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At the Top

In its 2015 rankings of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to U.S. medical schools, Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research placed the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery sixth in the nation. This is the fourth year in a row we ranked in the top 10. We increased our 2015 funding by more than $660,000 over last year, and nearly doubled our NIH funding since 2010. A total of 72 departments of surgery were included in the rankings, garnering $289,465,322 in NIH research dollars. The top 10 departments accounted for 46% of that funding. This is excellent work — we should all be proud.


Suresh Agarwal, MD, chief of the Division of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery for the Department of Surgery and chief of Trauma Services at UW Hospital and Clinics, received preliminary indication that our institution will be reverified as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. This is a wide-ranging effort that includes the hard work of many departments and teams throughout the hospital. Thank you to Dr. Agarwal for leading this effort for both the Department of Surgery and the hospital and thanks to all who organized the visit and work hard every day to provide a nigh level of service in these centers. You are awesome and appreciated!


Delora Mount, MD, pediatric plastic surgeon, recently thanked her Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic (CFAC) team members — Nicole Andrews, administrative assistant, Rene Johnson, medical program assistant senior, and Marykay Brekke, registered nurse with UW Health — for their outstanding work and dedication to patients. The CFAC team has increased referrals, new patients, clinic volume, and surgery volume; streamlined post-visit communication with families; and eliminated wait times for prenatal referrals, all while maintaining excellent Avatar scores and patient feedback. The team’s success has even reached national prominence — next week Dr. Mount and her colleagues will present a seminar on their multidisciplinary clinic model to a sold-out audience at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association national meeting. Thank you to the entire CFAC team for your remarkable work.


A grateful patient has submitted his Statement of Deferred Gift Provision in the amount of $10,000 for the Surgical Oncology fund. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System