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The Department of Surgery hosted the 16th Annual Resident Research Day on May 18 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) on State Street. This year’s visiting professor, Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, started the day with his Grand Rounds talk “Generating Evidence to Inform Policy: The FIRST Resident Duty Hour Trial.” During the presentations portion of the day, nine residents – all women — presented synopses of their research to a crowd of faculty, residents, lab staff and medical students. The Best Basic Science Presentation Award went to Megan Beems, MD, for “Optimizing Cancer Immunotherapy Using Memory T Cells,” and the Best Clinical Research Presentation Award went to Lane Frasier, MD, for “Familiarity and Communication Across Dyads in the Operating Room.” The day concluded with a dinner hosted by K. Craig Kent, MD, department chair, at his home. Thank you to all faculty members who acted as discussants for the presentations and to the mentors and co-authors who collaborated with residents on their work.


The UW Health Breast Center successfully completed its three-year accreditation site visit with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The surveyor visited both 1 S. Park and University Hospital, toured all the departments that comprise the UW Breast Center, met with members of the Breast Center leadership team, attended the multidisciplinary breast case conference, and reviewed numerous patient charts both malignant and benign. The reviewer was impressed with our breast cancer survivorship care plan and complimented our patient navigation program. The reviewer’s comments from the summation meeting include: “This was the best prepared survey application that I have worked with” and “The care is outstanding and there is nothing that needs to be improved on.” A huge thank you goes out to the entire UW Breast Center team and its director, Lee Wilke, MD, general surgery. This is an enormous accomplishment and evidence of the outstanding care we offer breast cancer patients in Wisconsin and throughout the region.


The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) awarded Jon Odorico, MD, transplant surgery, a one-year, $150,000 grant for his project “A Natural Human Pancreatic Matrix Hydrogel- and Endothelial Cell-based Platform for Transplanting Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Beta Cells.” Dr. Odorico has maintained funded research through the JDRF since 2004. Great work, Dr. Odorico!

Honors & Awards

Nicole Brys, MPH, a researcher in WiSOR, was awarded an Academic Professional Development Grant from the UW Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff. Nicole will use these funds to attend the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2016 Annual Symposium.


Cars Curing Kids, a group of car collectors and auto enthusiasts who work to raise money to fight childhood diseases, will host a car show Sunday, May 29, 10 am-4 pm, during the 33rd annual Brat Fest at the Alliant Energy Center. About 50 cars will be on display — join us and vote for your favorite. Peter Nichol, MD, PhD, pediatric surgery, founded Cars Curing Kids in honor of one of his patients, McKenah. The group also has a BBQ, a Hilldale Mall car show, and its annual “Cruisin’ for a Cure” planned for later this summer.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD (Transplantation):
“Dr. Sollinger gave me my life back. There are no words that could ever express my gratitude to Dr. Hans Sollinger, and this great hospital, UW Health. Thank you for all you have done for me.”

James Maloney, MD (Cardiothoracic):
“I have to say I have never met a doctor who, with his team, treated me with a fast diagnosis and treatment. I can’t say enough about this team. Thank you, thank you, thank you sincerely from my heart!”

Jon Matsumura, MD (Vascular):
“I think Dr. Matsumura is the best doctor I’ve ever had; he’s honest, thoughtful, and very efficient … but mostly he’s real, and talks to you and not at you …. You feel good with his service!”


Congratulations to eighteen students from the 2016 UW School of Medicine and Public Health graduating class who matched into surgical residencies – 11 in General Surgery, three in Otolaryngology, three in Plastic Surgery, and one in Vascular Surgery. Residents are listed below, along with the location of their programs. Students in bold will be starting their residencies in our department on July 1, 2016.

General Surgery
Alexandra Acher (University of Utah, Salta Lake City, UT)
Dustin Baldwin (University of Illinois, Chicago, IL)
Katheryn Hope Wilkinson (Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI)
Elizabeth Huffman (Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN)
Aos Karim (UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI)
Phillip Mercier (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)
Anthony Ruzga (University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD)
Hope Villiard (Central Iowa Health Systems, Des Moines, IA)
Jessica Gulliver (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL)
Patrick Lee (UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI)
Dina Marie Pitta (UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI)

Thomas Gessert (UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI)
Lucas Leonhard (UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI)
Sepehr Shabani (University of South Florida, Tampa, FL)

Plastic Surgery
Megan Dietze-Fielder (Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Grand Rapids, MI)
Katie Egan (University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS)
David Rivedal (Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI)

Vascular Surgery
Chulhi Kang (University of Washington, Seattle, WA) Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System