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The April 2015 issue of The Atlantic contains a thought-provoking article by transplant surgeon Joshua Mezrich, MD, and transplant surgery fellow Joseph Scalea, MD, on the challenges terminal patients face in organ donation. It’s an honor for our department to be represented this way in a magazine like The Atlantic. You can read “As They Lay Dying” online.


On March 18, 2015, the SMPH Tenure Track Promotions Committee enthusiastically endorsed the department’s recommendation that Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, be promoted to Professor with Tenure effective July 1, 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Greenberg. Your trajectory building health services research in the Department and your national reputation as an expert is truly remarkable!


The March 15, 2015, cover of Developmental Biology features an image from the article “Ontogeny of the mouse vocal fold epithelium” by corresponding author Susan Thibeault, PhD, and her research team led by Vlasta Lungova, PhD. The picture, taken by the regular confocal microscope, magnification x40, shows the transversal section through a mouse embryonic larynx. The paper’s collaborating authors are from the Laboratory of Genetics, Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, making this publication a cross-campus collaboration success.

Robert Redfield, MD, received the 2015 American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) Faculty Development Grant. The award pays $50,000 each year for a two-year period starting July 1, 2015. Dr. Redfield is a current transplant surgery fellow who will join our faculty as an assistant professor on July 1, 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Redfield, this award will serve as a great foundation for a future KL2 application!

Corinne Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, received a 3rd place award for top scientific abstract at the recent Dysphagia Research Society Meeting in Chicago. Her oral presentation “Pharyngeal Pressure Phenotypes in Patients with Cricopharyngeal Prominence” competed with distinguished PIs from across the nation. Corinne is a 3rd year PhD student studying with Tim McCulloch, MD, and Michelle Ciucci, PhD. Other UW presenters at the meeting included Jacob Meyer (McCulloch lab), Allison Shaser (Nadine Connor, PhD, lab), John Russel (Connor lab), and Tiffany Glass (Connor lab).

Honors & Awards

Rebecca (Becky) Turpin, MA, adult injury prevention coordinator at UWHC, was named vice chair of the Safe States Alliance Hospital-based Injury Prevention Special Interest Group. Becky is an integral part of the UW Adult Trauma Program led by Suresh Agarwal, MD, and her latest leadership role proves our national influence in trauma care and strengthening the practice of injury and violence prevention.

The UW Department of Surgery recently received a letter from the Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) thanking us for our support of its event that took place in Las Vegas in February. The letter stated the UW had the highest number of abstract presentations at the event with 59. The UW Department of Surgery is a Founding Institutional Member of ASC, a collaborative enterprise between the Association for Academic Surgeons and Society of University Surgeons, organizations within which many of our surgeons serve.


Liubou Korzun, PA-C, a physician assistant in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, presented “Incidental Pulmonary Nodules: Detection, Evaluation, and Referral” at the March 17, 2015, APP Grand Rounds at HSLC. The lecture, which discussed incidental pulmonary nodule evaluation, follow-up, and when to refer to thoracic surgery, was worth 1 CME credit and was very well received. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System