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The Wisconsin Surgical Society held its annual conference November 14-15 at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Michael Garren, MD, clinical professor with the UW Department of Surgery, was named president at the event. His presidential address, “The MJG Mentorship Challenge,” was an inspiring talk on the importance of mentorship. Clinical Associate Professor Jacquelynn Arbuckle, MD, served as chair of the Program Committee for the event and assembled an impressive educational program that included talks by several faculty members. Our residents were heavily involved in the resident and student presentations on Friday and swept the awards –- Walker Julliard, MD, PGY-3R, won best scientific paper (mentor: Joshua Mezrich, MD) and best poster (mentor: James Maloney, MD); Marquita Decker, MD, PGY-3, won best clinical paper (mentors: Lee Wilke, MD, and Heather Neuman, MD, MS). Congratulations to our resident 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

Abdur Razzaque, PhD, a scientist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was awarded $48,000 from the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation for his grant “Mechanism of RAF1 mediated pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.”

Service

Ben Marcus, MD, associate professor CHS, in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, will serve as an Education & Review Editor for JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, assistant professor in Pediatric Surgery, was elected to serve on the Association for Academic Surgery’s Education Committee.

At last week’s Society of Clinical Surgery meeting, Herb Chen, MD, was elected President-Elect.

Philanthropy

On December 12, the Madison Capitols hockey team will host members of the Madison Firefighters Hockey Club as they compete in the “Battle for the Capitol.” Firefighters from Madison’s East Side will play against firefighters from Madison’s West Side in this annual competition for local glory. The firefighters will take to the ice at 5:15 p.m., before the Capitols’ game against the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the entire evening are $14 for lower bowl tickets and $10 for upper bowl tickets. For every ticket purchased through the online site, $3 will be donated to the UW Health Burn Center. Proceeds from the Chuck-A-Puck that night will also benefit the Burn Center. Bring your friends and family for an exciting night of hockey and support our Burn Center team.

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