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DEPARTMENT OF Surgery ~ 2013 Annual Report

Marion Everett Couch, M.D., PhD., M.B.A., Interim Chair

The Department of Surgery had an outstanding year in 2013, demonstrating continued excellence in its mission of providing stellar education, research, innovation, and quality care for patients.

Over the past year, the Department grew to 98 faculty members in 15 divisions and five residency programs. Many divisions recruited outstanding new faculty members, including Peter Holoch, M.D., Mujde Erten, Ph.D., David Murman, M.D., Alison Sullivan, M.D., Sarah Schlein, M.D., Philip Skidd, M.D., Jeffrey Young, M.D., and Thomas Ahern, Ph.D.

The incoming General Surgery intern, Mayo Fujii, M.D., won the first annual Mildred Reardon M.D. Award for Service to the College of Medicine. Griffin Boll, M.D., won the H. Gordon Page M.D. Award for Excellence in Surgery. Katie Shean, M.D., won the Pilcher Award, and Christine Velazco, M.D., was awarded the Harry Howe M.D. Senior Student Award.

Research efforts in the Department were very productive. Urologist Gerry Mingin, M.D., continued with his National Institutes of Health K08 Career Development Award, and Emergency Medicine physician Kalev Freeman, M.D., Ph.D., continued with his Career Development K08 award on traumatic brain injury, both with Professor and Chair of Pharmacology Mark Nelson, Ph.D., as their mentor. Brian Sprague, Ph.D., garnered several grants from the National Cancer Institute to study breast cancer screening. Chris Jones, Ph.D., and Mujde Erten, Ph.D., won a State Innovation Models contract to study pricing variation in healthcare.

The Heart Team lead the way for innovation with Joseph Schmoker, M.D., and Frank Ittleman, M.D., teaming with cardiologists Harold Dauerman, M.D., and David Schneider, M.D., to provide a minimally invasive way to treat critically ill patients with aortic stenosis (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation). Mark Plante, M.D., was sworn in as president of the American Urological Association — New England Section and Brian Irwin, M.D., is program director for the Section. Damon Silverman, M.D., is president of the Vermont Otolaryngology Society. Several faculty members assumed leadership roles at the University. Ted James, M.D., was selected as a Macy Scholar for innovation in education. Dr. James was also selected to be the director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Margaret Tandoh, M.D., was appointed assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the College of Medicine. Dr. Ittleman became an associate vice president for the UVM Medical Group.

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