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Three new faculty started with the Department of Surgery on September 1. Please join me in welcoming them to the University of Wisconsin.

Martin Dib, MD, will join the Division of Transplantation as assistant professor. Dr. Dib earned his MD from Clinical Campus: Hospital Del Salvador at the Universidad de Chile and completed his general surgery residency and a research fellowship in transplant surgery and liver regeneration at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University. Earlier this summer, Dr. Dib finished a 2-year fellowship in Abdominal Transplant, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dib has special clinical interests in liver resection and transplantation as well as live donor liver transplantation.

Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS, will join the Section of General Surgery’s Division of Colorectal Surgery as an assistant professor. She earned her MD from Stanford University School of Medicine before moving to Los Angeles for the general surgery residency program at UCLA. During her residency years, Dr. Lawson earned a master’s degree in Health Services and was enrolled in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Upon graduation from residency, Dr. Lawson was awarded the Howard S. Reber Golden Scalpel Award for Most Outstanding Performance in the UCLA general surgery residency program and the Wilma Miley Morton Research Award, given to the general surgery chief resident with the most exceptional record of research discovery and publication while at UCLA. Dr. Lawson most recently completed the one-year Lahey Clinical Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Jessica Van Beek-King, MD, is returning to her home state to join the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as an assistant professor and pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Van Beek-King graduated from high school in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and earned a BS in Kinesiology at UW-Madison before embarking on her medical education. She attended med school at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, and completed her otolaryngology residency at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. This summer, Dr. Van Beek-King completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.


Nathan Welham, PhD, CCC-SLP, a researcher in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, will receive more than $2.9 million in research funding for a 5-year competitive renewal on his R01 “Regeneration of Multi-Layered Vocal Fold Mucosa.” Great work, Dr. Welham!


Nadine Connor, PhD, a professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has been appointed the University of Wisconsin-Madison interim associate vice chancellor for research policy and compliance. In this role, Dr. Connor will oversee many facets of research policy on campus, including human subjects and animal research.

The American College of Surgeons has enlisted Amy Liepert, MD, trauma surgery, to lead a national health services data coordination effort that aims to compile statewide data on surgery-related topics that can be used for many purposes, such as identifying regional variation in surgical access. Some of this data includes number of surgeons by county, statewide and federal surgery-related laws and policies, professional liability, and quality and verification programs. The ultimate goal of the project is to create state-by-state surgery score cards that can be used to measure, research, and improve surgical access and quality. Wisconsin is the pilot state in the efforts to develop this resource nationally. A huge thank you to Dr. Liepert for her work in leading this valuable project.

In the News

Last week the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched its Project 72 public relations campaign, which aims to highlight campus’s connections with the people and communities throughout Wisconsin. The campaign has placed billboards or other advertising in each of the state’s 72 counties featuring a local person whose UW ties have benefited society. Jacquelynn Arbuckle, MD, a clinical associate professor of surgery who practices at our 1 S. Park location, is featured in the Burnett County “Finding Destiny as a Doctor” vignette. Dr. Arbuckle, who grew up on the St. Croix reservation near Spooner, attended undergrad and medical school at UW-Madison, and in 2000 returned to Madison to join the UW Department of Surgery. She also serves as director of the UWSMPH Native American Center for Health Professions.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Jon Odorico, MD (Transplantation):
“The whole transplant process went very smoothly thanks to the UW staff and Dr. Odorico. Truly amazing how well I was treated and taken care of. My surgery went great thanks to the ability of Dr. Odorico and his team. Thank you for everything!”

Petros Anagnostopoulos, MD (Cardiothoracic):
“Dr. A. and his team made an extremely stressful situation more of a positive experience than I ever could have imagined. I could not fathom the idea of going to anyone else!”

Margaret Schwarze, MD, MPP (Vascular):
“Dr. Schwarze is one of the best doctors I have seen. She is very warm, caring, friendly and concerned about your issues. Great doctor in my book!!” Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System