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The Division of Vascular Surgery has received a fair amount of notoriety with the release of two recent publications. Vascular Specialist, the Society for Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) official newspaper, included an article on findings Jon Matsumura, MD, presented at the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery annual meeting on cost comparison of open repair versus endovascular repair of AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysms). That same issue featured a photo of Dai Yamanouchi, MD, PhD, receiving an SVS Clinical Research Seed Grant for his project “Validation Checklist for Postoperative Wounds in Vascular Surgery.” In the Spring 2014 issue of UWSMPH’s Quarterly magazine, the integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program was highlighted with a profile of Brigitte Smith, MD, PGY-5, the program’s first chief resident.

Education

The Division of General Surgery received word that its new Surgical Critical Care Fellowship was approved for initial accreditation through the Residency Review Committee for Surgery and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Angela Gibson, MD, PhD, will be the first fellow to rotate through this new fellowship program. Dr. Gibson finished her general surgery residency at UWSMPH on June 30, 2014. After her one-year fellowship program, Dr. Gibson will join the faculty of the UW Department of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery’s Section of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn and Surgical Critical Care. Congratulations to Dr. Agarwal for his leadership implementing this fellowship, and we welcome Dr. Gibson and look forward to many successful years together.

Research

Gretchen Schwarze, MD, received a $100,000 Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) grant from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR) for her proposal, “Engaging Stakeholders to Develop a Patient Navigation Tool for High Risk Surgery.”

The Annals of Surgery, the surgical field’s leading journal, invited surgical quality experts Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, and Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, to write an editorial on the evolving definition of quality. “Advancing Quality Measurement to Include the Patient Perspective” appeared in the July 2014 issue. It is a great honor to have our faculty recognized as national leaders on this increasingly important topic.

Honors

UW-Madison named Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, one of eight Outstanding Women of Color for 2014-2015. A campus-wide reception will be held October 1, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center.

Cliff Cho, MD, became chief of the Section of Surgical Oncology on July 1. Former section chief Sharon Weber, MD, will continue as director of surgical oncology at the Carbone Cancer Center.

General surgery chief resident Adam Brinkman, MD, will serve as General Surgery Administrative Chief for 2014-2015. In this role Dr. Brinkman will act as representative and spokesperson on behalf of all residents.

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