University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 14, 2010

Department Initiatives

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has officially accredited the UWHC breast program. This is the first and only accreditation process for breast centers and covers the entirety of the breast program at UWHC. It is a tribute to the diligent work of our multidisciplinary team under Dr. Cathy Beckman’s leadership, the staff, tumor registry, and others. Congratulations!

Research Update

The Department of Surgery 2nd Annual Research Summit will be held on a new date, Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at the Epic Campus. Guest speakers are Paul Lambert, PhD, a UW Madison professor who will speak on the development of the HPV vaccine and Jeff Drebin, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, who will present his discovery of Her-2/Neu and the use of monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer. Abstract submissions for the poster presentations are due on December 1, 2010. Further information will follow.

Stephen Seedial received a 2010 HHMI Research Training Fellowship to work in Dr. Craig Kent’s and Dr. Bo Liu’s research laboratories this summer.

Dr. Amy Suwanabol, a general surgery resident in the Kent/Liu labs, was awarded an NIH F32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship to study the role of TGF-Beta in the Recruitment of Bone Marrow Progenitors during Vascular Injury. This two year award starts on July 1, 2010.

Resident Update

Dr. Nikiforos Ballian, general surgery resident, matched in a thoracic fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the top programs in the country. He’ll start in July 2011.


We wish Dr. Yolanda Becker all the best in her new position of Chief of the Section of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at the University of Chicago. During her twelve year tenure, Dr. Becker served as Surgery Clerkship Director for seven years and Curriculum Director for the SMPH for five years. Along with performing many transplants, Dr. Becker was the Director of the UW Dialysis Access and ESRD Surgical Clinic. Dr. Becker’s last day in the clinic will be July 9 and her last day in the office will be August 15, 2010. She will be missed!