University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – January 30, 2012

At the Top

The Department of Surgery will be well represented at the American Surgical this fall in Chicago. The acceptance rate for abstracts was 11%. Seven schools had two abstracts accepted. UW was one of these 7. Accepted abstracts are “Causes and Implications of Readmission After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair,” David Greenblatt, Caprice Greenberg, Amy Kind, Matthew Mell, Jeff Havlena, Matthew Nelson, Maureen Smith, and Craig Kent and “Sustained Reduction of Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism and Hospital Costs with Electronic Clinical Decision Support Program,” John Hoch, Anne Rose, Abhik Bhattacharya, Glen Leverson, Philip Trapskin, Jon Matsumura, and William Turnipseed. A third study with the HPB surgeons at UW as authors was accepted titled “Factors Influencing Readmission Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Multi-Institutional Study of 1,302 Patients.” Sharon Weber, Clifford Cho, and Emily Winslow are the UW authors.


The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin’s Spotlight on Life Gala was held on Saturday, January 28. “Celebrity” healthcare dancers performed with professional instructors in a Dancing with the Stars-style competition; Department of Surgery’s Luis Fernandez, MD took first and Jeff Poltawsky, AFCH Vice President, took third. Jill Ellefson, OPO Executive Director, also danced and kept a blog “Super Average Dancer” where she chronicled her experience. A very special highlight of the evening was when Tony D’Alessandro, MD did a showcase dance with Ali Wandschneider, a 13-year-old liver transplant recipient. View dances here.

Clinical Innovations

Jake Greenberg, MD, EdM, Assistant Professor in Surgery, performed the first “Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication” at UWHC. The procedure is designed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease for patients who do not respond to medical therapy alone. It uses a device called the EsophyX which is passed over an endoscope down the mouth and creates an anti-reflux valve from inside the patient’s stomach.


University of Wisconsin will have over 40 abstracts presented at the Academic Surgical Congress in February. Our institution has the largest number of abstracts of any institution in the US and World. UW has been #2 the last 2 years behind Baylor. This year, Baylor is #2 and University of Pittsburgh is #3.

Dr. Kent’s Research Summit presentation video is now on the website. To view click here.


Brigitte K. Smith, MD, Vascular Surgery Resident, has been accepted to the 2012-2013 Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) program. Sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, the one year program includes two one-day workshops and presentation of work at the SERF Forum during the Association for Surgical Education annual meeting.