The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine congratulates its faculty members and affiliated faculty members for their recent honors and appointments. Members receiving recognition include:
- Erin Sullivan, MD
- Jonathan Waters, MD
- Peter Wearden, MD, PhD
- Yoram Vodovotz, PhD
- Leming Zhou, PhD
- Gary An, MD
Erin Sullivan, MD, director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and associate chief anesthesiologist at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, received a 1-year reappointment to the educational track subcommittee on cardiac anesthesia, the committee on surgical anesthesia, and the committee on governmental affairs. Jonathan H. Waters, MD, chief of anesthesiology at Magee-Womens Hospital, has been appointed to the committee on blood management.
The McGowan Institute also congratulates faculty member Peter Wearden, MD, PhD, director of the pediatric mechanical cardiopulmonary support program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Wearden received the Smart Heart Award from the Children's Heart Foundation. The award is given to a physician who demonstrates innovative approaches to the care of pediatric cardiac patients. Dr. Wearden is being honored for his work with PediaFlow, a pediatric ventricular-assist device. The Children's Heart Foundation aims to bring health, hope, and happiness to children impacted by congenital heart defects, which is the number one birth defect in the United States.
Further accolades go to Yoram Vodovotz, PhD, director of the Center for Inflammation and Regenerative Modeling and professor of surgery, immunology, computational and systems biology, clinical and translational science, and communication science and disorders, and his team, who was recognized at IGI Global's Fourth Annual Excellence in Research Journal Awards. The article entitled "SPARK: A Framework for Multi-Scale Agent-Based Biomedical Modeling," appeared in the International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems, 2(3). The paper was written by Alexey Solovyev, Maxim Mikheev, Leming Zhou, Joyeeta Dutta-Moscato, Cordelia Ziraldo, Gary An, Yoram Vodovotz, and Qi Mi.
IGI Global is an international publishing company specializing in scholarly research publications and databases covering all aspects of information science technology utilization and management. The award was given based on the following criteria: contribution to the field; originality of the research; practicality of research/results; quality of writing; rigor of the research; and, substantive research and methodology.