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At the Top

Heather Neuman, MD, MS, recently earned 2nd percentile for her inaugural R01 grant application, “Increasing Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Patients’ Engagement in Breast Cancer Surgery Decision Making through a Shared Decision Making Intervention.” Congratulations on a great score; reaching this milestone in a biomedical research career is a great achievement.

Research

Susan Thibeault, PhD, won a Microbiome Initiative Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE). This award will support her project, “Upper Airway Microbiome: Principles for Mucosal Biology in Health and Disease.” The microbiome initiative is a strategic initiatives launched by VCRGE to seed research that is likely to galvanize the UW’s research community and to position UW-Madison faculty to be more competitive when applying for federal funding in specific research areas. Thirteen projects were funded across campus. Congratulations, Susan!

Outreach

Jonathan Kohler, MD, recently introduced Love WI, a nonprofit story-telling organization, to UW Health. This connection led to a series of video features of AFCH patients that are rolling out this summer. Watch the first video about Jacob, a young cancer patient.

Education

Please join me in welcoming our new residents and fellows joining our department this summer. We’re looking forward to working with a talented group of trainees.

Residents

General Surgery
Taylor Aiken, MD (Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine)
Betty Allen, MD (University of Illinois College of Medicine)
Annie Dunham, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Elle Kalbfell, MD (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine-Grand Rapids)
Patrick Lee, MD, PhD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Joel Prince, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Patrick Schwartz, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Christopher Stahl, MD (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine)
Crisanta Tapia, MD, MS (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Bradley Gietman, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Tyler Light, MD (Oregon Health & Science University)
Stephen Romeo, MD (University of Cincinnati)

Plastics
Sarah Lyon, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Jacob Marks, MD (Georgetown University)
Kishan Thadikonda, MD (University of Pittsburgh)

Vascular
Andrea Sherman, MD (University of South Dakota)

Fellows

Cardiothoracic
Joseph Platz, MD (University of Vermont Medical Center)

Colorectal
Charles Acher, MD (University of Wisconsin General Surgery Residency Program)

Endocrine
Allie McDow, MD (Southern Illinois University)

Laryngology
Johnny Mai, MD (George Washington University Medical Center)

MIS, Foregut and Bariatric
Kyle Kleppe, MD, MPH (University of Tennessee Medical Center)

Surgical Critical Care
Scott Turner, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Transplantation
Joel Adler, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Clark Kensinger, MD, (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

Vascular
Don Harris, MD (University of Maryland Medical Center)

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Michael Becker, MD (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery)
“Dr. Becker did an excellent job explaining my condition and all of my available treatment options clearly & thoroughly. He made me feel appreciated and understood, as did all of the healthcare professionals in his office. I would highly recommend his services to family and friends!”

Angela Fisher, PA-C (General)
“I was honestly blown away by the positive experience. Angela was great in every way and made me feel extremely comfortable. I am usually very nervous but I came away very happy with the entire process!”

Anthony D’Alessandro, MD (Transplant)
“Dr. D’Alessandro is amazing, I loved having him as my doctor!”

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