University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – January 31, 2011

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The Madison Women Surgeons Group held a reception at Dr. Kent’s home as part of a two day Association of Women Surgeon’s Visiting Professorship. The reception included time to formally discuss issues specific to being a woman in surgery. Dr. Catherine Wittgen, Professor of Surgery from St. Louis University, attended the reception, gave grand rounds on women and vascular disease, ran a session for residents on gender and professionalism, and met with the medical student surgical interest group and numerous faculty members. Seventy-five faculty, residents, and students attended the reception. Twelve residents and faculty came from MCW and two community surgeons (rural practice in Sparta and Urology in Fort Atkinson) also attended. Thanks to the organizers of the event: Dr. Becky Sippel, faculty director of the Madison Women Surgeons Group, Terrah Paul Olson and Barbara Zarebczan, resident coordinators, and Meredith Meier, administration.


Dr. Carly Seaberg, 2nd year resident in General Surgery, was accepted into the Association for Surgical Education’s 2011-2012 Surgical Educational Research Fellowship (SERF) program, a one year, home-site fellowship designed to equip investigators with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement and report research studies in the field of surgical education. Following acceptance into the SERF program, each fellow is carefully matched with a SERF Advisor, a respected and knowledgeable researcher who will serve as the fellow’s mentor and consultant on their education project. Her research mentors at UW will be Dr. Chip Foley and Dr. Sharon Weber.


The Department of Surgery welcomed Lin Chen, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the People’s Liberation Army Hospital in Bejing, China, for a two day visit. His grand rounds presentation, Current Treatment of Chinese Gastric Cancer Patients, shared information about his practice at this 5000 bed hospital. Dr. Chen’s student, Dr. Tao Li, is an honorary visiting fellow working with Dr. Bruce Harms and Dr. Greg Kennedy for one year. Dr. Harms is working with Dr. Jack Jiang to develop Surgery’s presence in the UW China Initiative. A story on Dr. Chen’s visit will appear at

Construction of the new Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation Center began last week in H6/1. Progress on construction will be posted at the Clinical Simulation Center website.

Favorite Headline of the Week

UW transplant surgeon puts on dancing shoes for organ donation awareness.

The National Kidney Foundation’s Spotlight on Life Gala fundraiser held a “Dancing with the Stars” type competition that was featured on Channel 27 news. The story aired before the fundraiser which was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Milwaukee last Saturday evening. Dr. Tony D’Alessandro took 2nd place, missing first place by 1 point. First, a triathlete; now a dancer. What’s next? The news story, which also mentions that Donna Katen-Bahensky, CEO of UW Hospital, was also a dancer, can be viewed on the WKOW website.

The competition was videotaped and we’ll be sure to provide updates!