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We greet the new year with three significant accomplishments from faculty in the Department of Surgery.

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, recently learned his NIH U01 grant application for his project “Tomotherapy and Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Tolerance to Kidney Transplants” was reviewed at NIAID study section and received a perfect score. This is a rare occurrence and one that deserves congratulation. While funding decisions have not been made, we think it’s safe to say Dr. Kaufman and his team will be approved. The overarching goal of this project is to develop a safe and effective immune tolerance induction protocol and understand the underlying mechanisms of the induction and maintenance of tolerance. Managing an Opportunities Pool, with annual funding of approximately $1 million, was part of the proposal, so we expect that over $2 million will continue to be awarded annually to UW-Madison for this important research. Dr. Kaufman’s Department of Surgery collaborators include Will Burlingham, PhD, Luis Fernandez, MD, Robert Redfield, MD, and Glen Leverson, PhD.

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, was awarded a Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award, a campus-wide award that recognizes research and teaching excellence. The award provides $100,000 in flexible research funding for two years and is supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908). The award will support Dr. Pugh’s project “Validation of Wearable Force Sensors for High-Stakes Skills Assessment of the Clinical Breast Exam.” This is a high accolade within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Department of Surgery is proud to see one of its investigators honored with this prestigious award. Congratulations, Dr. Pugh!

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation will honor Amy Liepert, MD, with the 2017 Kenneth M. Viste Jr., MD Young Physician Leadership Award. This award is giving annually to a licensed Wisconsin physician who is younger than 40 years old or has been practicing medicine fewer than five years and who exemplifies Dr. Viste’s commitment to patients, community, and the profession of medicine. Dr. Liepert will accept her award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Inaugural and Awards Ceremony on April 22, 2017, in Wisconsin Dells. Congratulations, Dr. Liepert! This is a great honor and proof of your remarkable commitment to representing surgeons and their interests at a local and national level.

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