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The UW Department of Surgery hosted the 171st meeting of the Society of Clinical Surgery, November 13-15. About 60 surgeons from across the country joined us for a day-long surgical education program that included 20 OR observations and 13 podium presentations from our faculty. K. Craig Kent, MD, presented on “What’s New in the Department of Surgery,” at Friday’s lunch. We also hosted talks by Judy Faulkner, CEO and founder of Epic Systems Corporation; Peter Rott, a local architect deeply connected to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright; and Layton “Bing” Rikkers, former chair of the UW Department of Surgery and a senior member of the SCS.

Attendees enjoyed a black tie dinner Friday evening at The Edgewater Grand Ballroom and the Wisconsin Badgers’ win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday. We also hosted an exciting companion program for our non-surgeon visitors on Friday that included a culinary tour of Madison.

This elite group of surgeons works toward the general advancement of surgery and to improve methods of surgical teaching. The Department of Surgery’s Herbert Chen, MD, serves as treasurer for SCS and is a member of its Committee on Admissions. We were deeply honored to show off our institution and accomplishments to this group.


The Division of Transplantation deserves recognition for a very busy week recently. Dr. Dixon Kaufman, division chairman, believes the week was a near record for the transplantation surgeons. They saw eight deceased donors and two live donors, which resulted in:

  • 6 liver transplants by Anthony D’Alessandro, MD
  • 12 kidney transplants by Joshua Mezrich, MD
  • 1 pancreas-kidney

Thank you to our entire transplant team for their work.

On November 12, pediatric surgeons Dan Ostlie, MD, and Chuck Leys, MD, led a CME session in Rockford, Illinois, in which they delivered three lectures — on chest wall deformities, GERD, and empyema — to an audience of 50 providers from across the community representing pediatrics, neonatology, maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric critical care, and other pediatric specialties. The session was well received by those who attended and helped further awareness to our growing clinical presence at SwedishAmerican Health System.

UW Health held the 2014 Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Recognition Event on November 5 at the Monona Terrace. Several providers from the Department of Surgery were nominated for APP Excellence Awards: Mary Beth Henry, RN, MS, CS, APNP; Eugene Kenny, PA-C; Paula Cynkar, PA-C, MPAS; Christopher Goodavish, PA-C; Kristen Knox, PA-C; Heather Leiber, PA-C; and Linda Szalkucki, RN, MS, APNP. Congratulations to all our nominees and thank you for providing excellent patient care.


One of Dr. Herbert Chen and Sarah Schaefer’s grateful patients is including a $100,000 gift in her estate for endocrine disease research. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System