UW Today | Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Wade Washington was just 15 years old when he got a phone call that changed his life: He was going to receive a kidney transplant. At birth, Washington was diagnosed with bilateral cystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that caused one kidney not to function properly and prevented…Read More
UW Medicine | Newsroom | Brian Donohue: email@example.com, 206.543.7856 UW Medicine is one of seven U.S. sites testing whether a warm-preservation system is as effective as puting organs on ice for travel. In 2015, UW Medicine in Seattle was first in a national study to transplant a heart that had traveled between donor and recipient in a blood-circulation machine instead…Read More
UW Medicine Newsroom / October 3, 2017 12 years – that’s how long benefits persist from the Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass weight-loss surgery, according to results of a multi-site U.S. study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. The procedure reduced diabetes, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and, most importantly, helped patients keep the weight off: 27 percent,…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: Sherene Shalhub, MD, MPH
The aorta is the largest artery that carries oxygen–rich blood from the heart to the body; an aortic dissection, a tear in the innermost layer of the aorta, is a painful and life–threatening condition that demands immediate medical attention. A dissection impairs blood flow to vital organs and can lead to full aortic rupture and death. High blood pressure is a common culprit in aortic dissection, but genetically triggered diseases that affect aortic wall integrity—such as Marfan syndrome and vascular Ehlers–Danlos syndrome—are also common factors. Although aortic dissection is somewhat rare, about 23,000 new cases of descending thoracic aortic dissection between the ages of 40 and 70 years old occur annually in the United States, making this the most common aortic catastrophe. Read more >>