University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – April 28, 2014

At the Top

Lynn Haynes, a transplant immunology researcher in the labs of Drs. Dixon Kaufman and William Burlingham and Department of Surgery research operations director, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research – Critical Support, from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, at a reception on April 23, 2014. This top award is given to one academic staff member annually; Lynn was recognized for her outstanding mentoring of graduate students, her work on the Distinguished Prefix Committee, and her role on the SMPH Animal Review Committee. Congratulations!


Ann O’Rourke, MD, delivered the 2014 Annual Philip M. Farrell Population Health Distinguished Alumni Lecture during the Population Health Welcome Day event for new students on March 24, 2014. The lecture series recognizes outstanding graduates of Population Health Sciences for their professional accomplishments.

Diane Bless, PhD, professor emeritus with the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, was invited to serve a four-year term on the National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council. Experts from across the country serve on this council to advise the NIH Director on research efforts and make recommendations regarding grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.

The Department of Surgery is proud to report Drs. Joshua Mezrich, Jon Odorico and Ann O’Rourke will receive 2014 UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Awards, granted each year to an elite group of doctors who exemplify UW Health’s goal to provide patient- and family-centered care. This year 34 recipients — the top 5.3% of all UW Health physicians — are being honored with the distinction. The awards are based on patient experience Avatar surveys, recognizing excellence in communication skills like empathy and patient support, among other factors.


The Division of Transplantation welcomes International Guest Scholar Mariano Norese, MD, a transplant surgeon from Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a four-week visit to the UW. The American College of Surgeons’ Guest Scholarship program enables young academic surgeons from around the world to tour surgical institutions in North America. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Norese.

Save the Date

Former Badger, NHL and Team USA hockey player Blake Geoffrion will join 12 other former Badger hockey players — many in the NHL — on June 27 for an alumni hockey game to benefit the UW Burn Team Advancement Fund. Russ Austin and Dr. Lee Faucher are working with the Burn Board to plan this inaugural event with great support from the UW Athletic Department. We anticipate the 2,000 available tickets will sell out quickly.