The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery sent a robust group of faculty to the 10th annual Academic Surgical Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 3-5, jointly sponsored by the Society of University Surgeons (SUS) and the Association of Academic Surgery (AAS). The event attracted more than 1,500 registrants and 1,000 presented abstracts. Once again, the UW was the clear leader in total abstract submission at the event with 59 — 11 more than the runner up.
The SUS has a 75-year history deeply rooted in American academic surgery, with many highly visible leaders in the field among the membership and past officers. Joining this list is our own Sharon Weber, MD, inducted as president, and Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, who began a three-year term as secretary. Other Executive Council members include Gretchen Schwarze, MD, chair of the Ethics Committee, and Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, representative for the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies/AAMC.
The Department of Surgery had a similarly impressive showing at the AAS meeting. After a two-year stint as recorder and program chair for the annual meeting, Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, was elected president-elect, a position that will lead to her AAS presidency in February 2016. Other AAS leaders from the UW include Becky Sippel, MD, entering her second year as secretary; Suresh Agarwal, MD, and Peter Nichol, MD, PhD, Executive Council representatives; and Jake Greenberg, MD, EdM, chair of the Education Committee.
The UW was also successful on the awards front. Courtney Balentine, MD, was a finalist for the Joel J. Roslyn Faculty Research Award. And Christina Papageorge, MD, won the 2015 AASF Research Fellowship in Clinical/Outcomes, which will provide $20,000 in support for her work with mentor Dr. Kennedy. Last year this award went to UW resident Lane Frasier, MD.
Thank you to the UW faculty, residents and students who participated in this meeting and for your efforts to make the UW Department of Surgery a national leader in academic surgery.
General surgery resident Anne-Lise D’Angelo, MD, PGY-3R, has been awarded a 2015-2016 Ethicon Endo-Surgery Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) through the Association for Surgical Education. This prestigious, one-year, home-site fellowship is designed to sharpen its participants’ skills in planning, implementing and reporting surgical education research studies. Congratulations, Anne-Lise!