Week in Review: Female transplant physicians make history; volunteers aid Afghan refugees — and more!

April 1, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

It may be April 1, but we’re not kidding when we say that Headlines was full of incredible stories this week!

Over the past few days, readers learned about Meredith Barrett, M.D., and Liza Sonnenberg, M.D., who led a liver transplant this past winter, become the first-ever all-female team to do that at Michigan Medicine.

There was also a feature on the Luke Clinic and Michigan Medicine volunteers who joined their team to help new mothers who recently fled from Afghanistan; Hilary King reflected on her 40-year career within the organization; and Liza Abernathy-Close, Ph.D., explained why she has focused her research career on rheumatology.

Find all that and more as part of the Headlines Week in Review!

History in the OR: First all-female liver transplant team at Michigan Medicine carries out life-saving procedure

All liver transplants are significant — as patients get a second chance at life thanks to the skill and expertise of experts across the health care spectrum. But this past winter, one such procedure truly made history. That’s because it was the first time at Michigan Medicine that such a surgery was led by two female surgeons, Meredith Barrett, M.D., and Liza Sonnenberg, M.D. Check out their remarkable story of perseverance and triumph!

A ’humbling experience’: Michigan Medicine volunteers help refugees from Afghanistan

Political and military unrest in Afghanistan caused a huge number of refugees to flee the country since last year. Many ended up here in Southeastern Michigan. In response, Michigan Medicine team members stepped up to help run a clinic for pregnant and new mothers from Afghanistan. Fifteen of the volunteers were from the Department of Family Medicine. Learn more about the faculty and staff who assisted the Luke Clinic in providing life-changing care for those in need.

40 years and going strong

What better way to celebrate the end of Women’s History Month than to honor a staff member who has been here more than 40 years? That’s exactly what Headlines did when it sat down with Hilary King, who began her career as a temporary LPN in 1981 and now works as associate chief operating officer for Cardiovascular and Neurosciences Programs in the Adult Hospitals segment at U-M Health. She reflected on her career and the changes she has seen over the past few decades! Here’s what she had to say.

Points of Blue: Lisa Abernathy-Close, Ph.D.

As a young child, Lisa Abernathy-Close gained a love for science. That interest grew even stronger when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 9. Today, she is carrying out vital research as a postdoc at Michigan Medicine. Click through for more on this scientist’s important work that will help patients and researchers well into the future.

How Community Health Services teamed up to serve neighbors in need

Through work with local community partner agencies in Ypsilanti, Michigan Medicine Program for Multicultural Health (PMCH) staff members found that the COVID-19 pandemic devastated local families and increased impact of social determinants of health.

In an effort to support families’ increased needs, PMCH — which is part of Michigan Medicine’s Department of Community Health Services (CHS) — partnered with SOS Community Services to launch a Baby Supply Drive.

On the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast, a PMCH team member, along with a staff member from SOS in Ypsilanti and an SOS program participant discussed the importance of the campaign and how it will impact community members moving forward.

Check it out via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player below. (Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open this story in a new browser or search for The Wrap on your personal device to take a listen).