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Carotid artery stenosis — the narrowing of blood vessels in the neck — is one of the leading causes of strokes in the United States. The standard treatment option for this condition is a procedure called carotid endarterectomy (CEA), which requires an incision in the neck. Jon Matsumura, MD, was co-first author on an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine that suggests a less invasive procedure — carotid artery stenting (CAS) with embolic protection — is a suitable alternative to CEA for stroke prevention treatment. Randomized Trial of Stent versus Surgery for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis appeared in the March 17, 2016, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Honors

Jack Jiang, MD, PhD, received the 3rd annual UW-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities. This award recognizes faculty, academic staff, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students for the outstanding work they do in mentoring undergraduates in their areas of professional activity. Dr. Jiang will be recognized during the Ideas to Excellence reception following the 18th annual Undergraduate Symposium on April 14 at Union South. A huge thank you goes out to Dr. Jiang for his dedication to undergraduate mentoring.

Philanthropy

On March 30, the Department of Surgery hosted its first Louis C. Bernhardt Visiting Professor — Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, distinguished service professor at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of staff and chief of surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Mattox is an internationally renowned trauma and thoracic surgeon and an innovator in trauma care. During his visit he presented Surgery Grand Rounds, met with faculty, and participated in teaching and mentoring sessions with students. The Bernhardt Visiting Professorship was established in honor of one of the department’s most dedicated teachers, Dr. Louis Bernhardt. Dr. Bernhardt has been affiliated with the UW medical school and Department of Surgery since 1959. Watch a video of Layton Rikkers, MD, introduce Lou Bernhardt, MD, before the March 30 Surgery Grand Rounds.

In the News

Katherine McConville, MA, CCC-SLP, a clinical speech pathologist in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and a clinician at the UW Health Voice and Swallow Clinics, appeared on WISC-TV to offer presidential candidates strategies to combat hoarseness on the campaign trail. Speech pathologist talks about ways to combat hoarseness aired on WISC-TV Channel 3’s “Live at Four” on March 30, 2016.

The Wisconsin State Journal recently ran a three-part series on cancer treatment research at UW Health. Part three looked at a recent trend in which some doctors and patients are watching, not treating, certain prostate and breast cancers. Lee Wilke, MD, breast surgeon and director of the UW Health Breast Center, was quoted in the article. Some with lower-risk cancers take a wait-and-see approach was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 29, 2016.

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