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Department Initiatives

Beginning in May, eighteen medical students will participate in summer research projects under the mentorship of faculty in the Department of Surgery. Six of these students have been awarded fellowships through Surgery’s NIH funded T35 and two students have been awarded fellowships through the NIH T32 supported UW Voice Research Training Program. Ten are supported by the UWSMPH Shapiro program.

The Simulation Center is becoming a reality. A formal PO was issued to FLAD and Associates Architectural firm and design meetings have commenced. Dr. Gould and George Keeler are formulating Advisory and Curriculum Committees and a revised user needs survey will be sent to collaborators. The official opening is projected for July 2011.

The Wisconsin Donor Registry has been created due to the persistent efforts of Dr. Tony D’Alessandro with Wisconsin’s legislature. Please take five minutes to register your wishes online at Even “red dot” holders should click on the DONATE button to register as a donor.

Honors and Awards

Becky Sippel, MD was awarded the 1st Paul LoGerfo Research Award given by the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. The $10,000 award is given to an academic endocrine surgeon in their first 5 years of practice to help foster their research career.

At the 130th Annual Meeting of the American Surgical Association, held from April 8-10 in Chicago, Dr. Craig Kent presented “Analysis of over 3,000,000 Patients Screened for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Development of a Novel Scoring Tool for the Identification of Large > 5 cm Aneurysms,” and Dr. Herb Chen presented “Operative Failures After Parathyroidectomy For Hyperparathyroidism: The Influence Of Surgical Volume.”


Ivie Okundaye, an undergraduate pre-med Biology major at Wake Forest University, will work in Dr. Jon Odorico’s lab as a participant in the NIDDK STEP-UP program this summer.

Community Service

Volunteers are needed for the 2010 NKF U.S. Transplant Games coming to Madison this summer and to participate in the community 5k run/walk that kicks off the events. To find information about volunteering or registering for the run/walk, go to: Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System