Tibbits selected as 2016 Women in Thoracic Surgery Scholarship recipient
Congratulations to Dr. Emily Tibbits on her selection as a 2016 Women In Thoracic Surgery Scholarship Recipient! Dr. Tibbits was selected among a competitive applicant pool to attend the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The WTS scholarship program has awarded 55 scholarships since its inception in 2005. In awarding this annual WTS scholarship, Women in Thoracic Surgery is fulfilling one of its stated missions “to enhance the education of women thoracic surgeons.” She was mentored by Dr. Jennifer Lawton of Washington University in St. Louis, MO at the meeting. Congratulations Dr. Tibbits!
David receives the Carolyn Reed Award for 2016
Elizabeth A. David, assistant professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery is a recipient of the Carolyn Reed Award for 2016. This annual award, provided and administered by the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, will allow a clinically established woman thoracic or cardiac surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. Congratulations Dr. David!
Wang receives a research grant from the March of Dimes Foundation
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory is a recipient of the 2016 Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Foundation. The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Dr. Wang's project is to study the neuroprotective function of placental stem cells and the application of these stem cells for the treatment of spina bifida. Congrats Dr. Wang!
Wang receives 2016 Interdepartmental Seed Grant
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory is a recipient of the 2016 UC Davis Health System Interdepartmental Research Grant. The Interdepartmental Seed Grant is initiated and supported by seven participating departments (Dermatology, Radiology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, Medical Microbiology and Immunology) and the Dean's office. The purpose of this grant is to support new, highly innovative collaborations between the departments. Dr. Wang's project is entitled "Engineering Blood Vessels with induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Endothelial Cells and Artificial Matrix". It is a collaborative project with the Co-PI Dr. Ping Zhou from the Department of Internal Medicine. Out of 22 highly competitive projects, only five were chosen for funding. Congrats Dr. Wang!
Pu serves as course director at international forum
Lee L. Q. Pu professor of plastic surgery traveled to Taiwan on September 5-6, 2015 and served as the course director for the 2015 ISAPS Taipei teaching course focusing on aesthetic plastic surgery. This kind of the course is regularly organized by ISAPS and is an important educational forum for plastic surgeons worldwide. A total of 23 internationally renowned plastic surgeons were invited by Dr. Pu as teaching faculty members. A total of 239 plastic surgeons from Taiwan and 70 plastic surgeons from foreign countries attended this 2-day's course. The course has again demonstrated the value of "Worldwide Aesthetic Surgery Education", an important mission of ISAPS.
Ali receives ASMBS research grant
Mohamed R. Ali, professor and chief of Bariatric Surgery and director of Minimally Invasive Surgery is the recipient of the 2015 LEAD Award for obesity research. His grant is titled Gut Microbiota and Their Xeno-Metabolites: Associations with Metabolic Health of Women Undergoing Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. The ASMBS Foundation's annual LEAD Awards honors those who have shown leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. This year the ASMBS Foundation and the ASMBS recognized the recipients during the LEAD Awards ceremony which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in November.
New books by Pu focus on fat grafting in plastic surgery
Lee L.Q. Pu, professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery, is the leading author of two recently published books, "Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 1" and ""Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 2."
Fat grafting has become a rapidly growing field in plastic surgery and is now one of the most commonly performed procedures in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The book covers all aspects of working with fat for reconstructive or cosmetic surgery, focusing on the history and development of fat grafting, fat grafting for facial and breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, fat grafting for treatment of burns and other difficult wounds, as well as its regenerative potential.
With special emphasis on harvesting, processing and storage of harvested fat, and how to maximize the results of fat grafting, the book features contributions from world renowned plastic surgeons and founding members who formed a new international society, the International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES), in 2011.
"Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 1" and "Fat Grafting: Current Concept, Clinical Application and Regenerative Potential, Part 2" are published by Elsevier.
Farmer, Hirose, featured in UC Davis Medicine
UC Davis is home to three of the country's top authorities and technicians on fetal intervention: David Schrimmer, Shinjiro Hirose and Diana Farmer. New techniques in maternal-fetal medicine and fetal surgery allow for crucial medical assistance earlier than ever, in utero or during the birthing process. [Click here for full story]
2015-2016 "Best Doctors" list, Sacramento Magazine
Congratulations to the doctors in the Department of Surgery who have been included on a list of the Sacramento region's best doctors by an organization that bases its selections on surveys of other physicians. The story is featured in the December 2015 issue of Sacramento Magazine. The following doctors are included in the Best Doctor Inc., regional list of doctors for which Sacramento Magazine secured the rights to publish.
According to Best Doctors, founded in 1989 by two physicians affiliated with Harvard Medical School, this survey replicates "the informal, peer-to-peer referral process that doctors themselves use to determine the most appropriate physicians for individual cases." During the survey period, the doctors also may nominate and provide information on other physicians who they think should be considered in the peer-review process. Read the full Sacramento Magazine story
Mohamed R. Ali – Bariatric Surgery
Diana L. Farmer – Pediatric Surgery
Shinjiro Hirose – Pediatric Surgery [read more]
Granger B. Wong – Plastic Surgery
Richard J. Bold – Surgical Oncology
Scott Hundahl – Surgical Oncology
Richard V. Perez – Transplant Surgery
Julie A. Freischlag – Vascular Surgery
William C. Pevec – Vascular Surgery
Transplant Center featured on Project Thank You, Discovery Family Channel
Richard V. Perez, chief of the UC Davis Transplant Center, and kidney transplant recipient Maple Avery appear in a public service announcement (PSA) currently airing on the Discovery Family channel.
The PSA highlights the importance of saying “thank you,” focusing on Avery’s gratitude for Perez, who was her transplant surgeon, her entire transplant team and her organ donor. Her daughter, Cherysse Walton, who cared for Avery throughout the recovery process, also appears in the PSA.
The Discovery Family team focused on UC Davis because of the transplant center’s reputation for excellence and Perez’s commitment to honoring organ donors and their families with a simple but powerful gesture: a face-to-face thank you. Perez has met with donor families to express gratitude and to assure relatives that their loves ones’ organs will make huge differences in recipients’ lives.
"I feel these families deserve our support and our appreciation for their generous act," Perez said. "Most of them are in the midst of a horrible tragedy, and they can be dealing with an unexpected, often traumatic death. Yet one donor can save as many as eight lives with organ donation and improve countless others with tissue donation. Expressing thanks is the least we can do."
The PSA is part of Discovery Family's PROJECT THANK YOU, a call-to-action during the holiday season for families to remember the importance of showing appreciation and giving thanks.
Lee, Section of Endocrine Surgery release study that examines EBRT role
Surgery resident Jessica Lee, M.D. and her colleagues in the UC Davis Section of Endocrine Surgery are releasing a study that examines the role of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in locally advanced, differentiated thyroid cancer. Prior studies suggest that some patients with locally advanced cancers may have improved outcomes with EBRT. However, Lee et al. suggest that EBRT does not to improve survival in this patient population, regardless of their age, gender, tumor size, or histologic subtype. Lee will present these findings at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Jacksonville, Florida, February 2016.
Farmer elected to leadership position with the American College of Surgeons
Diana Farmer, pediatric surgeon, chair of the Department of Surgery and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor of Surgery, was elected vice chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the organization’s Clinical Congress 2015, held in October. She will serve a one-year term.
Members of the Board of Governors are integral to the administration of the ACS as an organization, and they are expected to serve as official links between ACS fellows nationwide and the 22-member Board of Regents that governs the association.
Farmer, Christine Cocanour, professor of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care, and David Cooke, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, also serve as governors-at-large for the Northern California chapter of the ACS.
Goodman selected for ACS Scholarship
Laura Goodman, fourth year resident, was selected for the American College of Surgeons Resident and Associate Society International Exchange Scholarship to Italy. She gave an oral presentation, “Developing Global Surgery Partnerships” at the 29th annual ACS Italy Chapter meeting in Milan on October 23rd, 2015. She also visited the Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital and the associated Advanced International Mini-invasive Surgery Academy. UC Davis residents should be encouraged to apply for this competitive exchange opportunity, which occurs in Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, and Australia annually. Additional future directions include developing a Northern California ACS Chapter Partnership Program with an overseas chapter of the ACS.
Cancer Center's lung cancer specialists attend Best of WCLC
Dr. Lisa M. Brown recently participated in The Best of WCLC 2015, held at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco Oct. 3. Organized by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and sponsored by The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). The one-day conference was a follow-up to IASLC's 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), held Sept. 6-9 in Denver. At the Best of WCLC meeting Dr. Brown summarized important findings in regards to lung cancer screening and smoking cessation from the World Conference. Dr. Brown plays a leadership role in the UC Davis Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program. Dr. Brown was one of seven specialists that attended.
Cooke named chair of ACS Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery
At the most recent American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago, Dr. David T. Cooke presented his PCORI funded work as part of the Scientific Forum: Quality, Safety and Outcomes IV. The abstract entitled: “Social Media Can be Used as a Qualitative Research Tool in Surgical Patient-Centered Outcomes Research,” compared social media to in-person focus groups, and described its effectiveness in introducing diverse perspectives in thoracic surgery qualitative research. In addition, Dr. Cooke was named chair of the ACS Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery
Shatz selected as EMS Medical Director of the Year
David V. Shatz, a trauma surgeon at UC Davis Medical Center, has been selected as the EMS Medical Director of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
The award will be presented at the annual California Emergency Medical Services Awards Program on Dec. 2 in San Francisco.
The EMS Authority’s Awards Program is intended to honor special advocacy meritorious acts, innovations or new approaches to improve EMS in the state, or other unique and/or significant contributions by EMS personnel. The EMS Medical Director of the Year Award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, online or offline, and who has served with distinction.
Shatz serves as the medical director for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, and is chair of the Northern California Regional Trauma Coordinating Committee and the San Joaquin County Trauma Adult Committee. Dan Burch, administrator of the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, nominated Shatz for the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award.
“Dr. Shatz has dedicated countless hours providing insight and advice on trauma cases for the San Joaquin County Trauma Audit Committee,” Burch wrote. “His invaluable mentorship of the Trauma Audit Committee has contributed greatly to the successful implementation of San Joaquin County’s trauma system. Dr. Shatz’ leadership of the trauma quality improvement process has set a high standard for case review accountability in San Joaquin County.”
The EMS Authority cited Shatz' efforts to standardize trauma protocols across Northern California as part of the basis for his selection for the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award.
Shatz is a professor in the UC Davis Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
The EMS Authority is charged with providing leadership in developing and implementing EMS systems throughout California and setting standards for the training and scope of practice of various levels of EMS personnel.
Lloyd awarded NIH grant
The NIH Human Microbiome Project has led to tantalizing discoveries regarding the relationship between disease, genes, and the microbiome. A number of researchers at UC Davis conduct research on the gut microbiome, but lack access to gnotobiotic facilities to house genetically-altered mice for studying the relationship between the microbiome and genome. Fortunately, UC Davis was recently awarded an NIH G20 grant of approximately $400,000 to upgrade and renovate animal care infrastructure to create the Gnotobiotic Mouse Research Center (GMRC) that will provide vivarium conditions suitable for mouse studies on the gut microbiome. Located on the UC Davis campus, the GMRC will include preparation, rederivation, and experimental rooms accessible to any campus investigator conducting microbiome research. Highly trained staff from the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program (MBP) under the leadership of Dr. Kent Lloyd, Director of the MBP, will manage and operate the facility. One of the unique features of the GMRC will enable researchers to manipulate the microbiome in mouse models custom-designed using gene targeting and genome editing technologies available through the MBP.
Davidson awarded grant for study
Surgery resident Anders J. Davidson, M.D. was awarded $99,400 for his study entitled "Comparison of temporary open arterial revascularization using stent grafts vs. standard vascular shunts in a porcine (Sus scrofa) model." The grant was awarded by the AF Clinical Investigations Program, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General SG5P, Research and Innovations. Congratulations Dr. Davidson!
Russo awarded grant for study
Rachel Russo's study entitled "Chest tube versus pigtail catheter drainage of on-going hemothorax in swine (Sus scrofa)" has been selected for partial funding. The final award amount is $25,150. The grant was awarded by the AF Clinical Investigations Program, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General SG5P, Research and Innovations. Congratulations Dr. Russo!
Greenhalgh to receive Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award
David Greenhalgh, Chief of Burn Surgery at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center and at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California has been selected for the Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award. He is one of two recipients to receive the award for 2015. "The Breslau Award, named for Alan Breslau, Phoenix Society founder, and his wife Delwyn, is the highest distinctfion The Phoenix Society can bestow. This award honors a Phoenix Society member who has, through a collaborative spirit, significantly enhanced the ability of The Phoenix Society to fulfill its mission of peer support, education, and advocacy. By virtue of their character, integrity and the service they provide to those impacted by a burn injury this person has enhanced the burn community at large."
"He served as president of the American Burn Association in 2006. He was chosen for his well-documented and celebrated work in the acute care of survivors. His work has had a far-reaching impact on the delivery of burn care in the US and internationally. While serving on the Phoenix Society Board of Directors from 2008-2014, he formed a joint committee of the Phoenix Society and the American Burn Association. This committee focuses on aftercare reintegration, elevating the Phoenix Society programs and the value of the perspective of the survivor in improving long term outcomes." (taken from Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors)
Greenhalgh has been involved in all aspects of treatment and research related to burn care, nationally and internationally for more than 25 years. He also serves as chief of burn surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children-Northern California.
Greenhalgh has authored more than 185 published peer-reviewed papers and is the associate editor for the Journal of Surgical Research, a clinical editor for Wound Repair and Regeneration and associate editor for the Journal of Burn Care and Research. He is past president of the American Burn Association, and holds board positions on the Phoenix Society and the International Society for Burn Injuries. He also is the recent and first recipient of the Helen Marian Bart Endowed Chair and Professorship in Burn Care at UC Davis.
New UC Davis study finds many adrenal tumors are never properly evaluated
James Becker, M.D. and his colleagues in the UC Davis Section of Endocrine Surgery are releasing a study of over 4,600 patients that evaluates the management of incidentally discovered adrenal tumors, commonly termed "adrenal incidentalomas." Adrenal tumors are common findings on CT scans. Most experts feel that patients with adrenal incidentalomas should undergo a proper hormone evaluation and a follow up CT scan to evaluate for cancer or other tumor related problems. In his study, Becker found that only a fraction of patients with incidentally discovered adrenal tumors underwent a hormone evaluation in accordance with expert recommendations. Becker hopes this study will start to provide a framework for a more comprehensive approach to the management of patients with adrenal tumors. Becker will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, February 2016.
Anderson to present at ACS annual meeting
Jamie Anderson will presenting research on the risks of parathyroidectomy in dialysis patients at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. Using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, Anderson, and co-author Michael Campbell found that patients on dialysis have an increased risk of complications and death when compared to patients not on dialysis; however, the risks were similar to those seen in dialysis patients undergoing arterial-venous fistula operations for hemodialysis access. The authors hope this information will help physicians counsel their patients as to the risks and benefits of parathyroid surgery in patients with renal failure.
Please welcome new faculty to our team
We welcome six new members to our faculty. Drs. Salvador Guevara, Ian Brown, Rebecca Stark, and Lisa Brown will be joining our full-time faculty and Drs. Jacob Stephenson and Joseph DuBose will join us as Volunteer Clinical Faculty (VCFs).
This is an exciting time for the department as we grow our surgery clinical practice and add additional surgical specialties. We still have quite a few more openings to fill, but we are forging ahead in our efforts to build a robust Surgery Department and becoming the best in California.
Dr. Salvador G. Guevara will be joining our Colorectal Division. He will have a joint appointment with us and the VA. He will serve as a critical resource within the Division of Surgical Oncology for complex lower gastrointestinal malignancy and integrate well with the multidisciplinary team involved in the treatment of these tumors. He will also provide critical expertise to the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery for the management of benign diseases of the colon and rectum, especially inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Guevara also comes with expertise in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. He will be working closely with Drs. Richard Bold and Hung Ho and will have clinic in both the Cancer Center and GI clinics. He will provide much needed expertise to our patient care population requiring colorectal surgery.
Dr. Ian E. Brown, most of you have already had the privilege of working with during his Critical Care Fellowship here with us at UC Davis. Dr. Brown will participate fully in all aspects of clinical trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care, including call and rounds. He will be instrumental in helping to balance out the workload of the regions only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Dr. Rebecca A. Stark is a welcomed addition to our newly developed Academic Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery. She will be the second member of the division and will help Dr. Shinjiro Hirose get our division off the ground and implement a new Fetal Treatment Center here at UC Davis. Dr. Stark will perform all aspects of pediatric surgery including neonatal surgery, trauma, oncologic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery.
Dr. Lisa M. Brown will join Dr. David Cooke in Thoracic Surgery. She will focus her efforts on non-cardiac general thoracic surgery which includes, but not limited to thoracic oncology, the surgical treatment of malignant and benign esophageal and lung disease, complex endoscopy and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic assisted thoracic surgery (RATS). Dr. Brown will also assist Drs. Douglas Boyd and Elizabeth David with our robotic cardiothoracic surgery program.
Dr. Jacob Stephenson is a US Air Force Pediatric Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon. He was recently transferred to the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. He has been appointed as VCF and through our partnership with David Grant Medical Center, Dr. Stephenson will have the opportunity to provide service to our new Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery as well as our Trauma team.
Dr. Joseph DuBose is another US Air Force Surgeon stationed at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base. He has been appointed as VCF and will provide support on both the Vascular and Trauma service and will assist in training medical students, residents, and fellows.
New vascular ultrasound book published, 10 UC Davis contributors
Drs. David L. Dawson (University of California, Davis) and R. Eugene Zierler (University of Washington) are the editors of the updated Strandness’s Duplex Scanning in Vascular Disorders, to be published October 30, 2015. Now in its updated fifth edition, Strandness’s Duplex Scanning in Vascular Disorders is the standard text on the use of duplex scanning in the study and diagnosis of vascular disorders. This evidence-based, practical text was expanded to cover all vascular duplex ultrasound topics, including principles and instrumentation; cerebrovascular; aortoiliac and peripheral arterial; peripheral venous; visceral vascular; and preoperative planning, intraoperative assessment and procedural guidance.
Wisner appointed Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
David H. Wisner, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, has been appointed as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs in the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Wisner’s appointment by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi became effective Sept. 1. He succeeds James Goodnight, who retired in September after 35 years of distinguished service at the health system.
“Dr. Wisner has been one of our most valuable and dedicated physicians and leaders at the health system for many years,” said Julie Freischlag, Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. “He’s always been willing to serve in whatever capacity he’s been needed, and I am thrilled that Dr. Wisner has agreed to accept this key position. I know that his broad experience and knowledge will serve us well.”
Wisner’s appointment also includes the position of Executive Director of the Practice Management Board.
In his new position, Wisner, in conjunction with members of the Practice Management Board, will design the structure, rules, scope of responsibility, funding needs and medical practice goals of the board. He will administer the board’s daily operations, set a vision for excellent services, and provide leadership, analysis and strategic direction.
In addition, Wisner will identify and address process-improvement opportunities, and evaluate and recommend alternative approaches to achieving strategic goals.
Wisner’s undergraduate and medical education, as well as his professional career, all have been associated with UC Davis. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 1977 and his medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1981. He was appointed to the faculty of the surgery department in 1987.
He is a nationally recognized surgeon who specializes in evaluating and treating patients with shock and traumatic injuries, including abdominal and head injuries. He has special interests in improving the quality of trauma care at the community level and has supported or led the development of trauma centers throughout the state.
UC Davis vascular surgeon appears on The CBS Evening News
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on Monday covered the leading-edge procedure at UC Davis that saved the life of a 36-year-old veteran parachutist in July.
Legendary correspondent John Blackstone interviewed vascular surgeon Professor David Dawson and the patient, Iwan van der Schoor, at the medical center.
The skydiver was injured after jumping from a helicopter at Lake of the Pines during a Fourth of July performance, falling too fast, hitting the water too hard, and suffering broken ribs and blunt injury to his aorta.
“Hitting the water at 40, maybe 50 miles per hour, is not quite a brick wall, but it’s pretty close,” van der Schoor told Blackstone.
He was rescued and taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where Dawson and a team of vascular surgeons, trauma surgeons and others were waiting.
“We know from historical data that half the people who have an injury like this are dead within 24 hours,” Dawson told Blackstone.
But medical advances have changed those odds dramatically, he said.
Dawson used a device called TEVAR, or thoracic endovascular aortic repair, to treat van der Schoor’s injury.
In the procedure, a wire is threaded through a tiny incision in the patient’s groin along blood vessels to the damaged aorta. Using a ripcord, an endovascular graft, like a tiny parachute, is opened inside the blood vessel, ensuring the continued flow of blood to the body and allowing the aorta to heal.
“So you saved the parachutist’s life by pulling a ripcord?” Blackstone asked.
“By pulling a ripcord,” Dawson replied.
Salcedo named new Surgical Director for the CVC
Edgardo S. Salcedo, assistant professor of Surgery, has been named the new Surgical Director for the Center for Virtual Care (CVC). The Center for Virtual Care is a state-of-the art facility showcasing a Trauma Bay, OR, inpatient unit, 6 bay patient area, standardized patient exam rooms, debrief rooms, conference room, student carrels and equipment repair area. The CVC offers the latest educational simulators and task trainers to integrate into curriculums.
The Center for Virtual Care is accredited as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute through the American College of Surgeons.
Amaral Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship recipient
Dr. Marisa Amaral has been selected by the AATS Graham Foundation as an Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship recipient for 2015. She is a resident of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident program in the Department of Surgery.
The AATS Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship provides an advanced educational experience for 20 North American general thoracic awardees and their attending surgeons to spend a two-day period at Intuitive Surgical's Sunnyvale, CA or the Atlanta, GA facility to experience an advanced training course on Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci System. Successful applicants will receive a mixture of didactic and hands-on lectures to maximize the value of the Fellowship.
Dr. Amaral will be acknowledged during the 2016 AATS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, M.D. and will receive an invitation to the Annual AATS Graham Foundation Reception.
FFBI Regional Burn Center receives thank you
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Cal Fire Incident Management Team 1 thanks Dr. David Greenhalgh and members of the Fire Fighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center for their support and assistance provided to the CAL FIRE and USFS firefighters who suffered burns during the Lowell Fire In Nevada County.
Wang awarded Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) grant
Aijun Wang, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory was awarded $50,000 in funding for VasoFlo, an artificial arterial graft designed to address the complications that plague existing artificial vascular grafts. The design allows attachment to the vessel walls without sutures, and protects against turbulent blood flow, thrombosis, and intimal hyperplasia. With STAIR funding, the team will construct a viable prototype using FDA-approved materials and test the efficacy in a large animal bypass model. View the UC Davis Office of Research article. View the Sacramento Business Journal article
Cancer Center selected for Innovation grant
The cancer center is one of five recipients of an Innovation grant awarded by the UC Davis Practice Management Board Innovation Work Group for 2015. The $150,000 award will fund a pilot project to improve care for patients with leukemia and head and neck cancers through the development of The Personal Health Network, a mobile application that gives patients instant access to their health care team. The project is led by professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology Richard Bold and Kathy Kim, assistant professor at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
Cooke elected to membership in prestigious AATS
Dr. David Cooke has been elected to membership into the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. This is a prestigious honor reserved for academic cardiothoracic surgeons who have established themselves as leaders in the specialty. "The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is an international organization of the world's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons representing 41 countries. Founded in 1917, its members have a proven record of distinction within the specialty and have made significant contributions to the care and treatment of cardiothoracic disease throughout the world.” Active membership is limited to only 800 individuals. Dr. Cooke will be honored at the upcoming AATS Annual Meeting held in May 2016.
Surgery resident updates
Please congratulate the UC Davis residents who displayed a strong showing at the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 2015 Annual Meeting held May 15-16 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California.
Dr. Tejveer Dhillon presented his Committee on Trauma first place winning research paper, mentored by Dr. Garth Utter.
Dr. Jamie Anderson was an award winning finalist for her research paper, mentored by Dr. Michael Campbell
The UC Davis Team of Drs. Nalanie Grace and Tejveer Dhillon came in second place in the Surgical Jeopardy competition, and the UC Davis Team of Drs. Nalani Grace, Jessica Lee, and Carl Beyer came in second place in the 2nd Annual Lap Bowl: Resident Laparoscopic skills Competition.
Congrats to all!
New book by Pu focuses on plastic surgery in Asians
Lee L.Q. Pu, professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery, is the author of a recently published book, “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Asians: Principles and Techniques.”
The book offers a comprehensive guide to all aspects of cosmetic surgery in Asians, focusing on the differences in surgical techniques and general principles when treating these patients. With special emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and minimization of scars, the book features contributions from surgeons in Asian regions who share their signature procedures and escribe the latest innovations.
The book describes general principles and the cultural and societal influence on Asian patients for cosmetic surgery, as well as psychological and psychiatric considerations for Asian cosmetic patients. It focuses on the differences in surgical techniques when treating patients of Asian origin, as well as procedures specific to them.
“Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Asians: Principles and Techniques” is published by CRC Press.
Behind the Knife podcast featuring Dr. Farmer
Diana Farmer M.D. Chair and Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor, Department of Surgery Surgeon-in Chief Renowned fetal and pediatric surgeon. In this podcast, Dr. Farmer discusses women in surgery, Hirschsprung's disease and tips and tricks: the pyloromyotomy. "Behind the Knife: The Surgery Podcast" is an in-depth look at the broad range of surgical topics, but a "behind the scenes" look at the interesting, controversial and humanistic side of surgery from some of the giants in the field. 51 minutes [Play this Episode]
UC Davis nurses, physicians featured prominently at ABA annual meeting
Nurses and physicians of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center received recognition and were prominently represented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association (ABA), held recently in Chicago.
Three nurses from the Burn Center received the Clinical Research Award for their abstract, titled "Development and Implementation of a Burn Nursing Handbook for Quality Improvement." The nurses who produced the abstract were Anna Olszewski, Jessica Stafford and Amber Yanes.
Two other nurses received the Best in Category award for their poster, titled "Development of Standardized Practices and Education and Three Regional Burn Centers." The nurses who created the poster were Sarah Bernardy and Marianne MacLachlan.
The Clinical Research Award resulted from a broad collaboration of nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team in the Burn Center who created a "Burn Nursing Handbook" as a reference source for the center's staff. The Best in Category award also was the product of collaboration, this one among three regional burn centers that identified standardized wound-care documentation in burn nursing.
In addition, Bernardy, MacLachlan, Olszewski and Stafford were part of a podium presentation on the ABA's Nursing Special Interest Group, which outlined the group's work, data, results and plans for the future.
In all, nurses and physicians from the Burn Center presented 16 abstracts at the conference. Topics included honey oil burns, an evaluation of "do not resuscitate" orders in burn cases, blood-product transfusion, and an evaluation of how what is prescribed can make laboratory assessments inaccurate. Specific activities by Burn Center physicians at the conference were as follows:
- David Greenhalgh, Chief of Burn Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, moderated several basic science sessions.
- Soman Sen, assistant professor of surgery, led breakfast symposia.
- Tina Palmieri, Director of Burn Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, moderated the ABA session titled "Year in Review," and presented critical, landmark papers that have influenced burn care.
Pu presents at international symposiums
Lee L. Q. Pu was a visiting professor presenting at the following events: April 17-19, 2015, Keynote Lecturer, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science - China Symposium (IFATS), Xi’an, China. Nov 6-8, 2014, Delivered Keynote Lecture, 4th Congress of The World Association for Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent (WAPSCD), Hong Kong, China. Oct 20-21, 2014, Keynote Speaker, Asian Breast Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Conference, Bali, Indonesia. Oct 18-19, 2014, Teaching Faculty, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Course, Bali, Indonesia. Sept 12-14, 2014, Keynote Lecturer, Scientific Co-Chair, 3rd World Congress of the International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES), Miami, Florida. August 23, 2014, CCU Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery Hong Kong, China. August 21-22, 2014, CCU Visiting Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chinese University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Bent Robinson awarded AATS Summer Intern Scholarship
Eduardo Bent Robinson, MS1, awarded 2015 AATS Summer Intern Scholarship. The award, funded and administered by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Graham Foundation, is intended to introduce first and second year medical students to cardiothoracic surgery with the goal of broadening their educational experience by providing hands-on clinical and research opportunities. Under the mentorship of Dr. J. Nilas Young and Dr. David Tom Cooke, Eduardo will gain clinical exposure in the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center and he will participate in a health services research project.
Sen receives UTMB/USMRAA grant
Soman Sen has been awarded a US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity grant via a subcontract from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
This project will look at the effects of exercise in the Burn Intensive Care Unit and how it affects mental health and physical performance, as well as decreasing hospital stay. Congratulations Dr. Sen.
David admitted to MCRTP
Elizabeth David has been admitted to the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP).
The MCRTP is a two-year mentored research training program where scholars will devote a portion of their time to conducting a research project and participating in MCRTP coursework and other program activities. While scholars are participating in the MCRTP, they will be completing requirements for the Clinical Research master’s degree. This is a very competitive program. Congratulations Dr. David.
UC Davis surgeons deliver key Western Trauma Association addresses
UC Davis surgeons delivered significant lectures at the annual meeting of the Western Trauma Association (WTA), which was held March 1-6 in Telluride, Colo.
Christine Cocanour, professor of surgery, provided the association’s presidential address. Titled “End of Life Care in Trauma,” she discussed the importance of integrating the hallmarks of palliative care — communication and symptom and pain management — with expertise in treating sudden, serious injuries.
Julie Freischlag, dean of the School of Medicine, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and professor of surgery, gave the Paint the Ceiling Lecture, which is intended to link personal experiences with patient care insights. Freischlag spoke on “The Surgeon’s Life: Trading Burnout for Engagement.”
The Western Trauma Association improves trauma care through research, education, sharing clinical experiences and the professional development of all specialists involved in trauma care. For information, visit http://westerntrauma.org/
Cancer surgery goes live on Twitter
On March 19, thoracic surgeon David Tom Cooke successfully removed a cancerous tumor from a patient's lung while the entire procedure was broadcast on Twitter, the popular social media platform. A first "live tweet" of a surgery at the medical center, the event was suggested by Dr. Cooke, who performed video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) on Gwen Box from Chico. A non-smoker with early-stage lung cancer, Mrs. Box was enthusiastic about sharing her story via Twitter to raise awareness about lung cancer in non-smokers. The live tweet event took place over seven hours as two members of the Public Affairs Department posted material collected before and throughout the procedure. Short video clips of Dr. Cooke and his surgical team explaining the procedure as well as the preparation and challenges in recovery were also prerecorded in advance and posted throughout the day of surgery. More on the event HERE >>
Russo awarded grant to fund hemothorax study
Rachel Russo won a $29,000 grant from the Department of Defense to fund a hemothorax study that was presented at the Western Trauma Association, 45th Annual Meeting in Telluride, Colorado in March. The study was entitled "A pilot study of chest tube versus pigtail catheter drainage of acute hemothorax in swine."
Dhillon inducted into AOA Honor Medical Society
Tejveer Dhillon was one of three residents at the UC Davis Medical Center who was recently inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) on March 19, 2015. Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.
Dean's Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Drs. Ben Keller, Pirko Maguina and Joe Galante who all won deans awards for excellence last night at a lovely awards ceremony! Winners in the Department of Surgery are:
Inspirational Resident Mentorship Awards - Benjamin Keller, M.D.
Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Education - Wound Care Team, accepted by Pirko Maguina M.D.
Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Clinical Care - Trauma Specialty Team, accepted by Joseph Galante, M.D.
Surgery nurses with specialty certifications
Congratulations to all of the Board Certified Nurses in the Outpatient Surgery Clinic. All (100%) of our RNs/NPs based in the Surgery Clinic have at least one specialty certification and we are very proud of them!
Maria Russo, C.N. II, Wound Care
Janet Fisher, C.N. II, Wound Care
Judy Yamasaki, C.N. III, Bariatrics
Clinic Nurse Practitioners
Carolyn Lee, N.P., Wound Care, OR
Abigail Weston, N.P., Wound Care
Barbara Jachniewicz, N.P.
Abigail Scheitlin, N.P.
Heart Center Nurses in the Surgery Clinic
Svetlana Ganaga, Wound Care
Anca Rahman, Critical Care
Woloszyn wins first prize in PCSA resident competition
Research resident Jakub Woloszyn, M.D. received first prize for his presentation entitled "Imported kidney grafts from non-conventional adult deceased donors successfully increase access to transplantation for elderly patients" in the resident competition at the Pacific Coast Surgical Association's 86th Annual meeting under the direction of Dr. Richard Perez. The meeting was February 19-22, 2015 in Monterey, CA.
Anderson wins Resident Award at NCBC Conference
Dr. Jamie Anderson is the recipient of the Resident Award at the National Consortium of Breast Centers 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference for her abstract titled: “Sustainable humanitarian surgical care in a warzone: Breast disease treatment in a U.S. military hospital in Afghanistan.” The conference was held March 13-15, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. The abstract was based on research co-authored with Dr. Lucas Neff and Dr. Daniel Choi of David Grant Medical Center.
Awards and Achievements in Surgery
This spring had been a great season for accolades and achievements for the Department of Surgery:
- Christine Cocanour, M.D. just gave her outstanding presidential address on "End of Life Care in the Trauma Patient" in her role as President of the Western Trauma Association at its meeting in Colorado last week.
- David Cooke, M.D. has been awarded the UC Berkeley Alumni Association, 2015 Alumni Award for Excellence in Achievement.
- We had two teams singled out and awarded the UC Davis Dean's Team Award for Excellence: Pirko Maguina's Wound Care team, and Joe Galante's Acute Care team.
Please join me in extending a congratulations and share in the reflected glory of our excellent faculty!
Congratulations and thank you for what you do! Diana Farmer, M.D.
Campbell presented at ENDO 2015
UC Davis endocrine surgeon Michael Campbell presented “Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Disparities in the Presentation, Treatment and Outcomes of Patients with Medullary Thyroid Cancer: An Analysis of 634 Patients from the California Cancer Registry” at the Endocrine Society's 97th Annual Meeting and Expo (Endo 2015) which took place in San Diego, CA on March 5-8, 2015. His presentation is part of the 2015 Health Disparities Community Forum, that featured poster preview presentations which were selected as top scored health disparities-related posters.
Vascular Care and Strandness Symposium
Vascular Care, the annual CME meeting presented by the Division of Vascular Surgery was a success. The 2015 meeting was filled with superlatives and firsts, including:
- First joint meeting of Vascular Care and the Strandness Symposium. The meeting also had participation of the leaders and faculty of Hawaii Vascular Symposium
- We had the largest CME faculty for any Vascular Care meeting
- There was substantial participation by trainees, including the 20 residents and fellows from across the US who presented abstracts in the Vascular Forum
- This meeting was the first to use a mobile app to support a UC Davis CME program
- This was the largest UC Davis CME program ever (over 35.75 hours of CME and more than 134 separate presentations)
- It was the first UC Davis CME program to incorporate pre-recorded video produced by the Center for Health and Technology
- More CME credit with self assessment was offered for this program than for any prior UC Davis CME activity (up to 23.75 hours), helping surgeons meet their maintenance of certification requirement
- Meeting attendance was record-breaking for us, with 243 participants and 40 faculty.
By all accounts, the meeting was a great success. Vascular Care 2016 will be February 25-28, 2015 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. We have already started planning for our next combined Strandness Symposium and Vascular Care meeting in Hawaii in early 2017.
Young awarded TSFRE/Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award
Dr. J. Nilas Young has been selected to receive the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education / Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award. This award is designed to provide support for programs that educate, screen and/or treat underserved populations to reduce the global burden of heart valve disease, or to support other programs that advance health care and address underserved populations.
Cooke awarded PCORI Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Award
Thoracic surgeon David T. Cooke has been awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Award. The award is a continuation of his Tier I award titled: "Empowering Patients and Their Families to Improve Outcomes That Are Most Important to Them after Lung Cancer Surgery." The One Year award will help fund the building of patient-centered research infrastructure in the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, and the development of comparative-effectiveness studies.
Health system community welcome to Feb. 10 grand round: "A Brit Abroad"
UC Davis vascular and trauma surgery fellow Christopher Lamb will present Department of Surgery grand rounds on "A Brit Abroad — Surgical Training in the U.K." on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7:50 a.m. until 8:50 a.m. in room 2222 of the Education Building. The health system community is welcome to attend.
During his presentation, Lamb will compare vascular and trauma surgery protocols in the U.S. and United Kingdom, and he will highlight the key differences in the two countries' approaches to physician training and certification.
Lamb was commissioned into the British Royal Air Force as a medical student at Cambridge University. Since graduating, he worked as a general surgical trainee, completed a master’s degree in military and trauma surgery, and served in the military hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. He holds the ranks of squadron leader, the equivalent of the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to coming to Northern California, Lamb was a registrar in vascular and trauma physician at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, England, one of the largest trauma centers in Europe.
Health-care leaders participate in American College of Surgeons forum in Sacramento
A panel of health care leaders and policymakers gathered last month for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Health Care Quality Forum in Sacramento, the 21st such meeting in a series of community forums held throughout the U.S. since 2011.
The forum was co-moderated by Julie Freischlag, UC Davis vice-chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, and Immediate past-chair of the ACS Board of Regents; and David H. Wisner, UC Davis professor of surgery.
Participants discussed the state of health care in Northern California and highlighted ways that health leaders and government officials can collaborate to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care. Forum presenters shared their views on policy recommendations, hospital and health system initiatives, physician-satisfaction issues, and the role of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in measuring and improving patient care.
Panelists discussed examples of state and national quality improvement initiatives that have resulted in higher standards, reduced costs, and better outcomes.
U.S. Reps. Ami Bera, (D-CA), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) delivered keynote speeches. Forum panelists included:
- Ronald W. Chapman, director and State Health Officer, California Department of Public Health
- Diana L. Farmer, Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor and Chair, UC Davis Department of Surgery; surgeon-in-chief, UC Davis Children’s Hospital; and member, ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee
- David B. Hoyt, executive director, ACS Mark P. Owens, vice-president of Medical Affairs, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Dignity Health
- Glenn S. Tse, general surgeon, Kaiser Roseville Medical Center; senior partner, The Permanente Medical Group
- Heather M. Young, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Nursing, dean and professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis
Surgery congratulates colleagues on research accomplishments
The following are the research accomplishments of our colleagues in the Department of Surgery. Congratulations go to Aijun Wang and Maricel Miguelino on receiving extramural funding from Biogen Idec. This is a two year project that aims to study chorionic villus tissue for the in utero treatment of Hemophilia A. At the 56th Annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference, their presentation, In Utero Chorionic Villus Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Hemophilia A, was acknowledged as "Best of ASH" (one of the best 20 projects out of 6,500 abstracts).
Drs. William Pevec, Junichiro Sageshima, and Tina Palmieri have been awarded clinical trials. Dr. Pevec is collaborating on an NIH clinical trial with the New England Research Institutes on the BEST trial, which looks at critical limb ischemia in patients. Dr. Sageshima is part of a HRSA clinical trial headed up by Northwestern, which involves evaluating the effectiveness of a culturally competent website dedicated to living kidney donations for the Hispanic community. Dr. Palmieri is part of a DOD funded clinical trial with Arteriocyte, Inc, which is looking to demonstrate the safety of PRP gel to stimulate rapid healing in burns.
Also, I would like to congratulate Drs. Robert Canter and Claus Sondergaard who have been notified that grants that they collaborate with as Co-Investigators have been chosen for funding. Dr. Canter is on an NIH R01 grant with Dr. William Murphy from Dermatology and Dr. Sondergaard will be on a CIRM grant that was just approved for funding in the Marcu lab in Biomedical Engineering.
Please extend congratulations to your colleagues and keep up the great work.
Hundahl highlights UC Davis collaboration for major joint federal health programs
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System and the US Air Force’s 60th Medical Group based at the David Grant Medical Center (Travis AFB) have initiated a number of joint clinical programs (mostly surgical) over the past nine years. Start-up costs for such programs have generally been funded through specific joint program grants (“JIF’s”), which are awarded nationally on a competitive basis. Of course, UC Davis was (and is) an active participant. In contrast to experience elsewhere, each of the joint programs in Northern California have been successful, generating enhanced patient care and “return on investment” averaging 83% on the total $29.6 million investment. In a cover article for Federal Practitioner, Scott A. Hundahl, M.D., writing on behalf of a VA/Air Force Executive Management Team, reported both the experience with these joint programs, and why, in contrast to examples elsewhere, the northern California programs have reliably delivered prompt, measureable value, to the benefit of all concerned. The secret? “Alignment” rather than “merger.” As federal and nonfederal health care entities consider future joint ventures, the lessons have considerable relevance. The full text of the manuscript, "Mutual Alignment Trumps Merger for Joint VHA/DOD Programs" Federal Practitioner 2014; 31(12): 8–15 can be viewed here.
Dr. Hundahl gave a 60 minute presentation at The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS) Meeting, December 2–5, 2014 in Washington, DC on this topic.
Utter part of team awarded contract for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators"
Garth H. Utter, M.D. M.Sc., Associate Professor of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, will be participating on a team that has been awarded a subcontract from the US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) for "Analytic Enhancement of the AHRQ Quality Indicators." Dr. Utter will serve as "Clinical Enhancement Lead," focusing on updating and improving AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators. The team is based at UC Davis' Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and is led by Dr. Patrick Romano, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. This subcontract will continue Dr. Utter's several-year collaboration with Dr. Romano on the AHRQ indicators.
In utero stem cell transplantation research highlighted as "Best of ASH" 2014
A collaborative project entitled: In Utero Chorionic Villus Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Hemophilia A, was acknowledged as one of the best 20 projects out of 6,500 abstracts presented at the 56th Annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference: https://ash.confex.com/ash/2014/webprogram/start.html
The conference was held in San Francisco December 6-9, 2014 and attended by 26,000 delegates from around the world. Postdoctoral scholar Maricel Miguelino, M.D. presented and worked on this project along with co-authors, Christopher Pivetti M.S., and Lee Lankford, M.A. under the mentorship of Aijun Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Co-director of the Surgical Bioengineering Laboratory in Department of Surgery, and Jerry Powell, M.D. Professor from the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology.
Dhillon wins resident paper competition
Research resident Tejveer Dhillon, M.D. won first place among 11 clinical papers at the Region IX American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma resident paper competition yesterday in San Diego. (And our former resident Allison Berndtson won second place.) Dr. Dhillon presented our anemia and traumatic brain injury clinical trial dataset analysis. This means he will advance to the national competition at the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma, March 12, 2015 in Chicago, IL.
Shatz receives grant funding from Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Dr. David Shatz, Trauma, Acute Care & Surgical Critical Care Surgery, received grant funding from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation’s Investigator-Initiated Studies Program. The study proposal entitled: Immunologic Response to Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine in Splenic Injury Patients received total funding in the amount of $81,138. The prospective trial will determine the degree of functional antibody response to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination in patients undergoing nonoperative management, angioembolization, or splenectomy following trauma-related injury of the spleen. There will be a total of 90 subjects, with 30 in each of the three arms (nonoperative, angioembolization, splenectomy). Project duration 2 years.
Young publishes his model for medical humanitarian aid
J. Nilas Young, UC Davis chief of cardiothoracic surgery, has published a landmark article on medical humanitarian aid, detailing his 25 years of experience establishing six cardiac surgery sites in Russia.
The article appears in the December 2014 issue of the prestigious Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and is also available online.
Young's UC Davis coauthors were pediatric cardiac surgeon Gary Raff and pediatric critical care physician James Marcin, and his collaborators included colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Emory University, Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, Nationwide Childrens Hospital and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Science.
The article emphasizes the approach of Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance in developing sustainable medical aid programs with high-quality outcomes, scalability and efficacy. Although focused on a specific class of diseases (congenital heart diseases), the authors believe the model is applicable to other medical humanitarian projects, particularly those that involve complex surgical interventions.
In 2012, Young received the the World of Children Health Award — hailed as the "Nobel prize for child advocates" — for his international humanitarian efforts to improve pediatric heart care (read the press release).
Guevara joins Surgical Oncology
Colorectal surgeon Salvador Guevara has joined the Cancer Center care team. With an undergraduate degree from Yale University, Dr. Guevara received his M.D. and general surgery training from UCSF and completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He will begin seeing patients this month, holding clinic on Mondays. Welcome, Dr. Guevara!
Khatri named to board of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Vijay Khatri, UC Davis surgical oncologist and medical director of Clinical Utilization Resource Management, has been named to the 15-member Board of Directors for the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS).
As a board member, Khatri will be responsible for establishing policy related to the long-range goals of the medical society and for providing guidance and direction to society staff on matters brought to the board’s attention.
SSVM board members advocate for physician's rights and work with physician members, patient groups, local and state elected officials, and the California Medical Association (CMA) on issues ranging from adolescent and child health to emergency care and public and environmental health. Khatri also serves as the alternate delegate to the CMA.
Khatri’s clinical focus is on gastrointestinal cancer and in primary and metastatic liver cancers and he co-chairs the cancer center’s weekly Gastrointestinal Cancer Interdisciplinary Tumor Board.
In operation since 1860, SSVMS is the oldest medical society in California and represents more than 3,000 physicians in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. The organization is a component medical society of the CMA.
Study shows that surgeons need to prepare some thryroidectomy patients for possible cancer diagnosis
A study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology led by Michael Campbell of UC Davis and Wen Shen of UC San Francisco showed that patients undergoing thyroidectomy for substernal multinodular goiters (MNGs) have an increased risk of unexpected thyroid cancer when compared to patients with cervical MNGs. The authors reviewed the medical records of over 500 adult patients who were diagnosed with cervical or substernal MNGs and then had thyroidectomies. One out of every seven patients with a substernal MNG were found to have an unexpected thyroid cancer. The authors’ suspect this may be due to difficulties in adequately assessing substernal MNGs prior to surgery. They recommend that surgeons counsel their thyroidectomy patients with substernal MNGs regarding the possibility of this unexpected result to better prepare them for a potential cancer diagnosis. The publication can be viewed here.
Pevec to lead Western Vascular Society
William Pevec, professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at UC Davis, has become president-elect of the Western Vascular Society and will serve as president beginning in 2015. The society’s leadership elections took place at its annual meeting, held Sept. 20-23 in Coronado, Calif.
The society is the premier organization of vascular specialists representing 14 western states of the U.S., Western Canada and the Pacific Rim. Founded in the mid-1980s when vascular surgery was first established as a specialty, the society has grown to over 200 members. The organization provides an ongoing forum for research collaborations, advancing patient care and mentoring the next generation of vascular surgeons.
Pevec specializes in complex vascular surgeries, including aortic reconstructions, mesenteric and renal artery reconstruction, and reconstructions of the arteries of the distal leg and foot. His practice includes both minimally invasive endovascular procedures and open reconstructions. His clinical research focuses on reducing perioperative risks and improving outcomes for patients undergoing vascular operations.
What is liposarcoma? Matt Galloway of CBC/Radio Canada speaks with Dr. Robert Canter
Radio interviewer Matt Galloway of CBC/Radio-Canada in Toronto meets with Dr. Robert J. Canter and discusses treatment options for patients with liposarcoma, a rare but often aggressive form of cancer. Dr. Canter is a surgical oncologist with UC Davis Department of Surgery. [Click here to listen]
Hirose joins Pediatric Surgery
We are please to announce Dr. Shinjiro Hirose has joined Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Hirose was recruited after a lengthy national search to serve as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic, and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery for gastro-intestinal, biliary, liver and thoracic disorders in fetuses and children and is a nationally recognized children’s cancer surgeon. He also is an expert in the development and use of surgical robotics in children. We are pleased to expand our specialty surgical services for children in the Northern California region.
Dr. Hirose was the lead pediatric surgeon at UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital and Fetal Treatment Center before joining UC Davis. Dr. Hirose will be responsible for developing a new academic program here at UC Davis and will be partnering with the existing Pediatric Surgery group of Drs. Marr, Greenholtz, Abramson, Graff, and Keller, to provide outstanding surgical care for children throughout the region.
ASPS Plastic Surgery News presents Pu in the Surgeon Spotlight
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
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.
Bold authors study on pancreatic surgery and hospital costs
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
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
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
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
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.
Junichiro Sageshima, M.D. joins the Division of Transplant Surgery
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
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.
Diana Farmer: pioneer for fetal surgery
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.
Dhillon selected for 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award, Resident Medical Staff
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
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.
Cocanour and Shatz elected as WTA officers
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 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
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.
Campbell lead author on new multi-institutional, international study
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
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.
Nationally known specialists
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
Kent Lloyd elected as AAAS fellow
Kevin C. Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., 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
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
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
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.”
Heart to Heart | KCRA 3 News
Heart to Heart Founder & Medical Director Dr. Nilas Young has been honored by the 2012 World of Children Health Award as a "changemaker who has dramatically improved the lives of children around the world" and for "innovating life-changing nonprofit initiatives benefitting the world's most vulnerable children." www.heart-2-heart.org Watch the YouTube video news report.
UC Davis surgeon honored for his international child heart care | SacBee
Dr. Nilas Young, a UC Davis cardiac surgeon who has made 28 trips to the former Soviet Union to save thousands of children with heart disease, has won the 2012 World of Children Health Award, known as the "Nobel Prize for child advocates."
Chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the UC Davis Health System, Young is being recognized for his work with Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance, said UC Davis spokeswoman Karen Finney.