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The Department of Surgery and Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) hosted the first “Expanding Your Department’s Portfolio: Programmatic Development in Surgical Health Services Research” conference on May 26-27. Twenty-nine faculty and administrators representing 16 different institutions attended the course to learn essential considerations in building a health services research program. Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, served as course director, and Dr. Justin Dimick (University of Michigan) and Dr. Karl Bilimoria (Northwestern University) served as visiting faculty for the course. Numerous WiSOR faculty and staff participated as speakers and panelists.


Five general surgery residents will move into research labs this summer. Here are our new PGY-3Rs:

Congrats to our UW team at the MAPS meeting (Midwest Association of Plastic Surgery), held this past weekend at Northwestern University. MAPS represents 16 Midwestern plastic surgery residency programs. UW again dominated the resident and student competitions, with Amanda Nelson, MD, PGY-4, winning First Prize for Clinical Science, Sahil Kapur, MD, PGY-5, winning Second Prize for Basic Science, and Katie Egan, UWSMPH MS4, winning the Best Student Paper Prize.

Trauma Tour

On May 27, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited the trauma center at UW Hospital. She met with various members of the trauma team and took a tour of the trauma facilities following the path of a trauma patient. Areas visited included the helicopter landing pad, the trauma bay in the ED, the ORs, the SICU, the Burn Unit, the IMC and the trauma ward (F4/4). The visit stemmed from an invitation Amy Liepert, MD, extended to the Lt. Gov. after meeting her at the “Doctor Day” at the capitol earlier this year.

In the News

In recent years, researchers from the Department of Surgery have participated in several “speed dating” events with colleagues across campus. These meetings with other researchers from the Departments of Engineering, Education and Business foster cross-campus collaborations that lead to innovative approaches to treatment, training and cost-effective care. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health recently reported on these meetings in its e-newsletter. You can read “Surgeons Build Collaborations Through ‘Speed Dating’ Events” online.

Last week, Joshua Mezrich, MD, was a guest on WORT-FM’s “8 O’clock Buzz”, discussing organ donation obstacles and ideas for improving the current system. You can listen to “Facing Obstacles to Organ Transplants” online. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System