The Huddle | February 12, 2018 I’m always amazed at what we can do in the operating room. We can stop an organ donor’s heart, remove it from their body, pack it in ice, transport it 1,500 miles, stitch it into someone else’s body, and…it beats! It’s truly awe-inspiring. I’ve seen observers and medical students…Read More
Dr. Bryce Robinson, Associate Medical Director, Critical Care, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Surgery, at the new member poster session at the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). His poster was a summation of three studies investigating early, modifiable risks factors for the development of lung injury after injury. In…Read More
The Seattle Times | Originally published February 7, 2018 at 6:00 am Updated February 7, 2018 at 8:06 am | By Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times staff reporter Just before 3 a.m., the distress call came in to the Coast Guard’s Small Boat Rescue Station in Seattle: A young woman and another person were on a weather-battled paddleboat in the…Read More
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 - 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.
Douglas E. Wood MD, FACS, FRCSEd
The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair
As one of the premier surgical training programs in the country, the University of Washington Department of Surgery fosters trainees along their path to independent surgical practice. Residents engage with local, national, and international surgical leaders as they master clinical and technical skills in their respective fields. Our graduates demonstrate excellence in clinical medicine, research, and leadership across a broad range of practice settings.
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Featured Researcher: Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD
Since joining the Department of Surgery in 2012, Dr. Danielle Lavallee’s work has focused on advancing methods to incorporate the patient perspective into both clinical care and research activities through the capture of patient–reported outcomes (PROs) and active patient engagement.
Dr. Lavallee’s interests stem from her experience practicing as a pharmacist while obtaining her PhD at the University of Maryland. “I constantly fielded questions from people that were framed in such a manner that existing evidence couldn’t answer them. Either they wanted to know how disparate therapies compared – often a medication to a more holistic treatment approach – or how a certain treatment would affect outcomes not captured in traditional research, such as quality of life or time away from work.” PRO measures provide insight on experienced symptoms, function, health status, quality of life, and mental well–being, and are an important first step in addressing these types of patient concerns. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Lavallee has supported the efforts of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Translation Network (CERTAIN) to capture data directly from patients to support quality improvement and research initiatives, including the development of CERTAIN Hub – a web–based portal supporting real–time capture and reporting of PRO data to both patients and providers. MORE