Vol. 33, No. 1     Winter 2010
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Residents, Fellows and Ph.D.s

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Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Thomas Hawn, Res. ’98, Fel. ’01, assistant professor of medicine in UW Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of four scientists to receive the Burroughs Welcome Fund’s 2009 Clinical Science Award in Translational Research.

Family Medicine

  • David Acosta, Res. ’91, UW School of Medicine associate dean for multicultural affairs, has been named chair-elect by the newly formed Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion. Acosta, chosen by his peers, is the first chair from the Western region to be elected for this position. As chair-elect, Acosta will be involved with AAMC leadership on residency and faculty diversity, an important focus of the AAMC. With this group, the AAMC hopes to increase the numbers of students, residents and faculty from underrepresented groups in medicine and biomedical sciences, including those from racially and ethnically diverse groups or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or from geographic areas that lack educational opportunities necessary to prepare for medical school.
  • Suzanne Poppema, Res. ’77, appeared on CBS News in June 2009 in a segment on the assassination of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller at his church in Kansas.
  • Joseph E. Scherger, Res. ’78, has been named the new vice president for primary care at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Ailsa Hideg, Res. ’98, has launched “House Call,” a column in the Spokesman-Review, which will dispense practical advice about health and fitness for the Spokane, Wash., area. Hideg also served as assistant medical director for the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Genetics

  • Jeffrey Jarvik, Fel. ’90, professor of radiology and neurological surgery, was one of the senior authors for a study published in the September 2009 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine on limiting the use of vertebroplasty, a procedure in which bone cement is injected into the vertebra to stabilize it.

Gerontology and Geriatrics

  • Wayne McCormick, Fel. ’90, Res., ’91, a professor in UW Medicine’s Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, is the program director of the yearlong Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, a cooperative effort between the UW School of Medicine and Providence Hospital of Seattle. Pacific Northwest physicians can obtain intensive training and board certification in palliative medicine and hospice care through the program. McCormick says, “This will definitely help grow the area of palliative care in this region and throughout the United States. It’s a giant step forward in helping patients at the end of their lives — and their families, too.”

Internal Medicine

  • J. Randall Curtis, Res. ’00, professor in UW Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was one of approximately 40 physicians invited to the White House to advise presidential health policy advisors on national health-care reform.
  • Erika Goldstein, Res. ’84, professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and founding director of the School of Medicine’s renowned Colleges program, received the 2009 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the most prominent awards in academic medicine, from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Goldstein is well known for her dedication and innovation in medical education and has been recognized multiple times with teaching awards; her AAMC citation reads, “Dr. Goldstein truly stands in a class by herself.” Goldstein accepted the award at a dinner at the national AAMC meeting in Boston in early November.
  • William N. Grady, Res. ’92, associate professor in UW Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, and John A. Stamatoyannopoulos, M.D. ’95, Fel. ’00, assistant professor in the Department of Genome Sciences, were among the 79 people elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2009.
  • Douglas S. Paauw, Res. ’88 and ’89, professor of medicine in UW Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine, has been elected a master of the American College of Physicians. Mastership is bestowed on select ACP fellows in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments and service to the college. Dr. Paauw holds the Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-Centered Clinical Education.
  • Roger Rosenblatt, Res. ’72 (internal medicine), Res. ’74 (family medicine), was mentioned in a Sept. 9, 2009 article in the The New York Times. The article addressed President Obama’s speech on health reform to the joint session of Congress.

Neurology

  • Roozbeh Kiani, Ph.D. ’09, co-authored an article presenting the results of studying monkeys and video games. The article, “Representation of Confidence Associated with a Decision by Neurons in the Parietal Cortex,” was published in the May 8, 2009 issue of Science.

Pathology

  • Tina Albertson, Ph.D. ’09, an instructor in pediatric hematology and oncology, received a career development award from St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer.

Surgery

  • Ron Maier, Res. ’78, is being honored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for his contribution to graduate medical education at the ACGME’s conference in March 2010. Maier, surgeon-in-chief at Harborview Medical Center, vice chair of surgery, and program director for UW Medicine’s Surgical Critical Care Fellowship program, is receiving the ACGME’s 2010 Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, given to distinguished residency program directors.

 

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