Future surgeons must be good communicators, team players, and continuing learners who can hone their surgical and clinical skills throughout their careers, according to a new study.

While her high school peers were going to classes, making friends and adjusting to the rhythms of a new school year, then-senior Kelsey Deschamps from Florence, Mont., was undergoing surgery at Harborview Medical Center.

The Woodland Park Zoo staff and its 425-pound gorilla, Vip, all are breathing easier today, thanks to successful sinus surgery performed on the animal by a UW Medicine specialist.

Americans, on average, undergo nine surgeries during their lifetimes. If you face surgery in the next few months, prepare by taking care of yourself.

They began as physicians’ assistants, so to speak – searchable, cross-referenced databases of drugs, drug interactions and prices, pill identifiers, dose information and the like.

Hernia: It’s something that happens to millions of Americans. A hernia is a condition in which an organ or internal tissue bulges through a weak spot in the muscle or connective tissue that surrounds it.

When Heather Evans, a trauma surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, stepped into the operating room wearing an eyeglasses-like, Internet-connected device known as Google Glass, she quickly realized its potential and its pitfalls.

Dr. Rebecca Peterson hernia surgery at Northwest Hospital
June 26, 2017

Dr. Rebecca Peterson hernia surgery at Northwest Hospital

Credit: Clare McLean
June 15, 2017

Sue McNeely of Bothell, Washington, hasn't driven since February 10, when she had a stroke in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 405.


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