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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the UW Health Transplant and UW Organ and Tissue Donation program hosted two events on July 29-30. The events’ theme “Hope, meet Gratitude” matched that of the program’s year of activities and special marketing initiatives. More than 600 guests attended the Friday evening gala, which featured a look back on the program’s leaders, milestones and successes, then transitioned to sharing the team’s vision for the next 50 years. Saturday’s reunion welcomed almost 900 patients, donor families, staff and guests for a casual picnic, program and parade of people who shared their personal stories of hope and gratitude. A 60-page book titled 50 Years of Courage was distributed to all gala guests and is available for purchase in the Transplant Clinic.

Since the first organ transplant on March 16, 1966, UW Health surgeons have performed more than 13,000 transplants, making ours one of the largest and most successful programs in the world. Visit the Hope, meet Gratitude website to learn more about the anniversary, read stories of Hope and Gratitude, and view a spectacular timeline detailing the history of transplantation at UW Health.

Research

The UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) recently announced the winners of the 2016 Pilot Awards Program. This funding will provide $1.5 million to support 24 projects across the state in clinical and translational research. The Department of Surgery is extremely happy to announce that two of these 24 projects were awarded to department researchers.

Peter Nichol, MD, PhD, pediatric surgery, received $50,000 in funding for one year to support a Translational Basic & Clinical Research Pilot Award for his project “Generating Autologous Intestinal Organoids to Treat Intestinal Diseases.” Dr. Nichol’s co-awardee is Chad Vezina, PhD, from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS, endocrine surgery, received $100,000 in funding for one year to support a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Award for her project “Engaging Stakeholders in Reducing Overtreatment of Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinomas.” Dr. Pitt’s Academic Collaborators include Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, Margaret Schwarze, MD, MPP, and Rebecca Sippel, MD, all from the Department of Surgery.

Education

Join me in welcoming our incoming surgery fellows.

Cardiothoracic Surgery: Chan “CJ” Park, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and completed residency training at New York Presbyterian Queens, in Flushing, New York. In his spare time, Dr. Park enjoys playing golf, tennis, and violin, and building Legos with his child.

Endocrine Surgery: Maria Bates, MD, attended medical school at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, and completed her general surgery residency training at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During medical school, Dr. Bates played on the Hungarian National Softball team and competed around Europe, participating in three European Championships.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Andrea Stroud, MD, earned her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Andrea is a Madison native and is happy to be home near family. She enjoys spending time with her her husband and their two daughters, especially outside and involving water.

Surgical Critical Care: Krista Haines, DO, attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and completed her general surgery residency at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Haines also holds a master’s degree in Medical Ethics and Humanities from the University of South Florida.

Transplant Surgery: Talal Al-Qaoud, MB ChB, received his medical and science training in his native country of Kuwait and the United Kingdom. He recently completed a urology residency through McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During his residency program, Dr. Al-Qaoud elected a clinical rotation at Tygerberg Hospital at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he was a member of the surgical team that performed the world’s first successful penile transplant.

Transplant Surgery: Eric Martinez, MD, earned his medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, Florida, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Martinez is a fluent Spanish speaker, formerly played amateur wood bat baseball, and coached little league.

Vascular Surgery: Peter Bartline, MD, is a graduate of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Utah. His hobbies include ice hockey, telemark skiing, cycling, mountain biking, craft beers, and spending time with his two golden retrievers.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Rachel Lee, MD (Pediatric ENT):
“It was a really great, efficient, and friendly visit. No improvements I can think of making!”

Michael Bentz, MD (Plastics):
Dr. Bentz is an extremely kind and patient man. He also had a wonderful sense of humor which always puts me at ease. His staff are also kind and thoughtful. Everyone I’ve dealt with is extremely professional and they go above and beyond to make the patient comfortable.”

Joshua Mezrich, MD (Transplantation):
“I am so astounded by the healthcare I have received through all of UW Health. Dr. Mezrich and his staff have set the bar very high. My family will be eternally grateful for everything that has been done for me and for the compassion and professionalism. Thank you all.”

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