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Collaboration focuses on genetically engineered organ research

The ability to artificially grow organs may seem futuristic, but Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are closer to enabling that reality than you might think. Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery at IU School of Medicine and director of the school’s xenotransplantation research lab, recently secured a research agreement focused on organ transplantation technologies. Read more in the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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IU School of Medicine receives $170K to fund simulation in surgical education and training

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Surgery has received $170,000 from the IU  Health Foundation to support two new simulation education devices that will allow faculty and trainees to practice cardiac and endovascular surgical procedures in a controlled, low-risk environment:

Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, honored with 2018 ASE Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education Award

Congratulations to Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, for being selected for the 2018 Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education award. Stefanidis serves as a professor of surgery, chief of minimally-invasive bariatric surgery, and vice chair of education for the Department of Surgery at IU School of Medicine. He will be recognized at the ASE Banquet this spring in Austin, TX.

Resident-led study published in JAMA Surgery

IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery resident and faculty researchers recently published a study comparing traumatic brain injuries in motorcycle drivers and motorcycle passengers. The study, published in JAMA Surgery, shows motorcycle passengers to be less compliant with protective helmet use and to suffer from TBIs than motorcycle drivers. Read more in the IUSM Newsroom.

Bill Wooden, MD, interdisciplinary team honored with 2017 Innovation Award

Congratulations to Bill Wooden, MD, professor of surgery at IU School of Medicine, and an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals at IU Health Methodist and University Hospitals for being honored with the Innovation Award at the 2017 Patient Safety Summit, presented by the Indiana Patient Safety Center. As a means to enhance preventative health care, this team developed an innovative Preoperative Wellness Program for patients undergoing elective surgery, which includes a “red bag” of immune-boosting supplements to allow patients to better endure surgical procedure, reduce complications and experience a faster recovery. A pilot test of the program resulted in reduced lengths of hospital stay, lower infection rates and fewer readmissions. Based on its success, the program is being expanded to all 14 IU Health hospitals across the state.

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery is continuously updating the news and events information to include exciting medical advances in both surgical procedure and research and to highlight upcoming events for faculty, residents, students, staff and the community. Be sure to check back for the latest information.

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