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At the Top

On Tuesday, June 16, the Department of Surgery will host its 18th Annual Education Retreat at Memorial Union’s Tripp Commons. Dr. Gerald Fried, Edward W. Archibald Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, McGill University, an acknowledged expert in surgical education and outcomes, will speak on “Innovations in Education.” The event will promptly start at 5 p.m. with refreshments on the balcony overlooking Lake Mendota, and opportunities for faculty and residents to participate in feedback stations. Dinner and talks start at 6:00 p.m. Come join us for a great evening celebrating our education achievements.


Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, is one of three inaugural recipients of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) Alumni Excellence in Education Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions of Stanford’s GSE-trained educators. Dr. Pugh earned her PhD in education from Stanford University. Congratulations on your award, Dr. Pugh!


The Section of Colorectal Surgery made its mark at the recent American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, presenting five abstracts and bringing home two awards. Patrick Carney, a Hilldale undergrad award recipient working under the mentorship of Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, won the New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award for Basic Science/Poster for “Dysregulation of AHR in Colon Cancer: Does it Contribute to Chemosensitivity?” Bryant Megna, a second-year medical student who will be joining Dr. Kennedy in the lab this year under a Shapiro/ICTR award, won the Research Forum Works in Progress Award for his abstract “Activity of Dietary Phytochemicals in Colorectal Cancer.” We look forward to a great year working with Bryant and Patrick and anticipate many more accomplishments.

In the News

The UW Health Transplant, Organ and Tissue Donation program was featured in a story, and an ad, in a special section that was inserted into USA Today last week in the Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington/Baltimore markets. Read the article online.

Farewell and Thank You

We have a number of exceptional residents and fellows moving on this month, and two fellows who are joining our faculty full time. Please join me in thanking these surgeons for their hard work and outstanding contributions to the clinical and academic success of the Department. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

General Surgery
Adam Brinkman, MD — Pediatric Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Laura Fischer, MD, MSMIS Fellowship, University of Oregon
Christopher Janowak, MD — Critical Care Fellowship, University of Indiana
Vanessa Nomellini, MD, PhD — Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly, MD — Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Johns Hopkins

Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Will Brand, MD — Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Dylan Lippert, MD — Advanced Head and Neck Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Sahil Kapur, MD — Microsurgery Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Brigitte Smith, MD — Assistant Professor, University of Utah Hospital

Endocrine Surgery
Dawn Elfenbein, MD, MPH ­— Joining the faculty at UC-Irvine, California

Chad Whited, MD — Laryngeal surgery and general otolaryngology provider, Austin ENT clinic in Austin, Texas; Clinical Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin

Minimally Invasive Surgery
Alain Elian, MD — Bronson Medical Hospital and Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Surgical Critical Care
Angela Gibson, MD, PhD — Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, Section of Burn, Emergency General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Trauma.

Robert Redfield III, MD ­— Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation
Michael Rizzari, MD — Assistant Professor of Surgery, Transplant Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System