Department of Surgery News

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike Receives 2018 Harkins’ Society Distinguished Alumnus Award

October 16, 2018 The Harkins’ Society was started in 1955 to honor our first department Chair, Henry N. Harkins on the evening of his 50th birthday celebration. It has since grown to our Department of Surgery’s alumni association with members including faculty, former chief residents and fellows. The Harkins’ Society and its members strive to…

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Dr. Benjamin Starnes Elected to Serve as Western Vascular Society President Elect

Monday, October 1, 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,…

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The Transformer UW Medicine Podcast — Episode 3: Cookbook Medicine: A Recipe for Success?

August 28, 2018 Are standardized pathways just “cookbook medicine?” UW Medicine Chief Medical Officer Carlos Pellegrini and Drs. Heidi Gray and Venu Pillarisetty take a deep dive into building roadmaps and repeatable models for common clinical procedures that are key to care transformation and implementing the “UW Medicine Way.”

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Dr. Kristine Calhoun Accepts Position as Director of Medical Student Surgical Education

August 28, 2018 Dear Colleagues, It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Kristine Calhoun has accepted the position of the Director of Medical Student Surgical Education for the Department of Surgery, assuming oversight for all rotation sites and specialty rotations. Dr. Calhoun has been working in surgical education since 2007, when she became…

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#ilooklikeasurgeon Artwork by Andrea Gahl Highlighted in JAMA Network

August 17, 2018 The Department of Surgery highlighted artwork by Andrea Gahl, trauma nurse coordinator at Harborview Medical Center, in the Spring 2018 Surgery Synopsis issue, in the article “#ilooklikeasurgeon Art,” for her paintings promoting and respecting diversity in the surgical community. Andrea’s artwork has now been highlighted in a JAMA Network article “Deck the…

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Woman receives second heart transplant at UW — 27 years after first

Seattle KIRO 7 News By: Amy Clancy Updated: Aug 9, 2018 – 6:45 PM   In the late 1980s while living on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Victoria Doyle knew something was seriously wrong. She couldn’t run, had strange heart rates and lived in fear of passing out, especially while driving. “I really thought I’d be dead by 30,”…

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