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Grand Rounds

May 28, 2015

Dr. Stephan Fihn


“Big Data in Health Care: Promise and Perils”

Stephan D. Fihn, M.D., MPH, FACP
Professor and Division Head
Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, Office of Analytics and
Business Intelligence
Veterans Health Administration


Grand Rounds are held from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursdays in the Health Sciences Building, Room T-625. They are telecast live to Room 121 of the Research & Training Building at Harborview Medical Center, to the Orin Smith Auditorium at South Lake Union, and to the VA at American Lake (Bldg. 81, Rm. 1132) and Seattle (Bldg. 100, Rm. 4B-102), and select other locations.

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The 2015 Evans Awards went to resident Emily Waner and student Peter Bulger. The Robert S. Evans Awards are presented to the second-year medicine resident and the graduating student who most clearly reflect the qualities of warmth, understanding, and concern for human welfare exemplified by Dr. Evans, who was chief of medicine at the Seattle VA for many years.

New Dermatology Division Head

The department is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Nghiem as the new head of the Division of Dermatology and holder of the George F. Odland Endowed Chair in Dermatology, effective April 1. Nghiem follows in the steps of Dr. George Odland, who led the division for 26 years; Dr. John Olerud, who led the division for 23 years; and Dr. Phil Fleckman, who has been the acting head since February 2014.

After growing up in the Olympia, Washington area, Dr. Nghiem moved out east and received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Harvard and his MD/PhD in 1994 from Stanford. He completed his internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and dermatology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. From 1997 to 2002 he was a Howard Hughes Physician Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. During this time he also held an appointment as an instructor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. From 2002 to 2005, he was an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and was appointed Clinical Director, Cutaneous Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2004.
Dr. Paul Nghiem

Dr. Nghiem was recruited to the University of Washington in 2006, and appointed assistant professor in the Division of Dermatology and affiliate investigator in the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He was also named director of the Skin Oncology Clinical Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). He was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2012. He holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Pathology and Oral Health Sciences. In 2011, he was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Michael W. Piepkorn Endowed Chair in Dermatology Research.

Dr. Nghiem is known for his outstanding research, for his enthusiastic, knowledgeable, approachable and dynamic patient-oriented teaching activities, and as an excellent physician. He is also an exceptional role model and has mentored over 45 trainees. His research interests involve cutaneous neoplasms, particularly Merkel cell carcinoma. He is an established international expert on Merkel cell carcinoma and has been a world leader in establishing the widely accepted guidelines for staging of this malignancy, describing prognostic features of the disease and studying the basic pathogenesis of the disease.

Congratulations to Dr. John Olerud, professor emeritus and former head of the Division of Dermatology, who was selected as the recipient of the 2015 University of Washington School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes alumni whose professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public and brought honor to their alma mater.


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