JULY 2003
Volume 27 No. 7

Emergency department expansion, renovation will enhance care

Leadership, teamwork pay off in successful trauma survey

Trauma program QI projects

Results of statewide hospital survey provide benchmarking data

New rules limiting residents' work hours will require increased efficiency

Lawyer and medical ethicist helps physicians, families navigate ethical dilemmas







Tell us about your awards and accomplishments, or those of your colleagues. Send your contributions to Sara Selis by e-mail selis@stanford.edu or fax (650) 723-7172, or call her at (650) 723-7798.

MICHAEL R. FOGEL, adjunct professor of medicine and former chief of gastro- enterology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, received the 2003 Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. The award recognizes practitioners who combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by science. Fogel received the award in late May in Orlando, Fla.

THOMAS M. KRUMMEL, chair of the Department of Surgery and the Emile Holman Professor of Surgery, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Krummel was honored for numerous pioneering contributions including developing an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) team during his residency, elucidating the cellular and biochemical signals associated with scarless fetal repair, and helping establish a new paradigm in surgical education through surgical simulation and virtual reality-based training.

CLETE A. KUSHIDA, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was named chair of the standards and practice committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for a three-year term, which began in June. He also serves on the American Board of Sleep Medicine and co-chairs the sleep medicine board examination. At Stanford he directs the Center for Human Sleep Research, which conducts NIH-funded and industry-sponsored clinical research on sleep disorders.

EDWARD BERTACCINI was promoted to associate professor of anesthesia at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. He is a critical care specialist in the medical-surgical intensive care unit at the VA and is a key faculty member providing cardiovascular anesthesia for complex cardiothoracic surgery cases. Bertaccini's basic research involves molecular modeling of anesthetic agents. A recent study, "Molecular modelling of specific and non-specific anaesthetic interactions," conducted with James Trudell, professor of anesthesia, appeared in the British Journal of Anesthesia.

BRYAN D. MYERS, professor of medicine (nephrology), was named the 15th recipient of the Albion Walter Hewlett Award. He received the award and presented the Hewlett lecture June 12 at the Department of Medicine grand rounds. His topic was "Elucidating the pathophysiology of acute renal failure: A Stanford experience." The award, which commemorates the late Hewlett, a professor and chair of medicine at Stanford, honors "a physician of care and skill who is committed to using biologic knowledge, wisdom and compassion to return patients to productive lives."

WILLIAM H. NORTHWAY, professor of radiology and of pediatrics emeritus, received the Gold Medal of the Society for Pediatric Radiology. The award is presented to pediatric radiologists who have contributed greatly to the SPR and to the sub-specialty as a scientist, teacher, personal mentor and leader. Northway is credited with promoting a unique appreciation of the interweaving of clinical and basic research in pediatric imaging. In 1967 Northway and colleagues published in the New England Journal of Medicine the first clinical description of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in premature infants.

SAAD A. SHAKIR, adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has attained the status of distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his dedication and contributions to psychiatry. Shakir specializes in the latest developments in psychopharmacology, and he speaks to physician groups locally and nationally on anxiety and mood disorders.

KIM BUTTS was promoted to associate professor of radiology. Her research involves the use of interventional magnetic resonance imaging to treat human disease and focuses on developing new methodology for device placement, monitoring thermal ablation procedures and assessment of tissue damage after thermal therapy. She is investigator or co-investigator on four current NIH studies. She serves as vice president of the Interventional Study Group of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

JOHN P. COOKE was promoted to professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine). He serves as director of Stanford's vascular medicine section. He established and directs the Stanford Guidant Lecture Series for investigators in cardiovascular disease in academia and industry. He founded the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology and serves as a trustee. He is principal or co-investigator on several current NIH grants and directs a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute training grant in vascular medicine and biology. He has achieved recognition as a teacher, researcher and international leader in vascular biology and has generated novel insights into signaling pathways that affect the development of vascular disease.

DENISE L. JOHNSON was promoted to associate professor of surgery (general surgery). She has worked with the nuclear medicine division and the pathology department to develop protocols for lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy in melanoma, setting the stage for the establishment of the multidisciplinary melanoma clinic of which she serves as director. In 1999 she was chosen to serve a 10-year term on the Commission on Cancer and in 2002 to serve on a national melanoma committee, both under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons. Her research includes studies of the effects of hypoxia on gene products of cancer cells. She is a co-investigator on NIH studies seeking to characterize tumor-specific T cells in breast solid tumors and to conduct microarray gene analysis of T cells in the context of cancer.

VINOD MENON was promoted to associate professor (research) of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He is associate director for functional brain imaging and computational neuroscience in Stanford's Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory. He is on the faculty of the biological computation group, the program in neuroscience and the Stanford Brain Research Institute. His research focuses on understanding information processing in the brain using multidisciplinary approaches including brain imaging, physics, computer science, mathematics and statistics. He has also studied psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, Turner's syndrome and fragile X syndrome - one of the most common single-gene diseases and the leading form of autism with a known cause.

JOHN B. POLLARD was promoted to associate professor of anesthesia at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. At the VA, Pollard serves as medical director of outpatient surgery, associate chief of staff for education and chair of the operating room committee. He is vice chair of the professional standards board and serves on the board of directors of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education. Pollard's research focuses on outpatient preoperative assessment. He has published articles on this topic in Anesthesia and Analgesia, Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology and the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia.

JAVAID SHEIKH was promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, with tenure. Sheikh, associate dean for veterans affairs at the medical school, serves as chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and chairman of the board of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education. He is clinical director of the Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center and research director of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the VA. His research involves the study of geriatric anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety associated with dementia.

RICHARD I. WHYTE was promoted to professor of cardiothoracic surgery. He is chief of the division of thoracic surgery and medical director of the operating rooms. His scholarly work focuses on the management of common clinical problems in thoracic surgery. He is noted for his work on the management of esophageal perforation and the use of stereotactic radiation for the treatment of lung tumors. His interest in health-care delivery and policy involves a collaborative study of the cost-effectiveness of lung transplantation.