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Grand Rounds

September 18, 2014

Dr. Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett

"Public health and health care transformation"

Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH 
Senior Lecturer, Health Services 
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Director, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice



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King Wins Lasker Award

Dr. Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine (Medical Genetics) and genome sciences, has received a prestigious Lasker award. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards are referred to as the “American Nobels” in medical science. Dr. King won the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science.

The Lasker foundation selected Dr. King for her “bold, imaginative, and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights—she discovered the BRCA1 gene locus that causes hereditary breast cancer and deployed DNA strategies that reunite missing persons or their remains with their families.”

Dr. Mary-Claire King

OpenNotes to launch in October
OpenNotes is a national initiative working to give patients access to the visit notes written by their doctors, nurses or other clinicians. In the last three years more than 100 primary care doctors from three medical institutions began sharing notes online with their patients, as part of the study to explore how sharing notes may affect health care. “The great majority of patients who read their doctors' notes said they better understood their health and medical conditions and felt more in control of their care,” said Dr. Joann Elmore, who led the study in Seattle at Harborview. OpenNotes will be available to people who receive outpatient care at all UW Medicine clinics and hospitals in October.

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