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At the Top

The top transplant program volumes and rankings for 2013 reveal that all UW organ-specific program volumes improved by ranking and/or volume in 2013. UW is 7th in the country for program volume: 1st in kidney pancreas, 2nd in pancreas, and 7th in kidney transplants. We are now the 15th largest lung transplant center and 17th largest heart transplant center. Congratulations to all of the programs!

Research

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP, was notified that her new R01, “Macrophage and Fibroblast Modulation toward Chronic Vocal Fold Scar Restoration,” will receive nearly $2.4 million in funding over the next five years. Her research will focus on using tissue engineering to repair vocal fold scarring brought about by injury or disease.

Honors

Qiwei Wang, PhD, a fellow in the Division of Vascular Surgery, received a 2014 Graduate Peer Mentor Award from the UW-Madison Graduate School.

At the Surgical Infection Society Annual Meeting that took place in Baltimore May 1-3, Rebecca Busch, MD, a PGY-3R General Surgery resident, was named a finalist for the Best New Member Paper competition for her paper “Glutamine Improves Innate Immunity and Prevents Bacterial Enteroinvasion during Parenteral Nutrition.”

Philanthropy

Save the dates for these fun events supporting Surgery. If you would like to participate or know of a company who would like to sponsor one of these events, please contact Russ Austin at russ.austin@supportuw.org or 608-354-6686.

Blake Geoffrion, former Badger Hockey player and the only Wisconsin player in school history to win the Hobey Baker Award, will return to Madison with many former NHL Badger hockey players for The Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic, benefitting research and clinical care for our UW Health Burn Center. The event will take place on Friday, June 27, at the LaBahn Arena. Tickets, which are $10 for kids or $15 for adults, will go on sale to the public in late May.

The 10th annual Paul Davis Restoration golf outing to benefit the UW Burn Center will take place on Monday, August 4, at Blackhawk Country Club. Last year’s golf outing raised $50,000, with half going to the UW Burn Center and half going to Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth.

On Wednesday, August 20, Quaker Steak & Lube will host “Hot Wings Heat Off” to benefit the UW Burn Center. Participants will get sponsors to support them in their quest to eat the hottest wings, The Triple Atomic. The evening will also feature a competition between local celebrities to see who can eat the hottest wings.

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