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A contingency of nearly 30 UW Department of Surgery faculty, along with department administrators, researchers, and residents, traveled to San Francisco for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress, October 26-30. Twenty-two members of our faculty presented throughout the week, several in multiple capacities:

  • 13 discussants, four moderators, and four presentations in Surgical Forums
  • One moderator and six presenters in Panel Sessions
  • Six scientific papers
  • One poster
  • Three video-based education sessions
  • Three taught Postgraduate Courses
  • Two served in Sessions of Special Interest programs
  • One partook in a Meet-the-Expert Luncheon

The evening of October 27, the Department of Surgery hosted a reception for more than 200 friends and colleagues who were in attendance at ACS. Current faculty, alumni, current residents, medical students who were presenting at ACS, research staff, referring physicians, surgical luminaries from around the country, and administrative staff attended. It was a wonderful evening with a gorgeous view of the San Francisco skyline from the 45th floor of the Hilton.

Several other surgery-related associations held their annual meetings in conjunction with ASC, including the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators, Society of Surgical Chairs, and Association for Academic Surgery, where we had 10 faculty members participate as presenters, panelists, or moderators throughout the two-day event.

Clinical

On October 27, 2014, a team led by Lucian Lozonschi, MD, associate professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Amish Raval, MD, associate professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, successfully performed a transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure with a balloon expandable valve on a patient under conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia, a first in Wisconsin. Analgesia was administered without endotracheal intubation. Also participating were Mary McSweeney, MD, Richard Wolman, MD, MA, and Joshua Sebranek, MD, all faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Research

Will Burlingham, PhD, and Jeremy Sullivan were awarded an NIH Opportunities Pool Category II grant of $91,800 for one year to support their research program “Exploring P2X7R function in Th1, TH17, and CD39+ Treg responses in rhesus preparative to clinical trials of p2X7R inhibitors in transplantation.”

Philanthropy

Luis Fernandez, MD, received a $180,000 commitment from a grateful patient. The gift will support a transplant clinical trial starting the summer of 2015.

Lee Faucher, MD, accepted a check for $29,000 from Jim Hirsch of Paul Davis Restoration on behalf of the UW Burn Team Advancement Fund. Paul Davis Restoration organizes an annual golf outing that raises money to support both the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety Burn Camp and the UW Burn Team Advancement Fund.

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