University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – March 19, 2012

At the Top

The Department of Surgery, under the local leadership of William Turnipseed, MD, hosted the 69th Meeting of the Central Surgical Association from March 1-3, 2012 in Madison. The conference opened with a program featuring Craig Kent, MD, Caprice Greenberg, MD, Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, Jon Matsumura, MD, Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD and Herb Chen, MD showcasing the remarkable advances made at the UW Department of Surgery in research and clinical care. During the meeting, Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD of the pediatric surgery group, was awarded the Central Surgical Association Foundation Turcotte Enrichment Grant.

Ken Kudsk, MD was officially notified that his VAH Merit Review Grant, “Route of Nutrition and Enteric Nervous System,” was funded. He credits Aaron Heneghan, PhD, Assistant Scientist, with his outstanding work in this application.

Craig Kent, MD and Bo Liu, PhD received official notice from the NIH that their new NRSA training grant award in vascular surgery was funded for five years. They were awarded two postdoctoral training slots in year 1 and four for the following four years.

Teaching Awards

Aaron Chalmers, MD, PGY4, was the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Resident Award given by the Medical School Class of 2012. In the award letter, they stated: “we feel your incredible ability to help us through rotations in the clinic years of medical school deserves recognition at our Match Day Ceremony on March 16th.”

Research Awards

Rebecca Busch, MD, PGY1, was selected as the travel award winner for her Society of University Surgeons presentation on cold ischemia and reperfusion injury. She will represent the SUS at the upcoming 2012 ESSR meeting in Lille, France June 6-9, 2012.

Joe Pierre, a PhD candidate in the lab of Ken Kudsk, MD, won the Human Emphasis Group, Best Poster Award at the 14th Annual Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) Poster Session, March 3rd, 2012 for his original work entitled “Cranberry Proanthocyanidins Attenuate the Effects of Elemental Enteral Nutrition on Size, Density, and Function of Intestinal Goblet Cells in Mice.”


Michael Tirabassi, MD, was board certified in Pediatric Surgery this month.

The SMPH CHS Track Appointments and Promotions Committee unanimously promoted Lucian Lozonschi, MD, and James Maloney, MD, to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS). The promotions will become effective July 1, 2012.