Faculty Awards, Honors & Publications

(August 2018) Dr. Sara Javid, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has been introduced as a new associate editor for the JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Dr. Javid is a breast surgeon and health services researcher whose research areas of interest include shared decision-making for early-stage breast cancer, the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ, and disparities in surgical care among underrepresented populations. She has had an active role in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), of which SCCA is a member, for nine years. In 2010, she was appointed as the PI of SCCA’s NCCN Breast Outcomes Database and remained in that position until the closure of the database in 2015. In addition, Dr. Javid contributes annually to the NCCN Breast Cancer Treatment Guidelines, a panel vice-chaired by Dr. Benjamin Anderson.  Dr. Javid has also served as a reviewer for the JNCCN and is looking forward to this new position as an associate editor for JNCCN. MORE


(April 2018) The UW Medicine Patients are First Reward & Recognition Committee and the UW Medicine Cares Award Committee at the University of Washington Medical Center commend and congratulate Dr. Saurabh Khandelwal, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery, for being selected as one of the Spring 2018 Cares Award provider recipients. This award is based on UW Medicine’s Service Culture Guidelines, which are: respect privacy and confidentiality; communicate effectively; conduct myself professionally; be accountable; be committed to my colleagues and to UW Medicine.

The nomination for Saurabh reads:

"Dr. Khandelwal is a dedicated and compassionate provider whose attention to details and follow through saved my life. I work here, but I am also a patient. I had a rare complication from weight loss surgery known as a Peterson's hernia a few months ago, and if it were not for his knowledge and encouragement when it was discovered, I might have delayed treatment even further for a surgery that requires immediate attention. All of his team contributed to my care by the most efficient and tactful methods to get me the best outcome possible. I work here because of doctors like Dr. Khandelwal that do good work because of the lives they impact, and not just for the reimbursement. On the day of the surgery, he squeezed me into the end of his surgery schedule on a Friday afternoon for what he thought was going to be a short 45 minute surgery that ended up taking over 6 hours.  The way he practices medicine is a model for the next generation of surgeons, and he his humble manners and attention to detail deserve recognition. I am grateful to him for saving my life, but if this award is for work ethics and modeling good behaviors in the workplace, I can't think of anyone more impactful to patient outcomes and the culture."


(April 2018) Dr. Lorrie Langdale, Professor & Chief, Section of General Surgery, Veteran’s Affairs, Puget Sound Health Care System, received the 2018 UW Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty.

This award recognizes that School of Medicine faculty and trainees benefit significantly from the efforts of faculty mentors, and that the exceptional success of the UW Medicine enterprise in the areas of education, clinical care and research, derive from the immeasurable and critical contributions of our faculty mentors. Attributes of excellence in mentorship include a long-term commitment of mentoring and faculty development, wise counsel, and encouragement of mentees to develop autonomy as faculty members and independent scholars. The award also seeks to recognize those who are proactive in crating the next generation of leaders and mentors.

Comments from Dr. Bulger’s nomination letters:

“I will point out some of Dr. Langdale’s accomplishments that set a foundation for her consideration for a mentorship award. One relevant factor is the period of time that Dr. Langdale has been on faculty at the University of Washington. In her thirty plus years on faculty, Dr. Langdale has provided not just a depth of student and resident exposure and mentorship, but also a breadth in terms of the amount of time and the consistent dedication over thirty years to the development of women in medical school and women in residency, particularly in surgical residency. The Department of Surgery has an annual teaching award given from the residents to the faculty for the most outstanding educator across a surgical faculty of 8 divisions and approximately 120 faculty members. This John K. Stevenson Teaching Award is a high honor for any of our individual faculty to receive. Dr. Langdale has received this from our residents two times, representing her incredible commitment to resident education and our own resident’s recognition of her value as a mentor and educator.” — Dr. Douglas Wood, The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, UW Department of Surgery

“She serves as a role model and as a leader in several regional and national surgical societies including serving as President of the State chapter of the American College of Surgeons, President of the Seattle Surgical Society, Education Pilar lead for the ACS Board of Govenors and Treasurer of the Shock Society. She has paved the way for women in surgery seeking leadership opportunities and has been a resource for me in navigating the politics of academic medicine. We frequently attend the American College of Surgeons meetings together where she was instrumental in introducing me to key leaders and providing networking opportunities.” — Dr. Eileen Bulger, Professor & Chief, Trauma, Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Services, UW Department of Surgery

“Dr. Langdale has always been revered as an excellent clinician and surgeon and as one of only four female full professors in our department she is naturally looked to as a role model. However, what sets Dr. Langdale apart is her unwavering support of junior faculty both clinically and professionally. I am the only full time thoracic surgeon at the VA Puget Sound, which when I started two years ago seemed rather daunting and at times isolating. Prior to my first day at work Dr. Langdale pulled me aside to tell me that I should never feel alone. That she was always available for help or to talk something through. Since then she has become my sounding board for tough clinical questions, career development and when I just need someone to talk to. I am so fortunate to have Lorrie as a mentor, colleague and friend. I know my career will be the better for it and I only hope I can be as helpful to my future mentees as she has been to me.” — Dr. Kathleen Berfield, Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, UW Department of Surgery

“I first came under Dr. Langdale’s wing when I was an intern. During my first rotation as a resident she thoughtfully provided me with accurate, pointed, criticism of my behavior, and delivering this constructive criticism in such a genuinely caring way that the message was transformative, without any associated hard feelings. She has organized several wellness / team-building events for residents where she has funded from her own pocket group Pilates classes. Even among busy surgical residents these classes are well-attended because of the unanimous adoration of Dr. Langdale by the residents. While on research Dr. Langdale was the co-PI on several of my projects. She was invariably responsive, thoughtful, and thorough in her critique of project plans and manuscripts. She was ready and willing to utilize her well-established national-level contacts within professional societies to further our projects and help me to accomplish my goals.” — Dr. Lacy LaGrone, (R5), General Surgery, UW Department of Surgery


(November 2018) Dr. James Park, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery, published a brief update on current topics pertinent to surgical resection for hepatocellular carcinoma in his publication Surgical Resection in HCC. It highlights patient selection, perioperative surgical and anesthetic considerations, post-operative complications, with special emphasis on minimally invasive approaches and emerging technologies to enhance pre-operative planning and intra-operative visualization.




(May 2018) Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, Professor and Chief Medical Office, was honored with the title of doctor honoris causa by the Senate of the University of Athens. This honor recognizes Dr. Pellegrini for his significance and impact of his work in the scientist community. This is the highest honorary title awarded by the University of Athens recognizing outstanding performance in surgery.

(March 2018) Dr. Pellegrini received Seattle Business magazine's Leaders in Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award.




(July 2018) Dr. Elina Quiroga, Associate Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) this past summer at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. As part of this interdisciplinary training on global health issues, she performed her practicum evaluating the efficacy of simulation–based training in vascular surgery for general surgery residents in low– and middle–income countries. Her thesis assessed the current capabilities for evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular disease in Argentina, following the consensus recommendations for essential vascular care, using geographic population assessment. Dr. Quiroga would like to express her gratitude to the Department of Surgery, and especially the Division of Vascular Surgery, for their support to complete this MPH. She also would like to especially recognize her appreciation to Dr. Alberto Ferreres, Professor & Chair of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the team at the Bocalandro Hospital, as well the surgeons at the Argentinean College of Cardiovascular Surgery, for all their tireless work towards improving surgical care of vascular patients in Argentina.



(December 2018) Dr. Sherene Shalhub, Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Division, has been appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a member of its Advisory Panel on rare diseases. Dr. Shalhub will join other members of the panel in applying her experience and expertise to helping PCORI refine and prioritize the research it funds. She will also ensure that the research PCORI supports centers on the outcomes that matter to patients and other healthcare decision makers. PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.



(October 2018) Dr. Mika Sinanan, Professor, Division of General Surgery, has been selected as an American College of Surgeons’ B/G Executive Committee Member where he will serve as the Advocacy Pillar Lead. He was Chair, B/G Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup from 2015 to 2018.






(September 2018) Dr. Benjamin Starnes, The Alexander W. Clowes Endowed Chair, Professor and Chief of Division of Vascular Surgery, was elected to serve as the Western Vascular Society President Elect for the 2018/2019 academic year and will hold the position of President for the 2019/2020 year. The election was held on September 24th, 2018, at the 33rd annual society meeting at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, NM. Dr. Starnes first became a member of the Western Vascular Society in 2005. He has since held numerous positions within the society including Program Committee Chair and Recorder. Dr. Starnes expresses, “I am extremely humbled and honored to have been installed as President Elect for the Western Vascular Society. This prestigious society spans 14 Western American States and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Its members meet each year to share new techniques and discoveries to further advance the care of our patients.”



(January 2019) In honor of his outstanding work and significant contributions, Dr. Douglas Wood, The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, was presented a 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Membership Business Meeting.

An STS member since 1995, Dr. Wood has been a long-time volunteer. He has served on the Society’s Board of Directors as President and as Secretary, as well as held positions on other governance bodies, including the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Standards and Ethics Committee, Workforce on Health Policy, Reform and Advocacy, and Workforce on Critical Care. In addition, Dr. Wood currently is President of The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the Society’s charitable arm. MORE


(April 2018) Dr. Douglas Wood, was elected honorary member of Women in Thoracic Surgery at the 2018 American Association for Thoracic Surgery annual meeting. This honor is to commemorate his commitment to the promotion of women in surgery and in cardiothoracic surgery.