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On Friday, May 8, the Department of Surgery hosted its first Breast Cancer CME program, “Neoadujuvant Therapy and Surgery: What You Need to Know for Your Breast Cancer Patients” at Monona Terrace. The day-long course attracted 58 providers (40 state and regional, 18 UW) who treat and care for breast cancer patients. Course faculty presented the latest developments and techniques in the multidisciplinary care of patients undergoing neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer, and the course also included a panel discussion that gave patients a chance to share their treatment experiences. Congratulations to course director Lee Wilke, MD, and her multidisciplinary team of faculty speakers, including providers from the Departments of Surgery, Human Oncology, Medicine, Radiology, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.


Marylou Hagen, physician assistant and leader for the Department of Surgery’s 60 advanced practice providers (APPs), has identified APP team leaders in each division who will work with her to advance the role of APPs in the department and provide support and assistance to APPs in their respective divisions. Thanks and congratulations to each of these new leaders.

Last week, UW Health, along with ProHealth Care based in Waukesha and Aurora Health Care based in Milwaukee, announced a partnership to enhance cancer care for patients in Waukesha County and surrounding communities. Under the new agreement, UW Health will provide medical direction for the treatment of all cancer patients at ProHealth’s new cancer center in Pewaukee, which opens August 10. Sharon Weber, MD, will provide oversight for the surgical oncology effort.


The Departments of Surgery and Urology are excited to welcome the incoming group of summer research students. Twenty-seven medical students between their first and second years of medical school will spend between 8 and 12 weeks working on a research project with faculty members. The Department of Surgery’s NIH T-35 grant will support 8 students, and the Voice T-32 will support 2 students. The Shapiro Summer Research Program will support 17 students. Thank you to all the mentors and everyone involved in giving these students a successful summer research experience. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System