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Dr. Parajmeet Chopra retired this month from the Department of Surgery after a 39 year career as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Wisconsin. Congratulations to Dr. Chopra for an incredible and productive career! We wish him well.

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze has been awarded a prestigious Anniversary Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine. Only two awards were made throughout the country and Gretchen prevailed amongst applicants from all medical specialties. The purpose of the Anniversary Fellowship is to enable talented, early career health science scholars to participate actively in the work of the IOM and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.

Department Initiatives

The Midwestern Region Burn Conference was hosted by UW-Madison from October 21 through October 23 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. 171 attendees and 31 exhibitors participated with attendees from 15 different states (from California to Pennsylvania and New York). UW was well represented with clinical and basic science research presentations at this year’s conference themed and the agenda included presentations from over a dozen burn centers across the US. Congratulations to Dr. Lee Faucher (Program Director) and Burn Center staff on a very successful conference.

On Friday, October 15, Dr. Jon Gould directed his second annual Hernia Course. 15 surgeons attended the day-long course sponsored by Covidien. Dr. Gould and two invited faculty presented didactic information in the morning followed by afternoon sessions in the Surgical Sciences Laboratory where participants had hands-on training on a porcine model.

Research Update

Dr. Girma Tefera and the UWSMPH were the recipient of a NIH/Fogarty International Center funded Medical Education Partnership Award targeted at improving medical education and building human resources with the goal of improving health capacity in Ethiopia. This project, awarded to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, will provide $2 million per year for up to 5 years. Wisconsin faculty will build on the pre-existing Emergency Medicine Twinning Partnership, to strengthen medical education and community based education, assist faculty development, build research capacity, and evaluate impact of these measures on the health of Ethiopia.

The University of Wisconsin had the 2nd highest number of abstracts of all institutions accepted for presentation at The 6th Annual Academic Surgical Congress to be held on February 1-3, 2011.

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