University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – February 28, 2011

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We welcome Dixon Kaufman, MD, to the Department of Surgery as Chief of the Division of Transplantation. Dr. Kaufman joins the Department on March 1. A welcome reception will be held on Tuesday, March 8 in G5/320 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. All are invited to stop by to meet Dr. Kaufman. We also welcome back a former employee, Amy Pahl, who worked in our technical typing office and as Dr. Acher’s assistant. She has returned as Dr. Kaufman’s medical staff assistant.

John Siebert, MD was in the news for performing microsurgery on a girl’s face who suffers from Parry-Romberg syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects one in a million people. Vicki Honeycutt came across Dr. Siebert’s name while online researching her daughter Christine’s condition. Dr. Siebert has operated on about 400 patients with facial asymmetry over the past two decades, 140 of them with Parry-Romberg. Check out the amazing results here


Tim King, MD, was awarded the American College of Surgeons second Louis C. Argenta Faculty Research Fellowship for his project “Cutaneous Wound Healing Improvement Using Notch1 Mediating Compounds.” The fellowship honors Dr. Louis Argenta who developed the technique that became the Vacuum-Assisted Closure (V.A.C.®) Therapy to treat hard to heal wounds. Dr. King will receive $40,000 a year over five years to help establish an independent research program on wound care.

Jocelyn Burke, MD, 2nd year general surgery resident, received an American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship starting on July 1, 2011 to study Targeting Notch in Medullary Thyroid Cancer under the mentorship of Herb Chen. The scholarship is awarded for two years and is $30,000 per year.

Seth Dailey, MD, was awarded a $15,000 Medical School Research Award for his work studying bilateral inferiorly-based vascularized soft tissue flaps for vocal fold augmentation.


Luis Fernandez, MD, received a Visiting Professorship in Endocrine Pancreas Preservation. The award will support a visit from Dr. Andrew Stewart, Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Stewart will present Surgery and Endocrine Grand Rounds and share his expertise and ideas with a variety of faculty and researchers during his visit being scheduled for later this year.


Dr. Entela Lushaj, Kathleen Smith, Erika Fehrenbach Prell and Tina Krider received a $6,600 grant from the Friends of UW Hospital to develop a CD to educate patients about Cardiac Surgery. The video will employ a “body, mind and soul” approach featuring the UW Health cardiac care team and cardiac patients who will explain pre-operative care, surgery, post-operative care and treatment options for preventing, screening and fighting heart disease. Congratulations to all!