University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – December 5, 2016

At the Top

Please join me in congratulating the surgeons who were recently inducted into the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Achieving Fellowship status in ACS indicates a physician has participated in a rigorous evaluation of his or her education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct. Fellowship status is indicated by the credentials FACS.

Evie Carchman, MD, FACS (Division of Colorectal Surgery)
Hee Soo Jung, MD, FACS (Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery)
Ryan Macke, MD, FACS (Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Sarah McAchran, MD, FACS (Department of Urology)
Jennifer Steinman, MD, FACS (Division of Surgical Oncology)

Honors & Awards

Rebecca Sippel, MD, endocrine surgery, offered the Shapiro Guest Lecture at the 15th Annual Medical Student Research Forum, sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and held in HSLC on November 21. In Dr. Sippel’s talk “The Impact of Medical Student Research in Shaping Clinical Care,” she highlighted the impact medical students have played in the Division of Endocrine Surgery’s research program and offered examples that demonstrated how those researchers helped build the Division of Endocrine Surgery’s practice and improve the care its surgeons provide. The Division of Endocrine Surgery has sponsored 32 medical student researchers who have written 48 first author manuscripts based on research from the division’s database. Thank you, Dr. Sippel, for your dedication to student education and mentorship!

Congratulations to Carrie Schaub, residency program coordinator for Otolaryngology, who passed her exam and has received Training Administrator of Graduate Medical Education (TAGME) certification.

In the News

In 1998, Angela Gibson, MD, PhD, was a 22-year-old burn nurse at the UW Health Burn Center when a horrific bus fire left a young couple severely injured. Dr. Gibson was deeply affected by her experience with her patients and inspired by the work the burn surgeons performed to save the couple. That tragic incident prompted Dr. Gibson to go back to medical school to train to become a trauma and burn surgeon and surgical scientist. Today Dr. Gibson is an assistant professor in our Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. She conducts research in burn healing and new surgical treatments for burns. “1998 bus fire lead burn nurse to career as burn surgeon” aired on WISC-TV News 3 on November 23, 2016.

UW transplant surgeon Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, worked with biomedical engineering students and the Fab Lab at Morgridge Institute for Research to develop a new “organ cooler” that could replace ice in pre-surgery organ preservation. Articles about this project appeared in several local and national news outlets, including “UW scientists bring organ cooling practices out of the ice age,” which appeared in The Badger Herald on November 29, 2016.

A team of doctors at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune, India, performed the area’s first ever pancreas transplant. One of the members of that surgical team was Dr. Vrishali Patil, who completed her transplant fellowship with the UW Division on Transplantation in 2012-2013. Dr. Patil was an excellent trainee and her choice to move back to India to pursue a career as a transplant surgeon was bittersweet for the people in the department she worked with. But it is wonderful news to find out she is thriving and utilizing the knowledge she gained at the UW to help patients on the other side of the world. “City docs perform first ever pancreas transplant surgery” appeared in the Sakal Times on November 14, 2016.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Jon Odorico, MD (Tranplant):
“Dr. Odorico and his staff are always caring and helpful answering any questions we have.”

Suresh Agarwal, MD (Truama):
“Excellent doctor. He saved my life. Gave me more time with my family. He is a very special doctor who treats the whole person, not just the illness. Cannot say enough good things about him.”

Judith Green, MD (Otolaryngology)
“What I liked by about my visit was Dr. Green’s concern and knowledge!”