UMHS employees asked to update personal information

Posted on September 29, 2016

Beginning this fall, members of UMHS will be prompted to review and update their personal information in Wolverine Access.

Once a year, faculty, staff and students will receive a prompt from Wolverine Access to review their addresses, emergency contacts and U-M Emergency Alert notification preferences.

“When an emergency strikes, it is essential for university officials to be able to reach out quickly to members of our campus community,” said Eddie Washington, executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security. “By keeping your information updated in Wolverine Access, you help ensure that we can locate you in an emergency."

Faculty and staff will receive the first notification in October. The review should take five minutes or less to complete.

Individuals also can update contact information in Wolverine Access any time a change occurs throughout the year.  

Staff nominations sought for Candace J. Johnson Award

Posted on September 29, 2016

The Office of the Provost wishes to recognize exemplary staff at the Ann Arbor and U-M Health System campuses with the Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence.

Established in 2004, the award is a memorial to a dedicated staff member, Candy Johnson. Candy's special blend of professionalism and personality was a positive influence in the workplace.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate any regular staff member who they feel combines enthusiasm with excellence to truly make a difference at Michigan.

A $500 cash award and certificate will be presented in January by the Office of the Provost. Oct. 31 is the final day nominations will be accepted.

Click here to learn more or submit a nomination.


President Schlissel invites campus to public conversation Sunday

Posted on September 29, 2016


U-M President Mark Schlissel sent an email to all members of the campus community Wednesday, inviting their participation in a public conversation this Sunday to help work toward a more hospitable community.

The conversation follows the discovery of racially insensitive fliers posted around campus earlier this week. Click here to read President Schlissel’s message and learn more about Sunday’s event, which is open to the entire U-M community, including all members of UMHS.

Identical twins fight identical cancers

Posted on September 29, 2016


Twins Zane and Zac Taylor with their sister, Zoe.

Since the day they came home from the hospital in matching newborn monkey outfits, Zane and Zac Taylor have done everything together.

They shared a bedroom, learned to walk and talk in tandem and started preschool in the same classroom.

Now, the identical 5-year-old twins are experiencing the unimaginable together.

They are both battling cancer.

Just 13 days apart in February, the brothers were each diagnosed with leukemia and have spent much of the past few months side by side at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, where they are receiving treatment.

“It doesn’t even seem possible,” dad Bob Taylor said. “It’s so shocking to comprehend that both of your kids are fighting cancer at the same time. Even as I’m saying it right now, it doesn’t seem like it could be true.”

‘The worst kind of déjà vu’

When Zac came down with a rash, fever and extreme lethargy this winter, it appeared to be a bad case of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. But when symptoms persisted two weeks later, his doctor ordered blood tests.

“When they said the test results confirmed it was cancer … it just changes your whole world,” Bob Taylor said.

Then, less than two weeks later, came more shocking news.

The Taylors had taken Zane to the doctor for a low-grade fever because of concerns he may pose a threat to his brother’s vulnerable immune system.

Just to be safe, their pediatrician ran the same blood tests Zac had gotten. Bob assured his wife, Marty, that it was just out of caution — not because the doctors thought Zane had the same disease.

But that night they got the dreaded call again. Doctors were as stunned as the Taylors when they told them Zane had the same type of cancer as his brother.

“It was the worst kind of déjà vu,” Bob Taylor said. “It just didn’t seem possible.”

‘Unbelievable’ odds

The cancer risk for an identical twin of a child with leukemia is significantly higher than the risk for any other sibling or a fraternal twin, said Mott pediatric oncologist Rama Jasty Rao, M.D. Although this risk remains until age 6, it decreases with age. The greatest risk is seen in the first year of life.

The risk of developing leukemia for the twin of a child with the disease is also higher for B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). For nearly 80 to 85 percent of children with ALL, the leukemia starts in B cells. Zane and Zac have the rarer T-cell ALL.

That’s why the double diagnoses shocked even Rao.

“The odds of both twins getting this type of cancer at age 5 are so small. It was very unexpected,” she said.

Rao said the boys’ care teams are continually amazed by how “phenomenal, patient and calm” the parents have been during the situation, and both boys are responding very well to chemotherapy.

The Taylors have also donated some of their sons’ cord blood for pediatric cancer research at Mott.

“Because they are twins, samples of their cord blood shed a lot of light on how genetic factors may contribute to cancer development,” Rao said.

“We know these abnormalities started in utero but just now transformed to full-blown leukemia, so we can study the pathways of how and why this happened.”

Healing and hope

Treatment has been undeniably difficult for the Taylors, but they say their sons are mostly back to being themselves during breaks in between chemotherapy.

Zane loves baking, watching food channels, hosting his own imaginary cooking show and even offering tips to the cook at his favorite pizza place. Zac, the more reserved of the two, loves Peppa Pig, playing with his brother and 4-year-old sister, Zoe, and swimming. The boys are mostly inseparable, their parents say.

Marty Taylor said the boys just know they “have bad guys” in their bodies, and their time at Mott is necessary to get rid of them.

“I’m so amazed by how strong they are,” Bob Taylor said. “No matter how bad they’re feeling, they still shine with their great personalities. They are both so loving and courageous.”

Daughter Zoe has also “been incredible during this difficult time.”

“She is so loving towards her brothers and is always willing to help with whatever they may need,” Bob Taylor said.

The Taylors moved from Nebraska to South Lyon, Michigan, last September. They said they are overwhelmed by the support from their family, church and their new community, along with support from people around the world who have followed Marty’s blog posts on their journey.

“We have an amazing support team. We are just so grateful for friends and family and the nurses and doctors who have taken such good care of our children,” Marty Taylor said. “You can’t get through these things by yourself.”

Children like the Taylors stand to benefit the most from cancer research. Help change the game for children by supporting Block Out Cancer month at Mott, which helps raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research.

“As difficult as this is, we’ve seen how many others are going through things just as tough or tougher. We want to do anything we can do to help shine a light on the need for cancer research,” Bob Taylor said.

“As a friend recently told us, ‘When it’s all said and done, your story is not going to be cancer. It’s going to be about healing and hope.’”

Summer symposia yield partnerships with two Taiwan institutions

Posted on September 29, 2016


Leaders from UMMS and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan meet during a symposium to formalize a new institutional partnership. From left: Ming-Huei Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Superintendent; Joseph Kolars, MD, UMMS Senior Associate Dean; Shih-Tseng Lee, MD, Chairman of the Chang Gung Memorial Foundation Steering Committee; and Kevin Chung, MD, UMHS Chief of Hand Surgery.

The U-M Medical School can now count the leading clinical and research institutions in Taiwan among its prominent international partners.

New relationships with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan’s largest health system, and Academia Sinica, the country’s premier research institution, promise collaboration opportunities to advance science and health all over the world.

“We’ve been working on establishing these partnerships for close to 10 years, so to see it coming together is extremely gratifying,” said Kevin Chung, Chief of Hand Surgery at UMMS, who organized and led a group of U-M delegates to two symposia in Taiwan this summer.

“I believe we’ve laid the groundwork for this to grow and for other institutions in Taiwan to come on board, too. Our long-term vision is really to have a U-M-Taiwan platform, starting with these two preeminent institutions,” he said.

Academia Sinica: A leading research institution

It’s not a school, but Taiwan’s top research institution has close connections with the country’s leading research universities. Along with mathematics, humanities and physical science, the life sciences are a major focus, with particular emphasis on epigenetics, fundamental disease processes and cutting-edge data science.

While it was primarily U-M clinicians who visited Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, a different group of basic scientists visited Academia Sinica to share research and establish new partnerships. The back-to-back visits took place June 27 through July 1 of this year.

“It’s not just the top scientific institution in Taiwan, but is truly among the best in the world. Its researchers have lengthy publication records and incredible pedigree,” Dr. Chung said. “We’ve now been to Academia Sinica twice and we’re hoping a team from there could visit us next year.”

Chang Gung Memorial: Long-standing U-M ties

With seven individual hospitals comprising some 10,000 beds, Chang Gung Memorial is Taiwan’s biggest health care institution, serving up to 20 percent of the country’s entire population. It is the largest hospital system ever to be accredited by the Joint Commission International, and it has deeply rooted connections with U-M.

Chang Gung Memorial’s first administrator, Chin-Un “Kimma” Chang, earned a master’s in health administration at U-M in 1965 before returning to Taiwan and helping to reimagine and modernize the country’s entire health care system.

“My goal was to make Taiwan one of the leading health care countries in Asia,” Chang said in a 2005 U-M alumni publication, “and it all began by building modern hospitals.”

The first non-physician hospital administrator in Taiwan, he established the 3,000-plus bed Chang Gung Memorial, Linkou, the largest of Chang Gung’s seven hospitals, and started an academic program for hospital administrators. In addition, he helped develop software for hospitals, founded two professional associations and played an instrumental role in establishing Taiwan’s single-payer National Health Insurance plan in 1995. Today, nearly all of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens use it.

“The country has this national database covering nearly 100 percent of the people. They want us to work with them to explore issues like resource allocation and health policy,” said Dr. Chung. “It’s an amazing opportunity to measure efficiencies and outcomes.”

A $3M investment in future collaborations

Chang Gung Memorial has allocated $3 million in funding to establish collaborations and fund research projects between their own physicians and U-M faculty, money to be distributed over the next three years; many U-M delegates came away from the Chang Gung symposium with both partners and potential projects.

“The investigators we brought really connected with colleagues there. Each member came back with an identified partner and a great idea for future research,” said Dr. Joseph Kolars, senior associate dean for education and global initiatives and director of Global REACH. “Given their universal healthcare system and their advanced capabilities – both intellectually and technologically – I’m confident both institutions stand to learn a great deal from one another.”

The potential for mutual benefit was key in establishing the relationship, said Dr. Chung, who expects the first-round grants with Taiwanese partners to be announced this fall.

“We didn’t go to Taiwan and say, ‘We’re here to help you and we’ll take it from here.’ Instead, we made it clear that we’re to collaborate and work together to improve health,” he said. “Relationships like this require mutual respect and one of the things they told us was that they appreciated our sense of humility.

“The doctors we met at Chang Gung really shared those values,” Dr. Chung continued. “That, as much as anything, really helped create this opportunity. Chang Gung has not had an international partnership on this level before. It’s a major first.”

Howell/Brighton Vanpool has Immediate Opening (fun and very chill van)

Posted on September 29, 2016

Howell Meijer and Brighton Lee Rd(6:40)

UMHS Hospital and Domino Farms

UMHS Hospital and Domino Farms(4:30)

Howell Meijer and Brighton Lee Rd(5:15)

Dr. Domino receives clinical champion award

Posted on September 29, 2016

VA Ann Arbor has awarded Steven Domino, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, with the clinical champion award.

The recognition describes Domino, who leads the Women\’s Health Clinic, as \”approachable, professional and a pleasure to work with.\” He is also credited for being attentive, accessible, compassionate, personable, responsive and \”providing excellent care to female veterans.\”

\”Dr. Domino receives outstanding comments from medical residents regarding their experiences in the Women\’s Health Clinic,\” the award says. \”He respects the rights of patients and all others, shares his scientific knowledge with colleagues and staff and contributes to the community.\”

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Westland Vanpool has Immediate Opening for 2

Posted on September 29, 2016

Krogers at Cherry Hill/Merriman 5:50am, Hix/Cherry Hill

Cancer Center Parking Structure

Cancer Center Parking Structure

Krogers at Cherry Hill/Merriman 4:15pm, Hix/Cherry

Canton #1 Vanpool has immediate opening! North campus pickup possible!

Posted on September 29, 2016

Canton Kroger @ Ford and Canton Center Rd

Mott P4 Medical Campus..(possibly VA…Engingeering..East A2)

Mott P4 Medical Campus..(possibly VA…Engingeering..East A2)

Canton Kroger @ Ford and Canton Center Rd