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The Department of Surgery is excited to announce that the term chair held by Sharon Weber, MD, has been transformed to the Tim and Mary Ann McKenzie Professorship in Surgical Oncology. This transformation was made possible through an additional generous donation from the McKenzie family and matching funds from a university program designed to recruit and retain world-class faculty. The matching funds are part of a $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge to UW-Madison, which provides a 1-to-1 match for any other donor who makes a gift to endow a professorship, a chair or a distinguished chair.

Service

Rebecca Sippel, MD, was elected to a three-year term as secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Research

The American Heart Association awarded Jun Ren, a doctoral student working in Dr. Bo Liu’s lab, a $26,000, one-year grant for the project “PKCdelta-mediated Vascular Injury Response as a Therapeutic Target for Preventing Intimal Hyperplasia.”

The annual Wisconsin Committee On Trauma Resident Paper Competition was held at the 35th annual Lunda Lecture at the Medical College of Wisconsin last week. Papers from residency programs throughout the state were presented, and UW General Surgery residents won both the clinical and basic science categories. Congratulations to Anu Elegbede, MD, for her basic science work in “Mechanical Testing of Modeled Rib Fractures with Plated Fixation Varying Plate Type and Rib Surface” and to Chris Janowak, MD, for his clinical science work in “Improving Predictive Value of Trauma Scoring Through Integration of ASA-PS with ISS.” Both winners will advance to the American College of Surgeons’ Region V Committee On Trauma Resident Paper Competition this fall in Minneapolis.

A Special Visit

Earlier this month, the Department of Surgery was honored to host several family members of Anthony Curreri, MD, a prominent figure in cancer care and research at the UW and former chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Curreri obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and in 1939 completed his residency here. He was a faculty member until 1979, and served as department chair from 1968 to 1972. Drs. Layton Rikkers and Lou Bernhardt met Dr. Curreri’s son, grandson, great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons, and the group shared stories and photos of Dr. Curreri. Today, Dr. Curreri’s name lives on in the department with an endowed professorship in his name that supports our department chair, currently held by K. Craig Kent, MD.

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