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UW Health at The American Center (TAC) held an open house on Sunday, offering the community a chance to explore the new 500,000-square-foot health care campus — and its 14 operating rooms — on Madison’s far east side. The new facility is split into three main sections: hospital, clinics, and sports performance and wellness. Guests enjoyed tours, cooking and sports demonstrations, live music, and special appearances by former University of Wisconsin basketball players Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser, along with former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver. Surgeons Jake Greenberg, MD, EdM, and Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, led a special Walk with a Doc around the TAC campus. When the new hospital opens on August 17, it will be the primary destination for our hernia surgery and surgical and weight management patients. One of our new general surgeons, Amber Shada, MD, will practice full-time at TAC. And our MIS surgeons on site will offer surgical support at TAC’s daytime ER.


Congratulations to Bo Liu, PhD, faculty researcher in the Division of Vascular Surgery, on her new R01 for “Vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis in intimal hyperplasia.” This award will provide more than $1,513,040 over the course of four years.

Michael Hammer, PhD, Division of Otolaryngology, was notified that his NIH R01 grant application, “Sensory Interaction in Voice and Voice Disorders,” will be funded by the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for five years with total costs of $1,904,425. Fantastic work, Dr. Hammer, getting your first R01!

Robert Redfield, MD, Division of Transplantation, was recently notified that his proposal, “Targeting APRIL/BLyS: A Novel Strategy to Achieve Humoral Tolerance to Improve Kidney Allograft Survival,” is a finalist for the American Surgical Association (ASA) Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Redfield will present his proposal and field questions in front of a selection committee during the ACS Clinical Congress in Chicago in October. Good luck, Dr. Redfield! Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System