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The UW Health Burn Center has once again attained recognition as a verified Burn Center for both adult and pediatric patients through the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). University Hospital is the only verified Burn Center in Wisconsin. Reverification is required every three years and includes a rigorous reporting and on-site review process. Burn Center verification provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center and is an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high-quality patient care to burn patients from time of injury through rehabilitation. Congratulations to Lee Faucher, MD, director of the UW Burn Center, and his entire team on their successful reverification.


K. Craig Kent, MD, and Lian-Wang Guo, PhD, both of vascular surgery, along with Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, are multi-PIs on a new R01 from the NIH. The group was awarded $2,213,000 over four years to study their project, “Development of Unimolecular Nanoparticle-mediated Periadventitial Drug Delivery System for Sustained and Targeted Inhibition of Intimal Hyperplasia Following Open Vascular Reconstruction.” Fantastic work!

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, transplant surgery, was awarded a one-year, $153,000 U01 supplement for his project “Tomotherapy and Hematopoietic Stem Cells For Tolerance to Kidney Transplants.” Congratulations!


UW Health recently named Mike Sloan, MD, general surgeon at UW Health at The American Center, Senior Medical Director for Specialty Care Clinics. In this role Dr. Sloan will help lead the operations of the UW Health ambulatory care system, from the global level of ambulatory care model redesign to the granular level of optimizing dyad/site leadership in all of our clinics. Thank you, Dr. Sloan, for your leadership and dedication to improving patient care.


Lauren Taylor, MD, PGY-3R, was named recipient of a 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Postgraduate Award for her research project, “Best Case/Worst Case: Teaching surgical residents to use a communication tool for high-stakes surgical decisions.” The award carries a $2,000 stipend to support her work, which she conducts under the mentorship of Margaret Schwarze, MD, MPP. Great work, Dr. Taylor!

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Mahgen Kruse, PA-C (General):
“Mahgen Kruse is amazing and always right there to answer any questions or concern whether it be email, phone message or appointment. She is absolutely amazing and very compassionate! I don’t think there is anything she needs to do at all to make the visit better. Mahgen Kruse is always happy and you can tell she loves what she does!”

Aaron Wieland, MD (Otolaryngology):
“Dr. Wieland was a caring and understanding physician, who really has his patients’ well-being in mind all the time.”

Samuel Poore, MD, PhD (Plastic):
“All of my contacts with Dr. Sam Poore and his office were awesome. Dr. Poore is absolutely awesome, as are his nurses and NPs. They were always available to answer questions whenever I had them. All I had to do was send an email or a phone call, and they got back to me in a very timely fashion. I would recommend Dr. Poore, and already have, to anyone who needed to have any sort of plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Sam and all of his staff were always very friendly and made me feel that they truly cared about my ongoing health. They were always there to assist me in whatever care was needed. They gave wonderful encouragement when I was feeling down! Dr. Poore is absolutely fantastic!!!!” Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System