University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – April 16, 2012

At the Top

Nearly 100 Surgeons, Residents and Advanced Practice Providers attended the 3rd Annual Current Topics in General Surgery CME course at the Monona Terrace on April 13-14. Co-Directed by Drs. Herb Chen, Greg Kennedy, Jon Matsumura, Lee Wilke, and Emily Winslow, the program featured four guest speakers and 32 Department faculty members examining the latest developments and current techniques in general surgery. Panel discussions and case reviews created robust discussions with attendees and two live operations broadcast from UWHC operating rooms (thanks to surgeons Jake Greenberg and Mike Garren who performed a sleeve gastrectomy and Greg Kennedy, Chuck Heise and Bruce Harms who performed a lap colon) generated much interest from the audience. The Department’s effort to support surgeons in Wisconsin and beyond has met with the tremendous success based on the growth in attendance at this course. Thanks to Christine Schmieden for her outstanding work supporting this event.

Research Awards

Dr. Jon Odorico was notified by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that his grant proposal “Endocrine Specification and Maturation from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells” was funded for two years. The award is effective 06/01/2012.

Dr. Emily Winslow is the inaugural recipient of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract’s Career Development Award for Clinical/Outcomes/Education Research for her proposal “The Detection of Liver Metastases with Gadoexetic Acid-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A Study of Radiographic-Pathologic Correlation”. The two year research award is $40,000. Support will begin on July 1, 2012.


Dr. Susan Thibeault is the winner of the Journal of Voice 2011 Best Paper Award in the category of basic science. The citation for this work is “In Vivo Engineering of the Vocal Fold ECM With Injectable HA Hydrogels-Late Effects on Tissue Repair and Biomechanics in a Rabbit Model.” Susan L. Thibeault, Sarah A. Klemuk, Xia Chen, Beatriz H. Quinchia Johnson Volume 25(2) pp. 249-253. March 2011. Congratulations!

Dr. Haggi Mazeh, Endocrine Fellow, had an article published in Thyroid as the feature article this month, highlighted on the cover.

Dr. Emily Winslow was one of three faculty members selected by the Dean to attend the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar.

Board Appointments

Dr. Dixon Kaufman was elected to the 2012-2013 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Executive Committee as a Regional Councillor Representative At Large, Thoracic & Medical/Scientific Representative.

Above the Call of Duty

In an effort to get licensed and credentialed in time to cover call on the acute care surgery service, Dr. Carla Pugh took a train to Springfield, Illinois to get a copy of her Illinois license materials to bring back to a slow-moving Wisconsin licensing office. Now that’s determination!


Dr. Hans Sollinger presented at the Middle East Transplantation Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on MPA formulation differentiation and at the International Pancreas Transplant Symposium in Tenerife, Canary Islands on current status of pancreas transplantation and a possible cure for diabetes.