University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – July 27, 2015

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Please join me in welcoming three new faculty members this week, all with start dates of August 1.

Amber Shada, MD, is a Wisconsin native –- born in Kenosha, attended undergrad at UW-Madison, and earned her MD at UWSMPH. Dr. Shada completed her general surgery residency at the University of Virginia, and most recently completed a fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery at The Oregon Clinic/Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Shada is thrilled to be back in Wisconsin, where she will practice full time at UW Health at the American Center (TAC) as an assistant professor in the Division of General Surgery. Her research interests include endoscopic device development and clinical outcomes.

Paul Tang, MD, PhD, is the newest assistant professor in our growing Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Tang earned his B.Sc. (Med) and M.B.B.S. from the University of New South Wales in Australia before arriving at Yale University where he earned a PhD in vascular immunology and completed his general surgery residency. He most recently completed three years of CT Surgery residency and a one-year CT surgery fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Tang’s research interests include tissue engineering, aneurysm biology and vascular remodeling, and transplant immunology.

Some of you may remember Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS, from her time at the UW as an Endocrine Surgery Posdoctoral Research Fellow, 2007-2009. Since leaving Madison six years ago, Dr. Pitt completed her general surgery residency along with a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatopancreatobiliary at the Washington University School of Medicine, and most recently a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Pitt has a lengthy biography of journal publications, book chapters, and presentations and posters, many of which she has co-authored with her mentor, Dr. Hebert Chen. Dr. Pitt will join us as an associate professor in the Division of General Surgery’s Section of Endocrine Surgery.


Five minority high school students from the UW’s PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity for Learning Excellence) program finished the six-week Surgery Clinical Research Internship Program, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Each student was mentored by a medical student and a surgeon. They assisted in a research project and participated in various activities to expose them to medical careers. Students and their mentors were:

  • Ana Marin, Rufus King HS, Milwaukee (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chen and Med Student Mentor: Sean Golden)
  • Esther Eruchalu, Morse-Marshall, Milwaukee (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Agarwal and Med Student Mentor: Edwarda DeSouza)
  • Kenedy Freeman, Ronald Reagan IB HS, Milwaukee (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Funk, Med Student Mentor: Neil Shah, Lab Mentor: Alexa Statz)
  • Lisa Xiong, Madison East HS, (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pugh and Med Student Mentor: Bridget O’Connell-Long)
  • Rudi Soltani, Waukesha North HS (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kennedy and Med Student Mentor: Annie Stumpf)

The students have been exposed to numerous activities across campus since the start of their summer internship. They were given a tour of AFCH and the OR by Dr. Christina Papageorge. Dr. Andrew Rogers led teaching seminars in the SIM center which included knot-tying and FLS workshops, and student OR simulation. In addition, they toured Med Flight, the anatomy lab, the Voice center, the Ortho clinic, and Waisman Center. Students observed a remote OR session with Dr. Jake Greenberg, were he performed a laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair and a laparoscopic gastric bypass with a hernia repair. Most importantly, students were able to meet with various health care professionals, interview surgeons in their fields of interest, and shadow their surgeon mentors in the clinic. Students will be giving their final presentations Tuesday, July 28 from Noon-1:00pm in WIMR 5001A. Please join us!