University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – May 23, 2011

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Dr. Girma Tefera will receive the American College of Surgeons/Pfizer Inc Surgical Volunteerism Award at the ACS national meeting in October. This award celebrates ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, leadership, dedication and vision provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference. Dr. Tefera was nominated for his organized efforts to change health care delivery systems in Ethiopia and his success in obtaining substantial extramural funding from federal sources to support long-term and sustainable improvements in Ethiopian Health Care. As a recipient of this award he will be part of a panel on volunteerism and will receive the award at the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors dinner.


Dr. Diane Heatley has accepted the position of Interim American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) Surgeon-in-Chief. In this leadership position, Dr. Heatley will assist AFCH in the strategic and operational goals of the operating room and surgical services program; lead the orientation of new surgical faculty to AFCH; mentor new faculty; participate in the overall growth and development of AFCH, including regional development and on campus development; and participate in community outreach and donor stewardship.


Dr. Takushi Kohmoto received a $50,000 pilot grant from UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) for his proposal entitled “The Feasibility of Heart Transplantation from Human Donor after Cardiac Death (DCD): The First Step toward Clinical Application.” This project will examine the feasibility of resuscitating such donor hearts by using a novel myocardial perfusion technique.

Dr. Hans Sollinger’s project, Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes, is one of 21 entries from 15 communities that are competing in the finalist round of the eighth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The contestants have survived two rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council. The contest began in late January with 220 entries.


Thanks to Mary Beth Henry who organized a “Zumba Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer” which raised $1,500 dollars. We recognize Mary Beth, who is a nurse practitioner in Surgery caring for hepatobiliary cancer patients, for her thoughtful and generous work in raising money for the patients for whom she deeply cares.