University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – April 23, 2012

At the Top

Dr. Suresh Agarwal will join the Department of Surgery on August 1, 2012 as Section Chief of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn, and Surgical Critical Care, and Associate Professor (CHS). Dr. Agarwal will oversee the development and growth of this new service. He plans to develop a 2-year Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and expand the existing SICU service to provide care for otolaryngology, transplant, and plastic surgery patients. The service will also participate in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP).

Dr. Agarwal graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh. After finishing his residency in General Surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT, he was a fellow in trauma, surgical critical care, and thoracic surgery. He joined Boston University School of Medicine as an Instructor in Surgery and quickly rose through the ranks to Associate Professor, Chief of the Section of Surgical Critical Care, and Program Director for the fellowship in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

At Boston University Dr. Agarwal received the Teacher of the Year Award and the Edwin F. Hirsch Award for Excellence in Surgery Education. In 2011 he received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and was recognized as a Top Doc by US News and World Report. He holds leadership positions in Society of Critical Care Medicine (Vice Chair, GRE Committee), Association for Academic Surgery (Publication Committee), and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Dr. Agarwal is the principal investigator on two current extramurally funded awards. The National Trauma Institute funds his work titled “Acute Lung Injury Ventilation Evaluation” ($295K/yr) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) funds his work titled “Development of a Novel Tool for Chest Wall Stabilization ($75K/yr). He also mentors a researcher with funding from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma titled “Assessing Safe Driving Patterns in Elderly Patients” ($12K/yr).

Dr. Agarwal is married to Deb Agarwal, a nurse practitioner who is staying at home with their three daughters, ages 5, 4 and 8 months. They are looking forward to moving to Madison.

Research Awards

Drs. Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong (Associate Professor, School of Engineering), Herb Chen, and Renata Jaskula-Sztul were notified that they received a $75,000 award for their research titled “Co-delivery of siRNA and Anticancer Drug using Multifunctional Au NR-based Nanocarriers for Targeted Neuroendocrine Cancer Therapy” submitted in the Fall, 2011 Combined Pilot Program sponsored by the SMPH, Morgridge Institute for Research, the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, and the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center. The idea for this research was first discussed at the Department of Surgery’s Speed Dating Event on February 26, 2010, where twenty members from each department challenged themselves to present their research ideas and specialties during the 2 minute speed date encounters.


The SMPH CHS Track Appointments and Promotions Committee unanimously endorsed Dr. Takushi Kohmoto’s promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS) and Dr. Petros Anagnostopoulos’ appointment as Associate Professor (CHS). Congratulations to both surgeons in cardiothoracic surgery.


Dr. Becky Sippel was recently added to the editorial board of Clinical Medicine Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes.