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At the Top

About three dozen faculty, residents, and researchers from the UW Department of Surgery attended the Wisconsin Surgical Society (WSS) annual conference November 4-5 at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Michael Garren, MD, bariatric/MIS surgery, opened the meeting as president of the WSS before assuming his new role as past president. Luke Funk, MD, MPH, bariatric/MIS surgery, served as co-chair of the Programming Committee and helped assemble an impressive educational program that included guest speaker Dr. Hilary Sanfey, first vice-president of the American College of Surgeons. Ten of our faculty members were involved as speakers, session moderators and panelists. Our residents, researchers and students were heavily involved in the Friday presentations, bringing home three of the four awards: Lane Frasier, MD, PGY-3, won best clinical paper for “Familiarity and Communication Between Health Care Providers in the Operating Room” (mentor: Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH); Lauren Taylor, MD, PGY-3R, won best cancer paper for “Utilization of Surgical Resection for Local and Regional Esophageal Cancer: Analysis of the National Cancer Database” (mentor: Ryan Macke, MD); and medical student and Shapiro summer researcher Amy Yan won best basic science paper for “Discordance Between Histologic and Visual Assessment of Tissue Viability in Excised Burn Wound Tissue” (mentor: Angela Gibson, MD, PhD). Congratulations to our award winners and thank you to everyone involved in the event — your hard work and participation demonstrates our department’s leadership in surgical care, research and education throughout Wisconsin.

Research

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery awarded Paul Tang, MD, PhD, the 2017-2019 John Alexander Research Scholarship for his project investigating the role of innate immunity in Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm formation in Marfan Syndrome. This 2-year award carries an annual $80,000 stipend and commences July 1, 2017. Congratulations, Dr. Tang!

In the News

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, surgical oncology and the UW Health Breast Center, was a guest on Sirius XM Radio’s “Doctor Radio” channel on Friday, November 11. She was a guest on the Heart Surgery Show, hosted by cardiac surgeon Dr. Greg Ribakove of Maimonides Medical Center in New York. Dr. Greenberg spoke about her recent study showing that a significant number of women are not scheduled for follow-up imaging after breast cancer surgery, in addition to the bigger picture of breast cancer survivorship plans.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

James McMurray, MD (Pediatric Otolaryngology):
“The staff and Dr. McMurray are amazing!! Whenever I hear a family member or friend needs to see ENT for their child, I just rant and rave about how amazing Dr. McMurray is and how much I love [American Family] Children’s Hospital. Everyone has been wonderful to me and my family.”

Angela Fischer, PA-C (General):
“Angela was extremely thorough and compassionate. She followed up with everything. Great provider!”

Robert Redfield III, MD (Transplant):
“Dr. Redfield took great care of me! Everything is great, love my transplant team.”

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