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Charisa Russell retires after nearly 38 years

April 20, 2018

Charisa Russell retired on March 22 after 37 years and 10 months of service. Charisa started at U-M in 1980 as a nurse in the 6A rehabilitation department. She has worked on 6A for her entire career at U-M. She will be greatly missed by everyone on her unit. There will be a  retirement celebration in honor of Charisa’s dedication to 6A. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us in wishing Charisa well in her retirement! Date: Tuesday, May 8 Location: 6A Room UH 6201 (Dayroom) Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Kim Eagle, M.D., honored with Hometown Health Hero award

April 20, 2018

On April 18, Kim A. Eagle, M.D., Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine, professor of health management and policy in the U-M School of Public Health, and director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, received a Hometown Health Hero award for his work as co-founder of Project Healthy Schools, a community and Michigan Medicine collaboration designed to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. In 2002, disturbed by the number of patients with preventable cardiovascular disease that he saw in his adult cardiology practice, and the types of food and the lack of physical activity at his son’s school, Eagle…

Celebrate the career of Perry Spencer, director of Michigan Medicine Security

April 16, 2018

The U-M Division of Public Safety & Security is pleased to celebrate the career of Perry Spencer, director of Michigan Medicine Security. Please join the department for special retirement festivities in honor of Perry’s 20 years of service to Michigan Medicine. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Towsley Lobby. Remarks will begin at 4 p.m. RSVP to Lorie Kitchen at lkitchen@umich.edu. If you’d like to present remarks, please let Lorie know in your RSVP. See you there!

Mary Jo Maksym retiring after 37+ years

April 13, 2018

Mary Jo Maksym, 5B Nursing Supervisor, is retiring after 37+ years at Michigan Medicine. Mary Jo started at U of M in 1980 and has touched so many of us throughout the years. Mary Jo’s farewell will be on Friday, April 27 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Towsley Dining Room. Thank you Mary Jo, for your almost 38 years of service!

Help celebrate Ken Bandy’s retirement

April 2, 2018

Please join us on Friday, April 20, from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Towsley Lobby (words at 3:30) in a celebration recognizing the achievements and retirement of Ken Bandy. Ken began his career in December of 1973 in the Department of Respiratory Care (RC), University Hospital (aka, “old Main”). Soon after graduation, he was promoted to shift supervisor and then assistant technical director. In 1981, he left adult care to assume the director of Respiratory Care for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. From 1984-1994, Ken was active with Dr. Robert Bartlett in both working as an ECMO specialist and as a…

VG Vinod Vydiswaran, Ph.D. Wins Coursera Award

March 12, 2018

VG Vinod Vydiswaran, Ph.D., won The Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation for his MOOC entitled "Applied Data Science with Python" on March 7, 2018. The award was presented at the sixth annual Coursera Partners Conference held at Arizona State University. Coursera is an online platform where MOOCs (massive open online courses) are offered from the world's leading universities.

Theresa Cooney, M.D., leads state ophthalmology group

March 8, 2018

Founded 50 years ago, the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MiSEPS) represents Michigan ophthalmologists and their patients. Its priorities include legislative advocacy,interaction with third-party payers about reimbursement and coverage…

Psychiatry chair named treasurer of American Psychiatric Association

March 8, 2018

Gregory W. Dalack, M.D., chair of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, was recently elected treasurer of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dalack’s two-year term begins in May following the APA’s annual meeting in New York City. As treasurer, Dalack will join the APA Executive Leadership team, working closely with the APA’s chief financial officer. He will regularly present financial reports to the APA board of trustees and APA assembly. He will chair the audit committee and be an ex-officio member of the investment oversight committee, and finance and budget committee. “I am looking forward to serving the APA…

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA becomes the 52nd President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)

February 28, 2018

Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA will become the 52nd President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), the leading, national medical education organization amongst academic obstetrician-gynecologists at its annual meeting taking place this week in National Harbor, MD. As a Professor of OBGYN and Learning Health Sciences, Associate Chair for e-Education and Enabling Technologies, Director of the OBGYN Center for Education and Clerkship, and life-long learner, Dr. Hammoud has dedicated her life, and career, to innovatively educating the next generation of physicians, and physician educators, as a mechanism of providing, and advocating for, excellent healthcare for women. Dr.…