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The Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin is home to numerous research programs investigating the underlying mechanisms of disease, translating discoveries in the laboratory to clinical trials, and offering experimental options with the goal of improving patient care. Our portfolio of research funding exceeds $18 million annually with a large percentage from the National Institutes of Health.

The Department of Surgery also manages five NIH-funded training programs offering formal research training for medical students, pre-doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Our solid basic science research is complimented by an evolving portfolio of clinical research with plans to continue to expand outcomes and education research as well as further our International Collaborations.

Our Interim Chairman’s presentation at the Department of Surgery’s 2017 Research Summit covered the status of research in the department, along with current initiatives and future goals. Please click on the following link to download and view the PowerPoint presentation: 2017 Research Update.

The Department of Surgery Research Committee reviews interdepartmental research proposals for department investigators. View a list of the Research Committee Members.

Investigators at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health should carefully read federal and non-federal agency guidelines for proposal submission.

Researchers & Laboratories
Funding / Grants
Clinical Trials
Portrait of Daniel E. Abbott, MD Daniel E. Abbott, MD

Dr. Abbott, a health services researcher, focuses on cost-effectiveness, systems efficiency, and socioeconomic disparity in cancer care. He is particularly interested in identifying opportunities to maintain or enhance cancer care using technology in a patient-centered manner and thereby helping patients access expert cancer care in more personalized settings.

Portrait of Charles W Acher, MD Charles W Acher, MD

Dr. Acher’s current research activities include participation in a VA cooperative study on aneurysm detection and management, research in treatment of thoracoabdominal aneurysm, and prevention of paraplegia in thoracic aneurysm surgery.

Portrait of Ahmed M Afifi, MD Ahmed M Afifi, MD

Dr. Afifi’s research interests include outcomes and indications for partial and total breast reconstruction including oncoplastic techniques, functional rhinoplasty, and reconstruction of skull defects.

Portrait of David P. Al-Adra, MD, PhD David P. Al-Adra, MD, PhD

Dr. Al-Adra aims to investigate the mechanisms of immunological tolerance and attempt to induce tolerance to transplanted organs through organ pre-treatment and recipient preconditioning. The overall goal is to decrease immunity and promote tolerance towards solid organ transplants in order to decrease the need for immunosuppressive therapy. Specifically, this would involve investigating the cell surface expression of co-inhibitory and co-stimulatory structures of hepatocytes using flow cytometry. Modification of the expression of these surface molecules will then be done to promote co-inhibition and enhance immunological regulation. Ex-vivo perfusion technologies will allow investigation of different reagents and delivery systems used for whole organ modification. Further investigation would include evaluating the effect on the vascular microenvironment and local immune infiltration using cellular imaging.

Portrait of Petros V. Anagnostopoulos, MD, MBA Petros V. Anagnostopoulos, MD, MBA

Dr. Anagnostopoulos’s research interests include coagulopathy associated with supraceliac aortic clamping and development of rapid deployment extracorporeal life support program.

Portrait of Kyla M Bennett, MD Kyla M Bennett, MD

Dr. Bennett’s research interests include socioeconomic effects on outcomes of vascular disease and vascular surgery as well as methods to mitigate these effects. Her interests also include patient-centered decision making – improving assessment of patient-specific comorbidity and operative outcome risk assessment and delivering this information to the patient.

Portrait of Michael L Bentz, MD Michael L Bentz, MD

Dr. Bentz’s research interests focus primarily on outcomes in gynecologic oncology reconstruction and intra- and extra thoracic reconstruction as well as educational outcomes.

Portrait of Diane M Bless, PhD Diane M Bless, PhD

Dr. Bless is director of the UW vocal functions laboratories communication processes unit. She has research interests in lifespan change in voice production, efficacy of treatment of vocal dysphonias, assessment/measurement of laryngeal function, and physiological effects of voice treatments.

Portrait of Anne Buffington Anne Buffington

Anne runs Dr. Gretchen Schwarze’s research lab and her training is in qualitative methodology and survey design.

The Patient Preferences Project: Better Communication for Surgical Decision Making

Portrait of William J Burlingham, PhD William J Burlingham, PhD

Dr. Burlingham has developed a highly respected transplant basic research program that focuses on acquired immunologic tolerance. His laboratory hopes to gain insight into graft acceptance by studying transplant recipients who have survived after stopping immunosuppressive drugs.

Specifically, his research focuses on the natural exchange of soluble antigens and low numbers of white blood cells that occurs between mother and child during pregnancy and nursing. The lab’s working hypothesis is that this exchange, which leads to persistence of bone marrow-derived maternal blood cells within the offspring (“microchimerism”) may induce a “natural” form of tolerance. This tolerance, if harnessed, may allow for drug-free acceptance of transplanted grafts. Such natural tolerance has recently been shown to be the result, not of having microchimerism per se, but having a specific type of rare maternal cells capable of producing exosomes— tiny virus-like vesicles composed of lipid, protein, and nucleic acids. The goal is now to investigate how these intercellular messengers modify the host antigen presenting cells, and T cells during tolerance, with a view toward therapeutic applications.

The other major focus of Dr. Burlingham’s lab is the phenomenon of autoimmunity that develops after lung transplantation. A novel type of T Cells, called Th-17, react to collagen type V and cause inflammation and over-production of collagens causing airway blockage and graft loss. His lab is working on ways to inhibit this process by new forms of immune suppressive drugs and by increasing T regulatory cells that normally prevent autoimmune disease.

View Dr. Burlingham’s Google Scholar Citations Profile.

Dr. Burlingham’s Lab

Portrait of Evie Carchman, MD Evie Carchman, MD

Dr. Carchman’s research interests focus on the pathogenesis and treatment of anal cancer. She has special expertise in the treatment of colon cancer, rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, benign conditions of colon, rectum, and anus, and endoscopic treatment of colonic disease. Dr. Carchman utilizes minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic and single incision laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of colon and rectal disease.

Portrait of Scott  R. Chaiet, MD, MBA, FACS Scott R. Chaiet, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Chaiet’s research interests include functional rhinoplasty, patient reported outcomes in gender surgery, patient reported outcomes after facial nerve paralysis, and protective devices in facial trauma.

Dr. Chaiet has contributed to numerous publications, listed below, as well as “Facial Feminization Surgery: Review of Facial Analysis and Surgical Procedures,” a chapter in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Healthcare: A Clinical Guide to Preventative, Primary, and Specialist Care (Eckstrand & Ehrenfeld, Springer, 2016).

Portrait of Michelle R Ciucci, PhD Michelle R Ciucci, PhD

Dr. Ciucci’s research interests focus on the neurobiological and behavioral underpinnings of cranial sensorimotor control. She is currently exploring the effects of degenerative neurologic disease-induced deficits on voice, speech, and swallowing (oromotor function) using both clinical and basic science methods. Her clinical studies on swallowing focus on the fine motor skills required to generate subtle changes in pressure generation during the pharyngeal stage of swallowing, considering the influence of disease state, therapy, and medications on these processes. She also studies Parkinson disease to examine the impact of early sensorimotor training approaches on functional improvement of vocalization and swallow behaviors, as well as the underlying neural substrates of exercise-induced brain changes. She explores how anti-Parkinson medications influence complex sensorimotor enrichment outcomes. Dr. Ciucci believes understanding these processes will lead to better treatments and functional outcomes for patients with Parkinson disease and other neurologic disorders.

Dr. Ciucci’s Lab

Portrait of Nadine P Connor, PhD Nadine P Connor, PhD

Dr. Connor’s research interests include voice and swallowing disorders, head and neck cancer, aging, and neuromuscular function in the head and neck.

Dr. Connor’s Lab

Portrait of Seth H Dailey, MD Seth H Dailey, MD

The focus of Dr. Dailey’s research is on surgical reconstruction of the vocal fold, vocal fold scarring, laryngeal premalignancy, office-based procedures of the upper airway and laryngeal education.

Dr. Dailey’s book, The Laryngeal Dissection and Surgery Guide, can be found on several online bookselling sites including and

Dr. Dailey’s Lab

Portrait of Anthony M D'Alessandro, MD Anthony M D’Alessandro, MD

Dr. D’Alessandro’s research interests include marketing and social networking efforts to increase awareness and rate of organ and tissue donation and policies regarding the implementation of donation after cardiac death.

Portrait of Nilto De Oliveira, MD Nilto De Oliveira, MD

Dr. De Oliveira’s research interests include myocardial protection, intracardiac fibrous body anatomy and reconstructive procedures, infective endocarditis, effects of the new LAS score on lung transplantation, use of DCD donors lung donation and extended criteria organs, and ex vivo lung perfusion systems for donor lungs grafts recovery.

Portrait of Stephen A. De Vries, PA-C Stephen A. De Vries, PA-C

ACLS and CPR Quality Improvement
Endoscopic Vein Harvest
Post-operative atrial fibrillation prevention and management
Cardiothoracic surgery procedures and techniques

Portrait of Martin J Dib, MD Martin J Dib, MD

Dr. Dib’s research interests include the molecular basis of liver regeneration, small-for-size syndrome in live donor liver transplantation, as well as health services and outcomes research in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery.

Portrait of Paul D. DiMusto, MD Paul D. DiMusto, MD

Dr. DiMusto’s current research activities focus on outcomes related to aortic aneurysm and dissection care and comparing open and endovascular techniques.

Portrait of Lee D Faucher, MD Lee D Faucher, MD

Dr. Faucher’s research interests include burn and trauma epidemiology, the clinical aspects of burn and trauma care, and scientific and clinical aspects of wound healing.

Portrait of Luis A Fernandez, MD Luis A Fernandez, MD

Dr. Fernandez’s research interests include pancreas, liver, islet cell, and renal transplantation.

Islet Research Lab

Portrait of David P Foley, MD David P Foley, MD

Dr. Foley’s clinical research interests include studying protective strategies to decrease organ damage and enhance organ function after kidney and liver transplantation. Dr. Foley focuses on identifying and modifying clinical risk factors that lead to poor liver function after liver transplantation. These include studying the use of older donor livers, livers recovered from donation after circulatory determination of death donors, and livers with steatosis. In addition, Dr. Foley leads clinical studies aimed at decreasing delayed kidney function after kidney transplantation.

Dr. Foley’s basic research efforts are focused on identifying novel protective strategies to minimize ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) in liver and kidney transplantation. More specifically, his laboratory investigates the cell-specific effects of augmenting endogenous antioxidant pathways in the setting of hepatic and renal IRI. Activation of these pathways in a cell-specific manner can decrease oxidative stress and may promote cellular recovery from these deleterious processes. The ultimate goal is to discover new pharmacologic therapies that can decrease IRI and improve organ function after kidney and liver transplantation.

Portrait of Eugene F Foley, MD, FACS Eugene F Foley, MD, FACS

Dr. Foley’s research interests focus on clinical trials designed to improve the surgical care of colorectal disease through process improvement or the application of novel therapeutic techniques.

Portrait of Charles N Ford, MD Charles N Ford, MD

The focus of Dr. Ford’s research is laryngeal function, scarring of the vocal folds, refinements to optimize phonosurgical results, and neurolaryngology.

Portrait of David O. Francis, MD David O. Francis, MD

Dr. Francis directs the Otolaryngology Outcomes Research group and is a member of the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR), and is nationally recognized as a leader in Health Services Research. His research focuses on a patient-centered approach to personalizing and improving the care of patients with ear, nose, and throat disorders. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

His primary areas of study involve 1) understanding reasons surrounding geographic variations in care, 2) promoting prevention of iatrogenic vocal fold paralysis, 3) understanding the patient experience living with unilateral vocal fold paralysis, 4) development of new measurement tools to measure disability related to unilateral vocal fold paralysis, and 5) developing novel treatments and comparing their effectiveness in improving the care of patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis. His research team consists of experts in health policy, population health, health service research, epidemiology, clinical trials, measurement theory, and scientists with expertise in peripheral nerve regeneration.

Portrait of Luke Funk, MD, MPH Luke Funk, MD, MPH

Dr. Funk’s research focuses on national patterns of surgical care, access to surgical care and improving the quality of surgical care. He conducts his research at the University of Wisconsin and VA Hospitals.

Portrait of Catharine B. Garland, MD Catharine B. Garland, MD

Dr. Garland’s research is focused on surgical outcomes in cleft and craniofacial patients. She is also interested in improving surgical education for students and residents.

Portrait of Katherine M. Gast, MD, MS Katherine M. Gast, MD, MS

Dr. Gast’s research is focused on patient reported outcomes in gender affirming surgery.

Portrait of Angela Gibson, MD, PhD Angela Gibson, MD, PhD

Dr. Gibson’s research interests focus on epithelial regeneration in burn injury, development and testing of skin substitutes, understanding the contribution of mesenchymal stem cells in burn wound healing, and identifying the role of the host defense peptides in burn wound healing.

Portrait of Tiffany A. Glazer, MD Tiffany A. Glazer, MD

Dr. Glazer conducts outcomes research in head and neck cancer patients and is highly invested in training the next generation of head and neck cancer surgeons.

Portrait of Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH

Dr. Greenberg’s research program is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of surgical care. She has two goals that guide her work: 1) to improve operative performance and patient safety; and 2) to decrease practice variation and engage patients and other stakeholders in promoting high quality surgical care for patients with cancer.

Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR)

Wisconsin Surgical Coaching Program

Portrait of Jacob A. Greenberg, MD, EdM Jacob A. Greenberg, MD, EdM

Dr. Greenberg’s principal research interest focuses on simulation as well as surgical education and training.

Portrait of Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA

Dr. Harms maintains a basic science laboratory that investigates the pulmonary microcirculation and pathophysiology of post-traumatic pulmonary injury. Clinical research projects include the factors important for successful reconstructive surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.

Portrait of Gregory K Hartig, MD Gregory K Hartig, MD

Dr. Hartig has research interests in the cytogenetics of head and neck carcinoma, free flap physiology, and airway reconstruction.

Portrait of Diane G Heatley, MD Diane G Heatley, MD

Dr. Heatley’s research interests include chronic sinusitis in children; cystic fibrosis and sinus disease; and issues in pediatric otolaryngology.

Portrait of Charles P Heise, MD Charles P Heise, MD

Dr. Heise’s current clinical research interests include treatment of diverticulitis, patient outcome and function after surgical treatment of colorectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Portrait of Joshua Hermsen, MD Joshua Hermsen, MD

Dr. Hermsen’s research interests focus on demonstrating utility of medical 3D printing related to septal myectomy surgery and examining the effects of using cardiac surgical simulation for resident education.

Portrait of John R Hoch, MD John R Hoch, MD

Dr. Hoch is the Chair of the UW Venous Thrombolytic Taskforce. His research focuses on utilizing a systems approach to decrease the incidence of venous thromboembolism and improve patient outcomes. He also has research interests in the care of patients with venous hypertension, varicose veins disease and pelvic congestion syndrome. His research efforts are also focused on the role of vascular surgeons in risk factor modification of patients with peripheral arterial disease.

Portrait of Jack J Jiang, MD, PhD Jack J Jiang, MD, PhD

Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on objective pathological laryngeal function assessments, laryngeal physiology, biomechanics of vocal fold vibration, medical instrumentation, medical software development and application. Dr. Jiang is also working on the development of accurate protocols for voice measurement in patients with laryngeal pathology, including professional voice users and children.

Dr. Jiang’s Lab

Portrait of Hee Soo Jung, MD Hee Soo Jung, MD

Dr. Jung’s research focuses on organ failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and trauma/emergency general surgery systems and clinical outcomes.

Portrait of Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Kaufman’s experimental clinical research has focused on immunosuppression minimization in kidney transplant recipients, and human clinical trials of islet transplantation. His basic research efforts have focused on development of a tolerance induction protocol in large animals. It is supported by an NIH UO-1 award as part of the Non-human Primate Tolerance Study Group Consortium.

Portrait of Tony L Kille, MD Tony L Kille, MD

Dr. Kille has research interests in pediatric sinus disease and airway reconstruction.

Portrait of Jonathan E. Kohler, MD Jonathan E. Kohler, MD

Dr. Kohler’s research interests center on using health communications-based research to develop interventions that improve physician-to-physician and physician-to-patient interactions.

Portrait of Takushi   Kohmoto, MD, PhD Takushi Kohmoto, MD, PhD

Dr. Kohmoto has research interests involving the following: mechanical assist devices, heart transplantation, lung transplantation, ischemic preconditioning,
laser surgery, angiogenesis, cell transplantation, and cardiac regeneration.

Cardiothoracic Core Lab

Portrait of Kenneth Allan Kudsk, MD Kenneth Allan Kudsk, MD

Dr. Kudsk conducts basic research studying the interactions between nutritional status and infectious risk in surgical and critically injured patients. His research program investigates the effect of route and type of nutrition on mucosal immunity in the intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Dr. Kudsk’s Lab

Portrait of Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS

Dr. Lawson’s research focuses on measuring and improving the quality of surgical care.

Portrait of Hau D. Le, MD Hau D. Le, MD

Dr. Le’s research interests focus primarily on lung development and regeneration in neonates with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and studying the effects of eicosanoids (products of essential fatty acids) on pediatric solid tumors.

Portrait of Charles M. Leys, MD Charles M. Leys, MD

Dr. Leys’ research interests are focused on evidence-based pediatric surgery, including clinical trials and quality improvement.

Portrait of Anne O. Lidor, MD, MPH Anne O. Lidor, MD, MPH

Dr. Lidor’s principal research interest focuses on outcomes related to minimally invasive surgical techniques, surgical education and bariatric surgery.

Portrait of Amy E. Liepert, MD Amy E. Liepert, MD

Dr. Liepert’s research interests include patient safety, health quality and outcomes research, and improving clinical process by evaluating current practice patterns and system standards.

Portrait of Matthew Lister, MD Matthew Lister, MD

Dr. Lister’s research interests include clinical investigation of new treatments and outcomes for chronic rhinosinusitis and other sinonasal disorders, eustachian tube disorders, and disorders of the tympanic membrane and middle ear.

Portrait of Ruth Y Litovsky, PhD Ruth Y Litovsky, PhD

Dr. Litovsky’s translational research investigates cochlear implants, particularly with regard to the effect that bilateral cochlear implants have on the ability of patients to hear speech and localize sounds. Specifically, Dr. Litovsky’s lab studies emergence of spatial hearing abilities in young children through longitudinal investigations. The lab studies the ability of children to separate speech from competing sounds and identify source locations. Through various collaborations, these studies also focus on language acquisition (with Jenny Saffran and Susan Ellis-Weismer) and phonological awareness (with Jan Edwards). Another line of research with adults focuses on how to improve performance with bilateral devices that are not designed to be synchronized. Thus the lab studies binaural sensitivity using research processors, in the hope that a clinical binaural processor with a single digital signal processor can be implemented in the near future.

Portrait of Bo Liu, PhD Bo Liu, PhD

The primary focus of Dr. Liu’s research is the biology of blood vessels. Specifically, Dr. Liu and her trainees study the cellular and molecular pathologies of restenosis and abdominal aortic aneurysm, two common vascular disorders that are in critical need of effective pharmacological treatments. Their experimental approach combines in vitro molecular and biochemical methodologies with transgenic, gene knockout, adenoviral and surgical technologies. Current research topics include cell apoptosis, programmed necrosis, vascular inflammation, progenitor cell recruitment, as well as matrix biology. Additional research interests are gene therapy and nanotechnology. To effectively study human disease, Dr. Liu has established productive collaborations with basic scientists and clinicians from a wide range of scientific and medical disciplines. Dr. Liu is also a devoted mentor, whose lab environment fosters creative thinking, multidisciplinary approaches, independence, and collaboration.

Dr. Bo Liu’s Lab

Portrait of Lucian   Lozonschi, MD Lucian Lozonschi, MD

Dr. Lozonschi’s experimental research focuses on endovascular surgery and transcatheter heart valve therapies. He also has an active basic science project to study angiogenesis in myocardial engineering and regeneration in the in-vivo models that he developed in Japan. Dr. Lozonschi has published surgical training models for experimental robotic closure of atrial septal defects.

Cardiothoracic Core Lab

Portrait of James D Maloney, MD James D Maloney, MD

Dr. Maloney’s research interests include restoring function following chest surgery, aging and cancer. He is also investigating novel treatments for end stage lung disease.

Portrait of Benjamin C Marcus, MD Benjamin C Marcus, MD

Dr. Marcus’ research interests include functional rhinoplasty, endoscopic cosmetic surgery, pediatric distraction osteogenesis and digital imaging.

Portrait of Jon S Matsumura, MD Jon S Matsumura, MD

Dr. Matsumura’s research is devoted to the development and testing of novel devices and techniques for the treatment of vascular diseases, including stents and stent-grafts for the repair of aortic and thoracic aneurysms. He is the national principal investigator on a number of multi-institutional clinical trials evaluating investigational devices. In addition, he is renowned for extensive training programs that allow other vascular specialists to learn new endovascular techniques for treating patients in their own practices.

AortaCore-Aortic Imaging Lab

Portrait of Timothy M McCulloch, MD Timothy M McCulloch, MD

The focus of Dr. McCulloch’s research is laryngeal function, dysphagia, trauma and head and neck cancer treatments.

Portrait of James Scott McMurray, MD James Scott McMurray, MD

Dr. McMurray has research interests in pediatric airway reconstruction, dysphagia, and voice disorders, as well as the treatment of lymphangioma.

Portrait of Joshua D Mezrich, MD Joshua D Mezrich, MD

Dr. Mezrich’s research interest is in transplant tolerance and how environmental exposures alter the immune system.

Portrait of Brett F. Michelotti, MD Brett F. Michelotti, MD

Dr. Michelotti’s research interests include outcomes following hand and plastic surgery procedures, healthcare resource utilization, and methods to limit over-prescribing of opioid pain medications.

Portrait of Courtney Morgan, MD Courtney Morgan, MD

Dr. Morgan’s research interests involve improved healthcare delivery for patients with vascular disease. Her interests include development of centralized programs for treatment of patients with vascular disease and evaluating frailty as a target to improve outcomes in vascular surgery patients.

Portrait of Delora L Mount, MD Delora L Mount, MD

Dr. Mount’s research interests include distraction osteogenesis, outcomes and indications for free flap reconstruction of craniofacial defects in children, and clinical outcomes of cleft surgical repair on skeletal growth, dentition, and speech.

Portrait of Heather B Neuman, MD, MS, FACS Heather B Neuman, MD, MS, FACS

Dr. Neuman’s research focuses on patient-oriented clinical outcomes including patient decision-making, quality of life and survivorship.

Portrait of Peter F Nichol, MD, PhD Peter F Nichol, MD, PhD

Dr. Nichol’s laboratory research focuses on intestinal development with a goal of developing therapies that will enable growth of the gut in patients with intestinal failure. He has an NIH funded lab and is the 2013 Stanley J. Dudrick Research Award Recipient.

Portrait of Jon S Odorico, MD Jon S Odorico, MD

Dr. Odorico’s research focuses on stem cell biology and differentiation, developing novel stem cell-based strategies for treating diabetes, pancreas transplantation, and islet cell transplantation.

Dr. Odorico’s Lab

Portrait of Thomas R Pasic, MD Thomas R Pasic, MD

Dr. Pasic’s clinical research efforts are in the study of chronic sinusitis and outcome research.

Portrait of Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS

Dr. Pitt’s research is health services and surgical outcomes based. She has a special interest in the doctor-patient relationship involving surgical decision making — also called shared decision making — and ensuring that patients understand their disease, treatment, outcomes, and expectations. These are all aspects involved in informed consent.

Portrait of Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Pugh’s research interests concern the use of simulation technology for medical and surgical education assessment. Dr. Pugh holds a method patent on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize the sense of touch. Currently, more than 100 medical and nursing schools use one of Dr. Pugh’s sensor-enabled training tools for their students and trainees. The use of simulation technology to assess and quantitatively define hands-on clinical skills is one of her major research areas.

Simulation Engineering for Surgical Education (SEnSE) Lab

Portrait of G. Mark Pyle, MD G. Mark Pyle, MD

Dr. Pyle’s research interests include new techniques in intraoperative monitoring during acoustic neuroma surgery, outcome studies in the surgical treatment of vertigo, objective measurements of middle ear function, and embryologic development of the inner ear.

Portrait of Venkat K Rao, MD, MBA Venkat K Rao, MD, MBA

Dr. Rao’s current research interests include breast reconstruction and outcomes in cosmetic surgery.

Portrait of Robert R Redfield III, MD Robert R Redfield III, MD

Dr. Redfield’s research interests are centered on developing novel strategies to improve long-term allograft survival.

Portrait of Burke S Richmond, MD Burke S Richmond, MD

Dr. Richmond’s research interests include dizziness and vestibular disorders, sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus, voice disorders, rhinology, headache, facial pain, TMJ syndromes, head and neck cancer prevention, nutrition, and epidemiology.

Portrait of Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly, MD Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly, MD

Principal research interest is pancreatic cancer. My lab focuses on formation and progression of pancreatic cancer as well as understanding communication within the tumor microenvironment.

Portrait of John E. Scarborough, MD John E. Scarborough, MD

Dr. Scarborough’s research interest is in health services research.

Portrait of David F. Schneider, MD, MS David F. Schneider, MD, MS

Dr. Schneider conducts outcomes research in conjunction with the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Program. His research program investigates the optimization of cancer care in the United States with a particular interest in endocrine cancers. This work utilizes large national databases which can impact national healthcare and policy initiatives. He also conducts clinical research working on hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, Graves’ Disease, and adrenal disorders.

Portrait of Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

Dr. Schwarze is a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical ethicist. She is a nationally recognized expert in surgical decision making, informed consent, advance directives and end-of-life care.

Her research focuses on improving communication between older patients and their surgeons so that patients can avoid unwanted treatment and make decisions that align with their values, preferences and goals.

The Patient Preferences Project: Better Communication for Surgical Decision Making

Portrait of Amber L. Shada, MD Amber L. Shada, MD

Dr. Shada’s research interests focus on endoscopic device development, clinical trials in esophageal, foregut and general surgery, and clinical outcomes in esophageal and foregut surgery.

Portrait of Xudong Shi, MD, PhD Xudong Shi, MD, PhD

Dr. Shi is interested in the molecular signaling mechanisms involved in vascular and stem cell biology. Specifically, his research is focused on studying TGF-beta signaling in adult stem cell mobilization, differentiation and proliferation after vascular injury. His research goals include: 1) to decipher the TGF-beta signaling events in mobilization of stem cells and promote smooth muscle cell proliferation; 2) to define the origin of cells in vascular restenotic disease after by-pass injury; and 3) to develop and test nanoparticle based drug delivery system for treatment of vascular restenotic disease.

Dr. Kent’s Lab

Portrait of Rebecca S Sippel, MD Rebecca S Sippel, MD

Dr. Sippel conducts translational research at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research program investigates the development and treatment of endocrine tumors with a special interest in thyroid cancer. She also conducts clinical research working on improving the care and outcomes of patients with endocrine tumors.

Portrait of Elizabeth A Sisk, MD Elizabeth A Sisk, MD

The focus of Dr. Sisk’s research is the investigation of DNA tumor viruses in head and neck carcinoma.

Portrait of Hans W. Sollinger, MD, PhD, FACS Hans W. Sollinger, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Sollinger’s research interests include the clinical and preclinical testing of new immunosuppressive agents and gene therapy for cell transplantation.

Portrait of Girma   Tefera, MD Girma Tefera, MD

Dr. Tefera has clinical research interests in abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment with endovascular stent graft, distal peripheral artery bypass surgery, and angioplasty and stent for limb salvage.

Portrait of Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Thibeault’s translational research investigates molecular and genetic factors that are the basis of normal vocal fold tissue and its vibration. Dr. Thibeault studies vocal fold injury and wound healing as a disordered model. Specifically, Dr. Thibeault’s lab has two main areas of study — tissue engineering of the vocal fold lamina propria and laryngeal immunology. The lab has developed unique primary and immortalized human cell lines, in addition to vibrational bioreactors to aid in the research pursuit.

Portrait of William D Turnipseed, MD William D Turnipseed, MD

Dr. Turnipseed has research interests in the development of less invasive surgical techniques for treatment of complex aortic and visceral branch arterial disease, the prevention of stroke, and the development of a Vascular and Cardiac Disease Center.

Portrait of David Upton, MD David Upton, MD

Dr. Upton’s research interests include chronic rhinosinusitis, office-based procedures of the head and neck, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Portrait of Jessica Van Beek-King, MD Jessica Van Beek-King, MD

Dr. Van Beek-King has research interests in pediatric hearing loss and cochlear implantation, treatment of congenital neck masses, airway reconstruction, and student and resident education.

Portrait of Corrine Voils, PhD Corrine Voils, PhD

Dr. Voils, social psychologist, uses qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study and improve treatment adherence. One area of Dr. Voils’ research interest is in developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. She led a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate a telephone-delivered, spouse-assisted intervention to improve patient cholesterol levels (CouPLES). She recently completed an RCT to evaluate a weight loss maintenance intervention following behavioral weight loss (MAINTAIN). She has a new pilot from the VA to evaluate the feasibility of adapting the intervention to promote weight loss maintenance among patients following bariatric surgery. With R34 funding from the NHLBI, she is evaluating the feasibility of providing financial incentives for dietary self-monitoring and weight loss.

A second area of interest is genomics health services research. Dr. Voils led an RCT to evaluate the clinical utility of genetic testing for type 2 diabetes. She is currently PI of an RCT to evaluate effectiveness and implementation of an information technology innovation that collects patient-entered family history and provides decision support to patients and providers.

Dr. Voils also has a strong interest in research methodology. She has developed and validated a self-report measure of medication nonadherence and developed methods for synthesizing qualitative and quantitative research findings.

Dr. Voils’ Lab

Portrait of Sharon M Weber, MD, FACS Sharon M Weber, MD, FACS

Dr. Weber conducts translational research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center evaluating novel tumor selective agents which may be promising for imaging and/or treating tumors. She also conducts clinical research evaluating prognosticators of outcome in patients with liver, bile duct, and liver tumors.

Portrait of Nathan V Welham, PhD, CCC-SLP Nathan V Welham, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Welham’s research interests include vocal fold mucosal biology; extracellular matrix-focused proteomics; and vitamin A transport, storage and function.

Portrait of Lee G Wilke, MD, FACS Lee G Wilke, MD, FACS

Dr. Wilke’s principal research interest is in clinical trials seeking novel methods of treating patients with breast cancer. Dr. Wilke is a member of the Commission on Cancer. She is also a collaborator on multiple grants and trials evaluating novel treatments for breast cancer.

Portrait of Emily R. Winslow, MD, FACS Emily R. Winslow, MD, FACS

Dr. Winslow conducts clinical research in patients with pancreatic cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. She is also interested in outcomes studies in patients with hepatobiliary malignancies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Investigation at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, with the goal of developing a research program focused on patient-centered outcomes in surgical oncology.

Portrait of Dai  Yamanouchi, MD, PhD Dai Yamanouchi, MD, PhD

Dr. Yamanouchi’s research interests include the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm and restenosis after angioplasty including balloon angioplasty and stent placement. He is also devoted to the development of novel materials for vascular bypass graft and gene delivery method to treat the patients who suffer peripheral arterial disease. In addition, Dr. Yamanouchi serves as principal investigator on a number of clinical trials.

Dr. Yamanouchi’s Lab Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System