By – Patrick K. Kim MD, FACS Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCS Ed (Hon.) presented the 43rd William T. Fitts, Jr, MD, Lecture at the 76th Annual Meeting of American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery in September 2017. The Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor…Read More
Dr. Jeff Avansino Appointed VP & Medical Director of Surgical Services, Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Dr. Jeff Avansino, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric General Surgery, UW School of Medicine was recently named vice president and medical director of Surgical Services and Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). In this new role, Jeff will provide medical leadership and oversight for Surgical Services. He will also be…Read More
The National Trauma Institute (NTI), a nonprofit organization that advocates for increased federal funding for trauma research and research infrastructure to reduce death and disability, elected five new members to its Board of Directors this month, including Dr. Eileen Bulger. Dr. Bulger is Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She has previously…Read More
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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 >>