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This is the largest department in the University of Washington School of Medicine, with 14 divisions and more than 1000 full-time and over 1,200 voluntary clinical faculty members. Our faculty provide the highest quality of primary and subspecialty care for patients throughout the region. They train tomorrow's physicians in both the science and art of medicine with innovative programs at all levels, and they conduct basic, translational, and clinical research at the leading edge of biological science.
Dr. Christina Surawicz, professor (Gastroenterology) has been selected as the American College of Gastroenterology 2015 Samuel S. Weiss Award winner. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding career service to the American College of Gastroenterology.
The NIH Pain Consortium has selected the UW as one of the 11 Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to develop pain curricula. First selected in 2012, this award represents a continuation of funding for this important work. Chronic pain affects over 100 million Americans and costs up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity each year. Housed jointly in the schools of medicine and nursing, the center is co-led by Dr. David Tauben, clinical professor (General Internal Medicine).
Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, professor (Medical Oncology), was awarded $10 million by the National Human Genome Research Institute to create a new Center of Excellence in Genomic Science. The Center for Photogenomics will focus on developing revolutionary technologies to enable the rapid clinical translation of accelerating advances in epigenomics and functional genomics by replacing DNA sequencing with novel high-speed imaging approaches and chemistries. Other UW faculty involved are Andy Hoofnagle (Lab Medicine), Shreeram Akilesh (Pathology), Xiaohu Gao (Bioengineering), as well as collaborators from the University of Pennsylvania and Germany.
Education Award Named for Arno Motulsky
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education has been renamed the Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. The ASHG established the award in 1995 to recognize outstanding contributions to human genetics education. Barton Childs received the award in 1996 and Arno Motulsky in 1999. Dr. Motulsky established the Division of Medical Genetics in 1957 and is considered a pioneer in the field of medical genetics. He is known as the founder of the field of pharmacogenetics (the role of genetic variation in response to drugs). A renowned educator and mentor, he has trained numerous postdoctoral fellows, most of whom are now full professors at prestigious institutions around the world. One of his former post-doctoral fellows is Dr. Joseph Goldstein, a Nobel Prize winner. His textbook, Vogel and Motulsky’s Human Genetics, has been considered essential reading in the field since its first edition in 1982 and the 4th edition published in 2010, and he was a case study in the book: Good Mentoring: Fostering Excellent Practice in Higher Education, by Jeanne Nakamura and David J. Shernoff (2009). “Counting myself as one of Dr. Motulsky's mentees, I am so pleased to see him receive this recognition for both his text book and his meaningful contributions to many, many trainees,” said Dr. Gail Jarvik, head of the Division of Medical Genetics. “His generosity in investing in more junior scientists has certainly impacted many careers.”
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