In its 2014 rankings of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to U.S. medical schools, Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research placed the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery sixth in the nation. Despite slipping from our number five spot in 2013, we increased our 2014 funding by more than $1 million over the previous year. The top 10 surgery departments in the U.S. garnered nearly $127 million, or 46 percent, of NIH’s total research funding to Surgery Departments in 2014. We are proud the UW has ranked in the extremely competitive top 10 for the last three years — a stellar accomplishment we are determined to continue.
Vascular Specialist, the official newspaper of the Society for Vascular Surgery, reported on a study by Gretchen Schwarze, MD, that takes a modern approach to informed consent and may lead to fewer unwanted surgeries. A vascular surgeon and clinical ethicist, Dr. Schwarze has received funding from NIH, National Institute on Aging GEMS-STAR and a supplemental Jahnigen Award for her two-year study “A communication tool to assist older adults facing difficult surgical decisions.”
Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, will receive the Richard Lillehei Memorial Award from the International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Society (IPITA) at its meeting in Melbourne, Australia, this fall. Richard Lillehei performed the first pancreas transplant in 1966, was a pioneer in open heart surgery, and is considered one of the most innovative surgeons of the 20th century. The Lillehei award is IPITA’s highest honor.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery received a $50,000 gift for its Nicaragua Surgical Care and Education Program.