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Please join me in welcoming two new faculty members starting in the department on September 21.

Hau Le, MD, joins the Division of Pediatric Surgery as an assistant professor on the tenure track. Dr. Le’s training includes an MD from Boston University, general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and most recently a two-year clinical fellowship in general pediatric surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto. While at Harvard, Dr. Le spent three years in a research fellowship in surgery and vascular biology at Children’s Hospital Boston. His extensive research background includes authorship on 35 scientific and medical publications and 29 abstracts and presentations.

New clinical assistant professor Dacia Pickering, MD, PhD, is our fourth full-time general surgeon practicing at SwedishAmerican Health System in Rockford, Illinois. Dr. Pickering has extensive research experience in both industry and university settings. She holds a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota and an MD from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. After completing her general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent two years working as a general surgeon in Rockford, Illinois.


Maria Bates, MD, will join the Endocrine Surgery fellowship program in August 2016. Dr. Bates graduated with honors in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and received her MD from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. She is currently a resident at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During medical school, Dr. Bates played on the Hungarian National Softball team and competed around Europe, participating in three European Championships. Dr. Sippel and her team are thrilled to have Dr. Bates joining them.


The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in conjunction with the Carbone Cancer Center, will host Healing Yoga for Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day on October 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Promega in Fitchburg. Yoga practice will be led by former breast cancer and reconstruction patient and yogi Laura Flanagan, with live acoustic guitar by Joe Fred Paprocki. The evening will conclude with a social hour, during which surgeons from the breast reconstruction team will be available to answer participants’ questions. RSVP for the event online. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System