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Lee Wilke led a successful National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer (NAPBC) accreditation site visit on May 14, 2013. With the help of Breast Center team members Terri White, Clinic Manager, Gillian Schroeder, Program Director, and Beth Sommerfeldt, Program Manager, UW Health Breast Care Services had no deficiencies and only minor suggestions from the surveyor at summation. Full accreditation for three years is the expected outcome; the final report arrives in one month. Congratulations on this major accomplishment!

In the News

In a big week for the Breast Cancer Program, on May 15 Lee Wilke, MD was featured on Channel 3 news discussing the role of genetic testing in patients who have a family history of breast cancer. Angelina Jolie’s high profile announcement after undergoing a double mastectomy brought the conversation front and center. According to Dr. Wilke, a simple DNA test for those genes – BRCA 1 or 2 – can identify a change in the DNA that puts a person at risk for the development of breast cancer. She goes on to discuss who should be tested, as well as how the team at the UW Health Breast Center can determine who should undergo testing based on a woman’s family history of cancer. The interview can be accessed here.

Research

Takushi Kohmoto, MD, PhD reports a successful Site Initiation Visit for the Partner II clinical study sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences to test a new generation TAVI valve, the Sapien XT, which is an improved valve with a smaller sheath. The valve is placed to treat the aortic valve using a minimally invasive method. Lucian Lozonschi, MD is the surgical principal investigator and Giorgio Gimelli, MD is the medical principal investigator. UW is the only site in Wisconsin approved to place the XT.

Honors

Lynn Haynes, MS was reappointed to the SMPH Animal Care and Use Committee from July 1, 2013 to June 20, 2016 by Senior Associate Dean Richard Moss, PhD. Lynn’s role advising researchers on submissions and representing surgical needs on the committee has been invaluable.

During the 2013 Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) in California earlier this month, Timothy King, MD, PhD was elected to serve as the PSRC’s Parliamentarian from 2013-2015. The PSRC is Plastic Surgery’s equivalent of the AAS.

At the recent 2013 meeting of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS), Michael Bentz, MD was elected Vice President for Finance and Communications. Neil Salyapongse, MD was elected to the ACAPS Nominating Committee.

At the recent 2013 annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Sam Poore, MD, PhD was elected Member at Large of the Board of Directors.

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