The Department of Surgery finished the fiscal year 6.5% above budget and 7.3% over last year with $75,057,317 in total UWMF revenue. A 31% increase was seen in Other Allocable Revenue totaling $2,484,262, primarily driven by faculty operating at Swedish American, Watertown, Stoughton, Lancaster, SSM St. Mary’s, and Baycare Hospitals. Major credit for this successful outreach into Wisconsin and Northern Illinois goes to our faculty, who work tirelessly to meet the needs of residents throughout the Midwest. Thank you to our faculty for the tremendous effort!
Please join me in welcoming Angie Ingraham, MD, MS, as assistant professor in the Division of General Surgery’s Section of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Ingraham earned her MD from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati. During her residency, Dr. Ingraham spent two years as Clinical Scholar in Residence at the American College of Surgeons performing health services research utilizing ACS databases. Last month she completed a two-year acute care surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Welcome aboard, Dr. Ingraham.
More than 200 participants and spectators attended the “Cruisin’ for a Cure” event Sunday at the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH). Nearly 50 former AFCH patients walked a red carpet and were loaded into a specialty or classic car for a police-escorted cruise through Shorewood and the UW-Madison campus. Forty drivers brought their cars, including Maseratis, Porsches, Teslas, and classics like a Woody station wagon and a 1954 Mack fire truck. Back at the hospital, current patients and families were able to visit with Bucky Badger and a princess, listen to a school band, and have their caricatures drawn. The event was sponsored by Cars Curing Kids, a group of car enthusiasts who support research and programs for childhood diseases. Special thanks goes out to Peter Nichol, MD, PhD, for his work in creating Cars Curing Kids and supporting their events, and Michelle Oster and Russ Austin in our development office for their work in organizing and promoting the event.
We are excited to welcome Bin Ye, PhD, to our Research Administration group. Bin comes to us from the UW Office of Research and Sponsored Programs where he was a grants and contract specialist. Previous to that he was a research administrator at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean’s office. We acknowledge the extra efforts of Mary Nutt, who has done a fantastic job of handling the duties of the research office while it was down two staff members. Our search continues to fill the fourth position in that office, and we hope to have it fully staffed in the coming months.
WDJT CBS 58 in Milwaukee ran the story “Potential changes in organ transplant policy could be longer wait times in Wisconsin” on July 24 about possible changes to the organ allocation policy and its affects on Wisconsin residents. Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, chairman of the Division of Transplantation, was interviewed for the piece.
Madison’s WISC-TV News 3 featured the story “More women take aggressive measures to fight breast cancer” on July 29 about the growing number of breast cancer patients choosing double mastectomy to reduce their chances of a re-occurrence. The story features 28-year-old patient Sarah Ripp, with appearances by her breast surgeon Lee Wilke, MD, and reconstructive surgeon Samuel O. Poore, MD, PhD.