University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 22, 2015

At the Top

On July 1, Heather Neuman, MD, MS, will assume a new leadership position as Chief of the Breast and Melanoma Surgery Section in the Division of General Surgery within the UW Department of Surgery. Dr. Neuman joined our faculty in 2009, and over the past five years has developed a regionally known breast and melanoma practice as well as a nationally recognized program in oncologic patient reported outcomes research and clinical trials. She has spearheaded the introduction of several important patient decision making measures in the UW Health Breast Center and is a BIRCWH scholar evaluating the optimal multi-disciplinary follow-up plan for breast cancer survivors. We look forward to Dr. Neuman’s leadership of the Breast and Melanoma Surgery Section.


The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) recently selected Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, and his project “A Blood Test for Predicting Colorectal Cancer” for its Accelerator Program, which connects researchers with seasoned business mentors to help speed the commercialization of UW-Madison discoveries patented by WARF. WARF will support the project with a $109,220 award, which can be utilized through the end of 2016. Great job, Greg!

Sarah Tevis, MD, PGY-3 in General Surgery, has had two articles accepted in the Annals of Surgery in recent weeks -– “Does anastomotic leak contribute to high failure to rescue rates?” and “Implications of multiple complications on the postoperative recovery of general surgery patients.” Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, was corresponding author on both papers. Congratulations, Sarah. We look forward to seeing your articles in print.


Under the direction of Jon Matsumura, MD, chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) offered six postgraduate education sessions at the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, June 17-20. The topics were chosen from top suggestions from the membership and were developed through a collaborative approach with other vascular organizations. Dr. Matsumura’s leadership in SVS has been exemplary, and has helped strengthen the UW’s Division of Vascular Surgery nationally.

In the News

University Communications promoted our GlovesOn program in a press release to news outlets throughout the state. The story was also featured on the home page of the University of Wisconsin-Madison website. Read it here.

In Memoriam

We were saddened to learn of Jan Breunig’s passing earlier this month at the age of 60. Jan was a highly successful and talented APP member of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division. She became an RN in 1976 and earned a master’s degree in Advanced Practice Nursing in 1984. She worked in the Department of Surgery from 1991 to 2004, during which time she established the hospital’s first Advanced Practice Nursing program and was instrumental in building the early foundation of the APP program we have today. Her active career ended in 2004 when she suffered her first stroke, but Jan continued to attend Division events and cheer on her colleagues. She was an amazing, positive force to all those around her.

Incoming Fellows

Join me in welcoming our incoming group of fellows.

Thomas “TJ” Templin, MD, our incoming Cardiothoracic Surgery fellow, joins us from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he earned his undergrad and MD and completed his residency.

Reese Randle, MD, a Texas native and graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, is our new first-year Endocrine Surgery fellow. He completed his general surgery residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Cheryl Nocon, MD, joins us as the new Head & Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellow. She is a graduate of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and recently completed her otolaryngology residency with The University of Chicago Hospitals.

Last year was the inaugural year for our Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship, and this year we welcome Jessica Zaman, MD, as the second fellow through this program. Dr. Zaman attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma and completed her general surgery residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson.

Our Surgical Critical Care fellowship is also entering its second year, welcoming Sujit Vijay Sakpal, MD, through this one-year program. Dr. Sakpal earned his medical degree from Saint George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada-West Indies and completed general surgery training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center & New York Hospital and the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. He just completed a multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

We have two new fellows entering our two-year Transplant Surgery fellowship. Elliot Grodstein, MD, earned his medical degree from Columbia University and completed his residency at New York University Medical Center. Paul Stahler, MD, earned his MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Our new Vascular Surgery fellow is Camila Castello, MD. She earned her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York.