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100th Heart Transplant

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The Medical Center’s Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation has reached a milestone, performing its 100th cardiac transplant surgery.
The February 15 surgery was performed by transplant surgeon Todd Massey, surgical director of the Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation and director of the Artificial Heart Program.
Reaching the 100th is significant, says cardiologist Leway Chen, director of the program, and it serves as a reminder of all the patients who have been cared for by the team since the program began in 2001.
“Whether it is the 10th or the 200th case, every patient is a priority,” Chen says. “We appreciate the milestone and celebrate the program’s growth, but we are honored to continue with our day-to-day mission of caring for our patients and their families.”
The transplant program is the largest in upstate New York and the region’s only comprehensive heart failure and transplant service. It is a national leader in research efforts to further the treatment of heart failure and return patients that suffer from heart failure to healthy and productive lives.


Wendi Heinzelman named dean of graduate studies

Wendi Heinzelman, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named dean of graduate studies, a new position created to highlight the centrality of graduate education.

University sets United Way campaign goal

President Seligman has announced the University’s 2008 United Way campaign goal of $1.4 million—a $70,000 increase over the $1.33 million donated last year by faculty, staff, and retirees.

Simon: ‘Our best measure is the success of our graduates’

Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School since 2004, celebrates the business graduate school’s 50th anniversary this year and looks forward to the next two decades.

David Hursh warns that high-stakes testing has narrowed education

Educator, Warner School associate professor, and education policy expert David Hursh talks about his newest book, High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education (Rowman and Littlefield).

Alumnus Kevin Short wins Grammy for restoring album

During his undergraduate years as a geology and physics major, Kevin Short ’85 took voice lessons at the Eastman School—and, like several alumni who honed their skills at Eastman, Short is a Grammy winner. But his award owes much more to his math and physics coursework than to his singing abilities.

University artist remembers the victims of violence

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Andrei Yakovlev mourned

The University is mourning the loss of Andrei Yakovlev, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, who died February 27 at his home in Mendon. He was 63.

Empowerment through spirit

In the early 20th century, trying to make a living for an African-American woman typically meant hard work and low pay. Laboring under the twin burdens of racial prejudice and patriarchal hierarchy, black women were often relegated to scrubbing floors, washing clothes, laboring in fields, or caring for the children of white families.

Awards and Honors

A recap of honors and awards.

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