University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – August 15, 2016

At the Top

The UW Carbone Cancer Center received a five-year, $12 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute to improve treatments and outcomes for head and neck cancer patients. The UW will contribute an additional $3 million in matching funds to support collaborative efforts between scientists and clinicians. Paul Harari, MD, from Human Oncology is the Principal Investigator. Timothy McCulloch, MD, and Greg Hartig, MD, both from our Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, will lead two of the four main projects supported through the award. We are extremely excited our surgeons will be a part of the UW’s first SPORE grant. Congratulations to all for this successful interdisciplinary work.


The Department of Surgery received an email from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation notifying us that our University of Wisconsin Surgery Clinical Research Experiences for Underrepresented Students has been recommended to receive a Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College award. The purpose of this program is to provide clinical research and enrichment activities for high school students and alumni of the program, from underrepresented minorities in medicine, with the long-term goal of increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. This award is scheduled to commence on January 1, 2017.

The second annual Midwest Facial Nerve Conference was held August 12 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. The event attracted 27 attendees, including MDs, speech therapists and advanced practice providers from throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Keynote speaker, Dr. Travis Tollefson of the University of California, Davis, provided two exceptional talks, and a former facial nerve disorder patient led an in-depth discussion about his experiences and recovery. Special thanks to Scott Chaiet, MD, MBA, associate professor at the University of Tennessee and honorary associate in our Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, for his work in organizing this event. Additional thanks goes out to Delight Hensler and Laura Bucci for their planning expertise.

Rebecca Gunter, MD, PGY-3R, a research resident on the Vascular T32 grant who is pursuing an MS in population health, was awarded the David Kindig Administrative Medicine Scholarship from the UW Department of Population Health Sciences. The award is a one-time scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Congratulations, Dr. Gunter!

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Luis Fernandez, MD (transplantation):
“Dr. Fernandez took his time to explain things in a way that was easily understood; he was clear, calming, and reassuring.”

Angela Morgan, PA (cardiothoracic):
“Would just like to thank Angie for her fast response and addressing our questions and concerns. Thank you very much.”

Heather Leiber, PA (vascular):
“I was treated very well. Questions were answered personally I was treated as a person, not just an appointment. I have nothing but the best to say about Heather, Dr. Acher and his clinic and staff.”