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About 20 UW Department of Surgery faculty, along with department administrators, researchers, and residents, traveled to Chicago for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress, October 4-8. Our faculty members were involved in more than a dozen scientific presentations, four panel sessions, two poster presentations, and six postgraduate education courses. Three surgeons served as “experts” at Meet-the-Experts luncheons, and 10 others acted as moderators or discussants on various presentations and panels. At the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators 28th Annual Meeting, eight department employees presented and led hot topic sessions. On October 5, the Department of Surgery hosted a reception for more than 200 friends and colleagues who were in attendance at ACS, where the excellence of the department was celebrated.

International Host

Each year, the American Surgical Association (ASA) picks three surgeons from the French Academy to travel to the United States to attend the ACS Clinical Congress. Following the ACS event, these surgeons continued their surgical tour of the U.S. by vising three academic medical centers in the Midwest — Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin. Our department hosted the French surgeons, who were accompanied by James Economou, the president of ASA, for a two-day visit October 9-10. We held a special dinner Friday evening and a scientific program on Saturday morning, where nine of our faculty members shared presentations on their expertise and research.


Gregory Kennedy, MD, PhD, has a lot to be proud of after the recent WARF Innovation Awards ceremony. Rachel Wilson, a second-year PhD candidate in Dr. Kennedy’s lab, and collaborator Mustafa Ozcam, a PhD student in the Department of Food Science, were awarded a 2015 WARF Discovery Challenge Research Award. The team will receive $7,500 to develop a probiotic designed to suppress intestinal inflammation, a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer. In addition, Melanie Ivancic, a post-doc student under Dr. Kennedy, is an integral part of a team that won a WARF Innovation Award for its work in developing an early-detection colon cancer test that requires only a small blood sample. Her team’s invention was one of two finalists drawn from more than 380 invention disclosures submitted to WARF in the last 12 months.

In the News

News outlets around the country covered a recent publication from Emily Winslow, MD, that appeared in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Her study showed that patients who felt ready to leave the hospital were more satisfied with the hospital and their caregivers. You can ready the coverage from Reuters.


We received an incredible email recently that included a link to a video the surgical chief resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center created in honor of her sister’s 30th birthday. This wasn’t just any 30th birthday wish, however, because the chief resident’s sister received a double lung transplant at the University of Wisconsin the previous year. Several surgeons were involved in her care — Nilto De Oliveira, MD, Jim Maloney, MD, and Ryan Macke, MD -– and many support staff from our transplant unit. It’s a touching reminder of the effect our jobs have on our patients and their families. The story of her transplant journey starts at about the 13 minute mark in the YouTube video.


A family who attended Cars Curing Kids in early August was so inspired by the event and cause surrounding it that it made a $50,000 donation to benefit Pediatric Surgery Research.

A grateful patient gave a $2,500 gift in honor of vascular surgeon Charles Acher, MD. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System