We are thrilled to announce two new leadership positions in the Department of Surgery: Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, professor of surgery and the Morgridge Distinguished Chair in Health Services Research, will assume the role of Vice Chair of Research, and Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP, professor of surgery and the Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology, will serve as Associate Vice Chair of Research. Dr. Greenberg, focusing on health services and clinical research, and Dr. Thibeault, focusing on basic science research, will utilize their extensive experience in research, mentoring, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to reinvigorate investigative focus throughout the department. Their first task in these new roles will be to develop a strategic plan that will guide and grow our research programs and help our investigators attain more funding.
Dr. Greenberg was recruited to the Department of Surgery in 2011 tasked with the job of establishing a nationally recognized health services research (HSR) program. In just a few short years she has developed the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) into one of the country’s leading HSR centers, currently supporting 28 department investigators and fostering research collaborations across campus. To date, WiSOR investigators have submitted nearly 100 grant applications and have attained more than $10 million in research funding. Dr. Greenberg’s research program is focused on the quality and safety of surgical care. She serves as key personnel on five funded PCORI awards, and four NIH awards. She is PI or co-PI of a PCORI grant, an R01 through NIDDK, and a collaborative grant through the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
Dr. Thibeault joined the Department of Surgery in 2006 as a faculty researcher in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and director of the UW Health Voice and Swallow Clinics. Her highly productive research program is focused on vocal tissue engineering and laryngeal immunology and is supported through her roles on several NIH grants; PI on three R01 grants, Co-PI on one R01, PI on two R01 sub awards, PI on one R01 supplement, Co-Investigator on one R01, mentor on a K23, and co-director on a T32 funding research in voice disorders. In her role as director of the Voice and Swallow Clinics, Dr. Thibeault oversees a staff of 20 speech-language pathologists who treat adult and pediatric patients for a wide range of voice, swallowing, and airway disorders. The program is renowned nationally and internationally for their CME accredited online Voice and Swallow Clinics Case Conference and Lecture Series and the biennial Phonosurgery Symposium, now in its 14th year.
The Department of Surgery will hold its 7th Annual Research Summit on Wednesday, January 20, at Union South. This year’s focus is Biotechnology. Invited speakers include John Biondi, director of UW Discovery to Product (D2P), William Linton, CEO and chairman of Promega Corporation, and R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, deputy director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and surgeon-in-chief at Vanderbilt University Hospital. The daylong event will also include eight faculty research talks, presentations on the top six submitted abstracts, and the Research Update from UW Department of Surgery Chairman K. Craig Kent, MD. Research Summit was established as a way to increase awareness of the exciting and diverse research happening in our department and to encourage interaction among members of the department. If all of this isn’t enough to convince you to join more than 200 of your research-minded colleagues on Wednesday, let me remind you that there will be Babcock Ice Cream! Everyone in the department is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please visit the Research Summit website to register and view the day’s agenda.
Joseph Scalea, MD, second-year Transplant Fellow, received the Top Poster of Distinction Award for his poster, “Limited Supply, Increasing Demand: Expanding Organ Donation,” at The American Society of Transplant Surgeons 16th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium.
Jon Odorico, MD, was recently installed as president of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA) for a term of two years. Congratulations on this achievement!