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At the Top

Susan Pitt, MD, gained national attention on social media with her take on The New Yorker’s cover for their annual Health, Medicine, & the Body issue. That animated cover illustration shows four female members of a surgical team from the point of view of the patient on the operating table. After seeing the cover, Dr. Pitt issued a challenge to female surgeons on Twitter to replicate the image in real life, using the hashtag #ILookLikeASurgeon, and hundreds have responded. The New Yorker has since reached out to Dr. Pitt for comment. Read their follow-up article here:, and check out Dr. Pitt’s Twitter page here. Thanks, Dr. Pitt, for challenging assumptions about surgeons!

Simulation Leadership

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, was a guest speaker at a recent NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture, and addressed ways that physicians can benefit from methods used by elite athletes to improve their technique. Dr. Pugh has designed simulators for procedures such as gynecologic, rectal, and breast exams, as well as intubation, in order to provide objective assessment of clinicians’ medical skills. You can read more about Dr. Pugh’s research at the NIH Record newsletter. Congratulations to Dr. Pugh for this wonderful recognition of her work.

Community Service

The Division of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery held its free annual head and neck cancer screening on April 7 at the otolaryngology clinic in the hospital atrium. Nearly 140 people were screened at the event, and many of our faculty, residents, clinic, and SLP staff members participated. WISC Channel 3000 covered the event and interviewed Aaron Wieland, MD, who stressed the importance of early diagnosis of oral cancers, since many symptoms can be mistaken for common ailments. Well done, Otolaryngology!

University Staff Recognition

Two of the Department of Surgery’s outstanding administrative staff were recognized on the Roll of Honor for the University Staff Recognition Awards. Janet Fox (Transplantation), and Nichole Rauch (Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery) were both recognized. Congratulations, Nichole and Janet, and thanks to you and all of Surgery’s hardworking and talented administrative staff who make the Department of Surgery run!

Career Development

The Department of Surgery donated $500 to support the Madison Chapter of Graduate Women in Science’s workshop titled, “Developing Effective Communication Skills.” The workshop aimed to provide women scientists with communication skills that will strengthen their ability to navigate gender-specific challenges in career development.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Takushi Kohmoto, MD, PhD, (Cardiothoracic)
“Dr. Kohmoto was great! Understanding and caring!”

Linda Szalkucki, RN, MS, APNP (General)
“Linda is practical and knowledgeable regarding options. She is a great asset to the Breast Center”

Jon Odorico, MD, (Transplant)
“They were busy but took time to be sure that my needs were taken care of. Hospital and clinic staff were wonderful.”

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