Message from the Dean

Dedication and passion for one’s work are characteristics with enormous impact. This issue of UW Medicine features the work of UW Medicine faculty and staff in neurology, neurosurgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery whose dedication makes a profound difference in the lives of patients.

Kris Moe, M.D. ’89, Res. ’91, ’94, UW associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, worked with several colleagues to develop TONES, or transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery. TONES enables a range of brain procedures through the eye socket, rather than through the nose or via open craniotomy. The technique reduces pain, recovery time, scarring and complications.

Faculty and staff at the UW Medicine Stroke Center at Harborview Medical Center diagnose, treat and research stroke. The onset of a stroke can be difficult to identify, and treatment delays can result in major impediments to improvement. The interprofessional team at the Stroke Center works seamlessly to ensure the best possible outcomes. Now, the Telestroke Service is making consultation by Stroke Center faculty available to clinicians throughout the WWAMI region.

Deep dedication to medicine can be seen everywhere at UW Medicine. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching and mentoring, but the rising debt of medical students poses major challenges. High debt influences students’ career choices and may detract from learning. The total median debt for UW medical students, though lower than the national median, exceeds $149,000 when other educational debt is considered as well.

The UW Medicine Scholarship Celebration on Feb. 9, 2011, demonstrated the impact that scholarship gifts, made by you — our alumni, faculty and community members — have on medical students. These future physicians will treat patients with stroke, develop the next game-changing surgical techniques, and provide primary care for patients throughout the WWAMI region.

The Huckabay family — Susan Huckabay, her late husband, Durward “Huck” Huckabay, their children, John and Kathy, and Kathy’s husband, Rich — provides a stellar example of this kind of impact. They have contributed to scholarships for many years, supporting more than 300 students. At the celebration, I was delighted to announce that the Huckabays recently made a generous $1 million gift to support our students; we will use their contribution to match gifts to endowed scholarships.

Thank you for your work in improving health.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine