The 1st UW National Kidney Paired Exchange occurred on February 10. Dr. Tony D’Alessandro removed the UW donor kidney at 3 a.m. and the kidney was shipped to UCSF. The UW recipient kidney arrived from Pittsburgh at 1:15 p.m. and Dr. Hans Sollinger transplanted the kidney. The total number of transplants involved in the chain was 16. All 16 people had living donors that were not compatible. Through this amazing program, they have now all been transplanted. Karen Miller, RN, UWH Clinical Transplant Coordinator, did an outstanding job coordinating the exchange.
Dr. Tim McCulloch, Otolaryngology, received a Notice of Award from the NIH for his R21/R33 grant "High Resolution Manometry: A Novel Pattern Recognition Method for Dysphagia.” The novel application is a 5-year, $1.9M research plan that brings technology to clinical practice: Dr. McCulloch, together with collaborators Michelle Ciucci, PhD, Nadine Connor, PhD, Michael Hammer, PhD and Jack Jiang, PhD., will develop new clinical capabilities for the diagnosis of impaired pharyngeal swallowing in the first two years and apply the new techniques with patients in the final three years of the research.
The School of Medicine and Public Health CT Track Appointments and Promotions Committee unanimously awarded promotion to the following faculty members in Surgery. These promotions will become effective July 1, 2011. Congratulations!
Last week we reported the extraordinary presence of Department of Surgery faculty members at the Association of Academic Surgeons and Society of University Surgeons meetings. The kudos keep rolling in. This week we learned that Dr. Jon Gould, General Surgery, was named co-chair of the AAS Education Committee and that Gretchen Schwarze, Vascular Surgery, and Lee Faucher, General Surgery, were elected to membership in the SUS. Truly remarkable!
The City of Madison Fire Department ceremoniously executed UWH’s agreement with them by delivering the i-Stan high fidelity manikin for the new UW Health Clinical Simulation Program on Thursday, February 10. Until the center is completed “Stan” will be stored in the Surgical Services Lab in H4/3. A series of mock code scenarios for internal medicine residents has already been scheduled with Stan in the Anesthesia Department simulation lab.