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March 20, 2015

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Message from Paul Ramsey

Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies a major site for simulation and training

Dear Colleagues:

A rapidly changing healthcare environment requires ongoing training opportunities for health professionals to learn new skills and improve existing ones. The UW Medicine Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies has been a major site for simulation and other training since its formation in 2005. The Institute released its annual report this month, and I urge you to read this excellent document.

During 2014, the Institute held 1,700 activities for 13,500 learners, totaling more than 73,000 hours. Training occurred at the Institute’s facilities: the Surgery Pavilion at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth & Jefferson Building, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center’s Community Health Education and Simulation Center and satellite site at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Trainees using the Institute’s services ranged from second-year medical students to middle school students learning about health sciences and all kinds of students and physicians. Community leaders and global visitors also had the opportunity to participate in interactive simulation experiences at Harborview.

A vitally important part of the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies is its six years as a regional training center for the Agency for Healthcare Quality’s National Implementation of Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS). As of today, 500 master trainers from 90 local, national and international institutions have been trained. Building on this success, the Institute rolled out a new team training model, TeamCORE (Team Collaboration for Organizational Excellence). Developed in partnership with UW’s Organizational Development and Training (OD&T), this new initiative combines basic TeamSTEPPS skills with interprofessional collaborative practice, conflict management, and relational coordination with structured coaching and mentoring for training sites.

The Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Training also has an outstanding research program spanning topics, such as simulator and software development, curriculum validation, and communication training between healthcare professionals.

I would like to thank and congratulate the Institute team led by Carlos Pellegrini, Brian Ross, Sara Kim, Brenda Zierler, Farrah Leland and others for outstanding contributions that advance all of our activities on behalf of improving health.


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Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington


Doubts dispelled about HIV prevention

Dr. Jared Baeten
Jared Baeten

Researchers are calling the Conference on Retroviruses and Infections (CROI) in Seattle Feb. 23-26 a watershed event for reducing exposure to HIV. A number of new studies have shown the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and suggested it could change the trajectory of the HIV epidemic. Some likened the conference to the 1996 AIDS Conference in Vancouver, which broadcast to the world that potent cocktails of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) could treat the infection.

Reporter Jon Cohen for Science magazine writes about several of the new studies, including one at UW led by Jared Baeten, UW professor of global health and medicine. Baeten’s study with colleagues at the UW International Clinical Research Center identified a way to boost the effectiveness of PrEP in discordant couples. In 1013 discordant couples in Kenya and Uganda, the researchers are offering PrEP to all uninfected people to protect them for the first six months after their partners start ARVs. In couples where the partner does not start treatment, the PrEP “bridge” is extended for as long as necessary. To date, only two people have become infected in the study, compared with 40 predicted by modeling, and neither had Truvada in their blood when transmission occurred. For more on the studies, see the article in Science.

UW researchers develop polymer to stem blood loss in traumas

An illustration of fibrin forming a blood clot, with PolySTAT bonds (blue) binding strands together. (Illustration by William Walker with UW Dept. of Bioengineering)

A collaboration of University of Washington specialists in trauma medicine and bioengineering has developed a synthetic substance that might help prevent some severely injured people from bleeding to death. The injectable polymer is designed to make blood clots stronger, forming a kind of bandage that can stem or stop bleeding, even from internal wounds. Blood loss is the second leading cause of death following a trauma, such as a crash or gunshot.

Nathan White, UW assistant professor of emergency medicine, who also treats trauma patients at Harborview Medical Center, said someday first responders could be injecting the polymer into patients out in the field. For more information, see the study in Science magazine, coverage on KPLU and on KIRO-TV CBS 7.

Breast biopsy results may not be accurate, UW study finds

Dr. Joann G. Elmore

Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study in JAMA led Joann G. Elmore, UW professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Elmore and colleagues, including scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, compared the findings of 115 pathologists from eight states — Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — with the results of an expert panel between November 2011 and May 2014.

Overall, the pathologists from across the country were very good at identifying invasive breast cancer the most serious diagnosis agreeing with the expert panel in about 96 percent of cases. But when it came to diagnosing ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, a noninvasive condition, they were in line with the experts about 87 percent of the time. And with atypical ductal hyperplasia, in which abnormal cells are detected, the pathologists matched the experts 48 percent — less than half — of the time. For more on the story, see coverage in the New York Times and Seattle Times among others.

Note: Elmore made the The New York Times "Quotation of the Day:"  "It is often thought that getting the biopsy will give definitive answers, but our study says maybe it won't." 

Clinical Care

UW Medical Center seeks face-transplant program

Dr. Peter Neligan

The University of Washington Medical Center is seeking approval to perform face transplants, hand transplants and other major surgeries. This would create the second such center on the West Coast. 

"I think it’s very exciting," said Peter Neligan, UW professor of surgery and director of UW’s Center for Reconstructive Surgery at UW Medical Center, who is leading the effort. "Some of these patients are completely reclusive; they don’t go out in public; they basically have no life." If the UW’s application is approved, the first transplants could take place within a year, he said. Face transplants are very rare and are used for patietns who have no other options, according to UW Medicine officials. For more information, see the story in the Seattle Times.

UW Medical Center to get new entrance

New Pacific Street entrance. (Illustration by LMN Architects)
Illustration by Architects

LMN Architects is designing a new Pacific Street entrance for the University of Washington Medical Center that UW says will be "more welcoming and accessible" for patients and visitors. 

According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, "The goal is to improve visibility from the street and give the center a lighter and more contemporary look that complements the new inpatient bed tower. Pedestrian and vehicle trafflic flow will also be improved."  The construction budget is $14.7 million. Design is expected to wrap up in October and construction will begin in November and should end in March.

Renton family turns to bus ads to find kidney donor

Bus ad seeking a kidney donor.
Bus ads

A Renton woman whose husband has been waiting for a kidney donation for two years took the search into her own hands by placing an ad on public buses in the Seattle area. The number goes to the UW Medicine organ transplant donor referral team, which received 25 calls in one day.

Esther Smith says the idea popped into her head after she and her husband, 27-year old Emmett Smith, attended a hospital seminar where the instructor told them to be proactive in their search for a new kidney for Emmett. “The instructor mentioned, ‘Don’t be ashamed to get the word out about Emmett needing a kidney,’” Esther, 30, told ABC News. “I started thinking of how I could reach the most people in the most creative way and the bus ad just popped into my mind.” Esther, who has a 9-month-old daughter, Arianna, with Emmett, was motivated to try the out-of-the box approach in hopes of keeping her husband of eight years alive and healthy for years to come. The average wait on the kidney donor list is about five years, Emmett said. For more on the story, see coverage on ABC News.

Education and Training

UW’s medical school again tops list for best primary care, rural medicine and family medicine programs

UW School of Medicine comes out on top.
Campus Image

The University of Washington is the top-ranked medical school in the nation for primary care training, according to a list published March 9 by U.S. News & World Report. The UW also comes in first for its training in rural medicine and family medicine — all rankings it has held for two decades or more.

The U.S. News ranking takes into account a school’s reputation, as assessed by peer institutions. It also sizes up the school’s selectivity, including the median GPA and MCAT scores of entering undergraduates. The UW School of Medicine had an acceptance rate of 4.7 percent in 2014 — acceptance rates among all the schools ranged from a low of 1.6 to a high of 16.5. And 54 percent of its graduates from 2012 through 2014 entered the primary care field. Only 12 of the 57 schools in the U.S. News ranking had 50 percent or more of their graduates going into primary care.

In all, UW has 42 graduate schools and specialty programs among the nation’s top 10 in each area, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate School Rankings. Among some other specialty programs, the UW came in fourth in nursing, fourth for AIDS, sixth for public health, eighth for internal medicine, eighth for pediatrics, ninth for biomedical\bioengineering, 10th for health care management, and 11th for physician assistants. For more information, see stories in Seattle Times and UW Today

WWAMI Regional News

WWAMI students learn about rural healthcare

UW medical students learn life lessons in Yakima.

For a closer look at rural healthcare, 24 medical students who participate in the Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) visited communities in Ellensburg and Yakima in late January. The trip included visiting Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg, where the students heard from a panel of community members and leaders in medicine, public health and education. Physicians from multiple specialties discussed their experience working in Ellensburg. Kittitas Valley Healthcare CEO Paul Nurick finished the session talking about how the community is addressing physician recruitment.

In Yakima, the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program helped to arrange several interesting opportunities for the students. These included an evening with students in a citizenship class at La Casa Hogar to learn health access concerns, dinner with the residents and faculty of the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program, a morning visit to Extreme Winter Shelter, a local community homeless shelter, and visiting with a local physician about the highlights of working in Yakima. “I feel that I now have a much more accurate perspective of what a rural practice could be like,” said one student. “It was quite inspiring to see the real potential to make change here.”

John McCarthy, UW regional assistant dean for eastern and central Washington, and Ki Shin, UW regional assistant dean for western Washington, traveled with the students, along with Peter House, associate director of the WWAMI Area Health Education Center, and Tom Greer, co-director of TRUST.


Dr. Michael Katze
Michael Katze

Michael Katze, UW professor of microbiology, was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The Katze Lab is part of the UW Department of Microbiology and the Washington National Primate Center. The lab studies a wide range of viral pathogens, including influenza virus, SARS-coronavirus, Ebola virus, hepatitis C virus, and human and simian immunodeficiency viruses.

Blake Thomson, a post-bachelor fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at UW, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Starting this fall, he will pursue a master’s degree in epidemiology, focusing on diabetes and hypertension. Established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the scholarship funds postgraduate degrees in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Irl B. Hirsch

Irl B. Hirsch, UW professor of medicine and Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the School of Medicine, is receiving a special honor by the American College of Physicians (ACP) in April. Hirsch is being elected to the mastership level of ACP, which recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments.

Hirsch is quoted in a recent story in the Huffington Post, Major hypoglycemia news from Paris diabetes conference, March 4, 2015. "For the first time since glucagon became available more than 50 years ago, we may have an easy means to 'save' a person with diabetes experiencing severe low blood sugar."   


Jackie Der, beloved director of medical policy affairs for UW School of Medicine, dies

Jackie Ling Der
Jackie Ling Der

Jackie Ling Der, who served as director of medical policy affairs for the UW School of Medicine for 22 years, passed away March 2 from cancer. She was 61.

Der earned a law degree from George Washington University and dedicated her career to public service at the federal, state, city and university level. She also served on the Wing Luke Museum board of directors for 11 years. At UW, her job was to provide a liaison with state policy makers and private industry for the academic medical center, which includes the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. She was a huge advocate for affordable healthcare and quality medical services.

From 1986 to 1993, Der was staff to local government officials in the City of Seattle. As a member of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, she advised elected officials and staff on matters involving counties, metropolitan district governments and other cities. Prior to her local government experience, she served as legislative staff with the Office of Program Research for the State House of Representatives.

Der is survived by her husband of 42 years, Alan Painter; their daughter, Katie; her siblings Susie, Dennis, Margaret and Della; as well as extended family and friends. A celebration of Der's life will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. In lieu of flowers, Der’s family has requested contributions to the Wing Luke Asian Museum or Harborview Medical Center. For more on Der’s life, see the obituary in the Seattle Times.

John Brunzell, UW professor of medicine emeritus and clinical director of the Northwest Research Laboratory, dies

Dr. John Brunzell

John Brunzell, an internationally renowned lipidologist and endocrinologist, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21. He was 77.

“Generations of students, residents and fellows learned from John about the practical management of lipid disorders as well as their complications including cardiovascular diseases, pancreatitis and others,” said UW Department of Medicine Chair Bill Bremner.

Brunzell, a graduate of the UW School of Medicine, held many leadership positions over the years: program director of the UW General Clinical Research Center from 1996-2004; acting head of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition from 1994-1996; head of the division’s fellowship training program from 1997-2007; chair of the medical student endocrine course from 1986-1996; and head of the lipid clinics at UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2005, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UW General Clinical Research Center, which he directed for eight years.

Brunzell’s research focused on genetic and acquired disorders of triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and rare genetic disorders of lipoprotein metabolism. His research resulted in over 300 papers. He was appointed professor emeritus in 2007 after 38 years at UW and continued to be very active clinically and in research.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, their children Jeff, John Jr. and Julia Brunzell, John B. and James E. Frazier and 10 grandchildren. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 21, from 1 - 4 p.m. South Lake Union Admin Building C, 850 Republican St. The John D. Brunzell Fellowship Fund is being established in his honor to support fellows’ research and travel. Donations are payable to the UW Foundation at UW Medicine Advancement, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195‐8045.

UW Bioengineering announces new chair Cecilia Giachelli

Cecilia Giachelli

Cecilia Giachelli, who served as acting chair of the Department of Bioengineering since fall 2013, was appointed chair on Feb 1, 2015.

Giachelli is UW professor of bioengineering and leads the Giachelli Lab for Cellular Bioengineering. She has made important contributions to the Department of Bioengineering and to the School of Medicine, where she serves as adjunct professor in both pathology and in oral sciences. She was previously the deputy director of the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials research center. Giachelli is internationally recognized for her work in the area of vascular calcification leading to the development of molecular and cellular therapies for chronic kidney disease and atherosclerosis. For more on Giachelli, see the article on the Department of Bioengineering website.


Town Hall meetings with Paul Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine, March 23, 24

Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine, will host a series of town hall meetings to give an overview of the progress and plans for UW Medicine and then answer questions. The remaining meetings are:
* UW Medical Center, March 23, 2015, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hogness Auditorium
* Harborview Medical Center, March 24, 2015, 10-11 a.m., HMC R&T Auditorium

Please contact Julie Monteith with any questions at jspiro@uw.edu.

"World Tuberculosis Day 2015," March 23, 25

  • March 23: World TB Day Forum, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., 5:30 - 8 p.m. Sponsors include Washington State Department of Health, Firland Foundation, American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, Firland Northwest TB Center, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle BioMed and TB Photovoice. 
  • March 25: The Second Annual World TB Day LTBI Symposium, “Optimizing latent TB screening and treatment in the United States” with C. Robert Horsburgh Jr., professor of epidemiology, biostatistics and medicine, Boston University.
    The symposium is sponsored by The Firland Northwest Tuberculosis Center and will take place 1 - 3:30 p.m., R&T Auditorium, Harborview Medical Center, Research & Training Building, 300 9th Ave. (corner of 9th and Alder). View the flyer.

Global Oncology Symposium, March 31

Making cancer a priority in global health. A symposium at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, see the website.

2015 Stephen Stewart Gloyd Endowed Lecture: "Public Health as Social Justice: Lessons from Harlem to Harare,"  April 3

Speaker Mary T. Bassett, commisioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygience and a UW graduate in public health ('85),  served on the medical faculty at the University of Zimbabwe for 17 years and developed a range of AIDS prevention interventions to address one of the world’s worst AIDS epidemics. She later served as the associate director of health equity at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Southern Africa office overseeing its Africa AIDS portfolio.The lecture is from 5 6:30 p.m. (reception to follow), Hogness Auditorium, and Health Sciences Center. See the announcement.

Grand Rounds with Glenn Regehr, professor of surgery at the University of British Columbia, April 7

The Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) is sponsoring this event with Dr. Regehr, who will be speaking on “The dangerous pursuit of independence: Implications for healthcare practice and education,” 12-1 p.m., Health Sciences Center, K-069. View the announcement.

The Graduate School’s Weight and Wellness series, April 8, 14, 21, 30 and May 5, 13, 19

Speakers include Adam Drewnowski, UW professor of epidemiology and medicine (April 14), Ellen Schur, UW assistant professor of medicine (May 13), former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (April 30) and wellness celebrities Michael Pollan (April 8) and Kathy Najimy (May 19). All lectures are in Kane Hall, Room 130, 6:30 p.m.

Science in Medicine Distinguished Scientist Lecture “Guiding signals through anchored enzyme complexes,” with John D. Scott, UW professor of pharmacology, April 22

Intracellular signal transduction events are precisely regulated in space and time. This is achieved in part by a-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs) that tether a variety of protein kinases and phosphatases in proximity to selected substrates. AKAP targeting provides an efficient means to reversibly control the phosphorylation status of key substrates and contributes to the dynamic regulation of sophisticated cellular pathways. Using genetic, structural, electrophysiological and super-resolution imaging techniques we show that AKAPs enhance the precision of cellular signaling. We have also discovered that aberrant AKAP signaling events contribute to the onset of diabetes, and comorbidities including hypertension and heart disease.
The lecture is from 12-1 p.m., D-209, Turner Auditorium, UW Health Sciences Center. View the flyer.


Nominations sought for Brotman Leadership Award and Ragen Volunteer Service Award, (Due March 30)

UW Medicine is accepting nominations for two prestigious awards: The Brotman Leadership Award and The Ragen Volunteer Service Award. Nominations, which can be made online at supportuwmedicine.org/brotman-ragen-awards, are due on March 30. The Brotman award, named after Jeffrey H. Brotman, honors visionary philanthropic leadership. The Ragen award, named after Brooks G. Ragen, honors service — from a volunteer, faculty member or staff member — that advances UW Medicine’s mission. Both awards, named after exemplary advocates, are presented at the Dean’s Circle Celebration in May. If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Nick Postiglione, executive assistant to the chief advancement officer for UW Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Washington, at 206.221.1067 or nickpost@uw.edu.

Train-the-trainer workshops for first responders and public health professionals, May 8 and June 18

Washington first responders and public health professionals are invited to participate in upcoming train-the-trainer workshops scheduled to introduce you to the Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN) Washington a (iPhone/iPad) mobile app developed at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and aimed to be used by first responders in the state in response and recovery situations. Come learn how to use the app and website for your next Washington response and recovery situation.
Seattle trainings: Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., May 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and June 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Register to attend a class at http://rrain.org/register.php. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues. If you have questions regarding this training opportunity, contact hslrrain@uw.edu.

Continuing Medical Education

Visit Continuing Medical Education for information on upcoming classes.

In the News
Articles which feature UW Medicine and Health Science  faculty staff, students and trainees.

  • Sports briefs: Port Angeles hosting concussion forum next week, Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News, March 18, 2015
    Dr. Stanley Herring, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, a leading concussion specialist, a UW professor and a team physician to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, will speak at the forum in Port Angeles.
  • Early X-rays might not help elderly with new back pain, New York Times Well blog, March 17, 2015
    Older people with a new episode of back pain shouldn't be sent right away for X-rays or other imaging studies, new UW research suggests. Jeffrey Jarvik, the study's lead author from the UW, is quoted.
  • From chimpanzees to breast cancer: One doctor's remarkable career, KUOW, March 17, 2015
    Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington professor Mary-Claire King about her groundbreaking research that changed the way we treat breast cancer today.
  • State's e-cig rules could become toughest in U.S., KING-TV NBC 5, March 16, 2015
    A new bill would make Washington's laws regulating e-cigarettes some of the toughest in the nation. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, teaches public health at the UW.
  • UW autism screening study to include Yakima, Yakima-Herald Republic, March 15, 2015
    A University of Washington study that will include Yakima hopes to expand early screening for autism to all 18-month well-child checks, and, if toddlers show any problem areas, to get them into services quickly.

  • How Facebook and a local organization are working together to prevent suicide, KUOW, March 13, 2015
    Marcie Sillman talks with Jennifer Stuber, director of Forefront, a suicide prevention organization at the University of Washington, about their partnership with Facebook.
  • 9 highly effective treatments for mild depression prevention, MSN, March 13, 2015
    A roundup of approaches to treating mild depression. Charles Bombardier, clinical psychologist at the UW School of Medicine, is quoted. [Note: This mention is on the eighth slide in a gallery presentation].
  • College students push for more suicide prevention resources on campus, KING-TV NBC 5, March 13, 2015
    Juliana Borges and Emily Murphy share a common bond beyond being fellow students at the UW. They have both lost loved ones to suicide.
  • UW expert part of international project on female genital cutting, UW Today, March 13, 2015
    Decades of efforts to end female genital cutting have resulted in some progress, but the ancient tradition stubbornly persists in many places. A new five-year project has a goal of reducing female genital cutting by at least 30 percent in 10 target countries — something no effort to date has managed to achieve. Bettina Shell-Duncan, UW professor of anthropology and adjunct professor in global health, is quoted.
  • Vulcan's not done selling yet. Next up: its first SLU project for UW Medical, Puget Sound Business Journal, March 12, 2015
    Vulcan is selling a building that houses UW Medical Center labs. The Rosen Building is part of UW Medicine's South Lake Union complex where more than 600 scientists conduct research on cancer vaccines, diabetes, heart regeneration and other topics.
  • Why does a playground activity that all kids love make so many adults sick? KPLU-FM 88.5 NPR News & All That Jazz, March 12, 2015
    What changes between childhood and adulthood that makes playground swings go from exhilarating to intolerable? Dr. James Phillips, at the Balance and Dizziness Center at the UW Medical Center, conducted tests and is quoted.

  • Seattle launches pot-prevention effort aimed at teens, KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000, March 11, 2015
    More than two years after Washington legalized marijuana, community groups in Seattle are launching a citywide effort aimed at preventing use of marijuana and other drugs by teens. UW research is cited. [This AP story appears in several publications].
  • Study confirms genetic link between prostate and breast cancer, Toronto Globe & Mail, March 11, 2015
    Women with close male relatives with prostate cancer are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, a new study confirms. Mary-Claire King, a UW professor of medicine, is quoted.
  • We're making real health progress that's saving kids' lives; here's proof in one chart, Huffington Post, March 10, 2015
    Child mortality has gone down in all but two of 24 causes of death considered in the Global Burden of Disease report by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
  • The growing risk of suicide in rural America, The Atlantic, March 10, 2015
    A study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found that suicide rates among young people in rural areas were nearly doubled over time compared to urban areas. Frededrick Rivara, a professor of pediatrics at the UW, wrote an accompanying editorial.
  • Rural, urban suicide gap widening among youth, Fox News & Business, March 10, 2015
    The gap in suicide risk between young people in rural U.S. communities and those in more urban areas is widening, a new study suggests. An editorial written by Frededrick Rivara, professor of pediatrics at the UW, is mentioned.
  • For young people in rural areas, suicide poses a growing threat, NPR, March 9, 2015
    Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and those who live in rural areas are especially at risk. Frederick Rivara, a professor of pediatrics at the UW, is quoted.

  • More evidence breast cancer and prostate cancer cluster in families, Fox News & Business, March 9, 2015
    The gap in suicide risk between young people in rural U.S. communities and those in more urban areas is widening, a new study suggests. An editorial written by Frededrick Rivara, professor of pediatrics at the UW, is mentioned.
  • Next generation of breast cancer care, UW Today, March 9, 2015
    By applying PET technology to a standard mammography machine, UW startup PET/X hopes to streamline the treatment process for breast cancer patients, knocking out costs and side effects along the way 
  • Anti-vaccine haven digs in as measles outbreak hands science crusaders an edge, Huffington Post, March 6, 2015
    Vashon Island has become a stronghold of vaccine skeptics. Dr. Douglas Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and expert in bioethics at the UW, is quoted.
  • 9 ways to ease a fear of flying, MSN, March 4, 2015
    Therapists often work with patients to dissect what exactly might be bothering them, whether it's the fear of heights, enclosed spaces, or not being in control. Jonathan Bricker, affiliate associate professor of psychology at the UW, is quoted.

  • Study: Socioeconomic factors affect obesity, not weight change, KING-TV NBC 5, March 4, 2015
    A new study has found that while socioeconomic factors can predict widespread obesity, they do not predict short-term weight change. Researcher Adam Drewnowski of the Center for Public Health Nutrition is quoted.
  • Bill would expand access to overdose antidote drug, KUOW, March 4, 2015
    Ross Reynolds talks to Dennis Donovan, director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the UW, about a bill which would grant wider access to the opiate overdose medication, Naloxone.
  • Viewpoint: Marijuana smokers should be held to the same standard as drinkers, USA Today, March 4, 2015
    Research by Roger Roffman, a professor of social work at the UW, is cited in a commentary piece suggesting marijuana users should adhere to the same "basic social rules" that apply to drinking alcohol.

Spokane Medical Education

  • Campus evolution: WSU kicks Spokane development into high gear, Spokesman-Review, March 15, 2015
    A major contributor to WSU's ambitious development is the university's push for its own medical school. Last week the Legislature agreed to repeal a 1917 prohibition against any public higher-education facility other than the UW from training doctors.
  • Sunday Spin: What really happened in 1917 for med schools? Spokesman-Review, March 15, 2015
    A 1917 law is denounced as antiquated for our 21st-century medical needs, writes reporter and columnist Jim Camden. But it's not exactly true that the Legislature thought deeply about medical schools 98 years ago when it passed that law.
  • Inslee won't block WSU med school, Spokesman-Review, March 13, 2015
    Gov. Jay Inslee implied Thursday that he will sign a bill giving Washington State University permission to start its own medical school in Spokane. But he made clear that funding decisions still remain.
  • WSU wins House and Senate approval for medical school, Seattle Times, March 11, 2015
    The state House and Senate have approved identical bills that clear the way for Washington State University to start its own medical school. Neither bill puts aside money for a new medical school.
  • Senate passage puts WSU step closer to medical school, Spokesman-Review, March 11, 2015
    For the second time in less than a day, Washington State University's hopes for its own medical school got a major boost Tuesday as the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would grant the permission -- but not the money -- to make that happen.

  • PNWU president fully supports WSU medical school, Yakima-Herald Republic, March 11, 2015
    Funding is still a huge unknown, as the state is strapped for cash. But a third medical school in the state -- specifically at WSU's Spokane campus -- is much needed, says Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences President Dr. Keith Watson.

  • A WSU medical school in Spokane gets thumbs up from Legislature, seattlepi.com, March 10, 2015
    The legislation repeals a 98-year-old law that gives the University of Washington sole authority to operate a state-sponsored medical school. It also repeals a forestry school monopoly given to the UW in 1917.
  • UW launches website to take on WSU, sell expanded medical school program, Puget Sound Business Journal, March 10, 2015
    The University of Washington launched a new website on Monday to support the goal of expanding its medical education program in Spokane.
  • UW Medicine/Health Sciences NewsBeat, a website featuring news from UW Medicine and Health Sciences
  • UW Medicine magazine