University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – June 8, 2015

At the Top

The Department of Surgery is supporting two exciting fund-raising events this month. On June 13, the Cars Curing Kids BBQ will be held at RVM Classics at 852 East Johnson Street in Madison. New and old cars will be on display, and this free event will also include balloon artists and face painters for the kids. A short program at 5 p.m. will promote the upcoming Cruisin’ for a Cure car show on August 9, which is designed to raise money for pediatric surgical research. Stop by at 4 p.m. if you want to see some great cars.

On June 26, the Second Annual Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic will take place at LaBahn Arena on the UW-Madison campus. All proceeds from the event will benefit a professorship in the UW Health Burn Center. The event will bring together former Badger Hockey players for a fun scrimmage, silent auction, and post-game meet-and-greet.


Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison D2P (Discovery to Product) Igniter Award program for her Team SiM (Simulation in Medicine) project to create a company that will market and sell simulation products. The D2P program was established in November 2013 as a partnership between UW-Madison and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), focused on moving technology and innovation to market. It offers comprehensive support to faculty and students considering a startup. The Igniter Award program is funded by an Economic Development Incentive Grant from UW System and directly supports commercialization of select UW-Madison discoveries to “ignite” new companies.

Incoming Residents

Please join me in welcoming our incoming group of residents.

Community General Surgery

Benjamin Andrew, MD, a La Crosse native and UW-Madison alum, joins us as the first resident in the new General Surgery Community Track. Benjamin is a graduate from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. His hobbies include camping, basketball, tennis, flag football, and traveling.

General Surgery

Kara Barnhart, MD, Wisconsin native and biomedical engineering alumnus of UW-Madison, will be returning to UW after receiving her MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. Kara is interested in quality improvement research and she championed several QI projects during her tenure as chapter leader of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement at Michigan.

Victoria Rendell, MD, is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. In her time at Duke, she was awarded the Duke Global Health Institute Bains Family Research Grant in 2012 to study Chagas disease in pregnant women in Bolivia.

Callistus Ditah, MD, a native of Cameroon, is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School. An advocate for improving healthcare in underserved areas, Callistis organized and led a team to the finals of the Hult Project (partner with the Clinton Global Initiative), and he also blogs about global healthcare strategies.

Trista Stankowski-Dengler, MD, a Wisconsin native and UW SMPH graduate, will be staying in Wisconsin to complete her general surgery residency. In 2013 she was awarded a Shapiro Fellowship to conduct one year of funded research studying breast and esophageal cancers. Her other interests include reading, kayaking, painting and glass blowing, and riding her motorcycle.

Devon Livingston-Rosanoff, MD, PhD, is an MD/PhD graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Devon is interested in basic science research and has numerous publications investigating how immune response affects disease development. In her free time, Devon enjoys running, dancing and cooking.

Christopher Zimmermann, MD, earned his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. During medical school, Chris was active in student organizations and was president of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. His other interests include drums and percussion, exercising, paintball, tinkering with electronics, and gardening.

Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Chad Ennis, MD, earned his BS in neurobiology and psychology from UW-Madison and his MD from UW SMPH. Chad has a variety of hobbies ranging from singing (both chorally and recreationally) to playing cards and board games; he also enjoys running, hiking, and geocaching.

Matt Hoffman, MD, PhD, is a UW-Madison graduate, having earned a BS in zoology and a PhD in Communication Studies & Disorders. He earned his MD at UW SMPH. Matt has been involved in the Laryngeal Physiology Laboratory since he was an undergrad, which has motivated him to become a clinical scientist in otolaryngology with a clinical and research emphasis on voice and swallow.

Tyler Willman, MD, earned his MD from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. His most recent research project looks at the general health care outcomes of head and neck cancer survivors with the goal to mark recommendations to primary care physicians about the health care needs of these survivors.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nicholas Albano, MD, attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine. After his third year of medical school he did two years of research in Dr. Babak Mehrara’s lab studying the impact of obesity and a high-fat diet on the function of the lymphatic system.

Oksana Babchenko, MD, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014. She spent the last year working on two basic science projects: early differentiation of intermediate vs. deep-dermal burns using optical technology, and effects of external volume expansion post radiation as recipient site preparation for fat grafting.

Katherine Shaum, MD, received her MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Throughout her medical school career she has been an avid volunteer, and in her free time she enjoys exercise, art and skiing.

Vascular Surgery

Shruthi Thiagarajasubramanian, MD, completed medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, drawing, celebrity trivia, crafts, and watching movies and documentaries.