University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – December 8, 2014

At the Top

Delora Mount, MD, was recently elected President of the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons and Chair of the Plastic Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves the UW as Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery, Chief of Plastic Surgery at the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH), and Director of the AFCH Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic.

Honors & Awards

Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, was invited to give the Shapiro Guest Lecture at the 13th Annual Medical Student Research Forum, November 24, 2014, at the Health Sciences Learning Center. In his presentation “When Opportunity Knocks,” Dr. Kennedy explained to students how their professional lives will be shaped by the opportunities they do or do not take. He demonstrated this by talking about the path his own career took and how his mentors and mentees helped shape his active academic practice. The Medical Student Research Forum highlights the research accomplishments of second year SMPH students who conducted summer research under the mentorship of UW faculty members. This year, a record 105 students presented their work through podium and poster presentations.

The Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) recently announced the finalists for its 2015 awards. Last week we announced two people from the UW who made their list, and since then we have learned of two more. Megan Beems, MD, PGY-2, and Lauren Taylor, MD, PGY-2, were selected as finalists for a 2015 AAS Research Fellowship Award.


On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Dr. William Turnipseed and his wife, Sandy, were celebrated at a retirement party at the Concourse Hotel. Drs. Kent, Rikkers and Matsumura recounted their first meetings with Dr. Turnipseed and the impact he had during his career. Recruited by Dr. Folkert Belzer, Dr. Turnipseed was the first fellowship-trained vascular surgeon in the state of Wisconsin. He developed a vascular surgery program at the VA Hospital, recruited several talented surgeons, created the vascular surgery clinic and lab, and gained division status in 2008. Over his 40-year career, he mentored many medical students, residents, and fellows. A gifted writer, he edited innumerable grants and manuscripts for any who asked. His exuberance for life extended beyond his colleagues to his soccer teammates, his family, and his hunting and fishing buddies. Dr. Turnipseed will continue to operate for a few more months while we work to recruit two additional vascular surgeons. We hope to see him in the hallways for many years.