University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – March 26, 2012

At the Top

A multidisciplinary team from cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, cardiology, and anesthesia successfully completed four Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantations (TAVI). The procedure is used for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery. All four patients are doing well. UW is one of two sites in Wisconsin approved to do TAVI’s. To celebrate this achievement UW Health placed the attached ad in the Madison newspapers.

Christine Schmieden and Chris Kintner were selected to represent the Department of Surgery on March 27 at the 13th Annual Showcase – a campus-wide event sponsored by the Offices of Quality Improvement and Human Resources. Their poster presentation will exhibit the Department of Surgery Provider Quick Reference Tool.


The Division of Otolaryngology was well represented at the 20th annual meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society in Toronto March 8-10, with multiple posters and podium presentations. Corrine Jones, MS, CCC received the top honors for best oral presentation at the meeting, and Matthew Hoffman, BS (PhD research student) received a poster merit award.

The UW Department of Communicative Disorders, with whom we share many faculty members, was again ranked second in the U.S News and World Report review.


In the February 2012 issue of Surgery, three Department of Surgery members were published. Carla Pugh, MD, PhD was senior author on the lead article “Error training: Missing link in surgical education,” Ken Kudsk, MD was senior author with Mark Jonker, MD (PGY4) first author of “Small intestine mucosal immune system response to injury and the impact of parenteral nutrition,” and Dixon Kaufman was senior author on “Conditional and specific inhibition of NF-κB in mouse pancreatic β cells prevents cytokine-induced deleterious effects and improves islet survival posttransplant.” Great work!

Board Appointments

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, was elected as Region 7 Councillor of the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy. These positions will be effective at the conclusion of the Board meeting on June 26, 2012.

New Residents

The residents hired this year are simply spectacular. This week we’ll highlight Plastic Surgery and General Surgery.

Plastic Surgery

Brian Christie
MD – Duke University School of Medicine
BA – Dartmouth College
Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship
Global Health participant in Tanzania, Honduras, and Uganda; Katrina Relief in Mississippi
Guitarist, Proficient in Swahili and Spanish

Ravi Garg
MD – Boston University School of Medicine
BA – Stanford University
PGY-1 University of California – San Francisco Internal Medicine
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University
Runner and diver, Proficient in Punjabi and Hindi

Stephanie Suprenant
MD – Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
MPH – Columbia University
BS – Olivet Nazarene University
Global Health participant in Costa Rica and Romania
Triathlon and Marathon athlete, Tae Kwon Do black belt

General Surgery

Charles Acher
MD – University of Wisconsin
MPH – Yale University
BS – Middlebury College
Global Health worker in China, Ethiopia, Uganda
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Taiwo Adesoye
MD – University of Chicago
BS – Phi Beta Kappa from University of Oklahoma
Originally from Nigeria
Co-owner of a hair salon and an active singer/songwriter for KingsWord International Church Choir
Volunteer at women’s shelter in underserved areas of Chicago.
Fluent in Yoruba.

Dana Henkel
MD – University of Wisconsin
MS – PA Studies, Western Michigan University
BS – Western Michigan University
Worked as surgical PA in Madison for 7 years
Division I Gymnast

Christina Lee
MD – Michigan State University
BS – University of British Columbia
Originally from Canada
Classical pianist trained at London College of Music of England and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada
Fluent in French and Cantonese.

Christina Papageorge
MD – University of Virginia
BS – Phi Beta Kappa from College of William and Mary
Attended on an athletic scholarship
Has backpacked 250+ miles of the Appalachian Trail in the last 3 years

Kyle Pauly
MD – University of Wisconsin
BS – University of Wisconsin
Research Honors Program in Josh Mezrich’s lab
Started FACE AIDS, and raises money for those affected by AIDS/HIV in Rwanda by starting sustainable farms.
Conversant in Spanish.

Andrew Rogers
MD – University of Colorado
BS – Stanford University
Published in biomechanics of golf swings
Co-founder of non-profit organization Medical Students for Lymphoma Research

Joel Wood
MD – University of Wisconsin
BS – University of Wisconsin
Author on numerous peer reviewed journal articles.
A competitive runner, Joel holds the current Wisconsin Track Club 3000 meters indoor record (8:43.59) and recently placed fourth in the Madison Marathon with a time of 2:43.