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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Wisconsin Transplant Program. Since the first organ transplant on March 16, 1966, UW surgeons have performed more than 15,000 transplants, making ours one of the largest programs in the world. The UW Transplant Program will host a 50th anniversary celebration July 29-30, which will bring together clinicians, researchers, donors and recipients for a semi-formal evening dinner and program, a day-long reunion for patients and their families, and the Capital City 5K Run/Walk for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation. UW Health has a website dedicated to the 50th anniversary. Many volunteers are needed!

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Transplantation, authored an article about the 50th anniversary of transplantation at the UW in the recent issue of Quarterly (starts on page 40).

Research

The Department of Surgery T35 Surgery Summer Research Experience for Medical Students (K. Craig Kent, MD, Program Director) has been recommended for an additional five years of funding from NIDDK. The program will continue to support stipends for eight medical students engaged in summer research projects. Each year, faculty and scientists in the department mentor 20-30 medical students. The department consistently mentors and supports more students than any other department in SMPH. This will be the 16th year of funding for the program. Congratulations and a special thank you to Kristi Herritz who wrote the grant renewal with Dr. Kent and to all the faculty and staff who make this program a success.

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons awarded Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS, the 2016 Paul LoGerfo Research Award. This one-year, $10,000 award will support her project “Decision-Making about Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma Treatment.” Only two awards are given annually. Congratulations to Dr. Pitt on her first extramural award.

Juan Sebastian Danobeitia, MD, PhD, PGY-2, received the American Society of Transplant Surgeons 2016 Resident Scientist Scholarship for his project “The Dual Role of Macrophages in Transplant Immunity: Macrophage Differentiation in the Regulation of Innate, Adaptive Immunity and Fibrosis after Renal Transplantation.” The award, which provides $40,000 over the one-year period of the project, will be formally presented at the 2016 American Transplant Congress (ATC) at the John B. Hynes Convention Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, June 11-15. Congratulations, Sebastian!

In the News

Seth Dailey, MD, and Brienne Ruel, MA, CCC-SLP, joined Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Larry Meiller Show” where they answered listener questions about voice health and shared tips on how to keep the voice healthy. How to Protect Your Voice aired on Wisconsin Public Radio on April 11, 2016.

NBC 15 aired a segment about Dr. Louis Bernhardt’s involvement in education within the Department of Surgery. He teaches our popular fourth-year elective “Surgery for the Non Surgeon.” Former Madison heart surgeon finds life in teaching appeared on NBC 15 on April 13, 2016.

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