Lee Wilke, MD, Professor of Surgery, has been named Interim Chief of the Division of General Surgery effective October 1, 2015. Dr. Wilke currently serves as the Director of the UWH Breast Center and Co-Director of the UWCCC Translational Science BioCore. Lee was recruited to the Department from Duke in 2010. Under her leadership, the breast center has grown dramatically in both volume and prestige. In addition, Lee has been successful in bringing in substantial grant funding as well as philanthropic support to her program. We look forward to her experience and leadership as we institute a national search to recruit a new Chief of the Division of General Surgery. Please join me in welcoming Lee to this role.
Congratulations to Tim McCulloch, MD, chair of the Division of Otolaryngology, Michelle Ciucci, PhD, who has a joint appointment in the Division of Otolaryngology and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Matt Hoffman, MD, PhD, a first-year Otolaryngology resident, on the news of their project “Pattern recognition-based evaluation of swallowing disorders” receiving a one-year, $50,000 pilot grant from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).
On Monday, July 6, Lucian Lozonschi, MD, performed his 100th robotic-assisted cardiac procedure. Dr. Lozonschi is the only cardiac surgeon currently in Wisconsin with this level of da Vinci experience. Nearly half of these procedures took place in the last two years, thanks to improved access to da Vinci systems throughout Madison, including UW, Meriter, and now the VA.
On Saturday, July 18, UW Health Cancer Center at ProHealth held an open house event for the community at their new center in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Attendees toured the building, meet members of the cancer team, and enjoyed an interactive exhibit of the human body. The new cancer center is a joint venture that brings together experts from UW Health and the UW Carbone Cancer Center, ProHealth Care based in Waukesha, and Aurora Health Care based in Milwaukee. Sharon Weber, MD, will direct the surgical oncology effort at the new center, which opens August 10.
Last month, Jack Jiang, MD, PhD, a researcher in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, led seven students on a two-week global health trip to China. The group arrived in Shanghai to shadow at area hospitals and clinics, then traveled to Beijing to shadow at the otolaryngology ward at Beijing University Third Hospital. Students were exposed to the practice of both western and traditional Chinese medicine. They also experienced local culture during a few days of touring in Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, and Beijing.