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OHSU Surgeons Receive National Honors

Two surgeons in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine recently received national awards for excellence in their field.

Kevin Billingsley, M.D., Hedinger Associate Professor of Surgery and head of the Division of Surgical Oncology, is one of two Oregon surgeon to ever receive the James IV Traveling Scholar Award from the James IV Association of Surgeons Inc. John Hunter, M.D., Mackenzie Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, OHSU School of Medicine, received the award while at Emory School of Medicine.

Each year a handful of surgeons from around the world are presented with the Traveling Scholar Award, which enables them to travel to other countries, exchanging surgical knowledge while forming social and professional ties.

Billingsley specializes in the surgical treatment of cancer of the pancreas, liver and colorectum. His research interests include gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials and outcomes. He is a member of the OHSU Cancer Institute, the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center between Sacramento and Seattle.

Karen Deveney, M.D., professor of surgery (general surgery) and director of the surgery residency program in the OHSU School of Medicine has been awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She is one of 10 faculty nationwide to be honored.

The award is given based on the recommendations of residents and fellow faculty. The recipient must show a commitment to education and be an exemplary teacher and role model. A fourth-year OHSU resident wrote in a recommendation for the award: "She has not forgotten how difficult it can be at times to be a resident, and her empathy and support is invaluable."

Deveney specializes in colon, rectal and gastrointestinal surgery. Her research interests include inflammatory bowel disease, medical education and colon cancer.

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