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The American Society of Transplant Surgery (ASTS) announced at the World Transplant Congress last week in San Francisco that its membership elected Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD, to a three-year term as society Secretary 2014-2017. This is the most prominent transplant society in the world and it is tradition that the secretary will ascend to president. This is emblematic of Dr. Kaufman’s stature in the transplant world as well as the strength of our division of transplantation at University of Wisconsin.

Clinical

Outreach Partnerships with SwedishAmerican Health System

As our relationship with SwedishAmerican continues to grow, so does the array of outreach services that the Department of Surgery will provide in Rockford. By the fall of 2014, we will have eight surgery outreach clinics at SwedishAmerican. Our bariatric surgery outreach clinic, run by Guilherme Campos, MD, PhD, has been in place since the fall of 2013. The following clinics will open in the coming months:

In addition, plans are underway for outreach clinics in Colorectal and Breast.

Finally, Abraham Sayon, MD, has been hired as the first of up to five UW general surgeons practicing full-time at SwedishAmerican Hospital. In this innovative model, Dr. Sayon and his future partners will be very much a part of the Division of General Surgery and the department, but will also be responsible for developing a robust, community-based general surgery practice in Rockford.

Each of these initiatives furthers our mission to bring the world-class expertise of the Department of Surgery to the people of Wisconsin and beyond, and enhance and expand our presence throughout the region.

Service

The American Medical Association (AMA) has nominated Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, to serve on the board of the American Board of Medical Specialties Research and Education Foundation (ABMS REF) for a term to begin April 2015. The ABMS REF will make its final appointments in the coming months. Good luck, Dr. Pugh!

Construction

A project to add 35 First Day Surgery day areas to the F4/3 module will begin in early August. Construction crews will be performing heavy demolition over the next two months between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Please contact Joan Subach with concerns or issues throughout the construction.

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