University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 20, 2016

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Last week Dr. K. Craig Kent received an email from a patient on the 50th anniversary of his open heart surgery at the age of 18. This patient described his happy and successful life, full of “corned beef and chocolate desserts.” The patient’s surgery was performed by Dr. William Young, a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, 1952-1980, and the first chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1967-1970. Our Pellett-Young Cardiothoracic Surgery Library is named in honor of Dr. Young and his contemporary John Pellett, MD. This email was a touching reminder of the life-long impact and impression surgeons have on their patients.


The Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery held its second annual Manometry Summer School, June 2-3, in the Voice & Swallow Clinics at University Hospital. This hands-on training workshop, the only one of its kind in the country, was led by our swallow clinicians. The University of Wisconsin has some of the nation’s leading experts in the use of high-resolution manometry, a procedure that measures esophagus pressure and generates detailed esophageal topography data. Six practicing speech pathologists from around the country — from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Illinois), Dixie Regional Medical Center (Utah), Madison VA, MD Anderson (Texas), University of Michigan Health System, and University of New Mexico — traveled to Madison to learn from our providers. Kudos to course directors Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCCSLP, and Molly Knigge, MS, CCCSLP, BCS-S, along with Timothy McCulloch, MD, otolaryngology chairman, and the rest of our trainers.


Sarah Wang, an undergraduate student working under Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCCSLP, was granted a Hilldale Faculty/Undergraduate Research Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. The award carries a $1,000 stipend to the researcher to help offset costs associated with the Hilldale student’s research (e.g., supplies, travel). Sarah started in the Thibeault lab when she was a senior in high school. Congratulations to both Sarah and Dr. Thibeault!


The SMPH CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee unanimously endorsed the department’s recommendation to promote Takushi Kohmoto, MD, PhD, to the rank of Professor (CHS), effective July 1, 2016. Congratulations on this well-deserved promotion!


The members of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) elected Sharon Weber, MD, to a second three-year term on its Board of Trustees. In this role Dr. Weber will also serve as Member Services/Policy Working Group Executive Overseer.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Roland Vega, MD (General Surgery)
“This is a Dr. that is top notch & who clearly cares about his patients. The concern, comfort, & follow through is always there! A big thank you to Dr. Vega & staff!!!”

Paul Staskowski, MD (Otolaryngology)
“The staff and Dr. Staskowski, including Sandy, his nurse, have always been available to me with my questions and need for appointments and any clarifications or problems that came up. They are a quality group of medical professionals that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you!”

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS (Transplant)
“The entire transplant surgery and follow up by Dr. Kaufman and his team was excellent. He explained everything very thoroughly and I never felt that he was in a hurry, and always felt he would dedicate whatever time was necessary. My recover after surgery is a testament to Dr. Kaufman’s skill and dedication. I could not be happier with my experience.”