School of Medicine’s Colleges in 2002.
  • Thomas E. Norris, M.D., Fel. ’89, vice dean for academic affairs at the UW School of Medicine, has been elected vice chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
  • Donald Steiner, M.D., Res. ’57, received the prestigious new Manpei Suzuki Award in Diabetes Research in 2009, presented in Tokyo in March 2010. While in Japan, he saw many former associates, friends and former post-doctoral fellows. Steiner is still active in lab studies, but at a much reduced level as a professor emeritus of biochemistry and medicine at the University of Chicago. His health has been good, and he would be glad to hear from friends from his Seattle days (1956–1960).

Global Health

  • King K. Holmes, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’69, UW professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and the William H. Foege Endowed Chair in Global Health, is the 2010 recipient of the Ned Behnke Leadership Award from the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a service organization committed to AIDS prevention. Holmes was honored in March for exemplifying exceptional vision and courage in promoting AIDS awareness among the public.

Immunology

  • Ruth Arnon, M.D., Res. ’70, is the first woman to head the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She took office in September. Before becoming vice president of the academy, Arnon headed the department of chemical immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science and was dean of the biology department. Her scientific research has focused on the development of advanced vaccines, cancer research and parasitic diseases. She and a colleague developed Copaxone, a drug prescribed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Internal Medicine

  • Benjamin A. Lipsky, M.D., Res. ’76, ’77, recently returned from a one-year sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. He taught, conducted research and lectured in several European and Asian countries. Highlights of the year included his honorary induction as a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians (London) and his newly published book on diabetic foot infections (co-authored by Oxford collaborator Anthony Berendt, B.M., BCH, FRCP), which won first prize in endocrinology in the annual British Medical Association awards.

  • Paul Ernest Pepe, M.D., Res. ’79, is the chief of emergency services at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, and a finalist for the Emergency Department Director of the Year Award. The award winner and finalists were chosen from nearly 80 nominations from across the country (and overseas) by a selection panel comprising appointees from Blue Jay Consulting and the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

  • Michael W. Schwartz, M.D., Res. ’86, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, was recently named the Robert H. Williams Endowed Chair in Medicine. Schwartz is also the director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence.

Orthopaedics and
Sports Medicine

  • Richard Bransford, M.D., Res. ’00, Res. ’01, welcomed a son, Gabriel, born March 11, 2010.
  • Jonathan A. Drezner, M.D., Fel. ’00, was elected second vice president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the world’s largest organization of primary-care sports medicine physicians, after serving on the board of directors and as chair of the research committee.

Pediatrics

  • Maneesh Batra, M.D., Res. ’03, MPH ’06, Fel. ’07, was accepted into the America Pediatric Association’s highly competitive Educational Scholars Program.

  • Michael C. Jensen, M.D., Res. ’97, UW professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was recently named the Janet and Jim Sinegal Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Solid Tumor Research in Honor of Korey Rose at Seattle Children’s.

  • Brian Johnston, M.D., Res. ’93, MPH ’99, UW associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the pediatrics service at Harborview Medical Center, joined the Driven to Distraction Task Force of Washington, a group concerned about drivers texting and talking on cell phones. The group includes parents whose children have been victims of distracted driving, pediatricians and emergency physicians, crash-injury investigators and public health experts. Johnston appears in a video created by the task force and speaks about how his work inspired him to get more involved
    in the topic.

Pharmacology

  • Jeffrey P. Brousal, Ph.D. ’98, has been living in Nashville, Tenn., since graduation from the University of Washington. Currently working for Vanderbilt University and the state of Tennessee doing research and toxicology studies, Brousal lost a bid for political office in the juvenile court system last year. He misses the state of Washington, especially the seafood.

Pulmonary and Critical Care

  • Andrew M. Luks, M.D., Ph.D., Fel. ’07, UW assistant professor of medicine, was honored with a 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award at the UW School of Medicine’s doctoral hooding ceremonies on June 5.

Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Samuel Bierner, M.D., MRM ’88, Res. ’88, was elected to the University of Texas Southwestern Academy of Teachers and awarded the Best Abstract Award by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 2009. Promoted to professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in September 2008 at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Bierner has been a residency program director since 2005. In addition, he is vice chair of education for the Medical Rehabilitation Council of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Bierner has two daughters, Hanna (6) and Sara (8).

  • Mark P. Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’90, UW professor and director of research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Journal of Pain, the official journal of the American Pain Society.

  • Teresa L. Massagli, M.D., Res. ’88, UW professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics and residency training program director for physical medicine and rehabilitation, is the new chair of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, one of the certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

  • Janet Powell, Ph.D. ’01, UW associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (occupational therapy), served as a principal site investigator for a study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine on robotic assisted upper-limb neuro-rehabilitation in stroke patients. The study involved patients at the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System.

  • Joseph B. Webster, M.D., Res., UW associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, recently joined the faculty. Based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Webster’s expertise is in amputee rehabilitation and his research areas are amputation and post-graduate education.

Surgery

  • Hugh Foy, M.D., Res. ’83, Fel. ’84, UW professor in the Department of Surgery, was honored with a 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award at the School of Medicine’s doctoral hooding ceremonies on June 5. This is the fifth time he has received this award.

  • Nahush A. Mokadam, M.D., Res. ’07, UW assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, has been appointed the third holder of the Lester and Connie LeRoss Endowed Professorship in Cardiovascular Surgery, established by the LeRosses in 1999.

  • Brant K. Oelschlager, M.D., Res. ’00, Fel. ’01, UW assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Byers Endowed Professorship in Esophageal Research.

 

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