University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 2, 2016

At the Top

Layton (Bing) Rikkers, MD, was honored with the Emeritus Faculty Award at the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association Awards Banquet on Friday, April 22, 2016. This award is given to a clinical scientist who demonstrates long and effective service to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in teaching and/or research or noteworthy administration, including program development. Dr. Rikkers became the chair of the Department of Surgery in 1996. During his 12-year tenure, the faculty doubled in size, and our NIH ranking rose to 13th in the nation, representing a significant increase in research funding. Dr. Rikkers established the department’s annual Resident Research Day and the annual Education Retreat for faculty and residents. Under his leadership, the UW Department of Surgery recruited many women to the faculty and to our residency programs. The banquet was made extra special with the attendance of Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, whose uncle, Aldoph Hutter, MD, received a Distinguished Alumni Award.


The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) awarded Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze, MD, MPP, a Pilot/Exploratory Support Grant for her project “A Communication Tool to Assist Frail Older Adults in Decision Making about Dialysis.” The award supplies $154,000 over two years starting July 1, 2016. Congratulations, Dr. Schwarze!

Awards & Honors

Jacquelynn Arbuckle, MD, director of the UWSMPH Native American Center for Health Professionals (NACHP), and her NACHP colleagues received the Wisconsin Without Borders (WWB) Excellence in Service Learning award for their work in culturally based public health interventions with Wisconsin Native American communities. WWB is a campus partnership between the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the Global Health Institute, and the International Division. Great work, Dr. Arbuckle!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invited Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, to deliver a lecture at its Bethesda, Maryland, campus as part of its NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS). The WALS is NIH’s most visible and prestigious lecture series. The lecture is webcast live for viewers in remote locations, and it also counts toward Continuing Medical Education credits. Stay tuned for information about the date of the lecture — the department will organize a group lecture viewing. Congratulations, Dr. Pugh, this is an incredible honor!

Amelia Stranz, a junior who has been volunteering in the Department of Surgery for two years, has received a $3,500 L&S Career Services Summer Internship Scholarship to study under the mentorship of Bo Liu, PhD, on a project related to Dr. Liu’s R01 “Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Apoptosis in Intimal Hyperplasia.”


Amy Liepert, MD, was elected chair-elect for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Young Physician Section (YPS) Governing Council. This is a one-year term that ascends to the chair position the following year. The YPS, which is comprised of physicians who are under age 40 or who have been in practice less than five years, is dedicated to ensuring physician satisfaction and providing a means by which young physicians can communicate their opinions and concerns.

The UW Health Career Pathways Program organizes a spring Health Professions Course to expose area high school students to a variety of health care careers. Last Wednesday’s session featured several Department of Surgery faculty and staff who volunteered to share their stories and help students understand the wide range of opportunities in our department. After an hour-long panel discussion, students participated in hands-on activities including knot tying, laparoscopic trainers and chest tube insertions in the Simulation Center. Thank you to Lane Frasier, Rebecca Gunter, Liz Froelich, Krystal Dauterman, Luke Funk, MD, MPH, and Angela Gibson, MD, PhD, for participating. Special thanks to Lane and Rebecca for organizing this great workshop.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS, assistant professor, Division of General Surgery, Section of Endocrine Surgery:
“Dr. Pitt has been wonderful to work with. I am very glad she was the provider I was given. I would highly recommend her!”

Ryan Macke, MD, assistant professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery:
“Regardless of whether I am at the clinic or in the hospital, the nurses impress me with their kindness and their smiles! It was obvious to me that Dr. Macke is a highly skilled, very bright, experienced surgeon. He can also be funny, which is a plus. I would recommend him to anyone and I am profoundly grateful to him.”

John Hoch, MD, professor, Division of Vascular Surgery:
“Dr. Hoch and his staff were very helpful to me. They answered all of my questions and explained everything that I needed to know. I received very good care from Dr. Hoch and his staff and I am very thankful for all of their help.”