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Dr. K. Craig Kent was invited to write an editorial in the May 20, 2010 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine commenting on three original articles published on the long term outcomes of endovascular aneurysm repair. In his editorial, Dr. Kent concludes that endovascular repair provides early advantage and long term equivalence compared to open repair and will be the preferred method of treatment for the majority of patients. He then admonishes that there remains a cohort of patients for whom open repair is the preferred method of treatment.

Department Initiatives

The 10th annual Resident Research Day was held Wednesday, May 26 at MMOCA. Dr. David Mahvi was welcomed back to Madison to be the Visiting Professor. After Dr. Mahvi’s Grand Rounds on medical entrepreneurship, faculty and residents met to hear 14 residents present their research. The talks included presentations in health services/outcomes research, basic science and translational research, medical device research, and clinical research. This year’s awards for best resident research were Aaron Chalmers, MD for Best Clinical Research and Andrew Russ, MD for Best Basic Science Research. The annual event is now funded by the David M. Mahvi Research Fellowship/General Surgery Resident Research Day established with a major financial contribution from Dr. Mahvi on his departure from UW Madison.

Research Update

Dr. Josh Mezrich received the 2010 American Society of Nephrology’s John Merrill Grant in Transplantation. The career development award is $100,000 a year for two years titled “The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor as a Novel Target to Direct T Cell Differentiation and Transplant Tolerance.”

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze received a grant from the Greenwall program called: The Kornfeld Program for Bioethics and Patient Care for a grant entitled: Development of an Instrument to Enhance Decision Making for High Risk Surgical Procedures. The grant is awarded from July 2010-July 2013 and will help to fund Dr Schwarze’s ongoing research in this area.

Dr. Clifford Cho was awarded the Karen and Josef E. Fischer traveling fellowship for surgeons in academic practice at the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) meeting in early May. The goal of this Traveling Fellowship is to promote interaction with gastrointestinal surgeons in academic practice in other countries.

Honors and Awards

Muggs Helin returned this week from the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA) annual conference in Orlando, Florida, for which she was President for the past year. APSNA was formed in 1991 with 31 pediatric surgical nurses and today has 360 members from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Muggs opened the conference with a presentation on Leadership and Volunteerism. She also gave presentations to the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Board of Governors, and to the APSA delegates, on the current state of APSNA. She will serve one more year as the past president for APSNA and continue her work on obtaining recognition as a nursing specialty with the American Nurses Association. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System