Department of Surgery News

Opioid deaths are preventable — don’t NIMBY treatment centers

The Seattle Times | Author Dr. Kathryn M. Stadeli, Research Resident, UW Department of Surgery | November 8, 2018 “By bringing treatment to those who need it, we could help not only those individuals, but also the families and communities most affected by the opioid crisis.” Seven-hundred Washingtonians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017. Synthetic fentanyl, the…

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Why being fit for surgery makes all the difference

UW Medicine Newsroom | December 28, 2018 Surgical oncologist Venu G. Pillarisetty talks about why resting before surgery is the worst thing you can do. Dr. Pillarisetty is senior author of study published in PLOS One finds that finds exercise and eating well before surgery can make a real difference. The study found that 64…

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Dr. Sherene Shalhub Appointed PCORI Advisory Panel Member

December, 14, 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…

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Soundbites: Surgeons’ paper on firearms

UW Medicine Newsroom | November 14, 2018 “We see firearm injuries here every week. They’re exceedingly common, and they’re heartbreaking,” says Eileen Bulger, UW Medicine’s chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center and professor of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In downloadable video soundbites (3:58, with b-roll), Bulger provides context to a…

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Scheduled for surgery? Time to hit the trail!

UW Medicine Newsroom | December 18, 2018 Doctors are increasingly urging patients to bolster their physical health before going under the knife. Got a surgery coming up? Get out and walk. Your surgeon wants you fit. “Instead of calling it ‘rehab,’ call it ‘pre-hab,’ says Venu G. Pillarisetty, associate professor of surgery at the University…

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Segment: Surgeons recount military experiences

UW Medicine Newsroom | November 9, 2018 Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who have served our country. Niten Singh and Ben Starnes, UW Medicine vascular surgeons, were deployed multiple times over 30 years of collective military service. They share their story, describing how their mission and purpose have persisted even though their…

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