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Department Initiatives

On Friday, April 30, the Section of Colorectal Surgery hosted the 2nd Annual UW Colorectal Surgery CME Course. Directed by Dr. Charles Heise, this year’s course entitled, “Update in Colon and Rectal Disease: Application for Primary Care” was held at the Madison Concourse Hotel and attended by 47 health care providers. Speakers from Surgery included Dr. Foley, Dr. Harms, Dr. Heise, Dr. Kennedy along with several gastroenterologists. Special thanks to Sarah Pavao for her efforts in coordinating the course with the surgeons.

Introducing New Faculty

Lee Wilke MD has accepted an Associate Professor position in the Department of Surgery effective September 1, 2010. Dr. Wilke has been named UW Health Breast Center Director and will be charged with leading expansion of the Breast Health Program. She will oversee breast clinics at all locations including UW Hospital, 1 South Park, and outreach locations. Dr. Wilke went to undergraduate and medical school at Duke University, completed her general surgery residency at the University of Michigan, and returned to the Duke faculty, where she served as Medical Director for the Duke Health Center and developed a robust breast practice. Nationally, Dr. Wilke Chairs the Concept and Protocol Review Committee for ACOSOG, is an elected member of the ACS Commission on Cancer and was the Medical Officer for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.

Michael Tirabassi MD will join the Pediatric Surgery program as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Surgery on September 1, 2010. Dr. Tirabassi received his BS from Tufts University and his MD from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, followed by a general surgery residency at Baystate Medical Center, a fellowship in Pediatric Endosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Tirabassi has received several grants and awards for his achievements and skills in minimally invasive surgery and will continue to develop this program at American Family Children’s Hospital.

Sam Poore MD PhD will join the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as an Assistant Professor on September 1, 2010. Dr. Poore received his BS from the University of Arizona, an MD and PhD from Brown University, and completed his Plastic Surgery residency here at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently in Melbourne, Australia completing a Clinical and Research Microsurgery Fellowship at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery. While at UW, Dr. Poore won many teaching awards, and will return to develop a basic science research program. His clinical focus will include microvascular breast reconstruction and post-bariatric body contouring.

Ahmed Afifi MD will join the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as an Assistant Professor on September 1, 2010 after completing fellowships in Aesthetic and Breast Reconstruction at the Cleveland Clinic, Hand and Microsurgery at the University of New Mexico, and Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He trained at Cairo University Medical School and completed residency and fellowships at Cairo University Hospitals. Dr. Afifi will be responsible for developing the plastic surgery, hand, and wound healing programs at the VAH, as well as microvascular breast reconstruction at UWHC.

Honors and Awards

Bo Liu PhD was awarded tenure in the Department of Surgery by the Biological Sciences Division on Friday, May 7, 2010, recognizing her independent research program in vascular biology. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!

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