University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – August 20, 2012

At the Top

On August 13, Luis Fernandez led a large team of surgeons, operating room staff, transplant coordinators, and nurses and completed the first live donor liver transplant since his return from a 2-month training experience with Munci Kalayoglu and Koray Acarli at Memorial Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Fernandez assisted with 30 live donor livers while in Turkey, assuring the necessary experience to initiate this new program at UW Hospital. Dr. Kalayoglu, a mentor to many UW trained surgeons, returned to Turkey in 2007 after 23 years as a Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin to lead a very active program in liver transplant. Dr. Fernandez reports that the donor, who already went home, and the recipient are doing well.


Will Burlingham was notified that he will receive a $60,000 administrative supplement for his NIH R01 grant “Maternal Microchimerism and Neonatal Tolerance.” These supplements help support grants that had budget cuts when awarded.

Gretchen Schwarze continues to get cited for her work studying a surgeon’s sense of personal responsibility for their patients. She was interviewed by American Medical News and the on-line article can be accessed here.

Clinical Advances

Takushi Kohmoto reported that the William S. Middleton’s Veterans Administration Hospital is a leader in allowing patients to have a transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI). Last week the first VA patient benefited from this important collaboration between the Madison VAH and UW Hospital. The only other VA hospital with TAVI is in Texas.


William Wolberg, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, will have a photo exhibit in E5/2, UW Hospital’s Main Entrance Gallery, from September 6 through October 2. Dr. Wolberg’s artistry can be viewed here.

Honors and Awards

Amal Alhefdhi, MD (Fellow/Student), April Harrison, BS (Associate Research Specialist), and Yash Somnay (MD/PhD student) working with Kunni and Herb Chen received travel awards to present their work at North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS) symposium in October in San Diego.