Angling Toward Retirement

My dog is retired now,” says radiologist David A. Moeller, M.D., Res. ’80, with a laugh. An outdoor enthusiast, fond of hunting and fishing, Moeller used to bundle his black lab, Jasmine Rose, into his float plane. Then the two of them would venture out into the Alaska bush to hunt ducks with Moeller’s friends.

Though Jasmine Rose is now too old for hunting trips, Anchorage resident Moeller (age 68) continues to work. “I still like radiology, the challenge of it,” he says. “I can have a big impact on someone’s life.” The alumnus also enjoys giving back, having made a gift through his will to create a chair in radiology at UW Medicine.

“I’m really, really fortunate,” he says, “and I’d like to pay back the honor and opportunity I was given.”

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PBS Explores Pain at UW Medicine

Some 60 years ago, a former professional wrestler wrote a book called The Management of Pain, which became the book on pain for students and doctors. That wrestler was John J. Bonica, M.D., the founder and former director of the pain center at UW Medicine. UW Medicine continues Bonica’s tradition of innovation today, with his modern-day counterparts using virtual reality and hypnosis to interrupt sensations of acute and chronic pain. PBS journalists recently visited with UW Medicine doctors and patients for their “America Addicted” series, and the result, “Understanding the science of pain with the help of virtual reality,” aired this fall.

Watch Watch the PBS video.

Campaign Progress, Accelerated

15,844

People
and organizations gave last year to what they care about.

$204

million
was given last year, the most ever in a single year.

288

people
are giving through their will or another planned gift.


July 1, 2010–Sept. 15, 2017

The Best For Our Patients

For the sixth consecutive year, in August 2017, UW Medical Center was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Washington state and in the Seattle metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report. It also received top-20 national rankings in cancer care (No. 5, provided through Seattle Cancer Care Alliance), rehabilitation medicine (No. 5, run jointly with Harborview Medical Center), and geriatrics (No. 20), as well as national rankings in several other areas. Two other UW Medicine hospitals, Harborview and Valley Medical Center, joined UW Medical Center in being rated among the magazine’s “Best Regional Hospitals.” Relatedly, Valley received high marks for treating heart failure and performing hip and knee replacements, Harborview was nationally ranked in orthopedics and as high-performing in urology, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center was rated high-performing in hip replacements.

Fruit Flies and Nobel Prize

For conducting important research on circadian rhythms in fruit flies, UW alumnus Jeffrey C. Hall, Ph.D. ’71 (genetics), along with Drs. Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young, is being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The three isolated a gene that controls the normal daily biological rhythm in fruit flies, following its production of protein and further exposing and investigating cellular clockwork. This work, says the Nobel Assembly, allowed researchers to “recognize that biological clocks function by the same principles in cells of other multicellular organisms, including humans.”

The Associated Press conducted a video interview with Hall shortly after he received the call. Sitting on his front porch, he deflected the recognition that comes with the prize, paying homage to the scientists that preceded him. “We owe a lot to how the fundamental factors and phenomena were established by many, many investigators going back more than 100 years,” he says.

Watch Watch Jeffrey Hall discuss the moment he got the call.

UW Medicine Corporate Partners

We would like to thank UW Medicine’s Corporate Partners, a group that includes entrepreneurs in innovation who help UW Medicine improve the health of individuals and populations — and accelerate the future of medicine and science in the Northwest and around the globe.

Corporate Catalysts

Abbott Hospital Products Division
Amgen
AstraZeneca International
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Cambia Health Foundation
GE Healthcare
GSK Biologics
Medtronic, Inc.
Merck Company, Inc.
Monsanto Company
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Novo Nordisk A/S
Pfizer, Inc.
Roche
The Safeway Foundation

Corporate Partners

AbbVie, Inc.
Abiomed, Inc.
Adler Giersch PS
Agilent Technologies, Incorporated
AO North America, Inc.
Audentes Therapeutics, Inc.
Bayer AG
Beyond Cool Co., Ltd.
The Boeing Company
Boston Scientific
Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
DePuy Synthes
Electrical Geodesics, Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
EMD Serono, Inc.
ERA Living
First Choice Health Network
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
glassybaby, LLC
Google, Inc.

 

Genentech, Inc.
Gree Real Estate
Holland America Line, Inc.
ID Genomics
IGM Biosciences, Inc.
Immune Design
Liberty Mutual Foundation
Microsoft Corporation
Nelson Blair Langer Engle PLLC
NFL Foundation, Inc.
NuBlocks LLC
PAI Life Sciences, Inc.
Satellite Healthcare
Shanghai Pantheon Clinic Co. Ltd.
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Skechers Foundation
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Takada Global Research & Development Center, Inc.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Yuanyi International
Zogenix, Inc.