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Stowe Receives Research Scholarship

James Stowe, PhD, coordinator of trauma injury prevention and outreach education at the Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD Trauma Center and doctoral candidate in the MU Department of Human Development and Family Studies, received the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) scholarship for his research "Heightening Older Adults' Awareness of Mobility Preparedness." The EAST Foundation promotes research and education to achieve advances in the care of the injured patient and in injury control and prevention, as well as enhances the professional growth and development of established trauma surgeons and prospective trauma surgeons. The scholarship will sponsor Stowe's research for one year.


barnes-s3Surgery Faculty Recognized at Honors and Awards Convocation

Congratulations to the Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD, Department of Surgery recipients of the MU School of Medicine Excellence in Education awards. Faculty, students and administrators are recognized by the school's Medical Student Affairs Council at the Honors and Awards Convocation. This year, three members of the Department of Surgery were recipients of the awards at the ceremony held May 11, 2012 in the Lester R. Bryant Auditorium.

Stephen Barnes, MD, professor and chief of the division of acute care surgery at MU, (right) received the student award of Excellence in Education: Clinical Faculty.

Jacob Quick, MD, fourth-year resident physician at MU, received the student award of Excellence in Education: Most Outstanding Resident.

Jennifer Doty, RN, medical student clinical program coordinator, received the student award of
Excellence in Education: Most Outstanding Clinical Educator.


Dr. Faizer and Dr. Ramaswamy Receive US Citizenshipramaswamy-a2

Congratulations to Dr. Faizer and Dr. Ramaswamy on attaining permanent U.S. citizenship. Faizer, MD, and his wife, Archana Ramaswamy, MD, both clinical assistant professors at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, received their permanent United States citizenship May 23, 2012. The Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD, Department of Surgery honored the couple with a reception the following day. Drs. Faizer and Ramaswamy previously held Canadian citizenship.

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Cotton Receives Outstanding Young Physician Awardnews3b

Congratulations to Bryan Cotton, MD, University of Missouri School of Medicine alumnus, for receiving an Outstanding Young Physician Award at the 55th University of Missouri School of Medicine Annual Medical Alumni Awards on March 29, 2012. The Outstanding Young Physician Award is presented to alumni age 45 and younger. Dr. Cotton is currently an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

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Wakefield Named Chief of the Division of Urologic Surgerynews1b

Congratulations to Mark Wakefield, MD, associate professor and urology residency program director, who recently accepted theposition as chief of the division of urologic surgery in the Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr., MD Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

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Vogel Joins Department as Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgerynews2b

Welcome to Todd Vogel, MD, associate professor and chief of the division of vascular surgery in the Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr. MD, Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Vogel joined MU in November 2011.

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Bariatric Surgery vs. Exercise: Curing Diabetes

"Bariatric Surgery vs. Exercise: Curing Diabetes" will be presented by Roger de la Torre, MD, and John Thyfault, PhD, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Acuff Auditorium at the MU School of Medicine. The seminar is part of a series of interactive forums organized by the MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICATS) to help bridge the gap between basic science and clinical care.
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Stephen Barnes

Improving Combat Care Training With Simulation

Stephen Barnes, MD, chief of acute care surgery at the University of Missouri, uses clinical simulation resources at MU's medical school and elsewhere to lead a national team in studying how to improve training for combat medics. Their research is funded with a $5.3 million federal grant.
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Improving Care for Ruptured Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

For emergency repair of a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm, research conducted by Raja Gopaldas, MD, shows that thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair led to fewer complications than open surgical repair in smaller U.S. hospitals.
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MU Health Care Expands Robotic Surgery Program

University of Missouri Health Care, the first health system in mid-Missouri to offer robotic minimally invasive surgery, is expanding its robotic surgery program with the addition of a new dual-console da Vinci® Surgical System at University Hosptial.
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Hahm to Receive Spurgeon Research Award

Bumsuk Hahm, PhD, an assistant professor of surgery, molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2011 Dorsett L. Spurgeon, MD, Distinguished Medical Research Award. His research focuses on viral immunobiology.

Hahm is investigating the mechanisms by which the sphingolipid system regulates host defensive signaling and immune responses against viral infections. He seeks to provide a detailed understanding of sphingolipid modifications that regulate host immunity and viral pathogenesis, as well as promote the development of therapeutic interventions to remedy viral diseases. He serves as the principal investigator on two grant projects funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Hahm received his doctorate in molecular virology from Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea in 1998. He then joined the division of virology in the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. For more than nine years, Hahm served as a research associate and then as a staff scientist for Scripps before joining the MU School of Medicine as a faculty member in 2008.

The Dorsett L. Spurgeon, MD, Distinguished Medical Research Award recognizes outstanding MU School of Medicine faculty members in the early stage of their careers who have made significant research achievements. The award comes with a $5,000 stipend. Hahm will also deliver the 2011 Spurgeon Award Address, "Sphingolipid Regulation of Host Defense and Immunity to Virus Infections," at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 in Bryant Auditorium, Room M105.


U.S. News & World Report Survey Released

Hospitals within MU Health Care were nationally ranked 43rd for neurology and neurosurgery and considered high performing in gynecology, urology, nephrology, orthopaedics and otolaryngology, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report survey for 2011-2012.

U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and used data based on mortality rates, patient safety and hospital reputation to rank health facilities in 16 adult specialties from cancer to urology.

Four physicians at MU Health Care were included in U.S. News' Top Doctor directory. Doctors listed in the Top Doctor directory were selected based on peer nominations. The physicians are Michael Perry, MD, hematology and oncology; Charles L. Puckett, MD, plastic surgery; James Sowers, MD, endocrinology; and Hung Winn, MD, maternal-fetal medicine.

Wakefield Elected President of Missouri ACS Chapter

Mark Wakefield, MD, was recently elected president of the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Surgeons at the chapter's annual meeting.

Wakefield serves as an associate professor of surgery and interim chief of the Division of Urology at MU's School of Medicine. Since joining MU's Department of Surgery in 2004, he has directed the renal transplant program, been actively involved in student and resident education, and provided urologic care at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Founded in 1913, the American College of Surgeons is an educational and scientific organization established to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. Fellows of the college are organized into state or regional chapters. The Missouri Chapter is one of 65 chapters in the United States.


Medical Illustration Services Available

Stacy Turpin, MS, CMI, creates professional illustrations and animations for a variety of purposes, including publications, presentations, websites, patient education materials, posters and grant or patent applications.

Turpin trained alongside medical students and studied illustration and digital techniques at the Georgia Health Sciences University. She is a medical illustrator with the Department of Surgery and works with doctors and researchers in other departments throughout the health system.

To view samples of Turpin's work, please visit To contact Turpin, please email

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