The first thing you notice about Hudson Hill is his hair. He has a full, thick head of hair seen on few children. Then you notice his big eyes and expressive smile. But the tube running out of his nose quickly registers. And there, is of course, the hospital bed. Hudson is a patient at Seattle Children’s…Read More
Dr. Sherene Shalhub, Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, received a PCORI Tier A Pipeline to Proposal award for her project entitled “Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) Research Agenda Collaboration.” This one-year project started in October 2017 and provides $50,000 to form a team that will include patients with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS), clinicians, and researchers with…Read More
CLINICAL CONGRESS 2017 NEWS | OCTOBER 2017 Ronald. V. Maier, MD, FACS, the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery, vice-chairman, department of surgery, and professor of surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the Annual Business Meeting of the Members…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 >>