The Department of Surgery held the Sixth Annual Topics in General Surgery CME course April 10-11 at The Edgewater; it was another successful event with 120 attendees, offering surgical education to surgeons and advanced practice providers throughout the region. A highlight of the conference was the live surgeries projected from UWHC operating rooms using technology created by Department of Surgery IT staff. The Battle of TEPP versus TAPP involved Drs. Jake Greenberg and Mike Garren performing two different operations for hernia repair and a lap adrenal performed by Drs. David Schneider and Dawn Elfenbein. During the broadcast, two-way communication allowed audience members to talk with these surgeons. Kudos to our talented IT and OR staffs for their up-to-the-last-minute flexibility and commitment; they created a seamless production.
In conjunction with the event, the department hosted the Second Alumni Reunion Dinner and Chief Resident Chairing Ceremony on Saturday, April 11 at The Edgewater. There were 70 former alumni, current faculty, and guests in attendance from Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Florida. There were presentations by Drs. K. Craig Kent, Bruce Harms, Clifford Cho, Adam Brinkman, James Maloney, Steven Weiland, and Michael Cohen celebrating the history of the Department and offering words of wisdom to our graduating chief residents. Michelle Oster was on site to help the alumni sign up for our new alumni database through ForMD. Louis Bernhardt, MD, was recognized with the Dr. John Pellet Distinguished Career Award for his continued service to the alumni, residents, and students.
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), featured an article on its website home page exploring UW sensor technology research that helps clinicians improve breast exam skills. Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, is principal investigator of this NIBIB-funded research.
“Sensor Technology Helps Clinicians Improve Breast Exam Skills” was published on the NIBIB website on April 6, 2015.
Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show recently featured providers from the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Aaron Wieland, MD, discussed HPV’s link to head and neck cancer, while speech pathologist Carol Tolejano, MA, CCC-SLP, talked about vocal fry and other voice concerns.