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September 12, 2014
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2014 UW Medicine faculty promotions announced
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.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Abbey Norris @ 206.221.8274, email@example.com. For more information, view invite.
Visit Continuing Medical Education for information on upcoming classes.
Articles involving UW Medicine in the past two weeks.