University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Month in Review – March 2011

At the Top

After much persistence, Dr. Ahmed Afifi joined the Division of Plastic Surgery on March 21. His journey back to the United States included returning to Egypt before the revolution where he worked while waiting for approval of his visa. We are happy to have him join us as Assistant Professor.


Dr. David Foley has been chosen by the Foundation of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons to receive the 2011 ASTS-Pfizer Mid-Level Faculty Grant for his work titled “Nrf2 in Hepatic Stellate Cells: A Novel Approach to Mitigate Ischemia Reperfusion Injury.” This two year award is for $50,000 per year and only one grant is awarded annually. Congratulations!

Dr. Greg Kennedy has been selected by the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract as this year’s winner of the SSAT Career Development Award for his proposal, “Role of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Mediated Inflammation in Gastrointestinal Cancer”. The research award is $50,000 per year for two years, for a total of $100,000.

The Department received official notice from NIH that the T35 funding medical student summer research experiences increased from 6 slots/year to 8 slots/year.

Medical student Yash Somnay will receive one of 73 fellowships (out of 244 applicants) awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the 2011–2012 academic year. The fellowship is a one-year award for full-time research, with a stipend of $28,000, a research allowance of $5,500 and a fellow’s allowance of $5,500. Dr. Herb Chen will mentor Yash.


Two faculty members were unanimously promoted by the School of Medicine and Public Health CT Track Appointments and Promotions Committee. Dr. Brad Manning was promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor and Dr. David Melnick to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. The promotions will take effect July 1, 2011.


Dr. Gretchen Schwarze received one of the 2010 Dean’s Teaching Awards. These awards recognize excellence and innovation in medical education. Dr. Schwarze will receive the award at Medical Education Day, April 26.

The 4th Year Medical School Class voted to award Dr. Ancil Philip, General Surgery Resident, the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s Outstanding Resident Teaching Award for 2011. Dr. Philip will receive the award at a special ceremony during the Medical Alumni Association Awards Banquet on April 29.