Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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News From UW Medicine

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Our website also provides a wealth of information regarding health services and other resources. We also recommend Patient Power, explained at the bottom of this page.

Honors

  • The UW School of Medicine was ranked first among primary-care medical schools in the country for the 17th consecutive year, according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs published April 15 by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News also ranked the quality of teaching programs in specific areas and, among other honors, the School ranked first in family medicine and first in rural medicine for the 19th year in a row. 
  • Michael J. Bevan, Ph.D., UW professor in the Department of Immunology, was awarded the Novartis Prize for Immunology in basic science in August. 
  • William A. Catterall, Ph.D., UW professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology, received the 2010 Canada Gairdner Award, one of the world’s top awards for medical research. 
  • Nelson Fausto, M.D., UW professor and chair of the Department of Pathology, received the American Society for Investigative Pathology’s highest honor, the Gold-Headed Cane Award, in April. 
  • David M. Heimbach, M.D., UW professor in the Department of Surgery, received the 2010 Tanner-Vandeput-Boswick Burn Prize, given every four years, from the International Burn Foundation. 
  • Thomas E. Norris, M.D., Fel. ’89, vice dean for academic affairs at the UW School of Medicine and UW professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was elected vice chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in March. 
  • Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D., UW assistant professor in the Department of Genome Sciences, was one of 21 research scientists in the United States and Canada to receive a young investigator award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 2010. 
  • F. Bruder Stapleton, M.D., Res. ’74, the Ford/Morgan Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and the chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, will become president of the American Pediatric Society
    in May 2011.

Research

  • The UW has launched a new biomedical research enterprise, the Center for Systems and Translational Research on Infectious Disease (STRIDE). The center brings together more than 40 scientists in many areas of infectious diseases research; its researchers are applying the latest in systems analysis and computing biology to find clinically useful defenses against difficult infectious diseases. 
  • According to a new study from the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and collaborators at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, the number of women worldwide dying from pregnancy-related causes has dropped by more than 35 percent in the past 30 years. 
  • New approaches to DNA sequencing have resulted in the discovery of 2,363 new DNA sequences that correspond to 730 regions on the human genome. Jeffrey M. Kidd, Ph.D. ’10, a former student in the lab of Evan E. Eichler, Ph.D., UW professor in the Department of Genome Sciences, was lead author of the associated article, which appeared in Nature Methods; Eichler was the senior author. 
  • Scientific evidence that links air pollution to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death has substantially strengthened. Epidemiologists Joel D. Kaufman, M.D., MPH ’90, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine, and David Siscovick, M.D., Res. ’79, UW professor in the Department of Medicine, co-authored a statement to this effect from the American Heart Association. 
  • A group of researchers led by Charles E. Murry, M.D., Res. ’92, Ph.D., UW professor in the Department of Pathology and the Department of Bioengineering, co-director of the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, and Arra and Eva Woods Endowed Professor, has received a $12.6 million grant to fund research in stem cells and cardiovascular repair from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 
  • A multidisciplinary team of UW researchers conducted a study of adults who have experienced traumatic brain injury and found that 53 percent of the subjects developed major depression in the year following their injury. These findings were published in the May 19 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) issue on mental health. 
  • Dedra S. Buchwald, M.D., UW professor in the Department of Medicine, was awarded a five-year, $10.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new Center for Native Population and Health Disparities (CNPHD), part of an effort to better understand and address inequities associated with cancer and heart disease. 
  • A research consortium has discovered new evidence that Parkinson’s disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin; their work was published online in Nature Genetics. Cyrus P. Zabetian, Res., UW associate professor in the Department of Neurology, was one of the study’s clinical directors.

Patient Care

  • In June, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) was ranked among the nation’s finest hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals;” it ranked No. 12 overall. Several UW Medicine programs were ranked highly, including: rehabilitation, based at UWMC and Harborview Medical Center (3); cancer (5); orthopaedics, based at Harborview (12) and at UWMC (16); ear, nose and throat (13); geriatrics, based at Harborview (13), kidney disorders (14), pulmonology (15), diabetes and endocrinology (15), gynecology (19), neurology/neurosurgery, based at Harborview and UWMC (19), rheumatology (21), psychiatry (24), and urology (30). 
  • Harborview Medical Center received the 2009 “Hospital of the Year” award from SightLife, the regional eye bank for Washington, Northern Idaho, Montana and parts of California. 
  • The UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics were awarded the Physician Practice Connections® Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PPC-PCMH™) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The clinics were one of only three organizations within the state of Washington to obtain the Medical Home Recognition.

Education

  • On Saturday, June 5, 169 students graduated with an M.D. from the UW School of Medicine — and went on to residency training in communities throughout the U.S. and the world. 
  • The UW Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program, now in its 11th year, received a four-year, $2.2 million renewal grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The program’s goal is to increase the number of under-represented minority students graduating in target bioscience areas (such as biochemistry, biology and microbiology) and pursuing graduate, biomedical doctoral and medical/doctoral programs. 
  • In July, Neuroscience for Kids won a prestigious SPORE (Science Prize for Online Resources in Education) award from Science magazine. Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., UW research associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering created the site in 1997.

WWAMI News

  • Addressing the need for more pediatric residencies (and more pediatric care in remote areas), Richard Shugerman, M.D., Res. ’87, UW adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and F. Bruder Stapleton, M.D., Res. ’74, the Ford/Morgan Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and the chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, and their colleagues are developing a pediatric residency track in Alaska. 
  • Beginning in July 2011, the Boise, Idaho, VA Medical Center — in collaboration with St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center — will offer a three-year internal medicine residency. The VA has been a track within the School of Medicine’s internal medicine residency since 1977.

Patient Power

Patient Power radio programs connect listeners with UW physician experts and inspiring patients from Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center and UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics. Physicians from this month’s features appear on Patient Power, as do a number of our alumni.

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