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At the Top

On June 3-4, the Department of Surgery and Course Directors Jon Matsumura, Greg Kennedy, Lee Wilke and Emily Winslow hosted 100 surgeons, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others at the Madison Concourse Hotel for our 2nd Annual Current Topics in General Surgery Course. 28 UW faculty were joined by 5 guest faculty from various institutions and provided updates in colorectal, trauma, acute care, breast, endocrine, laparoscopic, hepatobiliary and hernia surgery. Two live cases were transmitted from the UW OR to the general session. Drs. Becky Sippel and Herb Chen performed a lap adrenal and Drs. Mike Garren and Mike Sloan performed a lap bypass. Special thanks to Wendy Horton and Christine Schmieden for their hard work and expertise in running the course.

Education

All current Otolaryngology PGY4 residents have matched for fellowships pursuing subspecialty training. Dr. Scott Chaiet is completing a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship with Dr. Ed Williams in Latham NY, Dr. Wes Heckman is doing a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at New York University, and Dr. Todd Jones is completing a 1 year Head and Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Congratulations!

Research

Dr. Guilherme Campos’ article “Improvement in Peripheral Glucose Uptake after Gastric Bypass Surgery Is Observed Only after Substantial Weight Loss Has Occurred and Correlates with the Magnitude of Weight Lost” was selected as a second place recipient of the 2010 Journal Of Gastrointestinal Surgery Best Article Award. Selection of these best articles is made by the Journal Editors, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Executive Committee, and the SSAT Publications Committee and comes with a $1000 award.

Amal Alhefdi, MD, won the annual Saudi Student Forum “Graduate Research Award” for her research in Thyroid Cancer performed in Dr. Herb Chen’s lab and presented in May 2011. The Saudi Student Forum is made up of 82,000 members and this award honors the most promising and ambitious researcher in all scientific disciplines.

Dr. Hans Sollinger won the Life Sciences Category in the 2011 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan competition for Insulete, an early stage biopharmaceutical company that is developing treatments for Type 1 diabetes. Insulete discovered a genetic construct with the potential to cure Type I diabetes with monthly injections. He was awarded $20.000 in support of this business endeavor.

Clinical

UW Health’s inaugural “Focus on Physicians & Services” reported on the Vascular Services team and their work at the 1 South Park and West Clinic. Outreach sites include Fort Atkinson, Kenosha, Beaver Dam and Portage, and patients are also seen at the VAH and Transformations. Jon Matsumura, MD has used technology and digital reporting to reach out across the organization and the state of Wisconsin.

The front page story in UW Health’s Medical Directions reported on John Siebert, MD’s patient with Parry-Romberg syndrome, a rare condition that causes soft tissue to atrophy and deteriorate on the left side of a face. The patient traveled from North Carolina for her operation, for which Dr. Siebert is a recognized expert. She’ll return in 6 months for a second surgery, to fine tune and sculpt the left side to mirror the right side of her face.

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