• Generosity promotes new research, supports residents

    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 admin No comments

    The Department of Surgery is celebrating two recent instances of generosity, one that will help to explore a potential driver of ovarian cancer and another that will support surgical residents during their research years.

    In September, the department was awarded $124,000 from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation to fund work by research investigator Tracy Cui, Ph.D., into a tumor-secreted protein that appears to spur ovarian tumor growth, possibly by enhancing the action of cancer stem cells.
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  • Firefighter Fights for his Life

    Posted on October 14th, 2010 admin No comments

    Four minutes and thirty-four seconds. That’s the time it took Rick Worm, father of two sets of twins, to complete the firefighters’ brutal Agility Test. In Traverse City, MI, Rick is a local hero; not just because of his impressive time, and not just because he achieved it hauling a hose, a 100 pound bag (used to simulate a victim), and a sledgehammer while wearing full firefighter turnout gear, oxygen tank and mask. He is a local hero, because he beat the average time by almost two minutes just months after recovering from a life-threatening case of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Read entire article.

  • December 8, 2009 – A Message from the Chair

    Posted on December 8th, 2009 admin No comments

    Michael W. Mulholland, MD, PhDGreetings from the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan.

    I hope that you will find this winter edition of In the Loupes interesting. I also hope that you will keep in touch with the department.

    On October 8th we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the University of Michigan Burn Center. Read article.

  • December 8, 2009 – Update: Raising Money and Hope for Esophageal Cancer Research

    Posted on December 8th, 2009 admin No comments

    yachtThe Jamie Osher Memorial Fund for Research in Esophageal Cancer has raised more than $24-thousand to date and will in part fund a new educational video filmed at the University of Michigan Esophagectomy Support Group meetings, highlighting common experiences of patients and their families before and after surgery for esophageal cancer and discussing strategies for coping with this often fatal illness. Read the full article.

  • October 7, 2009 – $1.2 Million Gift Establishes Mark S. Kahn Family Medical Innovation Fund at U-M MIC

    Posted on October 9th, 2009 admin No comments

    kahn_geiger3The U-M Medical Innovation Center (MIC) is pleased to announce the creation of the Mark S. Kahn Family Medical Innovation Fund. The new $1.2 million fund will support leading edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship at the MIC.

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  • September 24, 2009 – The Dick Sarns Innovation Fund

    Posted on September 24th, 2009 admin No comments

    Dick Sarns

    The University of Michigan is pleased to announce the Dick Sarns Innovation Fund at our new Medical Innovation Center. A pioneer in biomedical engineering, Dick Sarns’ groundbreaking technologies have improved surgical outcomes for countless patients.

    In collaboration with leading cardiac surgeons at the University of Michigan, Sarns developed the heart/lung machine for use during open-heart surgery, which has become the most noted and widely used product of its kind.

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  • September 2, 2009 – Raising Money and Hope for Esophageal Cancer Research

    Posted on September 2nd, 2009 admin No comments

    Cruise for the Cure

    Jamie Osher passed away September 3, 2008 from esophageal cancer. To honor her husband, Paula Wiggins has established The Jamie Osher Memorial Fund in Esophageal Cancer to support critical and groundbreaking research at the University of Michigan.

    “Jamie was only 55 when he died,” adds Paula. “Raising money in Jamie’s name to find a cure gives me hope that some good can come out of something so terrible. We hope Dr. Orringer and his team find a cure soon.”

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    Jamie’s brother John, a successful entrepreneur, and his wife Bonnie (1979 BS Education from UM) will embark on a “Cruise for a Cure” just after Labor Day to honor his brother and raise money for The Jamie Osher Memorial Fund. The couple’s voyage will cover 2500 nautical miles from Bay Harbor, MI, to Jupiter, FL. “We want to raise awareness about esophageal cancer, raise money for research, and honor Jamie’s life,” says John. John and Bonnie are themselves pledging $4.00 for each mile of their trip. Interested supporters can pledge a donation per mile or make a lump sum contribution – all money raised will support esophageal cancer research at the University of Michigan.

    Paula Wiggins and eight other nationally renowned Cincinnati artists (Kay Hurley, Terri Kern, Cindy Olmes, Carol MacConnell, Diane Seeman, Chris Seeman, Donna Talerico, and Nancy Willman) will sell selected work in early September at an event to honor Jamie and raise money for the Jamie Osher Memorial Fund in Esophageal Research. Jamie, himself, was an accomplished photographer and was actively involved in supporting the local art community in Cincinnati.

    To find out how you can support the Jamie Osher Memorial Fund in Esophageal Cancer, please contact Ann Boyd-Stewart.

  • September 1, 2009 – The Jamie Osher Memorial Fund for Research in Esophageal Cancer

    Posted on September 1st, 2009 admin No comments

    Jamie Osher and Paula Wiggins Jamie Osher – who passed away September 3, 2008 from esophageal cancer – was, by all accounts, an extraordinary man. But the battle he faced with esophageal cancer is becoming increasingly common. In fact, the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has increased by an alarming 350 percent over the last few decades. Experts don’t yet know why this particular type of cancer is on the rise, and the rapid spread of the disease makes it difficult to treat unless it’s caught early. To honor her husband, Paula Wiggins has established The Jamie Osher Memorial Fund in Esophageal Cancer to support critical and groundbreaking research at the University of Michigan.

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  • John R. Pfeifer, MD Remembered

    Posted on July 19th, 2009 admin No comments

    John R. We regret to note the recent passing of Jack Pfeifer, MD, a pioneer in Vascular Surgery. While Jack retired from practice in October 2007, he remained an active mentor to his former students. Dr. Pfeifer was internationally known for his expertise and passion for Vascular Surgery, as well as for his endearing personality. His colleagues looked up to him and thoroughly enjoyed working with him, and he will be missed by all.

    The family wishes all charitable donations to go to ‘The John R. Pfeifer Surgical Professorship’ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI. This can be done via check or credit card. Checks should be made out to the University of Michigan and the memo should read ‘In Memory of John R. Pfeifer, MD.’ It can be mailed to:

    University of Michigan
    Surgery Development, Attn: Greg Witbeck
    1500 E. Medical Center Drive
    2110 Taubman Center
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5346
    (800) 588-5844

  • July 18, 2009 — Jim Geiger, M.D. And the Medical Innovation Center Featured in Medicine at Michigan

    Posted on July 18th, 2009 admin No comments

    jim_geiger_medicine_at_michiganTo help U-M faculty negotiate the “fuzzy front end” of the medical device innovation process, Jim Geiger, M.D. and Albert Shih, Ph.D. created the Medical Innovation Center, or MIC.

    “Our mission is to positively impact health by encouraging medical innovations that will actually be adopted — made by someone, bought by someone, used by someone,” explains Geiger. “To accomplish this, we work closely with the Office of Technology Transfer. MIC has been characterized as a ‘feeder’ for OTT. By stimulating cross-campus collaboration, advancing innovative concepts and providing early stage technology development, we help supply quality medical innovations for OTT.”

    Read about its founding and early successes in Medicine at Michigan.