UW News

August 5, 2004

Health Sciences News Briefs

Dr. Kristen M. Swanson, an internationally recognized researcher in caring for women who have experienced miscarriage, has been selected as a 2004 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive nurse fellow. Swanson, professor and chair of the Department of Family and Child Nursing, is one of 20 nurses selected for the three-year fellowship. The fellowship will support a leadership project at the UW, leadership educational opportunities at the national level, and offer significant experience with a senior executive mentor.

Dr. Colleen Huebner, director of the Maternal and Child Health Program and associate professor of health services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, has been appointed by President Bush to the U.S. Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The Commission advises the executive and congressional branches on library and information policies. She is one of 12 new commission members who join four ongoing members.

The UW Health Sciences Libraries have won a Blue Ribbon Recognition Award for providing consumer health information. The awards have been given to libraries or information delivery organizations in each state by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Nominees were chosen by state library agencies. The awards are designed to highlight libraries that do the most to provide broad information and promote healthy lifestyles.

Two studies by UW Department of Surgery faculty are on a list of the top 10 clinical research articles of 2003. The list was published in the July issue of the journal Archives of Surgery. One of the articles is a study led by Dr. David Flum, assistant professor of surgery, on the benefits of intraoperative imaging during surgical removal of the gall bladder.The lead author of the other article is Dr. Brant Oelschlager, assistant professor of surgery. The article details a follow-up study on the effectiveness of laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery to treat Barrett’s esophagus. The editorial board of the Archives of Surgery compiled the list, which includes articles from a variety of medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Surgery.