Mike Garren was elected as President-Elect of the Wisconsin Surgical Society at their recent meeting held in Kohler, WI. The Wisconsin Surgical Society serves as an organization to effectively network surgeons for the dissemination and exchange of information with the purpose of advancing patient care. Dr. Garren has been on the Council for a number of years and will assume the office in 2015. Current membership is 367 and includes General Surgical Residents from the Wisconsin Training Programs (UW, MCW, Marshfield and LaCrosse). The Wisconsin Surgical Society is also the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
At the 2012 ASHA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, the ASHA Editors Award for Best Paper in JSHLR (speech section) was given to Ciara Leydon, Rebecca Bartlett, Drew Roenneburg, and Susan Thibeault for their paper titled “Localization of label-retaining cells in murine vocal fold epithelium.”
Marie Jette and Suzanne King both received an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Foundation New Century Scholar Doctoral Scholarship for $10,000. Ten of these are given out each year nationally. Marie Jette also received an ASHA Travel Fellowship — $600 for a student presenting at an upcoming ASHA meeting.
Matt Hoffman (MD, PhD student doing thesis work in Drs. Jiang and McCulloch’s laboratory) was selected for an ASHA award, a general scholarship for master’s or doctoral students in communicative disorders who demonstrate academic merit and promise.
It was a good week for outcomes national leadership at the UW. Congratulations to Sharon Weber who was asked to be Director of the American College of Surgeons NSQIP-Oncology program—a 45 member collaborative evaluating cancer-specific outcomes.
The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons has asked Sarah Schaefer to be the Advanced Practice Provider Liaison for the AAES. She will be responsible for organizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants into a group that will meet with members of the AAES and address issues specific to their profession.
Restoring Hope Transplant House opened its doors to guests in late November. This non-profit facility is the first and only recovery home in Wisconsin for the families of transplant patients. Located in Middleton, Wisconsin, families can stay for a donation of $35 per night. The house has hosted the transplant division’s holiday party for three years—this year’s party is at a new location because the facility raised enough money to open. Congratulations to Cindy Herbst, executive director and co-founder, for her labor of love!