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Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD has been named Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery. In this new position, Dr. Kennedy will be responsible for overseeing the increasingly important quality efforts in the Department of Surgery and at UW Health. He will lead a Departmental Quality Council composed of representatives from each Division in the Department. Dr. Kennedy will represent Surgery on the UW Health Quality Council and address initiatives including SCIP, Crimson, PQRI, Avatar, NSQIP, and HMSI. He will initiate projects to improve clinical quality through performance measurement, intervention and rigorous evaluation. Dr. Kennedy has several publications on outcomes and quality, many utilizing the NSQIP database, and was the UW National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Surgical Champion and a member of the UW Surgery QI Program. He is also an NIH funded investigator and was recently notified that his first NIH R01 was awarded. His laboratory research focuses on the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in colon tumorigenesis. Dr. Kennedy completed a PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Bill Sugden while a resident in General Surgery. Following his residency he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery at Mayo Clinic and returned to UW as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He has been a leader in the Department and currently serves as co-director of the Annual General Surgery CME Course and a member of the Education Committee, the SMPH Admissions Committee, and the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Protocol Review Committee.


The “First Annual Cochlear Implants: Day with the Experts” was a success. Sam Gubbels, Ruth Litovsky and Diane Heatley, assisted by Kari McConnell, hosted 110 attendees at the event on Saturday, June 23 at The Waisman Center. The event included patient panels with pediatric and adult CI users. The program was done in collaboration with faculty members and health professionals from the Department of Communicative Disorders and Surgery.

Eugene (Chip) Foley was a Core Faculty member at the American College of Surgeons Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course held in Chicago, June 28-July 2, 2012. This popular course was attended by 325 surgeons.

Honors and Awards

Jacquelynn Arbuckle was notified by the UW System Office of the President that she was selected as a recipient of the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. The award ceremony will be held at UW-Oshkosh in October. Congratulations for this major honor.

Herb Chen has been invited by the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to serve as Chair of Subcommittee F, Institutional Training and Education of the NCI Initial Review Group from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014.

Clinical News and Innovation

Jacob Greenberg and James Orr performed the first progressive preoperative pneumoperitoneum on a patient in preparation for ventral hernia repair. Surgeons inserted a peritoneal dialysis catheter and an ivc filter and have been filling the patient with medical grade air on a daily basis to increase his abdominal domain so his massive ventral hernia can be repaired at the end of this week. This is the first time this has been attempted at UWHC. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System