Two Wake Forest Baptist Faculty Receive Highest Honor from
Wake Forest University
N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015 – Louis C.
Argenta, M.D., F.A.C.S., and Michael
Morykwas, Ph.D., professors of plastic and
reconstructive surgery at Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center, have received
Wake Forest University’s highest honor, the Medallion
University President Nathan O. Hatch presented the awards Feb. 19 at the Founder’s Day Convocation
in Wait Chapel on the Reynolda Campus.
Argenta and Morykwas were recognized
for their outstanding achievements in the medical field. Most notably, they co-invented the Vacuum-Assisted Closure
(V.A.C.), a negative pressure wound therapy that has helped more than 10
million patients worldwide, including many U.S. military personnel who suffered extremity
injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The wound V.A.C. also is estimated to have prevented more than a million
Wake Forest Baptist Names Director of New Diabetes,
Obesity and Metabolism Center
N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015 – Donald
A. McClain, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized leader in diabetes and obesity
research, has been named founding director of the new Center on Diabetes,
Obesity and Metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist
McClain will join Wake Forest Baptist on April 1 from the
University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, where he has held a
number of leadership positions since 1999.
As director of the center, McClain will oversee its
research and training activities, including its collaborative efforts with
other Wake Forest Baptist researchers, and the recruitment of additional
investigators. He also will work closely with the Joslin Diabetes Center and
the Department of Internal Medicine’s Section on Endocrinology and Metabolism,
where he will have a faculty appointment, and see patients at the Salisbury
Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Wake Forest Baptist Names New Chair of Anesthesiology
N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015 – B.
Scott Segal, M.D., professor and chair of anesthesiology at Tufts University
School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center in Boston since 2010, has been
named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and co-executive director of
perioperative services at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center, effective March 30.
As chair, Segal will direct the department’s medical
education, basic and clinical research and clinical care activities.
Wake Forest Baptist
Professor Honored by National Organization
N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015 – Steven Feldman,
professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received two presidential
citations from the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD).
The awards recognize Feldman for his contributions to the
development of clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of atopic dermatitis
and for his research that examines the delivery of dermatologic care and
Founded in 1938, AAD is committed to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair
and nail disorders. They are advocates for high standards
in clinical practice, education and research and supporting and enhancing
Two Wake Forest Baptist Physician Assistants
Earn Certificates from National Organization
N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015 – Ryan Elizabeth Gambino, PA-C, and Erin Thompson, PA-C, physician assistants (PAs) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, earned Certificates
of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from
the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Gambino was awarded a CAQ in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and
Thompson in emergency medicine. The certificates are earned by meeting licensure,
education and experience requirements and passing an exam in the specialty. Gambino
and Thompson are two of 32 certified PAs in North Carolina to earn CAQs since
the program’s inception in 2011.
NCCPA is the certifying organization for physician assistants in
the United States.
Wake Forest Baptist Research Fellow Named to
International Investigator Council
N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015 – Claire Gayoung Jeong,
Ph.D., research fellow at the Wake
Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is one of nine young scientists
from around the world to be named a member of the 2015 Tissue Engineering Young
was created to further the professional development of young investigators in
the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Tissue Engineering is a biomedical
journal dedicated to advancing the field of tissue growth and regeneration
through research and applications.