University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – February 18, 2013

At the Top

Under the leadership of Tony D’Alessandro, the UW Hospital liver transplant program recently performed its 2000th liver transplant. Started in 1984, it is only the 12th program out of 160 nationwide to reach the milestone of 2,000 liver transplants (1,756 adults and 244 children). The UW program has a relatively low median wait time for a liver (just 3.3 months compared to 12.5 months nationally) and impressive one- and three-year patient survival rates of 92.73 and 84 percent, respectively. Thank you to the hard-working and dedicated program staff, many of whom have been present since the first transplant.

New Recruitments

Charles (Chuck) Leys will join the Department as a pediatric surgeon on July 1, 2013. Dr. Leys graduated with a BS in Zoology from UW Madison in 1996 and received his MD in 2000 from UWSMPH. He completed a residency at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee where he received an MS in Clinical Investigation. He completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, under the mentorship of Dan Ostlie, our new Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the American Family Children’s Hospital. Dr. Leys then went to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Indiana School of Medicine. He will bring advanced minimally invasive skills along with experience in implementing clinical research projects to the program. Dr. Leys is originally from Sheboygan. He and his wife, Jackie, will move to Madison with their three children, Charlie, Emily, and Allie.


The Department was notified that at the February meeting of the Biological Sciences Review Committee Cliff Cho and Greg Kennedy were unanimously promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations to these accomplished surgeons!


At the Association for Academic Surgery Business meeting during the American Surgical Congress, Carla Pugh was named to the Innovative Information Task Force, Herb Chen was appointed as a Senior Member of the Advisory Task Force and Becky Sippel was named to the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. Becky Sippel was also named to the Audit Committee.

Greg Kennedy was recently elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He will be inducted into the Society on April 12 at a ceremony at the Memorial Union.