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The Department of Surgery will welcome Joseph Roche, MD, to the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Section of Otology/Neurotology as an assistant professor on July 1. Dr. Roche is currently finishing a two-year fellowship in Otology, Neurotology & Lateral Skull Base Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He is a Medical College of Wisconsin graduate, and he completed his otolaryngology surgical residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Roche has published 10 peer-reviewed publications, given 17 posters/presentations, and co-authored 13 book chapters. Please help me welcome Dr. Roche to the Department of Surgery!

Research

Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS, general surgery, was awarded a 1-year, $50,000 grant through the UW Carbone Cancer Center Paul P. Carbone Young Investigator Pilot Competition for her project, “Determining the Drivers of Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma Overtreatment.” Great work, Susan!

During the recent annual scientific meeting of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) in Montreal, Canada, Lucian Lozonschi, MD, cardiothoracic surgery, and colleagues received “Best Manuscript Published in INNOVATIONS” — official journal of ISMICS — for their pioneering work in “Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation for the Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation: Thirty-day Outcomes of First-in-Man Experience with an Apically Tethered Device.”

Education

It’s that time of year when we say goodbye and good luck to another group of residents. Please join me in congratulating this class of surgeons as they continue their education or set out to begin their professional careers.

Our five general surgery chief residents are pursuing fellowship training:
• Oya M. Andacoglu, MD, transplant fellowship at Georgetown University
• Jocelyn Burke, MD, pediatric surgical critical care fellowship at Northwestern University
• Anuoluwapo F. Elegbede, MD, surgical critical care fellowship at University of Indiana
• Terrah J. Paul Olson, MD, colorectal fellowship at University of Chicago
• Patrick J. Shabino, MD, MIS fellowship at St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri

Our graduating PGY-6 plastic surgery resident, James McCarthy, MD, will be joining Northern Colorado Plastic and Hand Surgery, a group practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. One of the practice’s senior partners graduated from our program 25 years ago under Dr. Dibbell. Dr. McCarthy’s focus will be on hand, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery. Additionally, he will continue his medical and surgical care for children in resource-limited areas, specifically Haiti and Burundi.

Upon her graduation from our vascular surgery residency program, Jessica Secor, MD, will join the Peoria Surgical Group and the University of Illinois at Peoria as an assistant professor of clinical surgery.

Three residents will be advancing beyond our otolaryngology residency. Christopher Britt, MD, will enter a two-year head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Swapna Musunuru, MD, will take a position as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin. And Jacob Feldman, MD, will enter a facial plastics fellowship at Syracuse in 2017.

Kudos

We recently received the following from a patient of the UW Facial Nerve Clinic. The patient’s treatment team included Aaron Wieland, MD, assistant professor in otolaryngology, Jackie Diels, an occupational therapist in the Facial Nerve Clinic, and Kari McConnell, an RN in otolaryngology.

“I just returned home today, June 16, from my second visit to the UW Facial Nerve Clinic with Dr. Wieland and Jackie Diels. I cannot begin to tell you how much this team has helped me from the shattering impact of my Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (bells palsey & shingles inside the ear). In December, on my first visit, 6 months after onset, my mouth was sagging, my eye would not close, and I could not chew without biting the side of my mouth. I have seen Jackie on several occasions outside of the clinic for therapy and Dr. Mark Lucarelli [ophthalmology] for Botox in my face. Today, June 16, almost 1 year after the onset of my experience, I can close my eye, smile without looking like a madman, and eat without food falling out or biting my mouth. I no longer need to lube my eye because it now blinks.

I want to thank the entire team I have seen, including Dr.Wieland, Jackie Diels and Kari McConnell, for all they do. It is such a blessing to me to have notes from Kari of my visit as going through this process is very scary and difficult, so having notes to follow up with is awesome.”

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Elizabeth Froelich, PA-C, cardiothoracic
“They do a good job. I would give the whole experience an A.”

Ashley Anderson, MD, MS, otolaryngology
“It is always such a pleasure talking with Dr. Anderson! He certainly knows how to make a patient feel at ease.”

Cindy Schmitz, NP, general surgery
“Cindy answers all my questions, and is very good at taking care of all my medical needs. Keep up the good work, Cindy!”

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