University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 6, 2011

At the Top

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, published an original article with a group of colleagues from academic medical centers titled, “Alemtuzumab Induction in Renal Transplantation” in the May 19, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine. Former general surgery resident and transplant fellow, Michael J. Hanaway, MD, was listed as first author with the most patients (50) enrolled in the trial. Congratulations to all!

Truly “at the top” of Mount Kilimanjaro were four general surgery residents (Chris Dodgion, Barb Zarebczan, Ari Reichstein, and Aaron Chalmers) and acute care surgery nurse practitioner, Gretchen Beverstein. Check out the wonderful article with a surprise ending.


Sharon Weber, MD, was recently promoted from Professor CHS to the rank of Professor with tenure effective July 1, 2011. On Friday May 6, the campus Biological Sciences Divisional Executive Committee unanimously approved our department’s first integrated case submission on the tenure track. Dr. Weber is the second female surgeon in the history of the Department of Surgery to achieve tenure.


Melanie Dart, PhD was successful in obtaining a $220,000 challenge grant from WARF to run a large scale clinical trial to further develop a patented test system that may not only diagnose, but also predict, the development of fibrosis. She and Dr. Sollinger are studying the effects of various patient population’s white blood cells on fibrotic events which might lead to organ failure.

Jon S. Odorico, MD received noticed that his 2 year American Diabetes Association Grant “Epigenetic control of reprogramming and differentiation to pancreatic beta cells,” was funded for $35,000 per year.

Peter Nichol, MD, PhD was awarded The American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation Scholarship Award ($25,000) at the annual APSA meeting this week in Palm Desert, California.

Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD advanced to the Top 12 in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest. He will give an oral presentation on Tuesday, June 7 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference to be held at The Pfister Hotel. Presenters will be competing for prizes within their categories as well as the contest Grand Prize, worth $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.


Herb Chen, MD, was quoted in a New York Times article on the shortage of thyrogen.

CSC Dental Clinic, led by Dr. John Doyle and Connie Gilkey, RN, MS was a top 3 winner in the recent Avatar challenge: “To Be On Time.” 1 S. Park Cardiac Surgery was one of 13 runners-up. Our patients appreciate this efficient service.