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March 4, 2013

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Caprice Greenberg’s editorial “Promoting Quality Surgical Care: The Next Steps” was published in the February 27, 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association. You can read it here.

Josh Mezrich published an article about healthcare in the February 26, 2013 on-line version of The Atlantic. Click here for the link to “On Purposely Getting Arrested, to Get Life-Saving Surgery.”


Peter Nichol was notified that his NIH R03 titled “Characterization of Intestinal Regeneration in a Model of Intestinal Atresia” will start on February 15, 2013. The award is $75,250 per year for two years.

Tim King received an impact score of 13 on his NIH K08 submission titled “The Role of Notch 2 and Notch 3 in Cutaneous Wound Healing.” He will perform the work under the co-mentorship of Lynn Allen Hoffman and Herb Chen. Kudos for this awesome accomplishment!

Nadine Connor’s NIH R01 competitive renewal application, “Lingual and Laryngeal Muscle Plasticity” received an impact score of 20, or 3rd percentile. The Review Council meets on May 31 to award funding. Let’s hope that the 3rd percentile is within a fundable score!

Allison Schaser in Nadine Connor’s lab received an impact score of 10 on her F31 application titled “Neuroplastic potential of exercise in the cranial sensorimotor system.” This perfect score places her in a percentile even higher than her mentor. Congratulations to both Dr. Connor and Allison Schaser!


The Department was notified that Ben Marcus was unanimously promoted to Associate Professor CHS at the February meeting of the SMPH CHS Promotions Committee. As part of his packet, Dr. Marcus submitted a DVD he had completed to teach otolaryngology residents surgical techniques. This was the first time technology was submitted to support a promotion packet in Surgery.


Ari Reichstein, General Surgery Resident, was selected by a vote of the 4th year medical students to receive the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s (WMAA) Outstanding Resident Teaching Award for 2013. The award will be presented at the annual Medical Alumni Association Awards Banquet on Friday, April 26th at the Union South.

March 11, 2013

At the Top

Girma Tefera will deliver the keynote address entitled “Defining the Role of Diasporas in Global Health” at the UW-Madison Global Health Institute’s 9th annual symposium on Wednesday, April 3 at the HSLC. In other news related to Dr. Tefera’s work in Ethiopia, an announcement of an Ethio-American partnership to build a new hospital in Addis Ababa was made with the goal of improving healthcare in the capital city. More information can be found here. In addition, UW was awarded a certificate of appreciation by People to People and the President of Ethiopia.


David Schneider will receive the annual Central Surgical Association Foundation Turcotte Enrichment Grant for $10,000 for his work titled "The Effect of Immune Modulating Medications on Solid Tumor Incidence and Stage at Presentation in Non-Transplant Patients.”

Heather Neuman’s American Cancer Society grant titled “Factors Influencing Follow-up Care for Breast Cancer Survivors” received an outstanding score (1.0-1.5) which is the highest score available. This is a 5-year American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant and, with that great a score, should be funded. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System