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Last week, Congressman Mark Pocan (2nd District of Wisconsin) toured the UW Health Level 1 Trauma Center to learn more about our ability to provide 24/7/365 trauma care for the state. Thank you to Amy Liepert, MD, for leading the visit and all the members of our trauma program who participated. A photo of the group is attached.

Faculty 101

On Friday, September 1, the Department will roll out Faculty 101, an education program designed for new and current faculty to learn about the Department of Surgery. New faculty will attend as part of their orientation, but all faculty are welcome. Presentations will be given on September 1, 7 and 8. Kudos to Deb Gugel for organizing the schedule (attached), and for all staff who will be speaking. We hope this becomes a regular part of orienting all members of the Department of Surgery.

Research

Congratulations to biostatisticians Dou-Yan Yang, PhD, and Jeff Havlena, PhD, for winning the Best Poster Award for their poster “Where Does All the Time Go? Measuring Clients’ Service Utilization via Time-Tracking Software” at the Joint Statistical Meetings earlier this month.

Congratulations to members of the otolaryngology team who presented at the 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium in early August, including session leadership by Jackie Diels and presentations by Scott Chaiet, MD, Aaron Wieland, MD, and Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS.

Notable Publications

A response to “Dexamethasone Without Antibiotics for Sore Throat,” written by David Francis, MD, MS, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month.

Clinical

The American Family Children’s Hospital celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. Pediatric heart surgery is one of the specialties at AFCH that was featured in this story in the State Journal. We are proud of our team members, led by Petros Anagnostopoulos, MD, MBA, who provide high quality care for these patients.

Otolaryngology admin assistant Cara D’Amico was recognized in this heartfelt comment from a patient’s family: “I am writing to send a HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to Cara D’Amico, a Prior Authorization Specialist who has helped me navigate the complicated world of health insurance in order to get coverage for my 5 year old son’s speech therapy. She has been kind, supportive, resourceful, positive, attentive, and a problem solver with a wonderful attitude! She has listened with a concerned ear, and offered specific solutions including three way calls, reference numbers that help communicate with the insurance company, and really has been an ABSOLUTE JOY to work with during a difficult time! THANK YOU CARA!!!” We are proud of your mastery of prior authorization and your compassion for patients, Cara!

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Cindy Schmitz, NP (General)
“Cindy spent ample time with me explaining everything and went above and beyond. Her team was extremely patient and caring of my needs and went the extra mile to help me out.”

Dai Yamanouchi, MD, PhD (Vascular)
“I don’t know of anything that he could do to make my visit better. He’s a great doctor, everyone at UW is great!”

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