University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – August 14, 2017

At the Top

Suresh (Mitu) Agarwal , MD, has announced that he is leaving the Department of Surgery on November 1 for a leadership position at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Agarwal joined the Division of General Surgery on August 1, 2012 as Section Chief of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn, and Critical Care, and has accomplished much in his time here. He recruited five new faculty members, who helped the existing five faculty members double the work done, revamped the department’s Advanced Trauma and Live Support (ATLS) Program, as well as initiating a surgical critical care fellowship. He continued the strong tradition of research in the group, initiating clinical trials and recruiting three faculty members who now have funded research programs. One of his greatest accomplishments here has been to develop a surgical hospitalist/acute care surgery program, which has become a model for care at UW. Dr. Agarwal successfully navigated the hospital through its reverification with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma, resulting in reverification as a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, and a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Burn Center, making UW Health one of just a handful of organizations nationwide holding all three designations. Under his leadership, we have become a major center for trauma and emergency surgery in the Midwest. We wish Mitu and his family the very best on this new challenge, and look forward to seeing great things happen at Duke.


Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD, was recently appointed to the Collaborative on Clinician Wellbeing and Resilience. Dr. Schwarze is a member of the Emerging Leaders Forum at the National Academy of Science.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Margaret Schwarze (Vascular)
“I would recommend Dr. Schwarze to anyone!”

Amber Shada, MD (General)
“I had a positive experience with Dr. Shada. She’s a good communicator and helped me think through my issue I was facing in a way that was sensitive to my needs as a patient.”

Elizabeth Sisk, MD (Pediatric Otolaryngology)
“Dr. Sisk was really kind, caring, and knowledgeable. She really explained everything very well.”