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Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm and pride that I invite you to the 171st annual meeting of the Society of Clinical Surgery. The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery is honored to host this elite group of surgeons to explore its facilities, meet its exceptional faculty and observe the inner workings of this institution.

The UW Department of Surgery was established in 1924 with just a chair and two faculty members. Since its modest beginnings, the department has grown to more than 100 faculty members and a supporting staff of more than 550 researchers, students, APPs and administration throughout our seven divisions: Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery. We boast the No. 5 NIH-funded research program in the United States, a comprehensive clinical simulation center, and the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR), which works to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of surgical care.

We have assembled an incredible educational program that will provide you with a glimpse into the innovative programs we are pursuing within the UW Department of Surgery. But the visit won’t be all work. Your spouse or significant other will enjoy a culinary tour of Madison with an emphasis on our region’s farm-to-table movement, a tour of the state Capitol and the opportunity to visit several buildings designed by world-renowned architect — and Wisconsin’s own — Frank Lloyd Wright. We hope you will extend your stay through the weekend to experience a Badger football game. In 2012, USA Today declared Madison “American’s Best College Football Town,” and the following year the Bleacher Report ranked Madison No. 1 in its Top 25 countdown of College Football Towns in America. After swimming in our “sea of red” and experiencing tailgating at its finest, I’m sure you will wholeheartedly agree with their assessments.

I look forward to hosting you in Madison and showing off our surgical facilities and wonderful town. See you in November!

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K. Craig Kent, MD
A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery
Chairman, Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


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