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Department Initiatives

The Department of Surgery initiated the Underrepresented Minority Visiting Elective Scholarship Program to encourage cultural diversity amidst its educational programs. The first recipient has been selected. Fikre Mengistu, a Howard University medical student who graduated from Middleton High School, will complete a rotation in the spring. Students are provided $2000 for living expenses while they are completing a 4 week visiting clinical rotation in the Division of General Surgery. By removing this financial barrier, the Department hopes to showcase their residency to a larger, more diverse group of 4th year medical students.

Twenty-three cochlear implant users and their families attended a training session on October 28 for the remote assistant, a device that supports wireless monitoring of the implanted sound processor. At the event patients and family members learned about the operation of their device and had the opportunity to support each other.

Dr. Jon Gould led a panel presentation during UW Health’s Quality Week on how clinical simulation is used at UW Health. He also gave an update on the progress of the Clinical Simulation Program. The website provides progress updates on the new construction, scheduled for completion in July 2011.

This week a man who was ill with bronchitis showed up with a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Dr. Jon Matsumura was able to fix a 7 cm rupture using only local anesthetic. He did an endovascular technique, threading the stent up an artery from his leg. The technique wasn’t unusual, but what was unusual is that the patient was awake the entire time. A ruptured AAA is a highly fatal event as there is little warning and people have just minutes to get to the hospital. Even those who make it have a 50 percent chance of death. At least 14,000 people a year in the United States die from ruptured AAAs.

Focus on New Faculty

Sam Poore, MD, PhD, received his BS from the University of Arizona and an MD, PhD from Brown University, and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After completing a fellowship in microsurgery and research at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, Australia, he decided to return to UW Madison as an assistant professor drawn by the supportive environment that exists for clinical surgery, research and teaching (and Dr. Mike Bentz’s great leadership). Dr. Poore’s research program focuses on utilizing adipose derived stem cells in peripheral nerve regeneration to stimulate nerve regrowth and augment functional recovery from trauma, repetitive nerve injury (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome) and other processes of neural degeneration. In his free time, Dr. Poore likes to play the guitar, garden, exercise and spend time with his family. Sam and his wife, Hannah Copp, live on the east side of Madison with their two children, Anabelle (8) and Silas (5). Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System