University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – July 11, 2016

At the Top

Congratulations to Jon Odorico, MD, on his new NIH R21, an exploratory/developmental research grant that supports a researcher during the early and conceptual stages of project development. Through his proposal “Transformational platform for regenerating autologous transplantable endocrine tissue from human pancreatic matrix and pluripotent stem cells,” Dr. Odorico will work toward producing tissue capable of insulin secretion after transplantation. The ultimate goal of Dr. Odorico’s work is to develop a cure for diabetes. This two-year grant carries $275,000 in funding.

Honors & Awards

Dana Henkel, MD, PGY-5 in General Surgery, received the 2016 American Family Children’s Hospital Patient and Family Centered Care Medical Resident Award, which honors a resident who has exemplified patient and family centered care.

Anne-Lise D’Angelo, MD, PGY-4 in General Surgery, received the 2016 University of Wisconsin House Staff Association Excellence Award, which recognizes residents and fellows who have contributed above and beyond their required House Staff duties.

Devon Livingston-Rosanoff, MD, PhD, PGY-2 in General Surgery, received the 2016 PGY-1 Outstanding Resident Award, which annually honors the first-year resident who best epitomizes the qualities of clinical acumen, scientific curiosity, and compassion for the patient.


Join me in wishing our outgoing fellows the best of luck in their future endeavors.

  • Upon completion of his two-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Mike Thomas will return to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, in Springfield, Illinois, as a cardiac and thoracic surgeon.
  • Outgoing Endocrine Surgery fellow, Dr. Courtney Balentine, will join the University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Surgery.
  • After completion of her two-year Head and Neck Oncology Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship, Dr. Cheryl Nocon will join NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois.
  • Dr. Jessica Zaman, who completed our one-year MIS Fellowship program, will join Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, as assistant professor in the Division of General Surgery, working in bariatrics and MIS.
  • Dr. Sujit Vijay Sakpal, the second trainee to complete our Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, will be a transplant surgeon and transplant critical care director at Medical College of Wisconsin-Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
  • After a two-year fellowship in Transplant Surgery, Dr. Joseph Scalea will join the University of Maryland in Baltimore as assistant professor of surgery.
  • Dr. Patrick Phelan, who completed two years in our Vascular Surgery Fellowship, will join Oregon Surgical Specialists as a vascular and general surgeon.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Tony Kille, MD (Pediatric ENT):
“We really appreciate that Dr. Kille explains our situation very clearly without simplifying any terms or language. Also, the staff is always very friendly, which helps us feel comfortable during the visit.”

Elizabeth Froelich, PA-C (Cardiothoracic):
“She was very friendly, professional, and helpful during the discussion. Her explanations and answers were very clear.”

Charles Acher, MD (Vascular):
“I owe my life to this office and especially Dr. Acher. He is a wonderful doctor. His bedside was phenomenal. He is kind and explained everything to me.”