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New Islet Cell Transplant Program, First in North Carolina, Giving Pancreatitis Patients a Better Option
The Chronic Pancreatitis and Autologous Islet Cell Transplant Program, created by Chirag S. Desai, MD, is helping patients improve their quality of life by eliminating severe pain and reducing or ending the use of narcotic pain medications, while preventing brittle diabetes.
Located in News / 2018 / May
New Partnership will expand Malawian Surgical Initiative
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will fund the training of an additional surgeon each year as part of the in-country initiative led by UNC’s Anthony Charles, MD, MPH.
Located in News / 2018 / March
New Pediatric Surgery Cancellation Hotline (843-8975)
The hotline, managed by Precare, can be called by the patient, their family, or any member of the patient's medical team.
Located in Vital Signs / 2008 / October
New study identifies most important factors in aesthetic surgery patient decisions
UNC School of Medicine researchers, led by Cindy Wu, MD, used a crowdsourcing model to identify what potential patients value most when seeking an aesthetic surgeon.
Located in News / 2017 / January
News from the Department of Surgery
Michael Meyers, MD, was appointed Residency Program Director, and Joellen Buckio, MHA, has been named Associate Chair for Administration.
Located in Vital Signs / 2012 / Aug. 23
No sponge left behind
A UNC study shows radio frequency tags may help prevent surgical sponges from being left in patients after operations.
Located in News / 2010 / October
North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center receives FEMA grant
This funding, which is administered under the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be used to educate lower-income North Carolinians about fire safety and train first responders in burn treatment.
Located in News / 2016 / August
Pancreatic cancer tumor classification could optimize treatment choices
UNC Lineberger’s Jen Jen Yeh, MD, and Naim Rashid, PhD, reported findings on how two subtypes of pancreatic cancer respond to treatments differently. Importantly, they found that one subtype of the disease showed poor responses to common therapies, and also had worse survival rates.
Located in News / 2019 / November
Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy
Device that drives drugs into solid tumors that are poorly vascularized opens the possibility of life-saving surgeries in cancer patients. James Byrne, PhD, a medical student and member of Joseph DeSimone’s lab, led the research by constructing the device and examining its ability to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs effectively to pancreatic cancer tumors, as well as two types of breast cancer tumors.
Located in News / 2015 / February
Rabia Nizamani, MD, On How They Follow the Patient Plan Through
Rabia Nizamani, MD, an assistant professor of surgery in the division of burn surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, discusses why she chose to become a burn surgeon, her love of teaching, and why UNC is one of the best places to learn.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / November 14