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Department Initiatives

On Friday, February 26th, the Departments of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering participated in a “speed dating” event intended to foster new research collaborations and identify potential research opportunities between the two groups. Twenty faculty members from each department challenged themselves to present their research ideas and specialties during the 2 minute speed date encounters. The event was a great success and new partnerships are already being established.

Meredith Meier reports that Surgery Grand Rounds are now approved for CME Credit. Thanks to Meredith, Becky Sippel, Bob McDonald and Emily Blomberg for their work preparing the required documentation for this accreditation. They are now working on putting general surgery grand rounds on the Internet and providing CME credit to viewers.

Honors and Awards

The SMPH CHS Track Appointments and Promotions Committee notified the Department that Seth Dailey, Otolaryngology, and David Foley, Transplant, were unanimously endorsed for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS).

The SMPH CT Track Appointments and Promotions Committee notified the Department of Surgery that Michael Becker, Otolaryngology and Susan Toth, General Surgery, were promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor.

Sam Gubbels, Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology, has been appointed to the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Regulation and Licensing’s Hearing and Speech Examining Board.


Clinical Trials in the Division of Vascular Surgery are in full swing this week, with the initiation of five new trials and the first subject enrolled. Three trials investigate the effectiveness of a new conformable thoracic aorta graft for endovascular repair of complicated dissection (PI: Tefera), traumatic injury (Tefera), and aneurysm (Acher). Two trials, CHOICE (Tefera) and EMBOLDEN (Matsumura), will investigate carotid artery stenting in high risk carotid stenosis patients. These and other research trials in the division offer access to cutting edge research technologies for treatment of peripheral artery disease (claudication and critical limb ischemia), aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, carotid stenosis, and venous thromboembolism.


Yolanda Becker, Transplant, reports that a patient approached her about making a donation because they were grateful for the outstanding care provided by their transplant coordinator and the University of Wisconsin transplant team. The patient has seen several clinicians at UW because of the high quality of care. The patient’s initial gift of $5000 will support research in kidney transplant. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System