• June 15, 2009 – Faculty Highlight of Jeffrey Platt, MD

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    Jeffrey Platt, MDDr. Jeffrey Platt, a physician and scientist of international renown, joined the U-M Department of Surgery as a Professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology in 2008. He has launched a new research program called Transplantation Biology aimed at making important discoveries for surgery and biomedical science and training a new generation of surgeon-scientists.

    Read more about Dr. Platt…

  • June 8, 2009 – MIC’s Tangent Medical Awarded Best of Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp

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    Ann Arbor SPARK’s spring Entrepreneur Boot Camp recently concluded with Best of Boot Camp awards going to two Ann Arbor-based companies. NanoMAG and Tangent Medical Technologies, LLC received $5,000 client engagements with Ann Arbor SPARK in recognition of their excellent business plans and investor pitches.

    tangentTangent Medical Technologies, LLC is a start-up medical device company commercializing a new class of intravenous fluid delivery catheters. The company’s core team of founders, four accomplished fellows at the University of Michigan’s Medical Innovation Center, delivered a winning business plan centered around their combined medical, scientific and engineering expertise. Tangent plans to create new products that address unmet clinical needs and can significantly improve patient care.

    “We came in with a product idea, though we didn’t know how to move forward with it,” said Elyse Kemmerer, co-founder of Tangent Medical. “Our drill instructor and our Boot Camp mentors showed us everything we didn’t know and then kicked us into shape. The experience was intense and exciting, and it moved us far beyond where we would have gotten on our own.”

    Entrepreneur Boot Camp is two-days of business planning and preparation designed to help early stage technology businesses increase their chances of attracting additional funding, finding resources and achieving success. A unique combination of hands-on learning and one-on-one mentoring, the camp features nationally noted speakers on entrepreneurship, successful local entrepreneurs and investors.

    Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK represents all communities in the Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, the Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, the Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborSPARK.org.

  • June 4, 2009 – A Message from the Chair

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    It’s an exciting time for the U-M Department of Surgery.

    We have a number of new clinical programs, expanding research, and innovative educational programs. We are prosperous and energized.

    Our research has grown impressively, particularly in the areas of cancer stem cell biology, the inflammatory basis for vascular disease, and immunology. We are now ranked 2nd nationally in NIH funding. We are especially excited that the newly announced clinical Destination Programs will provide opportunities to expand the clinical application of our laboratory discoveries.

    Last year, we sponsored a new 4th-year medical student elective designed to prepare students for their first year of surgical training. This successful program included technical training, mock patient care pages, anatomic dissections, and lots of hands-on faculty attention. I am particularly grateful to Drs. Paul Gauger and Melissa Brunsvold for the leadership of this effort.

    This year, Dr. Steve Buchman was recognized as a U-M Outstanding Clinician of the Year. Dr. Kevin Chung received the Clinical and Health Services Research Award. Dr. Vincent Cimmino won the 2008 Kaiser Permanente Teaching Award. In 2008, Paul Gauger was recognized as the nation’s Outstanding Surgical Teacher by the Association for Surgical Education, and in 2009, Dr. Rebecca Minter received the same award. I am proud to announce that Dr. Robert Merion serves as the President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and that Dr. Diane Simeone is currently the President of the Society of University Surgeons.

    This newsletter highlights the Medical Innovation Center headed by James Geiger, MD. The MIC hopes to accelerate the transformation of promising medical technologies to products that benefit people throughout Michigan and the world. In this issue, you will also meet the MIC’s first five graduating fellows and learn about their prototype laboratory.

    These are wonderful times in the Department of Surgery. I hope that you will share our excitement.


    Michael W. Mulholland, MD, PhD
    Frederick A. Coller Distinguished Professor
    Chair, Department of Surgery

  • June 1 , 2009 – Robert Merion, MD Voted President, American Society of Transplant Surgeons

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    Robert Merion, MDRobert Merion, MD, Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation, has been voted President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.