University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – February 23, 2015

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The February 19, 2015, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine includes “Sensor Technology in Assessments of Clinical Skill” by Carla Pugh, MD, PhD. Appearing in the journals’ Correspondence section, the article explains the Pugh lab’s recent study of 553 physicians who performed simulated breast exams on sensor-enabled breast models. The results show palpation force — how hard a physician pushes on a breast — as a factor in locating a breast mass, and that sensor technology may help improve accuracy of clinical breast exams. Congratulations to all authors — Shlomi Laufer, PhD; Elaine Cohen, MEd; Calvin Kwan, BS; Anne-Lise D’Angelo, MD; and Carla Pugh, MD, PhD. It is an honor to be published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the most widely read, cited, and influential general medical periodical in the world.


Evie Carchman, MD, received a two-year, $100,000 research award from the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract for her proposal “The Role of Autophagy in Anal Cancer Prevention and Treatment.” Dr. Carchman joined our faculty in August 2014, and this is her first extramural grant. Great job, Dr. Carchman!

Kate Amond, NP, and Kari Nelson, NP, presented their poster “Post Discharge Telephone Follow-up May Reduce Hospital Re-admissions in Patients after Congenital Heart Surgery” at the recent 18th Annual Congenital Heart Disease Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Other team members involved in this quality research project and abstract include Entela Lushaj, MD, PhD; Eugene Kenny, PA-C; and Senior Author and Program Director, Petros Anagnostopoulos, MD.

Under the guidance of Will Burlingham, PhD, the Department of Surgery recently launched the Humanized Mouse Core Service, specializing in the production of the humanized immune mouse model for investigators involved in research of the human immune response. Mouse information, price list and ordering information can be found online. Reduced pricing is available to UW researchers.


The Bariatric Surgery program at UW Health was recently named a Blue Distinction Center for Gastric Banding and Gastric Stapling by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. This designation recognizes institutions with a history of quality care and expertise in a given specialty area. Congratulations to Mike Garren, MD, and Jake Greenberg, MD, EdM, along with their very talented and committed program team.


The Department of Surgery received a wonderful online compliment from an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Young Fellow recently. In response to an ACS request for suggestions for its Maintenance of Certification program redesign, a Young Fellow from the Baraboo area noted the effectiveness of our GlovesOn program, in which surgeons scrub in and train with our surgeons in the operating room. She also referenced her upcoming involvement in another Department of Surgery initiative, the Wisconsin Surgical Coaching Program, led by Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH. Comments like this one validate the success of our programs and confirm the strength of our training initiatives.