University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – January 16, 2017

At the Top

Corrine Voils, PhD, will serve as the scientific director of WiSOR and holds a dual appointment as professor in the Department of Surgery and as research career scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Prior to her move to Wisconsin, she had a dual appointment in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Her research focuses on areas identifying the psychosocial variables associated with treatment adherence, developing theoretically informed self-management interventions, and measurement of medication adherence. She recently completed a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate a weight loss maintenance intervention following behavioral weight loss (MAINTAIN), and she now has a new pilot from the VA to evaluate the feasibility of adapting this intervention among patients following bariatric surgery. With R34 funding from the NHLBI, she is evaluating the feasibility of providing financial incentives for dietary self-monitoring and weight loss. She is also PI of an RCT to evaluate effectiveness and implementation of an information technology innovation that collects patient-entered family history and provides decision support to patients and providers. Dr. Voils is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Voils will develop a program to train mid- and senior-career faculty best practices in mentoring early-career faculty. With 40 current and recruited assistant professors in the Department of Surgery, the need for effective mentoring has increased and we are excited for this new opportunity in Surgery. Her primary office will be in the VAH G Wing, and she will also have office hours in WiSOR.

Clinical

On January 13, 2017, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery completed its 400th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a less invasive alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement. Program growth has been strong since the UW’s first TAVR in February 2012, and surgeons performed 105 TAVRs in CY2015 and 152 in CY2016. Congratulations to everyone involved in this program, including the three surgeons who perform these operations – Lucian Lozonschi, MD, Satoru Osaki, MD, PhD, and Paul Tang, MD, PhD. Thank you for your work to advance patient care in Wisconsin and throughout the region.

Patient Comments From Hospital Survey

Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM (Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery)
“Dr. Greenberg was very friendly to my wife and I. He seemed very concerned in my health and answered all of our questions in a way we understood. His nurse showed the same concern. We walked away knowing I would be in great hands. Thank you to Dr. Greenberg and his nurse.”

Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, FACS (Transplantation)
“Keep doing what you do! He has a pleasant personality and his concern was obvious. We enjoyed meeting him.”

Stephanie Faucher, APNP (Otolaryngology)
“Stephanie asked a lot of questions and showed care and concern about my issues. It was very nice to discuss this with her, and the appointment did not seem rushed at all. I really appreciate her time and concern.”