The Department of Surgery hosted an outstanding Second Annual Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic on Friday, June 26, at the LaBahn Arena, with all proceeds supporting the UW Health Burn Center. Former UW-Madison men’s hockey great Blake Geoffrion brought together 30 Badgers — including 15 from the NHL and four Olympians — for a charity hockey game hosted by ESPN’s John Buccigross. The 2,000 fans in attendance roared when special guest JJ Watt skated onto the ice, a surprise that was kept under wraps until game time. A huge thanks goes out to Geoffrion, who has been an energetic supporter in the creation and planning of this event, along with UW Health Burn Center director and professor of surgery Lee Faucher, MD. Last year’s game raised $70,000, and this year’s event has already exceeded that number. Geoffrion has big plans for the future and hopes to one day fill the Kohl Center — we would love to see it. Thank you to our development team of Russ Austin and Michelle Oster and everyone who volunteered at and attended the event.
Here are a few news highlights about the event:
NBC 15 VIDEO: Geoffrion Classic provides comfort and distraction for burn patients
ESPN VIDEO: J.J. Watt scored a goal on an NHL goalie
Washington Post blog: Surprise! Texans’ star J.J. Watt is amazing at hockey, too.
Madison.com video and article: Badgers sports: J.J. Watt steals show at Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic as penalty-shot specialist
Please join me in welcoming Robert Redfield, MD, to the UW Department of Surgery faculty in the Division of Transplantation. Dr. Redfield has spent the last two years in our Transplant Surgery fellowship, and we are very excited he has chosen to continue his research and clinical practice as a faculty member. Earlier this year, he received a two-year American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) Faculty Development Grant, which will provide $50,000 each year for his work improving long-term kidney allograft survival. In addition to his research and teaching interests, he will perform kidney and pancreas transplants and direct our vascular access program. His official start date as a faculty member is July 1.
Lee Wilke, MD, was named a co-director of the UW Carbone Cancer Center Translational Science BioCore (TSB). Her primary focus will be on Biobanking, working alongside fellow co-director Kristina Matkowskyj, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology.