Pie-in-the-Face Contest Kicks Off

Pie in the Face Global Health Fundraiser

This year’s Global Health Fundraiser “competitors” include Dr. Sol Aronson, John Borrelli and Sharon Taylor. The person who receives the most money in their name receives the celebratory pie. And, the fundraiser who collects the largest amount of donations has the honor of throwing the pie! Donations can be made to Duke University and are being collected in Dr. Mathew’s office. The last day to donate is October 31st!

Department Chairman, Dr. Joseph Mathew, was last year’s gracious “winner,” receiving $1,356 in donations. Dr. Annemarie Thompson was “runner-up” with $1,191 in donations. Please spread the word and help us raise even more money for global health this year!

Chris KeithPie-in-the-Face Contest Kicks Off
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Farewell to Dr. Bennett-Guerrero

Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, MDDr. Elliott Bennett-Guerrero will be leaving Duke on August 31, 2015 to take on a new role at SUNY Stony Brook as Vice Chair for Clinical Research.

Dr. Bennett-Guerrero is currently the Director of Perioperative Clinical Research at Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Chair of the Research Advisory Board and Chair of the Research Council in the Department of Anesthesiology, and a professor of anesthesiology with tenure. Following graduation from Harvard Medical School, he completed residency and training in cardiac anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Duke University Medical Center. After joining our team in 2003, Dr. Bennett-Guerrero has led numerous clinical research projects including large multicenter randomized trials, pharmacokinetic studies, healthy volunteer studies, and large observational/database analyses. Although painful to lose a strong team member, we are appreciative and proud of his exceptional accomplishments, and wish him all the best.

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Duke Enters First-of-its-kind Collaboration with Wake Forest, UNC & Health Sciences South Carolina to Improve Health

Iain Sanderson, MDSouth Carolina and North Carolina have many things in common: southern heritage, a love of good food and family, beautiful beaches and mountains. The two states also share burdensome health issues like unacceptably high rates of diabetes, stroke, obesity, heart disease, and health disparities.

Now, the Carolinas have a new commonality: a first-in-the-nation, dual state health collaborative made possible by a $15.3 million grant to Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) awarded by The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Three of the major research universities and health systems in North Carolina will now partner with those in South Carolina to share information, methods, tools, opportunities and expertise with the goal of improving health and healthcare for the populations of those states and beyond.”
— Iain Sanderson, BM, BCh, Vice Dean for Research Informatics, Duke University School of Medicine

HSSC was established in 2004 by leaders of South Carolina’s largest research universities and health systems who shared the vision of improving health through research. As a result of The Duke Endowment grant, HSSC is collaborating with the health systems and medical schools of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), Duke University, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in efforts to build upon the infrastructure and enable the use of data to improve health in both states.

Read more here: tinyurl.com/pr2sfq3

On June 2, 2015, in News and Announcements, by Jill Boy | medschoolblog

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Michael L. “Luke” James, MD Becomes a Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society

Michael L. James, MD, FAHA, FNCSDr. Michael L. “Luke” James, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology, has recently been recognized as a Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society (FNCS).

The Neurocritical Care Society offers the Fellow designation to denote “letters” that recognize exceptional service, program development, scholarly activity, and leadership in the field of neurocritical care. Dr. James has an extensive background in neuroanesthesia and neurointensive care and a special research interest in translational and clinical research aspects of intracerebral hemorrhage. On October 7-10, 2015, Dr. James will be formally  presented to the Society at the 13th Annual Neurocritical Care Society Meeting in Seattle. Individuals recognized in this Fellowship can add the letters ‘FNCS’ to their respective titles – congratulations, Dr. Michael L. “Luke” James, MD, FAHA, FNCS on this prestigious achievement!

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Enhanced Recovery Beneficial After Colorectal Surgery

Julie Thacker, MD, left, and surgical resident Paul Speicher perform surgery at Duke University Hospital.

Dr. Julie Thacker, left, and surgical resident Paul Speicher perform a laparoscopic resection for a patient with recurrent Crohn’s disease at Duke University Hospital in Durham.
Shawn Rocco/Duke Medicine

A hospital practice called enhanced recovery cuts hospital stays and readmission rates following colorectal surgery, according to Duke research.

Enhanced recovery does away with the fasting and laxative treatments required the night before surgery. After surgery, enhanced recovery encourages people to eat and move as soon as possible.

Traditionally, people aren’t given food or drink for up to several days post-surgery to give the bowel time to heal. Various methods to reduce pain are also prescribed, depending on the surgeon’s preference. Enhanced recovery follows a standardized pain management approach.

Read full article | April 25, 2014 | Duke Medicine Blog

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