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The Division of Plastic Surgery, under the leadership of Mike Bentz, submitted a $2.5 million Department of Defense grant to support five hand transplants and associated research at UW, with five more to be performed at each site in a surgical consortium consisting of UW, the Brigham, UT-Southwestern, and Southern Illinois University. The UW grant is part of a larger $13 million grant proposing the first global multi-center prospective study of hand transplantation. The proposal brings together clinical hand surgeons, the Middleton VAMC, and transplant immunosuppression, HLA, and peri-transplant vascular imaging researchers. Donna Katen-Bahensky has named a UW Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Steering Committee to oversee program development.

Research

Jon Matsumura was a coauthor of a pivotal randomized VA study (the largest in the United States) on endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms that was published in the NEJM. This study demonstrated that patients with severe cardiac disease may have better outcomes with the endovascular approach.

Jon Matsumura and his research team have begun site initiation visits for the Non-Invasive Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Clinical Trial, NTA 3CT funded by the NIA (Impact/Priority Score 12, Percentile 1%). Dr. Matsumura’s roles in NTA 3CT include PI (one of four equal PIs), Executive Committee, and Core Imaging Laboratory Director. UWSMPH has a subcontract for $745,656 direct costs.

Luis Fernandez was awarded a one year, $50,000 Pilot Research Program Grant entitled “A Strategy to Prevent Delayed Graft Function in Kidney Transplantation” from the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.

Education

On January 19, 2013, over 15 performers from Fresco Opera Theatre attended a “Science of the Voice Symposium” with lectures and stroboscopies performed by a team of UW speech pathologists and laryngologists.

Lucian Lozonschi was invited to serve as a Faculty Member of the ICI 2012 (Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions) meeting held on December 2-4, 2012, in Tel-Aviv. The invitation recognizes his leadership in TAVI at the University of Wisconsin.

Philanthropy

A grateful patient of Sharon Weber’s provided funding to assist liver and pancreas cancer patients with expenses related to hospital visits. Another patient, who benefited from this gift, gave a second gift to continue the legacy. Mary Beth Henry, who coordinates this program, writes “I am so very proud to be a part of this practice of helping people at a time when they are at their lowest, and helping them in a way that acknowledges the financial impact of this disease.”

Honors

Gretchen Schwarze’s paper titled “Surgeons Expect Patients to Buy-In to Postoperative Life Support Preoperatively: Results of a National Survey,” and published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Critical Care Medicine, was picked up by several news sources.

The Association of Academic Surgeons (AAS) announced the appointment of Ankush (Ash) Gosain to the Issues Committee and Suresh (Mitu) Agarwal to the Education Committee. Four general surgery residents were elected to serve on AAS Committees as candidate representatives: Terrah Paul Olson, Ethics; Marquita Decker, Global Affairs; Christopher Macomber, IT; and Sanjay Reddy, Membership. The term of the committee appointment is February 2013-2015.

David Schneider will join the editorial board of the Journal of Surgical Research. He will serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2013 and continuing through December 31, 2015, with an option for a second term.

Peter Nichol will receive the $5000 Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition at the Dudrick Symposium on February 11 in Phoenix.

Marquita Decker is in a group of 20 finalists (from 2199 applications) competing for 13 spots in the Netherlands for a Fulbright grant. Congratulations!

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