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At the Top

Nationally recognized for his experience and leadership in the field of vascular surgery, K. Craig Kent, MD, was invited to write about the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms for the New England Journal of Medicine, the most widely read, cited and influential general medical journal in the world. “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms” appears in the November 27, 2014, issue.

Research

Samuel Poore, MD, PhD, will receive $1.45 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for “Development of an Osseointegrated Neural Interface (ONI) for Prosthetic Control.” Dr. Poore will collaborate with Co-PI Justin Williams, PhD, in Biomedical Engineering on the project. The goal of their research is to develop a new methodology of harnessing electrical signals from the peripheral nervous system after extremity amputation and to then utilize those signals to “drive” an osseointegrated prosthetic limb.

Service

K. Craig Kent, MD, was elected President of the Society of Surgical Chairs at the American College of Surgeons meeting in San Francisco last month.

Herbert Chen, MD, was re-elected to a three-year term as a Governor-at-Large for the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors.

Amy Liepert, MD, was elected Chair of the Wisconsin Surgical Society’s Policy, Planning & Government Relations Committee.

Honors & Awards

Corinne Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, received an American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholar Doctoral Scholarship for $10,000, one of 18 granted nationally across the discipline of Speech-Language Pathology.

The Association for Academic Surgery announced the finalists for its 2015 awards, and two are from the UW Department of Surgery. Christina Papageorge, MD, PGY-3R, was selected as a finalist for a 2015 Research Fellowship Award. Courtney Balentine, MD, endocrine fellow, is a finalist for the 2015 Joel J. Roslyn Faculty Research Fellowship Award for his project “A Qualitative Evaluation of Transitional Care After Colorectal Surgery.” Good luck to both of you!

On Nov 10, 2014, Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, and Tausif Alam, PhD, associate scientist in the Division on Transplantation, were invited by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to present their recent findings in the treatment of diabetic rats with a glucose-inducible response element, which can be used for Gene Therapy of Type 1 diabetes. NIDDK is considering specific funding for this area of research.

In the News

The Wisconsin State Journal recently profiled Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, and her work in simulation training. “UW surgeon champions hands-on tests for doctors” was published on November 16.

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