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The Status Information sheet for the Surgical Oncology Training Grant renewal arrived. The grant received a PERFECT Impact/Priority Score of 10. Congratulations to Dr. Herb Chen and Kristi Herritz for their work writing the grant.

Department Initiatives

The Division of Vascular Surgery hosted their first “Gloves On” educational course in early October. Two physicians earned CME credit during the two day course which included training on less invasive vascular techniques like endovascular aneurysm repair using percutaneous closure, selective catheterization and embolization, and subintimal angioplasty. Didactic lectures covered the latest clinical data on carotid artery stenting and flow reversal systems for symptomatic patients. Randomized trials and treatment guidelines for primary medical management, screening criteria, and diagnostic algorithms were reviewed. This CME course was the result of combined efforts by the HVT service line, medical staff office, operating room, catheterization lab, Healthstream, Division faculty, and institutional leadership.

Research Update

Stratatech Corp., a regenerative medicine company focused on the commercialization of cell-based, tissue-engineered skin substitute products, today announced that the Defense Department’s Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine will fund the Phase IIb clinical trial designed by Dr. Mike Schurr to study StrataGraft® living human skin substitute tissue. Stratatech’s clinical trial is one of only three trials selected nationally in 2010 by AFIRM for funding. AFIRM’s funding of Stratatech’s StrataGraft® clinical trial totals $3.95 million. The company announced in April that it also had raised $3.0 million from its current investors to support the advancement of the clinical trial. The clinical trial is expected to start during the first half of 2011. The work will be done at Wake Forest University, a DOD research site.

Dr. David Foley’s project with Seth Karp, MD, from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, “Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of High-Risk Livers to Identify Transplantable Organs,” was funded by Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation Award. Dr. Foley is a co-investigator on the award.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with a plan to invest $130 million over five years to transform African medical education and dramatically increase the number of health care workers. Through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), grants are being awarded directly to African institutions in a dozen countries, working in partnership with U.S. medical schools and universities. The initiative will form a network including about 30 regional partners, country health and education ministries, and more than 20 U.S. collaborators. Dr. Girma Tefera will lead the partnership in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University.

Congratulations to Dr. David Foley, Dr. Luis Fernandez, and Dr. Cliff Cho who were elected into membership of Surgical Biology Club II at the American College of Surgeons meeting this past week. Surgical Biology Club II consists of surgeon-scientists who are leaders in the field of surgical research.

Coming Events

Save the Date: The 2011 Layton F. Rikkers Education Retreat will be held from May 3-4, 2011. The visiting professor will be Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS Director, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons, along with Sara Kim, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, Associate Director, Curriculum and Evaluation, Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, UCLA. The theme will be Simulation in Surgical Education and a faculty development course will be held on Tuesday afternoon. The retreat will be Tuesday evening. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System