University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 28, 2010

Department Initiatives

2nd quarter NSQIP (now called VASQIP) results have been released for 2010. The William S. Middleton VA was a low outlier for mortality, with an O/E (observed to expected) rate of 30 day mortality of 0.32. Thank you to all who provide excellent care to our VA patients.

Sarah Schaefer, Nurse Practitioner practicing with Herb Chen and Becky Sippel in Endocrine Surgery, was awarded the UW Medical Foundation Shining STAR Award for her exemplary service, dedication to patients and collegiality with fellow employees. Sarah was recognized as a valuable asset to UW Health for her commitment to excellence, passion for providing superior care and her devotion to her patients’ needs.

Research Update

Nadine Connor received a diversity supplement to her R01, “Aging, Exercise and Mechanisms of Altered Tongue Function,” for Fatima Salem (Masters student) in the amount of $54,000 total costs.

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotani, a research associate in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery working with Dr. Kohmoto and Dr. DeOliveira, was awarded the “Research Fellowship Award” from the Uehara Memorial Foundation. The award is for two years in the amount of $38,700.


Dr. Chip Foley returned from Chicago, where he was a course co-director of the 1st Annual American College of Surgeons’ Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course. This 4 day comprehensive review of general surgery with 200 participants from around the country combined didactic and case based lectures with small group interaction. Due to the success of the course, it will be held on an annual basis.

Dr. James Orr received the faculty teaching award at this year’s Chief Residents’ Dinner voted on by the graduating general surgery chief residents.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Herb Chen will serve as a member of the Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction Student Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning 7/1/2010 and ending 6/30/2014. Congratulations on this honor and best wishes on the hard work required.

Dr. Nadine Connor was recently named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This award recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to members who have made outstanding contributions to their profession. The award is one of the highest honors that ASHA can bestow and is retained for life.

At the annual meeting of the American Laryngological Association Diane M. Bless, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, was given the James E. Newcomb Award. The award is given annually to a Fellow of the Association as a mark of recognition and esteem for outstanding contributions and accomplishments to the Art and Science of Laryngology.

Resident Update

Dr. Josh Hermsen, General Surgery Resident, matched at the University of Washington in Seattle for a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery.