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Department Initiatives

Dr. Greg Hartig, quoted extensively in this month’s Scientific American in the article HPV-Positive Cancers Spreading among the Middle-Aged, says that in the 15 years he has worked he has seen a significant increase in the number of patients with HPV-positive cancers. Some 60 percent of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers now show traces of HPV.


Dr. Summer Hanson, Plastic Surgery Resident, reports that out of 500 abstracts submitted to the 34th Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), hers was one of ten chosen for podium presentation. She received the Award for Best Basic Science Abstract, and was named the Best Overall Podium presentation. The authors on “Local Delivery of MSCs in a Cutaneous Wound Porcine Model” were Summer Hanson, Mike Bentz, W. John Kao, Peiman Hematti, Kyle Kleinbeck and Lee Faucher.

Dr. Herb Chen was named Secretary/Treasurer of the Surgical Biology Club II. The Surgical Biology Club was founded by Francis D. Moore in 1954 and a group of surgeons from around the country who were interested in trauma metabolism. The club soon expanded to include discussion groups in surgical research.


The Division of Plastic Surgery had the busiest visiting senior student elective year ever with 22 students from Yale, Brown, U Virginia, Georgetown, U North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Case Western, U Rochester, Loma Linda, Med Univ South Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, SUNY, Wayne State, Eastern Virginia, MCW, U Minnesota and UW rotating on the service for two weeks. Dr. Bentz recognized Christie Legler for her expert assistance in getting that many students registered.

Patient Care

Dr. Ken Kudsk, trauma surgeon and expert in surgical nutrition, was seen on the elevator with a small McDonald’s bag. Lunch? Not for Dr. Kudsk. A patient of Dr. Kudsk’s promised him she would eat if it were a McDonald’s cheeseburger. So he took the time to pick one up, not just one, but two days in a row. No worries about nutrition-the burger was topped with lettuce and tomato!

Honors and Awards

Dr. Hans Sollinger was selected by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and Vanguard Committee as the recipient of the 2011 Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Award. This distinct honor acknowledges the efforts of established surgeons for their stewardship of fellowship trainees and junior faculty. Drs. Jeremy Goodman, Luis Fernandez and Rolf Barth nominated him based on over 30 years of mentorship. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System