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Dr. Mike Bentz was named President of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) at their spring retreat in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The ACAPS is composed of the program directors / chairpersons and associates of American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved plastic surgery residency programs in the United States. Its goal is to provide leadership and support for educational programs for plastic surgery residents. The curriculum for resident educational programs in the US has been derived from the efforts of members of this association. Dr. Bentz has been a leader in these efforts, and a strong supporter of their global health initiatives. Congratulations!

Research

Dr. Luke Funk was a key figure in the VA’s State of the Art Conference in 2017, at which weight management options for veterans were reviewed. This biennial conference brings together an invited multidisciplinary group of VA and non-VA experts to promote improved quality of care for veterans. Dr. Funk participated in the conference’s Bariatric Workshop, and his paper “A Health Services Research Agenda for Bariatric Surgery Within the Veterans Health Administration” was published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Thank you, Dr. Funk, for pursuing this important research and treating these often underserved patients.

Education

Dr. Sharon Weber’s contribution to the ProHealth Minute video series has quickly become the fifth most watched video in the 26 weeks of the program, notching more than 120,000 video views. Her video, on liver and pancreas cancer, along with the rest of these minute-long educational videos, can be found here. Well done, Dr. Weber!

Patient Kudos

A grateful patient offered effusive praise last week for Dr. Pyle and the Audiology team. “Just wanted to thank you for EVERYTHING you did for us!!!!!!!!!!! Doctor Pyle is SOOOOO AWESOME !!!!!!!! And it is really nice to have the miracle of hearing again. Wish I had a way to tell the whole world how you people changed my life!” Kudos to Dr. Pyle and the Audiology team for all the patients’ lives they have changed.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Lee Wilke, MD, FACS (General)
“Dr. Wilke is a very caring and compassionate doctor and I am so blessed to have her. I am extremely pleased with her and the care I have received! She is the best!”

Judith Green, MD (Otolaryngology)
“Dr. Green is very professional and friendly, caring, and helpful. The staff are very helpful and showed concern and sensitivity to my needs. I also think that Dr. Green is an outstanding doctor that contributes the best health care for her patients. Dr. Green is a good listener and is understanding.”

Elizabeth Sisk, MD (Pediatric Otolaryngology)
“Dr. Sisk was extremely patient in answering our questions and was very professional and knowledgeable.”

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