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Date: Monday, December 5, 2005

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Center for Surgical Innovation Hosts NASA Symposium

The department of surgery's Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) will host Surgery in Space, a symposium discussing issues surrounding surgery in extreme environments, at NASA's Johnson Space Center today and tomorrow. The event, the first of its kind, will bring together 30 of the most futuristic minds in surgery and aerospace technology from around the world. Their goal, according to Timothy Broderick, MD, chief of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, and Chuck Doarn, CSI executive director, is to develop a roadmap that will help drive the research, policy and surgical direction of the future. To read more about this story, visit:


Benefit Concert Tops $5,000

The 2nd Annual IvaDean Scholarship Benefit concert, held Friday, Dec. 2, raised more than $5,000 for the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund, which has awarded six scholarships so far this year to medical students in financial need. Nearly 50 physicians and medical students showed off their musical talents. Next year's concert will be held Friday, Dec. 1.


Doarn Named Editor of Telemedicine and e-Health Journal

Charles Doarn, Center for Surgical Innovation executive director and research associate professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, was named co-editor-in-chief of the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal through 2010. The official publication of the American Telemedicine Association, the journal covers all aspects of clinical telemedicine practice, technical advances, health policy and related issues.


Munir Joins Pain Medicine Team

Muhammad Munir, MD, has joined the department of anesthesiology as assistant professor and program director of pain medicine. Dr. Munir previously was a member of the department of anesthesiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. He has also held various research and clinical positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Brigham and Women's Hospital (the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), Yale University School of Medicine and Mayo Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Munir received his medical training from King Edward Medical College at the University of Punjab, Pakistan, and completed a fellowship in pain medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He specializes in interventional and minimally invasive treatments for low back pain. His research interests include new treatment options for neuropathic pain and developing new, minimally invasive techniques for control of chronic pain.

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