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ASPS Plastic Surgery News presents Pu in the Surgeon Spotlight

August 2014

Lee L. Q. Pu, M.D.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery News (January/February issue) presented Lee L. Q. Pu in the Surgeon Spotlight. Between enjoying working as an academic plastic surgeon and his family's photograph-filled vacations, Dr. Pu found time to answer questions for PSN. [read more]

   



Wisner selected as Associate Director of the Practice Management Board

July 2014

David Wisner, M.D.

David H. Wisner, professor and vice chair of Surgery, was recently appointed as the Associate Medical Director of the UC Davis Health System Practice Management Board, or PMB. The PMB is responsible for coordinating the clinical work done by the School of Medicine departments. Dr. Wisner will be involved with the Access Initiative, clinical documentation improvement, preparing for ICD-10, and the implementation of key elements of the recently created PMB strategic plan.

 



Utter awarded contract for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators"

July 2014

Garth Utter, M.D.

Garth H. Utter, associate professor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, has been awarded the contract for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators."

 

 

 



Bold authors study on pancreatic surgery and hospital costs

July 2014

Richard Bold, M.D.

Richard J. Bold, professor and chief of surgical oncology at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is lead author of a newly published study entitled "Outcomes of Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Where Should We Focus Our Efforts on Improving Outcomes?" Using outcomes from patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy at UCDMC, the study showed that patients with complications drove up the total average cost of postoperative care far more dramatically than any difference in hospital length of stay.

  



Canter authors study on RVUs and outcomes in general surgery

July 2014

Robert Canter, M.D.

Robert J. Canter, M.D. and other members of the surgical oncology division published a study in the August edition of The Journal of Surgical Research examining the relationship of relative value units, or RVUs, to other measures of the work involved to perform those procedures. Their analysis revealed wide variability between RVUs and indicators of surgical work and suggested that more objective ways for determining the value of work done by surgeons are needed. The full text of the manuscript can be viewed here.

 



Sahar is invited speaker at UTHSCSA

June 2014

David Sahar, M.D.

David Sahar, M.D., plastic and reconstructive surgeon and research scientist at the Department of Surgery's Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory, was invited on June 20th to speak at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) as part of Visiting Professor Lecture Series. His topic was "Free Tissue Transplantation at UC Davis Medical Center."  Dr. Sahar also gave the commencement address to the plastic surgery graduating class on June 21st at the graduation dinner on "Starting Out: Academic Practice."

 



Khatri receives MBA with help from health system scholarship

June 2014

Vijay Khatri, M.D.Surgical oncologist Vijay P. Khatri graduated from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management through a program in which UC Davis Health System pays for part of its employees’ tuition fees.

Dr. Khatri received his MBA degree from the school earlier this month. He was enrolled in the Graduate School of Medicine’s part-time MBA program for three years.

"This scholarship program is a metaphor for a broader commitment we have as a health system to workforce development," said Fred Meyers, vice dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. "In close partnership with Human Resources, we aim to tailor our workforce training strategies to individual needs that are mutually beneficial to our faculty and staff and health system, thereby promoting our strategy of excellence in people."



Aijun Wang, Ph.D awarded 2014 Children’s Miracle Network grant

June 2014

Aijun Wang, Ph.D. Aijun Wang’s proposal “Beyond the Scalpel: Tissue Engineering to Treat Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia” received the highest score this year and has received the Tony Phillips Research Award.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a severe birth defect in which the diaphragm – the muscle that expands and contracts the lungs- incompletely develops. The resulting hole in the muscle allows the internal organs to herniate into the chest cavity, compressing the lungs and stunting their development. One of every three newborns with this devastating condition dies, and the survivors suffer debilitating complications for the rest of their lives. With the support of the Children’s Miracle Network, Dr. Wang and his team are working to develop a stem cell derived muscle patch that can be surgically implanted to repair the defect and restore function to the diaphragm, so that children born with CDH not only survive, but thrive. 

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Junichiro Sageshima, M.D. joins the Division of Transplant Surgery

June 2014

Junichiro Sageshima, M.D.We are pleased to announce Dr. Junichiro Sageshima has joined the Transplant Center faculty as an attending surgeon. Dr. Sageshima joins us from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital where he has worked as an attending transplant surgeon since 2006. Prior to that, he completed surgical, transplant surgical, and research training at Tokyo Women's Hospital, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Miami. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in diverse topics related to transplantation and immunology. We are excited to have him as part of the transplant team at UC Davis. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sageshima to the Department of Surgery.



David Cooke, M.D., honored at esophageal cancer fundraiser

May 2014

David T. Cooke, M.D.The Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation held a gala on April 29 in New York City to raise awareness of esophageal cancer and the importance of funding research for this disease. Dr. David Cooke of the UC Davis Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was honored during the event as part of the foundation's seven-member medical advisory committee responsible for identifying research projects that could lead to earlier detection and treatment.

 



[Perspectives] Diana Farmer: pioneer for fetal surgery

April 2014

Diana Farmer, M.D.It's a moment any prospective parent would dread. Your unborn child has been diagnosed with a congenital birth defect, and has a slim chance of survival unless surgeons can operate while your child is still in the womb.

[From Lancet.com, view the full article]

 

 

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Dhillon selected for 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff

April 2014

Tejveer Dhillon, M.D.Surgery resident, Tejveer Dhillon, M.D. has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff in the Department of Surgery by the Class of 2014 students.

Dr. Dhillon will receive his award at the Student-Faculty Awards Luncheon on May 28, 2014. Congratulations Dr. Dhillon. 

 

 



Galante named chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

April 2014

Joseph Galante, M.D.Joseph Galante, M.D. has been named chief of the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery effective April 7, 2014.

Dr. Galante has demonstrated outstanding leadership during this transition period serving as Trauma Medical Director and interim division chief in addition to his role as vice chair for Education in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Galante was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Temple University. He has a long track record of leadership and scholarship, receiving numerous undergraduate honors for academic achievement; serving for three years as class president at Temple, being selected as the medical school commencement speaker, and receiving the Herman Brown Award for Excellence in the Art and Science of Surgery. He received his general surgical training and his Trauma/Critical Care fellowship training at UC Davis where he received the Outstanding Chief Resident Award. In 2010 he received the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Honorary Medal for Combat Surgery. In 2011 he was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40 awardees.

In addition to his work at UC Davis, Dr. Galante is also a highly decorated commander in the Naval Reserves. In 2008 he served as ship surgeon on the USS Ronald Reagan, in 2010 was deployed to active duty as a trauma surgeon in the United States Navy in Afghanistan, and currently is commander at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. Among his many military honors are the National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Bronze Campaign Star, three Gold Star Awards for Navy and Marine Corp Achievement, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

He has served as a team physician to the FBI SWAT team of the Sacramento Division, and as a physician member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the California region of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Cocanour and Shatz elected as WTA officers

March 2014

Christine Cocanour, M.D.Christine S. Cocanour, professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, has been elected president, and David V. Shatz, professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, has been elected secretary of the Western Trauma Association. The elections were held at the association’s Annual Meeting March 2-7 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Cocanour will serve a one-year term, and Shatz’s term will last three years.

The association is committed to the improvement of trauma care through research, education, sharing of clinical experiences, and the development of physicians of all specialties who are involved in the care of trauma patients. The goals of the Association are not only the intellectual growth attained through increased knowledge, but also the emotional growth attained through David Shatz, M.D.camaraderie and interaction with family and friends in an environment conducive to winter sports. Next year's annual meeting will be in Telluride, CO, March 1-6, 2015

 

 


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Diana Farmer receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

February 2014

Diana Farmer, M.D.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.

 

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Richard Bold receives 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence

February 2014

Rick Bold, M.D.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.

 


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Cooke receives Pipeline to Proposals Award

February 2014

David Cooke, M.D.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.


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Campbell lead author on new multi-institutional, international study

December 2013

Michael Campbell, M.D.Endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell, M.D. is lead author on new multi-institutional, international study was released this month. The study is looking at the risk factors of neck hematoma's after thyroidectomy. Dr. Campbell presented the original data at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons last year in Chicago. The publication, "A multi-institutional international study of risk factors for hematoma after thyroidectomy" can be view by clicking here.

 



Christoph Troppmann appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research

December 2013

Christoph Troppmann, M.D.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.

 

 

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Nationally known specialists

November, 2013

In an annual survey by Best Doctors, Inc., more than 110 UC Davis physicians representing dozens of specialties earned praise and recognition from their peers for being considered among the nation’s best. Only five percent of doctors in America earn the honor. Excerpted from the 2013 The Best Doctors in America® database, Department of Surgery physicians include:

David Greenhalgh, Division of Burn Surgery
Tina L. Palmieri, Division of Burn Surgery
Mohamed Ali, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Diana L. Farmer, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Thomas R. Stevenson, Division of Plastic Surgery
Richard Bold, Division of Surgical Oncology
Scott Hundahl, Division of Surgical Oncology
Richard Perez,. Division of Transplant Surgery
Christine Cocanour, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
James W. Holcroft, Division of Trauma Surgery and Emergency Surgery
David H. Wisner, Division of Trauma Surgery and Emergency Surgery
William Pevec, Division of Vascular Center

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Kent Lloyd elected as AAAS fellow

November 2013

Kent Lloyd, M.D.

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.

 

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Khatri appointed as Medical Director-Clinical Resource Utilization Management

October 31, 2013

Vijay Khatri, M.D.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.

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Amy L. Rahm M.D. joins the Department of Surgery

October 2013

Amy L. Rahm, M.D.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Amy L. Rahm has joined the Department of Surgery as a pediatric cardiac surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic 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.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/pediatricservices.html

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Khatri named Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Oncology journal

October, 2013

Vijay Khatri, M.D.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.

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Michael J. Campbell M.D. joins the Department of Surgery

October 13, 2013

Michael Campbell, M.D.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.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/endocrine

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Aaron D. Carr, M.D. joins the Department of Surgery

July, 2013

Aaron Carr, M.D.We are pleased to announce Dr. Aaron D. Carr has joined the Department of Surgery as a general and bariatric surgeon in the Division of Gastrointestinal and Bariatric 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.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/gastro

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Benson Won, M.P.H., CAO for the Department of Surgery

June, 2013

Benson WonBenson 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.

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Young selected for national surgery education advisory board

March 27, 2013

J. Nilas Young, M.D.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.”

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