Diana Farmer receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Diana L. Farmer, chair of the Department of Surgery has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This award recognizes and rewards School of Medicine scholars who excel in mentoring and thus contribute to the success of the faculty and UC Davis Health System. A mentor plays a critical role in the successful development of others to realize their full academic potential. Dr. Farmer will receive her award on March 19, 2014 at the Dean's Recognition Reception.
Richard Bold receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence
Richard J. Bold, surgical oncologist and researcher, has won the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence. This award recognizes Dr. Bold's outstanding contributions as a transformative leader in the mission of clinical care. Dr. Bold will receive his award on March 19, 2014 at the Dean's Recognition Reception.
Cooke receives Pipeline to Proposals Award
David T. Cooke, assistant professor of general thoracic surgery and one of the health system's social media champions, has been awarded a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Tier 1 Pipeline to Proposals Award. The $15,000 grant is designed to improve clinical and functional postoperative lung cancer surgery outcomes through focus groups, Twitter chats and development of a community stake-holder advisory panel. Debora Paterniti, adjunct professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Sociology, will be the co-investigator.
Christoph Troppmann appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research
Christoph Troppmann, M.D., professor of Transplant Surgery was appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research. He recently presented at a joint Association for Academic Surgery and Italian National Surgical Society sponsored Career Advancement Course held in Turin, Italy, bringing recognition to our department nationally and internationally.
Kent Lloyd elected as AAAS fellow
Kevin C. Kent Lloyd, professor of surgery for the UC Davis School of Medicine and director of UC Davis’ Mouse Biology Program, was recognized for scientific advances in the development and application of genetically altered mouse models for biomedical research on disease, developmental disorders and behavioral abnormalities. His work ranges from studies of single-gene products to genome-wide analysis in knockout mice, and his accomplishments reflect innovations in mouse mutagenesis, embryonic stem cell derivation and manipulation, cryopreservation and phenotyping. Read the full story.
Khatri appointed as Medical Director-Clinical Resource Utilization Management
October 31, 2013
Vijay P. Khatri, professor of surgery, has been appointed to the newly created position of Medical Director-Clinical Resource Utilization Management, effective Nov. 1.
In his new position, Khatri will be responsible for working with the medical staff and leadership for the oversight of appropriate utilization and efficiency of UC Davis Medical Center resources and systems, while maintaining high-quality and safe patient care. His responsibilities also will include ensuring that medical staff engages with and responds to issues from the Medical Officer of the Day program, Transfer Center, Clinical Case Management and the Referral Center. He will lead efforts to maximize bed utilization at times of high census.
The scope of his responsibility ultimately will include these other areas:
- Appropriateness of admission
- Denials and appeals
- Length of stay
- Over-and under-utilization of services, including lab and radiology, case management and care coordination
Khatri will work with nursing supervisors to identify daily resource-utilization triggers and develop effective interventions to promote resource-utilization awareness, patient access and patient flow, and to communicate issues involving these processes with attending physicians and residents.
He will help clinical departments identify projects aligned with the national "Choosing Wisely Campaign" to help educate staff about matching efficiency and effectiveness in clinical care. He will report to the chief medical officer and have a wide collaborative leadership role across the hospital and clinics.
Khatri's first project will be the recently constituted, hospital-wide Performance Excellence project on patient flow. Its goal is to reduce lengths of stay by reducing the time patients spend in the emergency department waiting for an inpatient bed or to be taken to the operating room, and by improving processes across the continuum of care at the medical center.
Amy L. Rahm M.D. joins the Department of Surgery
Dr. Rahm joined us in September after completing her pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles-USC. Prior to her fellowship, she completed her cardiothoracic surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2012 and her general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in 2009.
Dr. Rahm earned her medical degree from University of Tennessee in 2004.
Dr. Rahm specializes in the treatment of complex congenital heart disease and chest-wall anomalies in newborns and children. She sees patients in the Glassrock Building.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rahm to the Department of Surgery.
Khatri named Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Oncology journal
Vijay P. Khatri, professor in the Department of Surgery, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Oncology, an international academic medical journal.
Khatri, a surgical oncologist with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, will lead the peer-reviewed journal, which has headquarters in England.
“It’s a great honor to be selected as editor-in-chief,” said Khatri. “Our goal is to really be a resource for community cancer centers, as well as academic centers. This is a great opportunity to lead a journal to the next level, to expand, and be innovative.”
Khatri is the author of a leading surgery textbook, “Atlas of Advanced Operative Surgery” and more than 85 journal articles. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology and is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the European Society of Surgical Oncology.
Khatri manages a broad spectrum of cancers, but his clinical interests are in rectal carcinoma and primary and metastatic liver cancer. He is also director of Faculty Development and Mentoring for the UC Davis Department of Surgery.
Michael J. Campbell M.D. joins the Department of Surgery
October 13, 2013
We are pleased to announce Dr. Michael J. Campbell joined the Department of Surgery as an endocrine surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology and in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Dr. Campbell specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic disorders.
Dr. Campbell joined us at UC Davis in August after completing his fellowship in endocrine surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He completed his general surgery residency at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle Washington in 2012 after attending medical school here at UC Davis.
Dr. Campbell will see patients in the Cypress Building and at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, he will see patients at the UC Davis Medical Group office in Elk Grove.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Campbell back to UC Davis and to the Department of Surgery. To read the full article on Dr. Campbell, click here.
Aaron D. Carr, M.D. joins the Department of Surgery
Dr. Carr joined us in August after completing his minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship here at UC Davis. He came from Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta Georgia, where he completed his residency in general surgery in 2012.
A 2002 magna cum laude graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Carr earned his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2007.
Dr. Carr specializes in general surgery and is skilled at performing robot-assisted procedures and in bariatric surgery. He sees patients in the Cypress Building.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Carr to the Department of Surgery.
Benson Won, M.P.H., CAO for the Department of Surgery
Benson Won is the chief administrative officer for the Department of Surgery. In this role, he is responsible for assessing the department’s current market position and competitors, identifying new clinical markets to generate new revenue and referral opportunities and developing strategic business plans for program initiatives and expansion. He oversees the department’s functional area managers in carrying out department goals.
Before joining UC Davis, Won was the administrator for the departments of Surgery and of Plastic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. There, he managed the administrative functions of the departments, including fiscal management, budgets, billing and collections, clinical operations, staff and academic personnel administration and research-related contracts and grants administration. He worked in similar positions at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, supporting its divisions of General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Oncology. He was also practice manager for its Department of Ophthalmology.
Won received bachelor degrees in Biological Sciences and Social Ecology from UC Irvine and his master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from UCLA. Won serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators.
Young selected for national surgery education advisory board
March 27, 2013
J. Nilas Young, chief of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the UC Davis cardiothoracic surgery residency training program, has been selected to serve a two-year term as a member of the advisory board of the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education.
The goals of the council are to define and improve cardiothoracic surgical resident training and continuing medical education for practicing cardiothoracic surgeons. According to Young, one of the council's most pressing challenges is to evolve cardiothoracic surgery residencies into programs that link general and specialty training right out of medical school, providing essential skills more quickly and reducing overall training time.
“Offering specialty training earlier is key to the success of today’s surgeons, who need broader medical and surgical skill sets than they have in the past,” said Young. “I look forward to helping our specialty set the national standards for that integrated approach.”