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Grand Rounds

April 2, 2015

Dr. Bessie Young

"The Association between Determinants of Health and Kidney Disease in African Americans"

Bessie Young, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
UW School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor
Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services
UW School of Public Health

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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Dr. Claudia Finkelstein, clinical associate professor (General Internal Medicine) has been named Director of Faculty Wellness for the School of Medicine. She co-chairs the Faculty Wellness Committee, heads the Peer Support program, and directs an education outreach program. Her educational training series includes events, workshops and two extended-training series: Mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation Training.

Dr. Jeremy Branzetti, acting assistant professor (Emergency Medicine) is the recipient of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Faculty Teaching Award. This award recognizes the contributions of a junior faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to teaching and the education of emergency medicine residents.

Dr. Timothy Dellit, associate professor (Allergy and Infectious Diseases) has been appointed medical director of Alaska Airlines. He will provide consultation in infectious diseases and infection control, and help coordinate training and response to emerging health threats.

Dr. Jasmine Zia, acting instructor (Gastroenterology), and a team of faculty in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Human Centered Design and Engineering, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, have received a UW Innovation Research Award in Biomedical Sciences for their project “A Connected Approach to Personalized Mobile Health.” They are building tools to use on a mobile device that let patients enter data about their habits and behaviors related to particular health problem.

The UW Innovation Awards are meant to fuel innovative research and education that address problems of humanity and increase public awareness of academic innovation.

Dr. Michael Sayre, professor (Emergency Medicine) has been appointed Medical Director of the Seattle Fire Department. The Medical Director of the Seattle Fire Department is responsible for the oversight of more than 70,000 patients cared for by the 1,000 uniformed Seattle Firefighters and 70 paramedics and is responsible for ongoing QA and research to improve delivery of care to these patients.

During the 45 years of the Medic One program, Sayre is only the third physician to hold the position following Drs. Leonard Cobb and Michael Copass. Sayre is also medical director of Seattle Medic One and program director of the UW’s first EMS fellowship program to train medical directors.

Drs. Jeffrey Chamberlain, professor (Medical Genetics) and Rainer Storb, professor (Medical Oncology) were elected a Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers, recognizing meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.


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