University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 27, 2011

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Will Burlingham, PhD, received a score of 14 (2nd percentile) on his Competitive Renewal of NIH grant “Maternal Microchimerism and Neonatal Tolerance.” The 5 year award renews a grant studying the role of noninherited maternal antigens in transplant. The research has been in process for over 15 years; in a 1998 NEJM article, Dr. Burlingham published the first retrospective analysis of transplant outcomes between siblings. This is the third renewal of the original award. Truly remarkable people and remarkable results!


Aaron Chalmers, 4th Year General Surgery Resident, received the Outstanding Consultant Award at the Emergency Medicine (EM) Resident Graduation on June 23, 2011. The award recognizes an outstanding medical or surgical consultant to the Emergency Department (ED). EM faculty, residents, and nurses vote on this award to recognize physicians and others outside the ED who provide optimal patient care. They also give a Trauma Award to the surgery resident who has demonstrated the greatest skill in Trauma Resuscitation. This year the award went to Dr. Matt Koopmann, 5th Year General Surgery Resident. Congratulations!


Susan Thibeault, PhD will be awarded the status of Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) at their November annual meeting. The status of Fellow recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to members who have significantly contributed to their profession and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. This is one of the highest honors ASHA bestows and only a small number of members are recognized.


Several surgeons were recently recognized as “The Best” by UW Health. Physicians were selected based on the highest percentage of positive comments from Avatar Surveys. Thank you to Mike Bentz, Tony Kille, Takushi Kohmoto, Josh Mezrich, Paul Staskowski and Emily Winslow.

Effective July 5, a new trauma inpatient unit (F4/4) will open with Lee Faucher as Medical Director. It is a 26 bed unit, 18 of which are general care and 8 of which are IMC level of care beds. F4/6, the current General Surgery and Trauma unit, will become the General Surgery and Bariatric Unit. These beds support the 20% increase in operations by Department of Surgery surgeons.


Ann O’Rourke, MD, MPH was appointed to the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services State Trauma Advisory Council.