University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – December 19, 2016

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JDRF awarded PI Jon Odorico, MD, transplantation, up to $1,050,000 over three years for his research project “An Inducible Genome Engineering Approach for Preventing Immune Rejection of hESC-derived Beta Cells.” Dr. Odorico will collaborate with scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as Luis Fernandez, MD, and Will Burlingham, PhD, from the UW Department of Surgery Division of Transplantation. Great work, Dr. Odorico and team!


Two department surgeons authored articles in the December 2016 American College of Surgeons Bulletin. Amy Liepert, MD, wrote the “2016 State Legislative Year in Review and a Look Ahead,” where she reported on ACS priorities in 2016, provided updates on proposed legislation, and described key issues that will be addressed by state legislatures in 2017. Girma Tefera, MD, in his article “Operation Giving Back and the ACS Archives Offer Opportunities for Engagement” describes how members can work with the ACS as volunteers — both globally in underserved areas, and locally, developing a history of surgery.

Two surgeons from the Division of Endocrine Surgery were recently elected to Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) committees: Kristin Long, MD, is a new member of the Global Affairs Committee and David Schneider, MD, MS, is a new member of the Committee on Technology and Communications. Congratulations to you both!

David Foley, MD, was recently appointed surgical director of the William S. Middleton Veterans Administration Liver Transplant Program. Dr. Foley played an integral role in the strategic development and early growth of the Liver Transplant Program at the VA hospital. In addition to his new administrative role, he will continue serving as surgical director of the UW Health Transplant Clinic and program director for the UW Transplant Surgery Fellowship.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Takushi Kohmoto, MD, PhD (Cardiac Surgery)
“This was an excellent provider. Dr. Kohmoto and all his staff were amazing. This was my first surgery, everyone was very sensitive to my anxiety and fear and did everything possible to help us through. Thank you so much!”

Ahmed Afifi, MD (Plastic Surgery)
“Everyone at UW helped me make this an easy process. I am pleased with the surgery and care I have received from Dr. Afifi and his staff.”

Linda Szalkucki, RN, MS, APNP (General Surgery)
“Linda has the perfect blend of clinical and social skills. She is thorough in her exam, her explanations, and shows genuine interest in me as a patient and an individual. Linda has exceeded my expectations. How fortunate you are to have her on staff.”