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Over 500 Department of Surgery colleagues celebrated a new academic year at Eugster’s Farm on Sunday, September 18. The great news is that children don’t notice rain (and may even enjoy it) and the Packers won the game. Thanks to Joan Subach who planned the picnic and is busy pricing Department of Surgery rain ponchos for next year.


Amy Suwanabol, MD, 3rd year general surgery resident, earned the Charles C. Guthrie Award for the most Outstanding Research in Vascular Surgery by a resident for her work on “A Novel Mechanism for TGF-beta/Smad3 in the Development of Intimal Hyperplasia,” presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society from September 15-17 in Chicago. She is mentored by Drs. Craig Kent and Bo Liu.

Carly Seaberg, MD, 3rd year general surgery resident, was selected as a finalist for the Society of University Surgeons SUS KSEA Resident Scholar Award, a one-year award of $30,000, for her work on “Optimization of Resident Training in the Operating Room.” She will be interviewed and present at the ACS in a month for the final selection process. Her research mentors are Drs. Chip Foley and Jake Greenberg. Sharon Weber was the SUS sponsor and Doug Wiegmann, PhD is a collaborator.


Drs. Chuck Heise and Terry Frick (GI) Co-Chaired the 1st Annual UW Digestive Disease Symposium on September 17, 2011 at the Madison Marriott West welcoming 45 attendees and 14 vendors to the day-long CME event. The entire colorectal team took part in the program which also included talks from faculty members in Surgery, GI, Radiology and Oncology. The program focused on the benefit of multidisciplinary care for patients with various digestive diseases with emphasis on the role of the primary care physician.

Dr. Girma Tefera co-chaired a successful New Horizons Program that combined CME of vascular surgeons and midlevel vascular providers to expand education in a multidisciplinary program that mirrors clinical evolution. Four vascular surgeons and four midlevels from UWH joined similar teams from across the Midwest, in the program that reviewed midlevel participation in inpatient care coordination, wound care centers, vein centers, and hemodialysis programs.

Dr. Hans Sollinger will present “A Cure for Diabetes—Present and Future," at the 12th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation in Seoul, Korea from September 25-28, 2011. This is the meeting of all Asian Transplant Societies and one of the largest transplant meetings in the world with over 4000 people in attendance.

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The Annual Layton F. Rikkers Education Retreat will feature Carlos A. Pellegrini MD, Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. The focus will be on building and maintaining a successful simulation program. He will also speak at Grand Rounds the following morning. The retreat will be held at The Inntowner on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 5:00-7:30 PM and Grand Rounds on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:15 AM. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System