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Department Initiatives

Sharon Weber, Chief of VA Surgical Services, reports that the vascular surgeons’ proposal for the Angio OR at the VA was funded in total, at $1.8 million. Construction should be completed in 1.5 years.

On Tuesday, March 2, the Department of Surgery, in collaboration with UW Foundation hosted “Insight Into Medical Philanthropy.” Over 30 attended including faculty and staff from Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, Neurosurgery and UWHC. In the future, we’ll be finalizing departmental philanthropy brochures and folders and working with each division to develop materials to share goals and needs if patients wish to make a gift.


Peter Nichol, Pediatric Surgery, was selected by the Research Committee of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract as this year’s winner of the SSAT Career Development Award. The SSAT award of $50,000 per year for two years is meant to support young investigators who have not been funded by a National Institutes of Health R01 Award.

Honors and Awards

Cliff Cho, hepatobiliary surgeon, was awarded the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract’s Traveling Fellowship which he will use to observe hepatobiliary surgery in Europe this fall.

Emily Winslow was appointed to the Editorial Board of Annals of Surgical Oncology, the premier surgical oncology journal and one of the top 10 surgical journals based on impact factor.

Aaron Johnson was awarded First Place for the Best Oral Presentation at the Dysphagia Research Society and First Place in the New Investigator competition of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association Special Interest Division 13. Aaron is a predoctoral fellow in the NIH T32 Voice Research Training Program.


A new fund has been established at UW Foundation in appreciation for the care received by Jack Glendenning, a UW kidney transplant recipient. The fund will support educational programs within the UW Division of Transplantation. Thanks to Hans Sollinger who stewarded this gift. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System