University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – February 27 – March 5, 2012

At the Top

Two faculty members in General Surgery received top SMPH teaching awards. Becky Sippel was selected to receive one of four Dean’s Teaching Awards at Medical Education Day on March 9, 2012. Greg Kennedy won a Medical Alumni Association 2011 Distinguished Award for Clinical Science Teaching. The award is presented during graduation weekend.


Dr. Becky Sippel will join the editorial board of a new quarterly review journal, Current Surgery Reports, published by Springer. Current Surgery Reports will include commissioned reviews of recent literature, with annotated reference lists of particularly important studies from the past three years.

Many faculty members, residents and medical students participated in the recent Society of University Surgeons (SUS) and Association of Academic Surgeons (AAS) at the Academic Surgical Congress held last month. UW had >40 abstracts, the most from any one institution.

Rebecca Busch, PGY1, received the award for top resident research presentation at the SUS meeting. Her work, done while a medical student at Washington University, was titled “Inhibition Of Cold Ischemia And Reperfusion Injury Mediated By Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) By NFkB Inhibitor PS-341.”

Priyesh Patel, a 2nd year medical student in Dr. Herbert Chen’s lab, won the best Medical Student Presentation contest.

Six faculty will be serving on the AAS Executive Council: Clifford Cho as Councilor, Greg Kennedy as Issues Committee Chair, Carla Pugh as Liaison to the Association of Women Surgeons, Rebecca Sippel as Liaison to the Association of Surgical Education, David Foley as Liaison to the National Association of Biomedical Researchers, and Caprice Greenberg as Representative to the Surgical Outcomes Club.


Felix Lee, PGY3, mentored by David Foley, was awarded the ACS Resident Research Scholarship for his application entitled, “Targeting Nrf2 in Hepatic Stellate Cells (HSC): A Novel Strategy to Mitigate Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury”. The award is for $30,000/year for 2 years.

Lynn Haynes, Distinguished Researcher, has accepted the position of Vice Chair of the SMPH Animal Care and Use Committee. Lynn is also the current chair of the UW Madison Distinguished Prefix Review Committee.