Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Guest Lecture on August 4th
Tom R. DeMeester, M.D., will be presenting "Antireflux Surgery: Past, Present, and Future". The lecture starts at 7:00am in PWB 11-157.
Congratulation to Carol Ann Dickenson on winning the Department of Surgery Employee Recognition Award!
"Carol Ann was an outstanding contributor for the recent T32 in Pancreatology grant submission," wrote Lisa Rogers in her nomination letter.
Congratulations to Umar H. Choudry on his leadership appointment
Dr. Choudry has been appointed at Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He will continue to serve as the Associate Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Fellowship program.
Srinath Chinnakotla, MD performed a rare triple-organ transplant to save 8-year-old Lanah Jones
Read about this story in the Star Tribune and the interview on KSTP-TV for more details on the incredible procedure.
August 4th, 7:00am-8:30am: Grand Rounds
Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Invited Guest Lecture
Antireflux Surgery: Past, Present, and Future
Presented by Tom R. DeMeester, M.D.
Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Department of Surgery
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Presentations by Nkem Aziken, M.D. and Ilitch Diaz Gutierrez, M.D.
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"Because of an enzyme defect within the liver and the kidneys, they are very prone to liver failure and kidney failure," Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla of the University of Minnesota Medical Center said.
When Lanah's liver started to fail last August, the only option was to fly her from Sioux Falls to the University of Minnesota Medical Center for advanced treatment. The first time Chinnakotla saw her, she was having multi-organ failure and was near death. He proposed a triple transplant: liver, pancreas and kidney, something that's only been done once before.
"At that point, I told the family that maybe there was a 10 percent chance that your child would survive, but it was better than zero percent," he said.
The surgery worked. After 10 months of monitoring, she's doing well.
To show their appreciation, the family gave Chinnakotla a quilt, which is a customary "thank you" for their tribe to do.
"He is our guardian angel," Jones said. "Without him, she wouldn't be here today."
Read the full story - KSTP.com
Another story - Star Tribune
University of Minnesota surgeon Dr. Michele Loor wasn’t Augustyniak’s doctor but she knows a lot about appendectomies. “This hospital, I’d say we encounter it two to three times a week,” she said.
“I think a lot of surgeons feel you might as well just get rid of it and not have to worry about it,” Loor said.
“For the most part it’s someone healthy: college students, young adults who really have no medical issues and then all of a sudden develop abdominal pain,” she said.
Read the full story - CBS
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