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Please help me in welcoming two new faculty members who are starting in the Division of Plastic Surgery this week. Both will join busy clinical practices, and will focus their academic work in surgical outcomes.

Brett Michelotti, MD, assistant professor, earned his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed the integrated plastic surgery residency program at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University. Last month, he finished a hand and microvascular surgery fellowship with the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Dr. Michelotti has published 14 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of plastic surgery topics, has given presentations all over the U.S., and has earned a number of academic honors and teaching awards.

Catharine (Catey) Garland, MD, assistant professor, earned her MD from Stanford School of Medicine and received her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. Last month she completed a fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Between her residency and fellowship, Dr. Garland was a post-doc research fellow in the Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology Lab, studying, among other things, composite digit regeneration and cardiac muscle regeneration after injury.

Honors & Awards

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP, was reappointed to a five-year term as the Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology. Dr. Thibeault joined the Department of Surgery in 2006 as a faculty researcher in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and director of the UW Health Voice and Swallow Clinics. Her highly productive research program is focused on vocal tissue engineering and laryngeal immunology and is supported through her roles on several NIH grants. In her role as director of the Voice and Swallow Clinics, Dr. Thibeault oversees a staff of 20 speech-language pathologists who treat adult and pediatric patients for a wide range of voice, swallowing, and airway disorders. The program is renowned nationally and internationally for its CME accredited online Voice and Swallow Clinics Case Conference and Lecture Series and the biennial Phonosurgery Symposium. In 2015, Dr. Thibeault was appointed Associate Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery, tasked with guiding and growing our research programs and helping our investigators attain more funding. Congratulations on your chair reappointment!

Oksana Babchenko, MD, PGY-2 in the plastic surgery residency program, was nominated for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) by the 2016-17 GHHS medical student members, as a doctor who practices patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. The GHHS chapter is allowed to select one resident each year for induction into Gold. The GHHS Induction Ceremony & M1 White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 19. Congratulations, Dr. Babchenko, on this great honor!


The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has awarded Lian-Wang, Guo, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery, research funding in the amount of $96,975 through its Accelerator Program for his project “A porcine trial of non-constrictive polymer sheaths as perivascular drug delivery platforms suitable for treating restenosis after open surgery.” Dr. Guo will conduct this research with K. Craig Kent, MD, and William Murphy, PhD, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Great work, Dr. Guo!


Sharon Weber, MD, surgical oncologist and medical director for surgical oncology at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, was part of a group of Wisconsin’s leading cancer experts and researchers who met with Speaker Paul Ryan in Janesville last week to discuss the latest developments in cancer treatment. The meeting was hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), which is asking Congress to boost the federal investment in cancer research by $1 billion over two years.


The University of Wisconsin Liver Program was designated as an Optum Transplant Solutions Center of Excellence for living donor transplant. This is an exciting, first-time achievement for our young Living Donor Liver Program. Living donor liver programs are in their infancy in North American, but have shown proven success in other parts of the world. Thank you to Luis Fernandez, MD, director of the UW Liver Transplant Program, for his work in moving our living donor living program forward — we are extremely excited to see how this program develops in the coming years.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Stan Maier, PA-C (Vascular):
“I wouldn’t want to have any other provider. He has made sure to educate me in most, if not all, aspects of my condition and treatment, and each time I leave the office confident that I am receiving the best care available. The medical profession needs more people like Stan Maier. He gets five stars from me.”

Jacquelynn Arbuckle, MD (General Surgery):
“There is nothing that Dr. Arbuckle or the staff and nurses could have done different. It was the best experience that both me and my family went through. I felt cared for and everyone was so nice to me. I could not believe how fast and wonderful everything went before surgery and after surgery. I want to thank everyone, and Dr. Arbuckle is a wonderful and caring physician.”

Edward LeBlanc, PA-C (Cardiothoracic):
“Edward was very specific in his explaining things. He treated me and my wife with respect and concern. He answered any and all questions we had.” Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System