Richard G. Ellenbogen
M.D., F.A.C.S.

A View From Puget Sound

In this issue we are pleased to report on several exciting new developments in our Department, including co-sponsoring and co-directing the new UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute to advance research, education and advocacy for prevention and treatment of sports related injuries.

We also feature an inaugural report from R4 Resident Robert Buckley on his experience and initiatives for resident education in China.

I am pleased to report we have just graduated another outstanding class of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program students, this year marking both the most applicants (53) and lab placements (15 students) to date - and we are especially pleased to highlight Professor Robert Hevner’s role in leading students on the second annual Little Si Hike. This has become a highlight for our summer program participants and we thank Bob for his outstanding hospitality, leadership, and courage!

In this issue our Research Focus features Associate Professor Raimondo D’Ambrosio’s work on novel treatment for acquired epilepsy, and we are delighted to welcome new staff members Natalie Smirnova and Katie Portante as well as Resident Kelley Collins and her husband Tristan Trutna’s new daughter Annelise.

Finally, Dr. Minku Chowdhary again challenges us with an entertaining and genuinely puzzling Puzzler feature.

Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FACS
Professor & Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery

In This Issue - Fall 2015

New Sports Health & Safety Institute 1 Research Focus: Raimondo D'Ambrosio, PhD 5
The Department's China Service 2 NS Welcomes New Staff Members 6
NS Summer Program Highlights 3 Birth Announcement 7
Summer Students Hike Little Si 4 Puzzler 8

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