Welcome From The Chair
I’m delighted to welcome you to the Department of Surgery website. I invite you to peruse the many facets of our Department described in this site – including our nationally and internationally respected faculty, the nature and scope of our surgical programs, our highly regarded residency programs and our exciting research endeavors that include basic, translational, outcomes and clinical research.
Presently, the Department of Surgery has 118 regular clinical and research faculty, covering eight specialties and numerous subspecialties. Many of them hold joint appointments in other Departments such as Bio-engineering, Orthopedic Surgery and others. The Department currently has 98 Residents and 14 ACGME accredited Fellows, 12 research and non-accredited Fellowship positions and numerous visiting scientists throughout the year. We welcome and have appointed 120 clinical faculty from throughout the community who, among other things, help us fulfill our education mission. In 2015 our surgical procedures and clinical visits were approximately 59,000. Clinical revenues were approximately $30 million.
Patient care is carried out on seven (7) locations: University of Washington Medical Center, (UWMC); Harborview Medical Center (HMC); Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA): Seattle Children’s Hospital, (SCH); Northwest Hospital, (NWH); Valley Medical Center (VMC); Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VA) and our Eastside Clinic. Within the Department of Surgery, our specialties cover General Surgery (Adult and Pediatric), Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult and Pediatric); Plastic Surgery (Adult and Pediatric); Transplant Surgery (Adult and Pediatric); and Vascular Surgery. In addition, the Department of Surgery encompasses Trauma Surgery and the region’s only Burn Center. The Trauma Burn and Critical Care programs are located at Harborview Medical Center, the premiere (and only) Level 1 Trauma Center in the region and a leading Trauma Center in the USA and internationally. Each of our specialty areas is on the leading edge.
With premier faculty, expanding facilities and technology and superb teamwork, we are able address every part of our Mission: to deliver excellent care to our patients, the finest education to our residents and fellows.
Our statistics tell one story, but perhaps the heart of our department is found in the dynamics of change, balanced by the ongoing commitment to provide quality healthcare using best practices. This is truly a balancing act; “new” is constantly in the air, and anything new both titillates and challenges us. As surgeons, we proceed with all deliberate haste to find new – that is, better – ways to provide qualitatively superior and cost-effective outcomes for our patients. It is exciting to hear and read about the “new” work that is being done in our field; at the same time, we are responsible for keeping the pace matched to the proven efficacy of these new advances.
We strive to stay in the forefront in our research, and the statistics support the fact that we are successful. In Fiscal Year 2014, Department of Surgery received 65 awards from both government and private sources totaling $11 million. At all times, we work to provide the kind of training that will carry out the clinical implications of our research in a responsible manner. We are strong in basic science research which has led to the better understanding of vascular biology, wound healing and ischemia reperfusion, to name a few. Our basic science research has been well-funded and nationally recognized, and continues to be at the core of the research enterprise in the Department. The Department has developed other areas of surgical research as well, particularly in health services research. Over the last several years surgical outcomes and health services research has become a transformative agent in surgical care and within the surgical community. Outcomes researchers help identify the best evidence to guide patient care and “translate” this research into practice and policy by working with surgeons, payers and purchasers of healthcare. The Department of Surgery has been at the forefront research and has a well-known and growing center devoted to this research, the Surgical Outcome Research Center (SORCE).
Teaching future surgeons is at the heart of our academic mission. Our residency and fellowship programs are vigorous and we continue to fill our program with the best and brightest future surgeons. Our programs consistently pass accreditation reviews with flying colors and have engaged in innovative restructuring opportunities to better meet the needs of graduate medical students. As in the other parts of our mission, we are devoted to innovation in teaching that meets the demands of our society the needs of our students and takes advantage of new technologies that assist teaching and learning. To that end the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) was established and has just completed its fifth year. WISH is a multi-disciplinary Center, located on multiple campuses, that has, as its primary goal, to provide leadership in the use of simulation technologies to improve the quality of health care education and improve patient safety and outcomes. The Department of Surgery is proud to be the Administrative home of WISH and to provide it with substantial faculty involvement in addition to administrative support.
Our Three-Part Mission
Our Department continues to focus on our three-part mission: we offer the best surgical care to patients and support of patients and their families; we conduct research to increase the body of medical knowledge and to improve the manner in which healthcare is delivered; finally we share this knowledge and teach future surgeons. As you peruse our website, we trust you understand the story of the Department of Surgery and will find information you are seeing and I would be happy to hear any comments you might have concerning any aspect of our Department.
Thank you for visiting our website.
Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd
The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
University of Washington
The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair
VA Healthcare (VAPHS);
Administration & Finance
Plastic Surgery (including Pediatric Plastic Surgery)
Assistant Director WISH
General Surgery and Manager, Research Enterprise; Communications
Finance Operations & Research Administration