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September 12, 2014

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Message from Paul Ramsey

2014 UW Medicine faculty promotions announced

Dear Colleagues:

Promotion to a higher academic rank signifies sustained excellence in teaching, research or patient care. I am very pleased to announce the academic promotion of 119 UW Medicine regular faculty members and 156 UW Medicine clinical and affiliate faculty members, effective July 1, 2014.

Among regular faculty members, 37 individuals were promoted to professor, one to research professor, 76 to associate professor, four to research associate professor and one to principal lecturer. The list of promoted faculty members, organized by department, is available here.

Among clinical and affiliate faculty members, 21 individuals were promoted to clinical or affiliate professor, 58 to clinical associate or affiliate associate professor, and 77 to clinical assistant professor. The list of clinical and affiliate faculty promoted can be accessed here.

Congratulations and thank you to each faculty member who achieved a new academic rank.  Your contributions to UW Medicine make a profound difference for our patients, students and trainees and for the future of healthcare.  


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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



UW now boasts 7 Lasker Award recipents; congratulations to Mary-Claire King

Mary-Claire King

Mary-Claire King, UW professor of medicine (Division of Medical Genetics) and genome sciences, will receive the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science Sept. 19 in New York City for “bold, imaginative and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights.” The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation award is one of the most prestigious scientific prizes and comes with a $250,000 honorarium. 
UW now has seven Lasker Award recipients, two later won the Nobel Prize in medicine. For a list of UW awardees, click here.
King, an American Cancer Society professor, is a world leader in cancer genetics and in the application of genetics to resolution of human rights abuses. She was the first to demonstrate that a genetic predisposition for breast cancer exists as the result of inherited mutations in the gene she named BRCA1. More recently, she has worked with Tom Walsh, UW associate professor of medicine (Division of Medical Genetics), to create a screen for all genes that predispose to breast and ovarian cancers. She has also used her genetic expertise to reunite children missing from their families in Argentina, to find soldiers missing in action in WWII, Vietnam, Korea and Cambodia and to identify people buried in mass graves in Rwanda, Central America and the Balkans.
For more on the award, view the article in The Seattle Times. The New York Times reports that King used the spotlight to call for greatly widening the use of genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer. Read more.

King's early work in discovering the BRCA1 gene is showcased in a dynamic graphic timeline on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs website. On the lower right side of the timeline click on 2D or 3D for different dynamic views. The graphic was created in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness in September and Breast Cancer Awareness in October. To view the graphic timeline.

UW wins award to study multiple chronic conditions, including PTSD

The UW won one of three new research awards to address the growing proportion of the U.S. population that has multiple chronic medical conditions. The grants are funded through the National Institutes of Health’s Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, which engages health care systems as research partners in conducting large-scale clinical studies. The new awards total up to $19.4 million over five years.
Douglas Zatzick, UW professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will lead the study. Patients who are being treated for acute physical injuries and who also have conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug use problems, depression, chronic pain and other medical conditions will be part of the trial. The trial will be conducted in partnership with 20 Level I trauma centers across the United States. For more information, see the news release


Clinical Care

UW Medicine’s newest maternal fetal medicine clinic launches in Arlington, Wash.

UW Medicine’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic at Smokey Point.

The UW Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology opened UW Medicine’s newest Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, located in Arlington, Wash. at Smokey Point, July 1. UW Medicine’s 12 maternal-fetal medicine specialists consult on pregnancies at risk for preterm delivery and maternal conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and diseases of the heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system. They also provide prenatal screening, counseling and diagnosis of suspected fetal anomalies and genetic conditions.
UW Medicine physicians have been providing this expertise in the community for more than 14 years through a contract with Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. That contract recently ended. The new state-of-the-art clinic at Smokey Point was made possible through a collaboration with Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital and clinics.
For more information, contact 
Farel McClure at 206-543-0929 or fmcclure@uw.edu.

East African women learn cancer is survivable

Julie Gralow, UW professor of medicine and breast cancer specialist, founded the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN) in Uganda to work with cancer survivors who want women to know they can survive.
WE CAN brings together survivors, leading advocates, scientists and policy makers to provide information on breast and cervical cancer and share ideas on advocacy. This year, a three-day WE CAN East Africa summit is being held in Tanzania Sept. 11-13 with representatives from 10 countries attending.
For more on the story and a video, see the article in HS NewsBeat. 


Carlos Pellegrini

First Carlos Pellegrini Traveling Fellow reports on experience

Jeremy Poon, a physician from Hong Kong, was chosen as the first Carlos Pelligrini Traveling Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Poon visited the Cleveland Clinic in Florida to learn about treating a variety of colorectral conditions. At the UW, Poon met primarily with surgery professors Carlos Pelligrini and Alessandro Fichera to discuss colorectal surgery.
Poon also joined in a robot-assisted rectal cancer resection with Gary Mann, UW associate professor of surgery.
For more on his visit, see the article in the Bulletin, a publication of the American College of Surgeons.


WWAMI Regional News

UW researchers report on using WWAMI model in Kenya

WWAMI model in Kenya

UW researchers contributed to a special supplement in the August issue of Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, about the work of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a U.S.-funded program to strengthen health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
Sub-Saharan Africa suffers 25 percent of the global burden of disease but has only 3 percent of the world’s health care workers. This continental problem is not news to Africans but recent reports from the World Health Organization and others have brought this challenge to global attention. In 2010, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched MEPI in an effort to help address this crisis in regard to medicine. MEPI is funding 13 medical schools in 12 African countries to help increase the quality, quantity and retention of medical school graduates. The UW is partnering with the University of Nairobi.
This supplement speaks to special circumstances of medical education in Africa and addresses many crosscutting topical, global themes in medical education. It includes 33 articles with 225 authors from all the 13 MEPI-sponsored medical schools and many partner schools in Africa and the United States.  
The article,“Expanding Clinical Medical Training Opportunities at the University of Nairobi: Adapting a Regional Medical Education Model from the WWAMI Program at the University of Washington,” was written by Mara J. Child, James N. Kiarie, Suzanne M. Allen, Ruth Nduati, Judith N. Wasserheit, Minnie W. Kibore, Grace John-Stewart, Francis J. Njiri, Gabrielle O’Malley, Raphael Kinuthia,Tom E. Norris; and Carey Farquhar. The article is available online



Sara Javid

Sara Javid

Javid, assistant professor of surgery (Division of Surgical Oncology), has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Athena Endowed Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Research. The award, funded by Trish May, the founder of Athena bottled water, recognizes a junior-level researcher making the greatest contribution during the past year toward improving the prevention, detection, diagnosis or treatment of breast cancer.
Javid received this $4,000 award for her impactful work in disparities research among elderly, American Indian and Alaskan native women with breast cancer.

Carlos Pellegrini

Pellegrini, the Henry N. Harkins Chair of Surgery at the UW, was elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit based in Oakbrook, Ill. The agency accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Pellegrini’s three-year term begins Jan. 1.


Upcoming Events 

Institute of Translational Health Sciences Boot Camp, Sept. 18 and 19

The 2014 Institute of Translational Health Sciences Boot Camp will be held in the Orin Smith Auditorium at UW Medicine’s South Lake Union campus in Seattle Sept.18 and 19. This year’s Boot Camp includes a series of lectures for incoming and novice researchers to learn the latest about clinical and translational research in a relatively short but intensive time. For more information and to register, visit the ITHS website.

Grant writing workshop, Nov. 18-19.  (Registration closes Nov. 3)

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences is offering an interactive grant writing workshop designed for junior faculty who are preparing grant applications to the NIH. Cost: $150. To register, click here.

The Future of Sight: A Conversation with Russell Van Gelder, Oct. 3

An informal conversation with Russell Van Gelder, UW professor and chair, Ophthalmology, and director, UW Vision Science Center, on the advances in vision research at the UW Medicine Eye Institute.  Contact: Rebecca Skoog @ 206.543.8428, rrskoog@uw.edu, or Abbey Norris @ 206.221.8274, abbeyn@uw.edu. For more information, view invite.

Continuing Medical Education

Visit Continuing Medical Education for information on upcoming classes.


In the News

Articles involving UW Medicine in the past two weeks.