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Michael Bentz, MD, UW Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery, Division Chair of Plastic Surgery, and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery, was elected President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS). The AAPS mission is to provide scholarly leadership in plastic surgery, and is the oldest plastic surgery organization, approaching its 100th anniversary in 2021. This is an amazing honor for an outstanding leader, who we know will lead the AAPS with vision, energy, and thoughtfulness.

Honors

Congratulations to Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH, who was selected as a member of the SMPH Curriculum Transformation Leadership Team. In this role Dr. O’Rourke will lead the design and implementation of one of the innovative integrated blocks of the new curriculum. Key features of the new blocks include integration of basic science and clinical concepts, as well as curriculum related to systems-based practice, public health, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, and interprofessional team-based care.

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, was elected to a three-year term as secretary of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) during the organization’s recent Annual Scientific Assembly, held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Promotion

The SMPH Clinician-Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee overwhelmingly endorsed the department’s recommendation that Paul Staskowski, MD, be promoted to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Staskowski has been a valued instructor in PDS as well as an acknowledged leader in outreach, initiating otolaryngology services at Watertown hospital. Congratulations!

Clinical

April is National Donate Life Month, dedicated to raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and the impact transplantation has on a patient’s life. The UW Department of Surgery and the entire UW Transplant Program team are national leaders in both transplant research and clinical activity – in 2014 the Division of Transplantation was funded by nearly $2.7 million in extramural funding, and in 2013 the UW was the seventh busiest transplant hospital in the nation. In addition, the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation program is recognized as one of the most successful organ procurement programs in the country. The world’s longest kidney transplant chain, completed on March 26, 2015, both started and ended in our hospital. ABC Nightline aired a story on this miraculous effort of giving, coordination, and teamwork during its April 15, 2015 broadcast. Watch “Changing Lives Through Donating Kidneys to Strangers”.

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