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Cheryl King, Ph.D., honored for research in area of youth suicide prevention

May 15, 2018

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recently presented a research award to Cheryl King, Ph.D., for her research in the area of youth suicide prevention. King has developed intervention programs and suicide risk assessment strategies for youth in inpatient settings, outpatient settings and emergency departments. “AFSP is honored to present Dr. Cheryl King with the AFSP Research Award. Throughout her career, Dr. King has focused her work on youth and young adults, significantly advancing our knowledge of suicide in this most vulnerable population.  We are proud that AFSP has such an impactful researcher in our network and excited to see what Dr.…

Members of HITS certified as leaders in data integration, collaboration and compliance

May 10, 2018

Three members of Health Information Technology & Services were recently certified by the Association of American Medical Colleges for completing the AAMC’s Group on Information Resources Leadership Institute. Helen Fitzgerald, manager of data integration and delivery; Laurel Barnes, senior manager for Learning Management; and Jennifer Wallis, business system analyst all completed the institute, which helps rising technology leaders prepare to lead in the changing world of data integration, collaboration and compliance. The institute is offered exclusively to leaders in AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals who support technology solutions within the education, research and clinical environment. Congratulations to all three…

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 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…