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The Layton F. Rikkers Education Retreat took place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in HSLC with 139 attendees. This year’s keynote speaker was Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. Dr. Neumayer, who has been nationally recognized for her work in surgical education, delivered the keynote address “Taking Advantage of the Principles of Adult Learning,” which focused on how best to engage and educate adult learners. The theme for the event this year was feedback, and as such, other highlights included opportunities for attendees to practice giving feedback in person and using the SIMPL app, as well as a faculty and resident panel on giving and receiving feedback. Posters highlighting education research in the department were also presented.

The 2016 Annual Resident Teaching Awards were presented to Charles Acher, MD (General Surgery); Dana Henkel, MD (General Surgery); Ken Lewoczko, MD (Otolaryngology); Brian Christie, MD (Plastics); Ngii Tazeh, MD (Urology); and Christopher McAninch, MD (Vascular Surgery). Finally, the Layton F. Rikkers Faculty Award for Medical Student Education was presented to Jennifer Steiman, MD, general surgery. Congratulations to our teaching award winners, and thank you for your service to our learners!


Bo Liu, PhD, vascular surgery, won a two-year, $154,000 grant from the American Heart Association for her project “Thrombospondin-1 and Pathogenesis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.” Only 18 percent of AHA grant applications are funded, and Dr. Liu’s project was in the first percentile – congratulations on your excellent work, Dr. Liu!

Ahmed Afifi, MD, plastic surgery, received a one-year Plastic Surgery Foundation 2016 pilot research grant in the amount of $10,000 for “A Qualitative Assessment of Patients’ Experiences with Migraine Surgery.”

The American Heart Association awarded Bowen Wang, a research assistant in Dr. K. Craig Kent’s lab, a two-year, pre-doctoral fellowship totaling $51,900 for his project “Targeting PERK for endothelium protection and restenosis prevention: A paradigm for developing anti-thrombogenic stent.” Great work, Bowen!


At the recent American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) meeting in New York, Michael Bentz, MD, plastic surgery, was elected to the position of President-elect representing plastic surgery department chairs/division chiefs/section heads, as well as residency program directors. Neil Salyapongse, MD, was elected to the Nominating Committee.

Patient Comments from Hospital Surveys

Bradley Manning, MD (Plastic Surgery):
“Dr. Manning is outstanding. Very skilled, caring and thorough. Outstanding physician who is compassionate and caring.”

Nilto DeOliveira, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery):
“Dr. DeOliveira listened to everything we wanted to talk about. He was very compassionate and very knowledgeable. I feel we were very fortunate to have him for the surgeon.”

Dai Yamanouchi, MD, PhD (Vascular Surgery):
“My provider did everything that was necessary to explain the problem that we are attempting to control. Dr. Yamanouchi and his nurse are exceptional regarding the care extended during my office visit. All explanations were done in a manner that was understandable from a non-medical person’s point of view. His nurse made us both very comfortable before seeing the doctor. Excellent job from all.” Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System