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Becky Sippel, MD and Nadine Connor, PhD received their award notice for a new R01 titled “Central Neck Dissection in Patients with Clinical Node Negative Thyroid Cancer.” The first year direct budget is $284,314, and the total five-year award is $1.8 million. Getting your first R01 is an incredible accomplishment; we congratulate Dr. Sippel and praise Dr. Connor as an outstanding collaborator and mentor.


Department of Surgery faculty members received two of five grants awarded by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC). Gretchen Schwarze, MD was awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $100,000 for her work titled “Aligning preferences of older adults with decisions for high risk surgery.”

Lian-Wang Guo, PhD was awarded a New Investigator Program award in the amount of $99,900 for “Nanoparticles for Treating Restenosis: Sustained and Targeted Local Drug Delivery.”

Qiwei Wang, a PhD candidate in Bo Liu’s laboratory, was awarded an American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship titled “RIP-mediated necroptosis as a therapeutic target for abnormal aortic aneurysm.” Qiwei will receive $26,000 per year for two years.

Lane Frasier, MD and Jason Wiseman, MD were selected for final consideration for a research fellowship funded by the Association for Academic Surgery. Lane is mentored by Caprice Greenberg MD and Doug Wiegmann, PhD on the project “Human Factors Analysis of Team Fluidity in the Operating Room.” Jason is mentored by Craig Kent, MD and Sara Fernandes-Taylor, PhD on his project “Postoperative Wound Surveillance: A Patient-Centered Approach Using Available Technology.” The fellowship budget is $20,000 for one year. As finalists, they will be interviewed at the Academic Surgical Congress in San Diego in February.


Heidi Busse, MS has been nominated to receive the Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence from the Center for Educational Opportunity, a federally funded program designed to provide academic support to students whose families meet income guidelines, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.

Several committee appointments were made to the Association for Academic Surgery. Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD – Leadership Committee, Dave Schneider, MD – Outcomes Research Committee, Anne-Lise Maag, MD – Education Committee and Sarah Oltmann, MD – Issues Committee. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System